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“Beautiful spot” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers

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Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
“Beautiful spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

We have had a very good time at Buccaneers. It is a place that keeps it simple as the spot is very good. Walking distance to the beach. Good activities being organized. Good food. Safe environment. We loved it as a family.

Room Tip: We were in the 2 bedroom cottage with a stunning view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Hi there!

Thanks so much for sharing your positive feedback about Buccs on TripAdvisor - it was a pleasure having you stay and we look forward to next time :)

Kind regards,

April
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Sunshine Beach, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Buccaneers is one of those places where you instantly feel welcome. There is a beauty and relaxed vibe that is indescribable. It is a large property that magically nestles on a pristine beach and river. Accommodation ranges from a spacious campsite with an amazing camp kitchen and amenities( just a 2 min stroll from the pool and pool bar) thru to dorms, ensuite rooms and heavenly luxurious rooms with delightful views of the river and the 17km of beach.

The meals are extraordinary and are hosted in such a friendly and homely way. Buccanners is truly a heavenly experience weather you want to part all night or escape from the hustle and bustle of life- this place somehow lets you do both. The night life at the bar is always fun and the activities are endless(game park adventures, cultural tours, canoeing up the river or just chilling on the beach, this place has it all.

Apart from the amazing location, top class accommodation and fabulous activities, i think after being there many times that the real key to buccaneers 30 + years of success is the amazing effort the beautiful staff go out of their way to make you feel so welcome. I have seen so many people fall in love

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Hello!

You're review is stunning - thanks for sharing your love for Buccs, our staff and family with potential guests on TripAdvisor.

Look forward to seeing you on your next trip from down under!

Take care,

April
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

after a gruelling dirt road you get to buccaneers and find the road inside to be even worse. we signed in to camp, scraped the car down to the campsite n set up our tent, after which a painter tells us the camping is in fact not open and under repair, huge lack of communication! the trek up to use showers was crazy but the ablutions were fine, the campsite is probably quite cool too when its neater and everything has been repaired/painted

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor - we really appreciate hearing about your time here and will put your comments towards improving our guest experience. The road down to Buccaneers does need to be taken slowly if you're in a small car - we try to maintain it before our busy season every year but have to wait for an appropriate time (and appropriate weather!). I'm sure other guests will appreciate knowing to be careful on the drive down - dirt roads in SA (and especially on the Wild Coast) are a hazard that need weighing up against the paradise at the other end :)

I sincerely apologize on behalf of the whole team here that our communication was not good - you should have been informed upon booking and again upon check-in that certain parts of the camp ground were being uplifted and maintained in time for busy season. Thank you for being so understanding in the fact that this did not happen - I'm glad you were still able to enjoy your experience here and will pass your comments on to the reception and management team to help improve future experiences for guests.

Have a great day and hope to see you at Buccs again on your next trip to Chintsa!

Kind regards,

April
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

A lovely place to chill and unwind. A backpackers and non-backpackers paradise! I highly recommend the TUTU en-suite for couples, you wake up to the enchanting sound of the beach. Not many people, so not noisy. Plus theres free breakie on Sundays as an added bonus! AWESOME!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hi there!

Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience on Trip Advisor - we really appreciate your feedback and we agree that we live in paradise :)

Your room recommendation is great - Tutu is one of our new rooms and I'm sure new guests will be glad to know that it's worth their while requesting that particular room - the view really is unbeatable!

Look forward to seeing you next time your in Chintsa!

Have a great day,

April
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Wouw, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

The room we had, had a beautifull view over the beach. There are a lot of activities organized. We had a problem with the bed sheets that were not cleaned before we arrived, however this was perfectly solved by the staff. It was not the best and cleanest place that we stayed in, however the view and overall vibe was great!!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, December 11, 2013
Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor - we really appreciate the feedback from guests and are always looking to improve our service. I apologize again for the sheets not being clean when you checked in and thank you for being so understanding and patient whilst the staff corrected this mistake.

I hope that you will stay with us next time you visit Chintsa.

Kind regards,

April
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed here for only one night on the way further south. Wish, wish, wish we had planned for longer. I booked a room for 3 people (myself and my daughters) so we had a large room, ensuite and small deck all to ourselves with a great view of the river mouth and beach. Our room was quiet except for the sound of the surf and the birds waking in the morning. Food was fantastic, the staff were excellent, and the ethical gift shop gave us lots of small gifts to take back to Australia. The short time were there meant we didn't partake in any of the activities (horse riding, yoga, guided walks) but my kids have already made a plan for this the next time around!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gerberas0
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Hi there!

Thank you for taking the time to share your views about Buccaneers on TripAdvisor - we really appreciate it. I'm glad that you had a great time here and that your girls are already planning their next trip to Chintsa - there is definitely too much to do for just one night!

See you next time,

April
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights in a dorm. Would definitely come back.

Pros
- beautiful views
- clean dorms
- close to the beach
- their dogs will follow you around, just to make sure you're safe (very friendly dogs)
- food was great but the portions are huge!
- free daily activities and wine

Cons
- yoga classes were advertised but when we arrived for class, the teacher never showed up. The staff doesn't even have the teacher's phone number to confirm if they were going to show up
- asked for surf lessons each day but was told that the surf teacher wasn't teaching that day
- canoes are advertised but there are none available
- wi-fi/internet is not free
- communal kitchen was a mess
- road to the hostel is very rocky, so if you're driving a rental, beware

Room Tip: Blue dorm room is clean and has a great view
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Michelle S
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CintsaSunshine, Public Relations Manager at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Hi there,

Thank you so much for sharing your review on TripAdvisor - we really appreciate your feedback. I'm glad you had a great experience overall and that Bella looked after you :)

I apologize for the fact that some of the activities that we offer were unavailable during your stay. I'm not sure exactly what the weather was like when you were here but sometimes we cannot run surf schools because of the water and wind conditions. We also only have one surf instructor at present and he needs a break every now and then! Our canoes are currently in the process of being repaired so have been unavailable for a week or so. Understandable circumstances but a frustrating experience for guests who stay over that time, I apologize again for that and I will bring these issues up with the Price family.

As far as the road is concerned it is a gravel road and needs to be taken very slowly in small cars - we will be grading the road before high season in December, as we do every year. I'm sure future guests will appreciate your advice on this one!

The communal kitchen is currently run under the understanding that guests clean up after themselves but we have had a few comments recently about the state of the kitchen and need to look into a different solution. Thanks for bringing this issue up.

We look forward to seeing you next time you're in Chintsa :)

Have a great day,

April
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Property: 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): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers 3*
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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