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Nothando Backpackers Lodge

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Situated in the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa Nothando Backpackers is a must-visit for the discovery, adventure, beach and home away from the home seeker. An award-winning backpacker lodge run by the Dreyer family from 1997 to 2022, and by Vinthi Neufeld from 2023. Nothando has established itself as the choice place to stay in the world-renowned Plettenberg Bay.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Private check-in / check-out
Secured parking
Wifi
Tennis court offsite
Water park offsite
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Shared kitchen
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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JarmoKalinski wrote a review Dec 2023
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It was an entirely great stay. Room and bathroom was clean. Shower had nice water pressure. Host was exceptionally friendly and hospitable, as was the staff. Will definitely stay over again in the future and highly recommend.
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mkweya887742 wrote a review Nov 2023
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
Awesome stay at Nothando backpackers, clean place and friendly people. The place in located at a walkable distance to the shops and the beach. Locked in gate for safe parking and the place is quiet for peaceful sleep.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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lhendr871431 wrote a review Oct 2023
Brussels, Belgium1 contribution
We had a lovely stay at Nothando backpackers lodge. The landlady is supernice and very helpfull. We had a problem with the booking of one of the tours and she went above and beyond to help us out. The room is very cozy. Would highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Bernardo Araujo wrote a review Aug 2023
Curitiba, PR66 contributions78 helpful votes
Had a great time in Plett, and staying in Nothando's absolutely was part of the reason. This is a family owned backpackers so the vibe is very much influenced by these great people. The room was very clean, bed was comfortable, shower was very good. Good place to meet other travellers!
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jessica wrote a review Aug 2023
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Nothando Backpackers was one of the best accommodations I experienced in South Africa. Vinthi and her family are amazing: They are generous, offered delicious food to the guests, gave helpful advice for adventures or how to reach them - sometimes they even drove us! Everything is clean and comfy. They have a piano and the guitar that can be used to create a nice atmosphere. The hostel is close to the beach and the taxi station. Simply perfect! Thank you for everything, Vinthi 🥰
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Date of stay: July 2023
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aenne87 wrote a review Mar 2023
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Our room was spacious and everything was clean and well equipped. The beds were very comfortable. The owner of the place is an adorable woman who gave us great advice and helped us a lot. We really enjoyed talking to her. The staff was also very nice so it felt immediately like home.
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mgriff459614 wrote a review Mar 2023
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The lodge is located a few minutes walk from the main street with restaurants and shops. Overall it exceeded my expectations for a backpackers. The owner and her staff were very friendly and generally couldn't do enough to help.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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sneufe361581 wrote a review Feb 2023
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The rooms were neat and clean and there was brand new bedding and linen. The hosts were very friendly and knowledgeable. They have just taken over the property and went out of their way to make sure guests were happy. There is tea and instant coffee in the room but you can buy really good freshly ground coffee too. There is secure off-street parking and the room had slamlock Trellidors and a small safe so I felt safe. It is great value for money and I would stay there again. A highlight was the bright green chameleon walking along the fence outside the kitchen.
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oschre975554 wrote a review Feb 2023
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This family run business provides a very good service. They are always happy to help. The sleep I had was very good. For her new business celebration she even made delicious food for us! Thank you very much!
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MilenaK wrote a review Feb 2023
Hamburg, Germany32 contributions28 helpful votes
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We had a fantastic stay at Nothando! All the ladys and the gentleman were sweet and caring and helped us, whatever which “problem” we had! It was nice and quiet, not far away from the beach, restaurants and bars. But we liked most sitting at the garden and having a good time with Jusemin (I hope that’s the way to write the name of this amazing lovely person) and the other guests. We would definitely come back!!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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R 606 - R 738 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nothando Backpackers Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Robberg Nature Reserve (0.3 km), Plettenberg Beach (0.4 km), and St. Christopher Catholic Church (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Is parking available at Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nguni Restaurant, Nineteen89, and Sol Kitchen.
Does Nothando Backpackers Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Nothando Backpackers Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Nothando Backpackers Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Plettenberg Bay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Nothando Backpackers Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Timber Shed (0.6 km), Nelson Bay Cave (5.1 km), and Van Plettenberg Beacon (0.6 km).
Is Nothando Backpackers Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.