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Second Beach Road Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120 South Africa
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#1 of 16 Specialty lodging 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
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Restaurant
Snack bar
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Diving
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Golf course
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Sarah E wrote a review Jul 2022
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The first things you notice is the stunning views of 2nd Beach and the welcoming, professional staff. What you miss when you leave is the sound of the waves, the company of the friends you made, and the simple, but really tasty food. I spent 4 day nights here as a solo traveler and was well taken care of- from help getting trips planned, to taking an emergency run to the pharmacy, and generally being included in whatever was going on. I'm looking forward to returning! (ratings on rooms and cleanliness are just about it being rustic-its a backpackers, not a 5 star hotel-neither negatively impacted by experience)
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Date of stay: July 2022
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nanette139 wrote a review Jul 2022
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Fun place to stay. Friendly, helpful staff. Not too much to do around the area so the two nights were enough for us. A bit too cold in winter. Liked the restaurant which had an easy going, open-minded feel.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Carla V wrote a review Jan 2022
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I love spending my december holidays jumping from one backpackers to the next and Amapondo was incredible! The people, surroundings and experience! Firstly the food is the best food in port st. johns, don’t even bother looking for another place to eat. It is incredibly tasty and the menu changes slightly which is something I personally love. We were staying in a glamping tent for two nights and moved to Seaview cottage for another two nights. Glamping was comfortable with a double bed inside and table and chairs outside. It also has a plugpoint. The Seaview cottage was beautiful but interior could be upgraded in some places. Crockery could also do with an upgrade. I also feel like it could be cleaned a little better ie webs and dust, but nothing major. The owners and other people who stayed there were lovely and so welcoming. I’ll definitely be back for another stay.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 05 May 2022
Thanks Carla, hope to see you soon, and thanks for the feedback, will do our best to meet your expectations.
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Caity wrote a review Apr 2021
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My friends and I camped at Amapondo over new years and it was the most magical experience. The warm, generous and awesome owners (George and Natalie) and their amazing staff made us feel at home during our week there. They arranged hikes, a tour and lunch in gorgeous settings and they were all just absolute legends. The views are our of this world and it was just such a fantastic trip. Thank you Amapondo! Can't wait to come back.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: Camp sites have amazing views and the facilities are very clean.
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Calvin Edwards wrote a review Jan 2021
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From the time I arrived till the day I left (about 6 nights in total) I felt completely Safe and Welcome. A bunch of us chose to Camp while we were there and the view is absolutely stunning from the Campsite! All the staff were very Kind and Helpful. George and Natalie (The Owners of Amapondo Backpackers) were absolutely phenomenal! They even sent my Favourite hat that I left behind all the way from port st John's to JHB at no cost. P.s George is an absolute ledge!!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 05 May 2022
Hope to see you guys soon, and thanks for the lovely review
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Tshwane wrote a review Jan 2021
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We travelled to PSJ and stayed at Amapondo from 31 Dec – 3 Jan. A stay at a backpackers is a lucky packet experience because you never know what you will get (in hosts and fellow travellers). Our stay at Amapondo was a most memorable lucky packets-value for money stay! The new owners Nathalie and George do the most to make you feel welcome and part of the Amapondo “family” (even if you are staying for just 1 night). The highlight of our stay was a day visit to Magwa tea estate, magwa falls and angel falls topped by lunch at a charmed mountain lodge in Mboyti. George was the perfect guide on this adrenaline packed day trip 😊 Look forward to visiting Amapondo in the future with friends!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Responded 05 May 2022
Hope to see you guys soon, and thanks for the lovely review
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Ms. A wrote a review Dec 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
A friend of mine and I visited Amapondo Backpackers, there was a group of white guys chilling having drinks. My friend and I were also about to order drinks before the server informed us that NO LOCALS ALLOWED. I was shocked and disgusted at the blatant racism and discrimination.You use our name and call yourselves Amampondo Backpackers but no Pondos allowed. Why come operate here if you have a problem with natives? Disgusting
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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nsiyo wrote a review Jan 2020
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Amampondo was very pleasant and comfortable I think your emails and phone calls to remind us about our visit its more welcomed and also make us to keep on coming thank you so much and continue doing it again
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Hope to see you guys soon, and thanks for the lovely review
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Cruiser743732 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Always good, excellent food and great service! I have used this place as a base for my NPO teams since 1985, when it was still an orphanage. The Amapondo Backpackers is still our home for the teams, and I hope to keep it that way!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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992gerdie wrote a review Nov 2019
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The location is perfect to have a good atmosphere in that extraordinary coastarea. The bar atmosphere and the adventure events with others were great. Unfortunately the shower does't work proper, no hot water unless we beg two times to check the showe.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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US$25 - US$25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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.