Kuthumba is located in The Crags, a rural area just beyond the town of Plettenberg Bay on South Africa’s famous Garden Route coast. Turning off the N2 towards the popular animal sanctuaries and tourism destination of The Crags area, you will find the world renowned Birds of Eden, Monkey land and the Elephant Sanctuary. A little further along this road winding through fynbos and farmland, a corner is turned where you suddenly enter forest.
The gravel road meanders on towards the historical estate of Forest Hall at the road’s end. Before Forest Hall, tucked away in the forest and fynbos, lies the Eco-Village and Forest Reserve of Kuthumba, directly abutting the Tsitsikamma National Park.
Kuthumba has an elevated position with every building site commanding unsurpassed views of the local forest and the mountains of the Tsitsikamma. Although the property boasts no sea-views the sound of the ocean at night drifts over the neighbouring property of Forest Hall. Kuthumba is uniquely located for direct access into the neighbouring national park, and one of the area’s most beautiful walking routes leads all the way through the forest and across the Salt River onwards to Natures Valley beach. The property boasts exceptional birdlife and animals ranging from bushpigs, badgers and leopard in the forest to otters, seals, dolphins and whales in the sea. Kuthumba has spectacular views of Formosa Peak across forest gorges.
Kuthumba is a project encompassing a vision of a unique model for a healthy lifestyle, an opportunity for people to co-create an environment that offers each individual the anchoring and sense of peace that encourages and facilitates expansion and growth on all levels.
The Kuthumba development has been unfolding since 1993.
It is founded on ethics of care for the living system that hosts it, which is predominantly indigenous forest skirted by Cape Fynbos.
Homes are built according to Green Principles guided by the Kuthumba Eco-Village Land Stewards Manual, that encourages the development of a more sustainable lifestyle.
Kuthumba aspires to serve as a model for low impact development contributing substantially to conservation and the growth of environmental wisdom.