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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: 98%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 10 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 248
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 11 Reviews


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

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
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Amapondo Backpacker Lodge Rooms

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 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