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Amapondo

Second Beach Road | Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Durban, South Africa
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93 reviews 93 reviews
21 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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George, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Pretoria, South Africa
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10 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, 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... More 

Bordeaux, France
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12 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

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

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 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.... More 

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, 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... More 

Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I was wholeheartedly welcomed into the Pondo family for one month in July/August of 2014. When I approached Neil for help on an anthropolgy honours research project he not only welcomed me to stay at Amapondo he also worked closely with me to form a relationship with the Isinuka Sulphur springs (a place of natural medicine and healing) wich are... More 

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

And what a great research thesis you wrote. I enjoyed every moment. Thanks for coming and please come again... More 

Worcester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Located in an area of luscious green trees and hills. The moment we arrived we felt the place had a nice vibe with music playing and a a place that attracts a relaxed bustling, kind bunch of backpackers. We stayed in bunks made of branches of wood and a comfy mattress. I stayed on the top bunk which was quite... More 

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Great review. Thanks. Please come again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed at Amapondo Backpackers for one night only, as it was a stop-over during our cross-country trip. Port St Johns feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, which is exactly what we were looking for. On the other hand, our chalet, named Turtle Cove, felt luxurious as there was hot water, a bath, a complete kitchen and... More 

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Turtle Cove really is a comfy cottage and boasts great facilities. Sorry if no one was there to help you up with your bags. So many backpackers carry their backpack on their backs, but we do have ample help here, so please feel free to ask for help if you need. Hope you make it back here. Ask for me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Amapondo backpackers is situated at 2nd beach with a beautiful view of the ocean. An easy walk to the beach, the shakti room we stayed in was great. Would definitely recommend it for young travellers that don't mind climbing steps!! Worth the price...

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Our private self-catering cottages include Shakti, Shiva, Crystal House and Turtle Cove. They are extremely popular for couples and also families. Turtle Cove can accommodate up to 5 people. The walk is a bit steep up our terraced gardens, but its well worth the view from the cottage balconies that stare out at the ocean. More 

Durban, South Africa
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

Whenever I'm in PSJ I pop into Amapondo for a few beers. Last night they had a multi talented musician doing his thing. I had a chicken burger and added on Haloumi cheese. The chilli sauce they bought was a bomb! The staff are jacked and friendly.

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Great review. The Amapondo restaurant is becoming renowned for its burgers. Next time try the Halloumi Mushroom burger. Its to die for... More 

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