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Amapondo Backpackers Lodge

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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
  • Rooms
    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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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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

Durban, South Africa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 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... More 

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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. More 

London, England, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 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... More 

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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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

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... More 

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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... More 

Durban, South Africa
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107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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.... More 

George, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 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. More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 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... More 

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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... More 

Bordeaux, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 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... More 

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

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