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Reviewed 14 August 2015

We returned to Amapondo for the first time under new(ish) ownership, after many previous visits. I am happy to say that Amapondo is still as great as ever a place to experience the magic of the Transkei, and all the fascinating characters of Port St Johns in particular.

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

Great to hear that we are holding up the fort. My wife Amanda and I took over three years ago, and have been working (and playing) hard (with the support of all our wonderful staff) to ensure that Amapondo upholds its legendary reputation, whilst also adding in our personal flare. What we have now is a backpackers that everyone should...

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 30 June 2015

On my way home to JHB from Port Elizabeth we stopped at Amapondo. One of the most amazing places on the Wildcoast (Probably the world) . We stayed for 3 nights and i could've easily done 3 weeks. This super spot has it all, down to landscape, activities, vegetation and awesome fishing spots at the Umzimvubu river mouth. Many thanks...

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

Nice. Can't wait to have you back...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 24 June 2015

We had a lovely stay in the Crystal House in Amapondo Backpackers. It was a sporty task to carry all our stuff up the 77 steps but we had a friendly helper from the staff. The hut is well equiped and even had a little stove to ease the winter chill. Most lovely views and a quiet escape from the...

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

We are so happy you enjoyed our beautiful Crystal House. Did you know it was built in the shape of Crystal, and right in the centre, under the floor boards, is a real crystal (supposedly centralising the energy). Glad that you had a great stay here with us at Amapondo and we would be delighted if you come back again.

London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 May 2015

South African couple showing our British friends around. What a perfect stop for two nights en route from the midlands to PE. A real taste of the charms of the wild coast - with it's beautiful open spaces, ocean and welcoming people. It poured with rain most of the time we were there but we squeezed in a walk to...

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

Wow, what an awesome review. It rained? What a pity. But some of those rainy days, overlooking the ocean, chatting and getting up to silly games at the bar, can be the most memorable. Our views really are spectacular. And our food and bar are the heart of Amapondo. We know our food is great, and well priced. Our staff...

Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

Came here for a lunch. We had to wait quite long for the food and told them afterwards. The manager sincerely apologised and seemed to care extremely about the wellbeing of his guests. He offered us a free night and we spend the evening drinking and hanging out at the bar. The bar guy of the evening was extremely relaxed...

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

I distinctly remember you guys coming around and that you waited an unacceptable length of time for your food. I am deeply sorry for that. We had a new person training in the restaurant, and although that is not an excuse, it is a rare occurrence. However it all worked out in the end, you got a totally FREE night...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 23 March 2015 via mobile

Yet another afternoon relaxing at Amapondo after a long drive and work. Splendid filter coffee and toasted sandwich for late lunch. Buzzing with lots of visitors no space to stay left. Indicative of a good place to stay! You have to visit here if coming to Port St John's. Lovely beaches and mountains close by.

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

What a wonderful review. Pity we were fully booked though, but I hope you can stay with us next time you're in Port St Johns. Glad you enjoyed your meal at our super yummy, very affordable, Pondolicious Restaurant. Come again soon....

South Africa
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Was expecting a backpackers, but found a Gem. Friendly staff and patrons, a welcoming place in a lovely environment. Port St Johns offers a wealth of activities to do in the area. Waterfalls to sea life and stunning vegetation. Worth a visit again.

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

What a great review. We are truly a Gem, situated in the heart of the Wild Coast, the Jewel of the Transkei, Port St Johns. Nothing gets to us down here, we just love it. Thanks for coming and hope to see you again soon.

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 3 March 2015

Man, where do you even start with an amazing place like this? We weren't planning on staying in Port St John's as we road tripped down the coast, but we passed though and fell in love with Amapondo. Beautifully located against the hill overlooking second beach, Amapondo is everything a backpackers should be. We stayed in one of the self...

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

Glad you had such a good time, and thanks for such a great review. It was indeed a pleasure to have you stay with us, and it was also great to get to know you. Please come again. From Neil, Amanda, and the whole Amapondo Staff team...

Bordeaux, France
Reviewed 26 February 2015

We only stayed one night here as a stopover on an epic drive but it more than served its purpose of providing a comfy place to sleep, welcoming laid-back atmosphere and plenty of nice cold beers! Lush gardens, resident dogs, monkeys, cats and donkeys added to the charm and we found everyone to be super friendly and lovely. We stayed...

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

Glad you had such a good time, and thanks for such a wonderful review. Please come again...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 February 2015

Amapondo used to be my favourite backpackers in South Africa. Tim and Annie were the BEST hosts any traveler could wish for. But the new owners have changed the vibe. The music, food and general atmosphere was a let down compaired to previous years. Even the type of people who were staying at the backpackers were different from previous years....

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

Sorry, we can't please everyone. Amapondo still is my favourite backpackers in South Africa, and based on the large number of positive reviews, it still is for a lot of people. Tim and Annie are good friends of Amanda (my wife) and mine. The vibe has changed a bit since we have taken over, but for the better. Tim and...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • 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: €18 - €32 (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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“die cottages am Hang haben einen traumhaften Blick auf den indischen ozean”
 of 5 bubbles , 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Crystal or Turtle”
 of 5 bubbles didi638, 25 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Go somewhere else!”
 of 5 bubbles markrD6874CU, 18 Dec 2016 | Read review
“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.”
 of 5 bubbles , 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
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