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Pinetown, South Africa
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Our stay at Amapondo was only one night. We had arrived quite late in the afternoon after a long journey from Cradock so we missed out on the activities that they have to offer. Our room was nice but had a bit of a funny smell but we sorted it out and had a good sleep. The food was delicious...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Funny smell? Sorry about that - hope it wasn't from the previous guests! Our food is delicious, and the Fish and Chips is my personal favourite. Unisex showers are all the rage around here! Sorry they bothered you, but you do get used to them.

Ficksburg
Reviewed 13 January 2016

At Amapondo we found privacy, independence, and relaxation in the middle of a warm, vibey backpackers lodge. The facilities are more than adequate and the fish and chips tops, but the people really make the place. Neil & Amanda and their crew of staff and volunteers really give the place a heart. We found them friendly and always available with...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the response. Amapondo is a cool place, brought together by the community of people that work and run the place. And yes, we do have good chips. Best in town in fact. Some have even said they are the best in SA!

Stellenbosch, South Africa
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

Friends stayed in the double room and 2 of us in the chalets (double bed with kitchen and bathroom) the chalets offered a great view and more privacy away from the bustle, especially late at night if you like to go to bed before 23:00.. the kitchen was a bit dirty. The bathrooms offer little privacy with showers only having...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. Sorry if you discovered a dirty communal kitchen. We have cleaners in their two or three times a day, but its difficult to make sure guests clean their own dishes sometimes. Our communal bathrooms are a bit of a novelty, and you do get used to them. Disorganised office!? That office (reception) is the brain of...

La Garriga, Spain
Reviewed 23 December 2015

My name is Ferran,I went to Amapondo backpackers last october, I found a very close ambient with the people, very nice place with amazing views!All the staff are like a family!I recomend to all people who wants to relax, go there!

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

It is a family. The owners, most of the staff, and lots of volunteers live here together. So we become family, and we love each other. Glad you had a good time. You are welcome back anytime

Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 December 2015

This was a really vibrant backpackers! The owners and all the staff were really friendly and fun. I stayed in a cottage with a view of the ocean. The surroundings were beautiful. This is a perfect place to stay away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a tropical paradise, with a beer at the end of it.

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Our cottages are epic and all have fantastic ocean views. Glad you had a good time. Please come again

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 18 November 2015

Port St. Johns was a surprisingly tropical oasis. Rocking up to Amapondo was like coming across a backpackers hidden in the jungle. With awesome staff and cool rooms and good food it was a great place to spend a few nights. Amanda and Neil the owners are both awesome people with a ton of energy and a cool vision for...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Amazing. So glad you had a good time. Amanda's Cafe is called Cafe 167. Its the BEST FOOD in town. Hope you come again. Neil

Port St Johns, South Africa
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Great location, friendly environment, and the cleanliness of the rooms was good. I had great fun exploring the variety of the activities available for tours. The food was good and tasty and I will definitely return.

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Fantastic. What a great review. Glad you had a great time

Norwalk, CT
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

This is very, very basic accomodations. Bedroom and communal kitchen cleanliness was questionable. Limited hot water for showers. There was an issue with their system confirming our reservation so we didn't get the private room we had booked. The staff was more accommodating and gave us a reduced rate and provided us a delicious dinner of curry with rice (veg...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your honest review. Our accommodation is rustic - though all our rooms are very comfortable. Our backpackers was once an orphanage - many many years ago. And so our buildings are pretty old. Sometimes this can leave one with a feeling that it lacks cleanliness, but I assure you, we are a very clean place with lots of...

Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
Reviewed 17 August 2015

We stayed in the Crystal house, which was very nice, big and had a great view, however it was very cold during the night (also with 2 blankets) and the sound of the rain was horrible because of the metal plates on the roof. On Saturday night there was a party which was very noisy. We didn’t know this and...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

So sorry for your disappointment. The Crystal House is beautiful. And the weather here is very rarely cold. Every now and again we get a cold snap but its rare. We do have many more blankets available through reception, and hot water bottles too. Its unfortunate about the rain - thats also something we don't get too much of. But...

Reviewed 17 August 2015

I run DS Adventures and recently took a group up the Wild Coast on adventure motorcycles. We stayed over at Amapondo for two nights. What can one say to sum up our experience at Amapondo. One word comes to mind. Actually make that two. "AMAPONDO FEVER". It will grip you whether you want it to or not. The atmosphere is...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

What a great review. Thanks guys. You were awesome. We can't wait to have you all back soon.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 African-themed 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. Turtle Cove has 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Amapondo Backpackers Lodge

Address: Second Beach Road | Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Price Range: $27 - $48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Amapondo Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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“die cottages am Hang haben einen traumhaften Blick auf den indischen ozean”
 of 5 bubbles , 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Crystal or Turtle”
 of 5 bubbles didi638, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Go somewhere else!”
 of 5 bubbles markrD6874CU, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I think the view from the private Bandas/Cottages is amazing.”
 of 5 bubbles Johnny_emtez, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Self catering units are quieter and away from the bar area.”
 of 5 bubbles , 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
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