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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved the vibe. Staff were friendly. Very cheap accommodation. Great location by the beach and hiking trails. Good food at the restaurant but not much other food to choose from nearby. Not particularly inviting facilities, but it is a backpacker's after all. Loved the quirky donkey.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

The room and the bathroom facilities where dirty and smelling. I had cockroaches in my room, so I preferred to sleep the night in my car. The food took forever and was at least cold when finally served. The stuff was not helpful at all exact for a young guy who was working there the first day.

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

Wow, what a terrible review. I am so sorry that you felt that way. We haven't had such a bad review in ages because we take them so seriously that we immediately call a staff meeting to discuss what can be done. Yesterday was that meeting and your review was discussed amongst all our staff and management. We are in...

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The owners and the staff are awesome. The setting of this place is really a piece of paradise. To wake to the view of untouched nature is second to none. Few places like this left on earth. If you want to get away from the hustle and the bustle strongly suggest coming here. Although the sharks are prevalent in the...

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

Great review, thanks so much and we hope to see you again soon.

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are looking for a place to stay that makes you feel welcome from the moment you enter, this is your place to go. Only if you really don’t like animals you should not come here but if you like animals and you go there you will find a lovely donkey, dogs, cats and monkeys who will just hang...

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

Great review, thanks so much. We do have a lot of animals but we live in the Wild Coast and so its a perfect place for animals to hang out. We have one lovely cheeky Donkilizwe , three dogs, three cats, a fish tank full of Gold Fish, and then of course the monkeys that swing in the trees. We...

RSA
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We, a group of 7 middle aged adventure riders. Had ridden from Kobinn further in the Transkie. by the time we arrived we were a bit tired. At Amapondo backpackers we were given our room which was neat clean and the bed was good. we adjourned to the bar and were met by mellow music great service and cold beer...

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

Fantastic. You guys rocked. What a night heh? We even managed to get you guys dressed up in wigs and dresses from our Fancy Dress box. We hope to see you again soon.

Ladismith, South Africa
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We stayed in Shakti and Shiva self catering cottages. Right next to each other and ideal for 2 couples. Quite a steep climb up to the cottages, but worth it for the views. Sad to see what has become of the municipal camp site across the lagoon. Restaurant was well priced and great food, but very much on Afrika time....

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

Hey guys, thanks for the great review. We purposefully take a long time with food preparation to encourage you to chill out and slow the pace down. Just kidding - unlike most backpackers we have a fully ala carte menu, but that means that when large groups arrive without notice, our chef might not have time to call in support...

Reviewed 13 October 2016

Great location and good sea views. Friendly staff the only negative is the mattress was WAY past its sell by date. After complaining they replaced the mattress the next day.Menu has a daily special and great tasting food.

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

Hi, thanks for the great review. Sorry about that mattress situation. The entire bed has since been replaced and the old one is now being used as firewood. Please come again

Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend tarveld in most of south africa for three monthes and amapondo was definitely one of our favorites places. The town is super friendly, the beach is beautiful, the food is good and the staff of the backpacker is the best! If u gonna stay there make sure u take a tour guide from amapondo and i...

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

Hi guys, thanks for such a great review. I remember helping you plan your trip a bit and I hope it's going well. Amapondo most certainly is a friendly place, and Port St Johns too. Thanks for mentioning our tours - Warrick, our tour guide, is very friendly and extremely knowledgable about the area and he just loves taking people...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Aaahhh... When you find yourself in Port St John's make sure you stay with these champions. The staff are amazing and friendly. The hostel is beautifully situated near the beach. It's a little mission to get in to town if you don't have your own car. The room was perfect and the food amazing. Thank you Amapondo Team for the...

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

Hi Bjorn, thanks for a great review and your kind words - I love the fact that you called us 'Champions'. That's really made my day, and I will announce it at our next staff meeting. Regarding the mission to get to town if you don't have your own car - we do daily trips to town and we will...

Gordon's Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

Vibe is excellent. Friendly staff. Lots of people gathering around a bonfire and enjoying the loud music and lots of booze. The cottage was basic....clean(ish)...and exactly what you pay for. Unfortunately one big negative: the bed is WAY past its sell-by date. And its not just me. Met a couple who stayed there the same night and their backs were...

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

HI, thanks for the review. So sorry about the mattress. We have ordered a new bed entirely and it will be delivered on Monday. Thanks for the feedback. Hope you come again. Neil

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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 )
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Multilingual Staff
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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: ₹ 1,149 - ₹ 3,318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Amapondo Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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“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.”
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“try the upper rooms for a great view!”
 of 5 bubbles guncoon, 9 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the little cabins at the top if you want silence.”
 of 5 bubbles HikingWildCoast, 1 Feb 2016 | Read review
“good views, jungle, beach, beautiful, nice people”
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