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Jungle Monkey Backpackers

3 Berea Road, Port St Johns South Africa
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#3 of 16 Speciality lodging in Port St Johns
Jungle Monkey is situated in the rugged and untouched heart of the Wild Coast, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Here, we are still impressed by what nature brings forth patiently and by the result of its rejuvenation. Port St. Johns is home to many rare species. Watch the parrots or go on a boat trip to see whales and dolphins during the sardine run.The stunning views and tranquil surroundings invite to go exploring. Stroll through the traditional Pondo villages or climb the rolling hills with our guides. We offer light hikes as well as adventurous full day trips.Enjoy a swim in our pools, sleep in our comfortable doubles, triples, the safari tent, dormitories or camp in the garden.Our restaurant offers a broad selection of hearty meals and the vibey bar invites to settle down after an adventurous day. Enjoy regular live performances by local artists or jam together on our fully equipped band stand. Use our instruments or bring your own.Just remember when the Pondo Fever strikes, you might never want to leave again.
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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor pool
Evening entertainment
Shared kitchen
Private check-in / check-out
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English, German, Xhosa
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Meli wrote a review Jun 2019
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This was one of the best backpackers we have been in south afrika. Pappa G and his staff are very friendly and helpful. We wanted to stay for one night but as soon as we got there we decided to stay another night. It was a great place to stay. Thank you so much. We would always come back!!
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
sadeeyor wrote a review Sep 2018
Glasgow, United Kingdom854 contributions57 helpful votes
Took ten hours & five combis to get down from Lesotho before sunset. That ice cold Castle was one of the most refreshing ever. Anelly - if I got his name right - is a cool dude too. Well designed two-storey rustic wooden oasis, pretty much completely reconstructed after being gutted by fire. Lovely outlook and atmospheric open common areas, upstairs balcony seating, lawn area round a pool, well wooded gardens, and an easy stroll from practicalities. Food pretty good & well-priced. Dorm has seen way better days, but I had it to myself, and it was nice & quiet round the back. Diverse characters to strike up conversation with, such as Leon & Papa G. All in all, a relaxing fun spot. Glad I moved on before strike unrest in the village, roadblocks with burning tyres, violent threats to local businesses - there are precedents in Port SJ unfortunately. Can't be as relaxing as I had it for folks who are residents.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Tobias H wrote a review Jun 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
The plan was to stay only for 2 days in this hostel, but we ended at staying more than 5 days. Port St. John’s is a really interesting and beautiful place. You can call it a raw diamond! The nature is so nice, but there is still a lot of trash in this city.. this is because of strikes and problems with the government. But look better, and you will so much enjoy it here! We slept in the safari tent, this was so nice with a great view! Staff and the owner “papa G” are also very helpful and friendly.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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davet65 wrote a review Jun 2018
London, United Kingdom105 contributions51 helpful votes
I had a disappointing stay here, and my impression was that they are more interested in running a bar than running a backpackers hostel. When i booked, i was told by the manager that she had booked me a shuttle to collect me from Umtata. This never arrived, and eventually they sent a shared taxi to collect me. No apologies. The dorm room was very basic and there is absolutely no security - no lock on door no lockers. I upgraded to a better room the next night. The food is decent and you will see jungle monkeys in their back garden. I also appreciated the tour that i took with Ronald. Most of the time though, i felt that i was in the way, and the staff were more interested in partying.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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JaneT wrote a review Mar 2018
Tallinn, Estonia170 contributions114 helpful votes
We booked a double room through booking.com, but when we arrived it turned out that they did not have our booking, nevertheless they managed to fix the problem. So, i guess you guys have some problem with your booking system, from reading other similar reviews as well...Room itself is clean, very-very basic and small. Common bathrooms and toilets are not so clean, could be better maintained. There are many locals hanging around, which I do not mind when they could only stay in the bar/common area, but it is not okay when they are free to come to the backpackers area. In that sense you should improve you security. In general the place would be really nice if it wasn't open for public and if there wasn't parties.
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Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jungle Monkey Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Silaka Nature Reserve (4.5 km), Dwesa Nature Reserve (4.1 km), and Poenskop Beach (3.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Steve's Pub & Restaurant, Wood n Spoon, and The Waterfront.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Jungle Monkey Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Port St Johns.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Jungle Monkey Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Xhosa.