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About Mad Hatters Lodge and Backpackers

Go a little or a lot crazy at this brand new backpackers located midway between Port St Johns and Second Beach. The main house has dorms, a self-catering kitchen and spacious dining room. Scattered around the garden are a variety of cottages and apartments. Everyone who works here is slightly mad, but so friendly that you’ll soon find yourself playing and tea partying along day and night.

Spend sunshine hours swimming on Second Beach or exploring dense coastal jungle. The abundant bird life makes Port St Johns a haven for birdwatchers. Go for a hike or cast a line into the Indian Ocean. You can even catch the ferry across the Umzimvubu River, take a tour of local communities or go on a guided coastal hike. After a busy day, re-join the Mad Hatter madness in the pool room or bar before heading to the restaurant deck for a meal overlooking Pondoland’s rolling hills and thriving communities. The food served here is fit for a Queen of Hearts.

  • Enquiry Response Time: 24 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 58
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 1 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Reviews for Mad Hatters Lodge and Backpackers

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zandile masikane, South Africa
07 July 2014

Hated it. Wouldnt recommend it to anyone! That is not a lodge but a squatter camp, couldn't even breathe it stinks. It was terrible beyond words!

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Mad Hatters Lodge and Backpackers is 0.5km from the centre of Port St Johns , the nearest airport 97km (Mthatha Airport).
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