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“A Place Worth Visiting” 5 of 5 stars
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Amakaya Backpackers
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   15 Park Lane, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa   |  
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, Usa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A Place Worth Visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

This hostel was a highlight of my recent trip to South Africa. Terry and Gerhard made me and my Daughter and her boyfriend feel right at home. We enjoyed a braii in the Pub and had fun staying up half the night getting to know the locals and guests. The location is perfect, and I can't get the views out of my mind. I wish I would have stayed a week instead of one night.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hello Tamara

Thanks for your kind words. It is always gratifying when someone really enjoys their time with us and in Plett.

We hope that the rest of your time in SA was enjoyable and wish you good fortune with your travels.

Regards

Dave
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Thank you, Dave, Terry and Gerhard for your hospitality and excellent service while we attended the Whale Rally. An unforgettable weekend! Keep up the good service. We'll be back next year!

Charl and all his biker friends and biker family.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hello Charl

Thanks for the review and glad that you guys 'n gals had a great time.

See you next year - remember to book early!

Regards

Dave
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Zurenborg, Antwerpen, Belgium
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

When I was there, It was very quiet, but it didn't really matter because the hosts were really outstanding. They made me food every night and took me for a walk on the beach with the dog. After that we went for a nice cup of coffee. I'd love to be there on season one time, to get the full experience of how this amazing place could be aswell. A lot of respect for this backpackers, I'll never forget. Big thanks to Terry, Gerhardt and last but not least Skyetjie.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hello Amber

Thanks for taking the time to review your stay with us. Pity that you caught us on one of the rare quiet nights. Have been somewhat busy in June as you can see from recent reviews.

Please help us improve our service for future guests with respect to value, sleep quality and rooms which you gave a lower rating than your other selections.

Thanks and regards

Dave
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

It really felt like home. Very friendly staff. Excellent worth for you're money. Very clean and neat. Walking distance from town centre. There are braai fascilities for summer and winter time. So you can have a braai anytime of the year.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hello Simone

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

Regards

Dave
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Gerhard and Terry made us feel very welcome. The rooms were clean and tidy, off street secure parking gave peace of mind and access to the heart of town and the beaches was super quick and easy. The guys and gals were helpful regs activities and maps etc...
Enjoyed some time at the bar, longer than planned ;-) and met some other very cool travellers.
Bonus, watching sunrise with a cup of coffee from the terrace. Recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Hi Brett

Thanks for the review of your stay and glad to hear that you had a good time.

The challenge for your next visit is to stay up and watch the sunrise.

Regards

Dave
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Me and my partner stayed here for 2 nights and loved it so much we booked an extra two nights to stay!!! We had an amazing experience, Gerhandt and skye took great care of us, the nights were the best sat round the camp fire chilling and eating! They organized all our activities for us which made everything so easy. We are definitely going to be coming back here, purely for the greats nights with Gerhandt and Skye keeping us company and making our stay truly memorable.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Hi Matthew

Glad to hear that you both had such a good time in Plett.

Thanks for staying with us.

Regards

Dave
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Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We spent 3 nights there, and it was awesome! Amakaya is well located (a short walk to the main street and many sightseeings), the staff is helpful and provide lots of information about Plett and what to do in the city; they booked skydiving for us. The installations and the cabin we stayed were clean though very basic, the kitchen were pretty good equipped and there's a laundry area you can make use for free. Internet's only available in the living room though, and it's really slow. The best part of Amakaya was the atmosphere! Gerhardt, the manager is a extremely kind person, we had lots of good chatting around the fire and a braai in one of the nights, plus malva pudding :-)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Hello Danielle

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed the activities that were recommended to you.

Please let us know what we can do to improve the following areas that you rated a 3 out of 5:
Value
Rooms
Service

This will be appreciated to enable us to improve the overall experience of our guests.

Regards

Dave
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Additional Information about Amakaya Backpackers

Address: 15 Park Lane, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amakaya Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amakaya Backpackers hostel & self-catering accommodation is 300 metres from the shops, restaurants, pubs, of Main Street Plettenberg Bay and 800m from the popular Central Beach.Our upstairs bar and open air veranda offers magnificent views of the Tsitsikamma mountain range, the lagoon and the bay. This is a great place to relax after a busy day’s activities or for the early risers to watch the sunrise. To keep yourself busy, visit our Adventure Centre where we will help arrange things to do, including tours to get you out and about in the Garden Route area. We will also arrange transport to these activities if you do not have your own. After dinner share your adventures around the bonfire with our other guests or just laze in the hammocks. ... more   less 
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