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“Iconic place, Fairtrade accredited - time to update the rooms” 3 of 5 stars
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Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers
| Cintsa West, Chintsa 5217, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Yorkshire
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68 reviews 68 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Iconic place, Fairtrade accredited - time to update the rooms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

Buccaneers seems to be the place to be - and the location is just fantastic.

We came with our two kids and we loved all the stuff they have going on - especially the genuine commitment to the local community. We went on a cultural tour (excellent) attended the primary school concert (just fantastic) and had a surfing lesson (great).

The bar has a lovely vibe, the staff are great (a bit laid back maybe, but hard not to be here!) and the evening food is excellent.

But... The rooms are poor. We had a two bedroomed cabin, which badly needed updating. With somekind of flooring, better kitchen equipment and sorting out the damp it could have been paradise. On our first night we wanted to move out because the place smelt so bad (damp) but we persevered and we are very glad we did as we'd have missed out on the other great stuff.

But please spend a little cash on the rooms... And also please supply guests with towels. After a year of travelling this was the only place anywhere in the world we stayed where towels were for sale, but not provided.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

Buccaneers re4ally was amazing. The accommodation is incredibly nice, it's right by the beach and the staff were really helpful. I would most definitely come back here.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Grimstad, Norway
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

I've travelled a lot, and I still dream about the next time I get the chance to go back to Buccaneers. I'll try to explain the Magic here, but I suggest that everyone goes there themselves.

First it's the location - they couldn't have picked a more stunning location! The breathtaking view from the breakfast deck, and from most of the huts and rooms is the best start to the day one can imagine!

Secondly, it's the abundance of activities they offer - something for everyone.

Then it's the service - the crew at Buccaneers really aim to make you feel welcome!

Just go there ;-)

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, GA
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

We stayed at Buccaneers for three nights and wanted to stay longer. Our room overlooked the beach with a spectacular view. The atmosphere is relaxing, the food amazing, and there are free activities each day. I highly recommend you to stay here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

We have been travelling around the world for 6 months...and cintsa is definetely a nice memory! The Buccaneers location is superb, hidden in nature, in a nice bay. We stayed in a cottage and was really nice (we also met a guy who advise us to go to Mdumbi, close to coffe bay...another paradise, go if you can!) The stuff are very friendly, they organise day activities. you can also get the kayak for free and go kayaking along the river. Buccaneers is a great place to relax and have fun at the same time!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melboune, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2010

We spent a few months traveling along the coast of South Africa last year and this place became the source of most of our fun/drunken backpacker stories. Buccs is set in a beautiful corner of the world with a chilled vibe and a crew who's mission is to make your stay a fun one. There's heaps of activities offered, including bike rides into a neighboring village and horse rides along the beach. I wish I could say we took part in those activities but the beach and buzzing bar kept us pretty occupied. So no, maybe this isn't the place for your luxurious safari tent holiday in Africa, but for travelers looking for a relaxed place to make some new friends, this is a must-stop.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2010

Beautiful.
Buccaneers backpackers is a nice place to unwind. I'm a Canadian travelling through South Africa and I love this place. The people are so nice, when the swell is on the beach cooks, and there's talent to be found everywhere. I see that a couple nobs have written some horrible reviews about this place, that's cool. Without them to compare myself to, I might have come off as a real dink. Lucky me. Honestly, this is a backpackers where anyone and everyone is welcome, from families with babies to bird watchers. The last stretch of road is a dirt road so beware if you're driving your own car. If you've rented a citi Golf, you'll be fine. Otherwise give Bucc's some advance warning and they'll pick you up from East London. If you want Mr.Clean then maybe try a fancy hotel with all the trimmings. Remember, it's a backpackers and it's Africa. This place is home to a serious un-kak vibe that's hard to leave behind you.
Cheers

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers

Address: | Cintsa West, Chintsa 5217, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Chintsa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Chintsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buccaneers, set in beautiful indigenous gardens with magnificent views of the Cintsa Bay and lagoon, has been a haven for travelers for the last 17 years. With its great location and wide range of accommodation offering from camping to en-suite rooms and facilities like a swimming pool, free canoes, volleyball court & (of course) the beach right on its doorstep. Buccaneers has been Fair Trade certified and is intricately involved in local community projects. ... more   less 
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