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Amapondo Backpackers Lodge

Second Beach Road Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120 South Africa
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#1 of 4 hostels in Port St Johns
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Amapondo is Ama-azing. Amapondo is nestled on a hill on the verge of a tropical rain forest and only 2 minutes walk from a beautiful beach. Head down to sunbathe or plunge in the clear warm waters of the deep rock pools nearby. The rooms and deluxe private self-catering cottages all have their own unique design and style. The quirkily designed cottages have incredible views, are really comfortable and come at a price that you'll find hard to match. Seaview 3 bedroom cottage is one of the best views on the Wild Coast from its upstairs bubble bath, whilst Crystal House, with its glass frontage, offers classic panoramic ocean views. Whether you want a quiet, relaxing break in your own piece of paradise, a base from which you can explore the natural beauty of the area, an adventure on one of their many tours, close interactions with locals, genuine cultural experiences, yoga lessons, a deep tissue massage, or a thumping all-out party at their buzzy bar, you'll find it at Amapondo.
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Free parking
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Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Massage
BBQ facilities
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Restaurant
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Diving
Game room
Golf course
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Horseback riding
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Fishing
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Gift shop
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Shared kitchen
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Adventure50470060976 wrote a review 17 Feb
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I wouldn’t advise anyone to book this place if you plan on going out at night or you might come back late as we weren’t opened for and had to look for another place to sleep at, we had to go get our things in the morning and the staff wasn’t really helpful
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Date of stay: February 2024
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shanvangool wrote a review Jan 2024
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We were just passing through so only spent a night at Amapondo, it was so lovely though! The staff and owners were so helpful and kind. We loved the bar area, all the drink specials and loved the short walk to the beach. Unfortunately we didn't get to do any of the hikes to the waterfalls but we will be back for sure! The lookout point at the airstrip is a must!
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johnB7673CE wrote a review Dec 2023
Howick, South Africa1 contribution
After checking in with several back packer places in Port St Johns on my phone prior to arriving - it was obviously clear the service from the first call to inquire, to the moment I arrived, I had picked the coolest place to rest and chill. All staff from the moment I arrived were genuinely friendly. The owners themselves took the time to introduce themselves later in the evening, making sure I had been taken care of. Their repore / rapport with their staff was contagious. . The rooms and bathrooms were clean. The bedding fresh and the food top class. I would highly recommend staying at Amapondo Lodge.
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khayaronkainen wrote a review Dec 2023
Mthatha, South Africa2 contributions
Amapondo Backpackers Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Port St Johns and is situated just a stone’s throw from the Second Beach. This place has all the desirable amenities for a wonderful stay: friendly staff and attentive owners that make you feel as if you’re hosted by old friends, a restaurant with delicious meals, location, budget-friendly, among others. I simple love the laid-back vibe and ruggedness of the place that lets natural beauty shine. It is a wonderful base, whether you are a bleisure traveller seeking a peaceful and comfortable place to work from or a nature lover exploring the Pondoland region. Highly recommended.
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BHC20232023 wrote a review Nov 2023
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We had a very nice overnight stay at Amapondo. Rooms were very comfortable. The one tap was completely loose at the wash basin in the bathroom and the toilet seat was broken at SeaView Cottage. The kitchen of Seaview Cottage was very well equipped. The smell of Marijuana smoke outside the restaurant was terrible. The staff was fantastic. We only had one problem with the food order. My friend ordered fish and chips and they said it will take 7 minutes to prepare. After 40min it was still not brought to him. They took very very long to prepare it.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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tmdukwana wrote a review Oct 2023
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Based on my experience at amapondo backpackers lodge, everything was just perfect, their breakfast is amazing. The only thing that turned me off is that when we came back at night to sleep they took too long to open the gate otherwise I would recommend to others
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JohnHGloucestershire wrote a review Jun 2023
Gloucestershire64 contributions63 helpful votes
The location of the Lodge near Second Beach is superb, the staff were all lovely - very attentive. We stayed at Amapondo four nights and ate in the restaurant every night. There was plenty of choice and the food was delicious. Breakfasts were also great - lots of choice, and you can watch the waves crashing onto Second Beach as you eat. We stayed in one of the en-suite rooms, ours named Molweni. The whole Lodge was spotlessly clean and well looked after. Our hosts gave us a tour of all the accommodation: there are lovely self-contained bungalows higher up the grounds which are being up-dated, which are secluded yet also have superb views of the ocean. Our hosts Natalie and George could not have done more to help: they gave us ideas for day walking trips which we did on our own, organised kayaking for us in the mangroves, through Jess at Mngazana Adventures, and took us up to Mount Thesinger for amazing views of the sun setting.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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umeltaf wrote a review May 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Friendly and engaging staff, excellent view of nature. Mt recommendation is to improve cleanness for the communal kitchen equipment, toilets and showers. Overall I would definitely visit again and recommend it.
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pgalembo wrote a review Jan 2023
New York City, New York1 contribution
I had a great stay at Amapondo. The owners went way out of their way to assist me during my stay.The staff was fabulous. The chef at the restaurant was very accommodating and the food was very good. I highly recommend spending time at Amapondo.
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Ian T wrote a review Dec 2022
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions6 helpful votes
This lodge offers a variety of accommodation, from campsites to ensuite double rooms. The setting is stunning, the food they provide is good and the atmosphere is really special. We were made to feel welcome. The security gate is supposedly staffed 24 hours, but on one occasion nobody was there and I had to climb over the gate, carefully!
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R 590 - R 609 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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amapondo hotel port st johns
LOCATION
South AfricaEastern CapePort St Johns
NUMBER OF ROOMS
14
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amapondo Backpackers Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Amapondo Backpackers Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Silaka Nature Reserve (1.3 km), Dwesa Nature Reserve (1.0 km), and Poenskop Beach (5.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amapondo Backpackers Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Steve's Pub & Restaurant, The Waterfront, and Cafe 167.
Does Amapondo Backpackers Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Amapondo Backpackers Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Amapondo Backpackers Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.