About Us

The Village

We are very proud to be part of a co-operative called The Village which includes several businesses on the same beautiful property.


The Backpackers is a registered company operated in partnership with the Eden Community Initiative, a social enterprise and registered NPO purposed to enable individuals, communities and organisations in the Eden District to achieve their goals economically and socially.

Shepherds Tree partners with Kluyts MakerSpaceCrafted Eden and BizRev (the Business Revolution), the three businesses that form the ECI. We add a fresh dimension to this continuously evolving and successful social enterprise.

We aim to be an inspiring space for locals and tourists alike, where like-minded, hopeful people can think freely and creatively about both personal and community growth, development and opportunity.

Friends of Eden

We’re so excited about introducing you to some of the locally-grown projects & partners we work with as part of the Eden Community Initiative.

Forest Glen

Backpackers vibe not really your style? No problem. Our friends at Forest Glen offer affordable B&B accommodation, tucked away in the foresty suburb of Hunters Home, if you’re looking for a more luxurious and serene place to rest your head.

Outeniqua Bicycles

Outeniqua Bicycles is an incredibly innovative project run by local craftsmen at Kluyts MakerSpace who have come together to build a series of edgy, functional, custom-made wooden bicycles.

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