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Second Beach Road | Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited Amapondo as part of a large group and we loved our experience. The staff was so friendly, helpful, and accommodating. They worked hard in so many ways to ensure that we were entertained and enjoyed our stay. The facilities were cleaned regularly, the kitchen was fully stocked for those who wanted to cook, and there were so many... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent 4 days camping with a friend in Amapondo over the Christmas period. A beautiful backpackers located on the hill looking over the beach. The view and gardens were spectacular! The food was excellent which was great as there aren't really any other choices around. Highly recommended as a very relaxing and affordable backpackers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel has a great location, clean facilities, friendly and helpful staff, and they have a number of fun things to do. I recommend getting a message if you get the chance, it is wonderful, and they hike to the blowhole is worth it!!! I would defiantly stay there again!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were suppose to stay here for one maybe two nights, but we ended up staying for five nights instead. We got "stuck" :) The staff were friendly and helpfull and we enjoyed every second at the hostel. Just outside the hostel you get the most incredible nature with the beach only fives minutes away, Though the staff is amazing... More

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Albertville, Alabama
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff at Amapondo is very friendly and welcoming. They offer fun excursions and events. Plus they have great prices and delicious food. Thought it's secluded, Amapondo provides a relaxing atmosphere just steps away from the Indian Ocean. I would definitely come back in the future.

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North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel did a great job hosting our large group. They organized great excursions for us and the owners are amazing hosts. The room were great and the location is a fantastic. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a place nearby.

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The rainforest surrounds Amapondo on all sides! The ocean and many waterfalls, rock climbing areas, a river and scenic routes are within walking distance of the hostel. We were wonderfully welcomed by the owners - all 45 of us - and gifted a relaxing stay. The eco-friendly hostel includes hot showers, comfortable beds (some tree house style!) and many animals... More

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

We are blessed to live in such a wonderful place surrounded by rainforest jungle, a lovely beach, wild monkeys, and even a pet donkey. We loved hosting your group and hope you come back. More

Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location, and an atmosphere that is as fun, vibrant, and exciting as the owners who run it. There was always live entertainment, great food, cheap drinks, massages, dogs and a donkey on site, bonfires. The staff makes you feel very welcome and treats you like family. It is a short distance form the beach, and they offer tours to... More

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Fantastic news. We were successful in providing the perfect South African Backpacker Experience. Well apart from the rooms closest to the bar that can get a bit noisy on a party night. Best solution : If you can't beat em, join em. Unless you're not in the mood for a party, then we have a lot of other rooms to... More

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8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I just ended a year of touring the world with 40 of my friends at Amapondo. It is the perfect setting for a quiet, fun and adventurous escape. Set on a mountain-side you have a great view of Port St Johns. The waves are beautiful and the blowhole is amazing! The food and drinks are the best I have had... More

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review. I am so glad you had a good time. Great views, friendly pets, yummy food, good people. Please come again. We loved hosting your group - you brought such wonderful energy to Amapondo. Neil More

Lawrenceville, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at this hostel after a long flight and drive. Immediately upon arrival we were welcomed by a landscape that is powerful and beautiful and off the beaten tourist path. The owners are laid back and soo helpful. They went above and beyond for our group. Nick was or adventure guide and was knowledgable about everything available in the... More

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Amapondo, Owner at Amapondo, responded to this review

Thanks for a lovely review. My wife and I, who own Amapondo, take every guest's experience to heart. Our staff are the real reason that our guests feel welcome. The majority of staff live on site, and this is their home. Each member of our staff enjoy living and working at Amapondo, and are proud to be here. They go... More

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Address: Second Beach Road | Wildcoast, Port St Johns 5120, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port St Johns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Amapondo rests on a hill just across from the Beach. Boasting breathtaking views, Amapondo is known for its VIBEY ATMOSPHERE, SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD, BUZZING BAR, PRIVATE SELF-CATERING COTTAGES, and wide variety of THINGS TO DO. We are proudly passionate about Pondo Culture and would love you to experience it too. Born and bred in the area, our FRIENDLY PONDO STAFF bubble over with Pondo-licious ideas to keep you entertained. Stay longer and get involved with our Community Volunteer Programs. WARNING: The ground beats with rhythm and soul - the magnetic energy soaks into your skin – and you’re guaranteed to catch ‘Pondo Fever’ and not want to leave.We love FANCY DRESS. FREE DRINK if you contribute to our BOX.Stuff to do: Yoga, Meditation, Massage, Horse Riding, Cultural Tours, Sacred Mud Caves, Waterfall hikes, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Boat trips, 4X4 Trails, Drumming, Xhosa cooking lessons, Live Music, Fire shows, Party nights FREE Wifi. ... more   less 
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