I made the trip to Port St. Johns from Cape Town on my own. I flew to East London, stayed at night at the Sugar Shack (which I do NOT recommend - stay at Cintsa's Buccaneer's instead), then took the Baz Bus to Umtata, then Amapondo sent a shuttle to pick me up and take me to Port St. Johns. I am a young (27) female and felt rather safe doing this trip alone although my South African friends had concerns. I met up with a friend at Amapondo who was already there.
Amapondo was very welcoming. I had the best hamburger of my life at the bar there. The staff are great. The view is amazing of the river/beach/ocean. Short walk to the beach and nature reserve. Great hikes including the Blowhole and the Gap. The showers are great, outdoors showers with stones to keep the curtains from blowing, and palms growing on the other side of the wall. Best part is the people you meet - everyone is very open and outgoing. Might be hard to keep to yourself if that is what you are looking for though. Great critters - the hostel dog Flore was my favorite. A little black cat tried to snuggle up in bed with me at night, and one morning I woke up to monkeys running across the roof. At night drum sessions were fun.
Note: It rained much of the 4 days I was at Amapondo, and I still had a great time. Board games, chess, etc. and just lounging around are still fun here. Just keep in mind that summer (i.e. January) is rainy season on the Eastern Cape, so bring an umbrella/raincoat!
Drawback: Amapondo doesn't have internet. However, this may be a plus for some people who like to be out of reach. It gives you a reason to go into town to the internet cafe, where you can meet more interesting people.
Also - I had an AMAZING massage here overlooking the ocean in a little hut with little green lizards running over the ceiling. It was cheap - an hour or so for only $30.
- Also Known As:
- Amapondo Hotel
- Amapondo Hotel Port St Johns
- 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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