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Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp
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“Makes you want to stay forever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was the second time I stayed at this place in 1,5 months time and it was awesome! The dormrooms are clean, the cabins are very cosy! There is a pool with an adjacent bar on one side and a braai area and large open kitchen (with roof) on the other side. A little bit further to the back there is a lounge area with a table tennis table. It is close to the beach, there is an ocean view from several places and the whole place looks like a lush tropical garden. Above all, the people are so incredibly friendly and welcoming! They are willing to help you with anything and are enthousiastic to teach anyone how to surf. So a pretty amazing place so stay, very relaxed, I wish I could stay there forever!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

The first time I stayed here was in January 2014. Right from the moment you walk in the owners and staff make you feel at home and provide you with absolutely anything you may need. The place has very homely feel to it and is situated not even 5 minutes from the beach and is also very close to nice restaurants/bars. We had an amazing time here and as such I just had to come back for more! The second time round our stay was even better, we seriously had so much fun! Did surf lessons with Charlie (the owner) in Durban and also went snorkeling in one of the tidal pools in Ballito. I can honestly say that if you stay at the secret spot you'll have an awesome time!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

I quite like staying in backpackers and have done so all over the world. I enjoy the price, the travelers and the atmosphere which you do not get in a hotel. This place though is quite shocking. I cannot believe that the last lot of reviews are real??? Poorly signposted, ramshackle entrance. The reception looked like a dump site. I asked the owner as there were literally all types of things just dumped on the floor, from clothes, to appliances to garden tools and she apologized and advised they had just taken over. She then wanted me to make payment immediately and I had red flags buzzing around in my head and asked to see the room first. Thank goodness I had not already paid the booking agent as the wooden cabin did not look like the photo on the internet. The door did not even have a handle but a padlock just like a shed??? This place was the worst I have ever seen and cannot believe it is advertised with booking agents ect.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Charles S, Owner at Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
We would like to respond to the review as we are sorely offended. The guest arrived late at night spent a total of 10 min on our premises and walked out.Her husband loved the place and wanted to stay .We do apologize for the untidy reception which was under revamp into a surf shop to which she was informed and is now complete.For someone to write a review without staying or even entering the accommodation and say that this is the worst she has ever seen is out of order.Come and judge for yourself.Thanks, The owner.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

I couldn't have wished for a better place to stay. The hostel is located right near the sea, surf lessons are offered. Diner and drinks are optional. The super friendly owners are always there to help you out and make you feel right at home.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Marseille, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

That the most friendly welcome i never had. Charlie and Diane are lovely. The place is really nice and perfectly located, 5 minute by car from the bach and the surf spot. The atmospher is warm. I really enjoyed my stay in the secret spot

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great place in a beautiful location, very close to the beach with warm, generous hosts. Like the atmosphere, the accommodations are simple and laid back, in the best kind of way. And everything was clean and tidy. I was there by myself, but it didn't feel that way. Charles and Diane quite literally welcomed me into their own home. They only recently took over the property, so ignore all of the negative reviews. The new management has transformed The Secret Spot into a little piece of heaven. It's a wonderful place to stay. And if you want to learn to surf, be sure to sign up for a lesson! I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp

Property: Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp
Address: Shaka's Rock Main Rd, Shaka's Rock, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Shaka's Rock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Shaka's Rock
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Secret Spot International Backpackers and Surf Camp 1.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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