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Amapondo Backpackers Lodge

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

OH what a wonderful experience it was with all customers and employees seem like family!! Everyone was always happy and we had alot of fun! The food was an absoluut amazement! The fries are almost a bit naturally sweet crispy outside and nice and dense inside! Very yummy indeed. All the staff are very friendly and hospitable!! I fell in...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It rained our entire 3 night stay in Port St. John's, and I'm so glad we stayed at Amapondos. The staff are so easy going and great company to just relax and have a few beers with. They have great advice on the best things to do and are more than happy to show you themselves. The piping hot showers...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This was an incredible stay. A unique place in a spectacular location. Plenty of hiking and beach-going to be done just outside of the hostel grounds. The backpackers itself has a very chill vibe, helpful staff, beautiful place! I really recommend shelling out the extra money for one of their private cabins if you can. We stayed in the 'crystal...

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

Thanks for taking the time to write this fantastic review Sorocy, We're delighted that Crystal House is "THE COOLEST accommodation that you have ever had"! We appreciate any and all feed back from our guests which enables us to continue with the positives, and find solutions if there are any negatives here at Amapondo Backpackers. Please do join us again...

Tofo, Mozambique
Reviewed 26 March 2017

I had a great 2 day stay with Amapondo- great vibes, good music, friendly staff, nice accomodation and food. but the best thing about it was how the staff and friends helped me to recover my stolen cellphone. They went out of their way to drive me around, talk to locals and try to help me get my phone back-...

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

We're delighted that you had a blast during your stay with us at Amapondo, Amy. And we'll never forget the thrilling adventure we all had tracking down the phone thief. The locals showed us the true meaning of 'Ubuntu' when they dropped whatever they were busy doing to help pursue the chase. It almost felt as if we were in...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 22 March 2017

One of our best backpacking experiences to date! The facilities are quaint, beautiful and well maintained. The staff are friendly and helpful. The bar is equipped and will have patrons singing long into the nights with regular live entertainment. The food is reasonably priced and deliciously made with love. The billing system is the only area of criticism where patrons...

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

What a great review, thanks. We agree with everything you said except the last. If you knew our previous billing system, you would agree that this one is far better. However I am glad you brought it to our attention as we are always trying to improve things. Our tab system at the bar and restaurant means that sometimes guests...

Okavango Delta, Botswana
Reviewed 12 March 2017

What can I say. Special place. We had one of the best trips ever. Beautiful views from the campsite, great hike to the waterfall and surrounding forest, awesome parties with photos to keep the embarrassment alive, awesome food, the staff eventually came to understand what I liked. Just not a very awesome mugging on the beach on New Years Eve,...

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

Hehehehe back atcha Jon Thanks for the great review. Yep, the Wild Coast offers magnificent views and hikes, plenty of parties (we don't even know how to spell imbarassing down here), and our kitchen staff shall always willingly go the extra mile if need be and if humanly possible. Your "awesome mugging on the beach" was unfortunate, however its great...

Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Amapondo Backpackers is a beautiful backpackers in the middle of the rainforest. The cottages are nice and everyone is very friendly. St port Jones is ine of the citys you have to visit when you travel alonge the wild coast. The nature is awesome the beach is wonderful and the people are friendly. The wild Coast is the real...

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

Thanks for a great review. We are very excited that our donkey is about to have a baby, so guests who come soon will meet her cute little baby donkey... Regards Neil

Groningen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 25 January 2017

We were in the Crystal Lodge and the view is just amazing. We also spent one night in a three bed room with a shared bathroom, I would not recommend that one. However, the self-Catering lodges are great, very romantic, with a great terrace to sit and stare at the ocean.

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

Thanks for the great review and the three stars. Crystal House is amazing with its panoramic ocean views and spacious living room. Our Family rooms down at the bottom are not self-catering, as you mentioned, and I would definitely choose the Crystal House over a family room. But we have something for everyone's budget. Please come again.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great few nights at Amapondo - Port st John's. - Our room was amazing clean. - Staff are ultra friendly and helpful. - The location is great. - Bathrooms are very clean (the showers are great). - The evening entertainment was really cool (Neil is a great DJ) One thing I would suggest: - Maybe a bigger freezer...

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

You guys totally ROCK! Please come again... Regards Neil (Owner)

Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Amapondo is a gorgeous hangout on a jungle hill with an amazing Seaview. They organize all kinds of events in their crafty bar area and receive everyone as family. It has a very laidback ambience but also a good restaurant with a diverse menu. It's a must see for everyone who likes to escape from high speed life!

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

Thank you for your excellent review. Please come again.

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • 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: €24 - €29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Amapondo Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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Amapondo Hotel Port St Johns
Amapondo Backpackers Lodge South Africa/Port St Johns
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“Camping is always a more festive experience to dorm rooms”
Sheilaannroos, 22 Mar 2017 | Read review
“die cottages am Hang haben einen traumhaften Blick auf den indischen ozean”
, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Crystal or Turtle”
didi638, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Go somewhere else!”
markrD6874CU, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I think the view from the private Bandas/Cottages is amazing.”
Johnny_emtez, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
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