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About Amapondo Backpacker Lodge

Amapondo Backpackers nestles in lush coastal forest, overlooking a river valley and the swimming and surfing beach. Amapondo is an ideal base for tours of this awesome region with its rural villages, lush forest, pristine beaches and friendly atmosphere.Enjoy breathtaking waterfalls, coastal hikes (the Coffee Bay hike starts here), and fantastic sundowners on the cliffs of the mountains. We offer daily hikes to the Bulolo Waterfall, Silaka Nature Reserve and the local mud caves. Our restaurant will tantalize your taste buds and our bar serves icy cold beverages. We offer camping, double and family rooms, en-suite cabins and dorms.

  • Response Rate: 95%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 15 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 248
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Beach
  • Hiking
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
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Availability and pricing

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  • Camping Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 20 The campsites are situated above the lodge overlooking the breathtaking landscape, our campsites are on the terraced... see more Features:  Shared bathroom, Sea views, Garden views
    from R220 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • Dormitory Sleeps 12 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 12 The dormitory sleeps 12 people and has shares a communal bathroom, kitchen and facilities. Features:  Bunk beds, Fan
        from R340 For 2 guests
        • Rooms Adults
          • Family Room Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 4 The Family Room is equipped with a double bed, and two single beds and a shared bathroom.The room boasts a rustic and... see more Features:  Double beds, Shared bathroom, Single beds, Fan, No Smoking in Rooms
            from R480 For 2 guests
            • Rooms Adults
              • Self-Catering Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 The Self-Catering Cottage is equipped with a double bed and bunk beds, and an en-suite bathroom. Guests can enjoy stunni... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Sea views, Balcony/patio see more Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Sea views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Lagoon views, Garden views, Tea and Coffee Facilities
                from R750 For 2 guests
                • Rooms Adults

                  Reviews for Amapondo Backpacker Lodge

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                  Jane Wicks, South Africa
                  03 January 2017

                  Rustic and pub looks great.

                  Alice M, South Africa
                  19 June 2016

                  Not sure about the backpackers side. If you book the little house with private bathroom, don't expect a spotless place. At all. Plus, going up to the house, you have to go through a disgusting stench. I leave that to your imagination.At night, music till late, fight and swearing between guests. Beautiful view, however. What a pity! 

                  Steven Cooke, South Africa
                  25 June 2014

                  Awesome place, awesome vibe, awesome hosts. We really enjoyed our stay there!We arrived after the shops closed so the hosts arranged charcoal, braai meat etc for us which was great!Just watch out for the speed bumps going into Port St Johns itself, they are dangerous and not marked at all!

                  Julie Botha, South Africa
                  30 December 2013

                  Had we known or been told that Boxing Day in Port ST. Johns is not a good day to arrive, we would have changed our booking. It took us 2,5 hours to get from the bridge in the town to Amapondo! We ended up being trapped in our car with people and cars coming in all directions and disobeying the laws of road. We were gridlocked. When we finally got to Amapondo, it was dark and we were a little bit irritated but relieved. Very different from all of our other accomm but we are fun loving people and always willing to adapt to a place and culture. The location is great and food was fabulous. Best...
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                  Nonceba Singiswa, South Africa
                  25 December 2012

                  We really had a fantastic time at Amapondo,the hospitality and humbleness from the staff esp Siya and Busi was great including the Tour Guiders. We enjoyed the daily activities alot,my 10yr old son and 6yr old nephew had so much fun, my 68yr mom and 25yr sister really enjoyed themselves. Im definately coming back with my age group next time around.

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                  Amapondo Backpacker Lodge Map

                  Amapondo Backpacker Lodge is 2.3km from the centre of Port St Johns , the nearest airport 95km (Mthatha Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

                  Things to do in and around Port St Johns

                  Bird's Nest Hike

                  (0 km from Port St Johns)

                  A beautiful hike through our indigenous forest, up to our the airstrip, which has the best view of the town, ocean and landscapes around Port St Johns. This is an average skill hike, and takes about three hours to finish.

                  Bulolo Waterfall Hike

                  (2.3 km from Port St Johns)

                  The Bulolo Waterfall Hike is a guided three to four hour hike through dense jungle surrounding the Amapondo grounds to a secluded waterfall that cascades into a small swimming hole. You can jump into the pool from three platforms, the highest of...

                  The Gap and Blowhole

                  (0 km from Port St Johns)

                  This is a popular place to visit for visitors, as it has the most beautiful viewing spot for sea life. It is quite an adrenalin adventure as you climb down the ladder, and through the gap which is quite narrow. Just a little further on, you'll...

                  First Beach

                  (1.9 km from Port St Johns)

                  Port St John's First Beach is a very popular fishing spot, where you are most likely to catch a good size prize on the end of your line. Not a good beach for swimming however, due to the numerous sharks that frequent the surf.