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Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
1 review
“Amakaya was great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

we had a great time last year at amakaya.
very friendly staff and every night beers and a cozy fire.
one of the best places I stayed in South Africa.
I mean, friendly staff, nice other people I met at the backpackers and the guy who's workin' over there had great stories to tell.

all felt very friendly and it was also possible to arrange a good price.
quite a walk to the center, but it's worth it.
also a Baz Bus stop, so there will always arrive new people.
Gerhardt: keep the good work up!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

We are from Durban and initially we came to Plett for 2 weeks and ended up staying 4 weeks- accommodation is although a problem with the rising costs of inflation – My husband and his working colleagues – we found Amakhaya Backpackers as we drove through Plett – Being sceptical about backpackers we booked in for 2 weeks but the job took longer and we had to stay 3 weeks. We were highly impressed with Amakhaya – The homely atmosphere and the owner Dave and his staff was absolutely amazing. I can truly say it’s the best place – its like being at home- Clean, helpful and affordable. IT was an awesome place to stay. Thank you so much for everything Dave.

Bev and Lawrence Naidoo

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were three days in the city and stayed at AMAKAYA. The place itself excellent, rooms and bathrooms are very clean, large kitchen fully equipped, there is place to baraai and the highlight of the place is the owner of the place!
Dave charming guy, who likes to help, he traveled a lot in the country and knows a lot about the placesthat we would not necessarily reach them by Lonely Planet. he continued to be in contact with us to give us tips even after we left.
Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Shany2222
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hello Shany

Thank you for your flattering review!

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in Plettenberg Bay.

When you get a chance please upload some pics of your shark dive - either on Tripadvisor or our facebook page.

Hope that your stay in Cape Town was good and that you travel safely.

Regards

Dave
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

As soon as me and my girlfriend got here we knew we'd picked a good hostel. Charles was extremely welcoming and made us feel at home. The hostel itself has a real homely feel to it and there is a variety of seating areas, including an outdoor bar, indoor bar and living room space. Kitchen is nice and clean and showers were hot! All staff were superb in arranging trips for us, in particular Dave, who ferried me there and back to Bloukrans bungee (a must by the way)!! Thanks for a great stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hello Paul

Thank you taking the trouble to do a review of your stay with us.

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you enjoyed the bungy.

Why not upload a picture or 2 of your bungy jump?

Regards

Dave
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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here on our second night down the garden route. It was the cheapest of all our backpackers, we had a large on suite bathroom with separate shower and tub, also our own private balcony. The bed was comfortable, but the fluff on the bedding did come off on our hair and clothes. I am sure this backpackers is far more pumping in season, but the staff were still friendly and helpful.
Overall good value for money, fun party place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thank your for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us.

I have addressed the problem regarding the bedding in the room. It appears that one of our newer duvet covers is wearing a bit more than our other bedding.

Travel safe.

Regards

Dave
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

We stayed here in peak season but it was still so quiet and laid back! Such friendly and helpful staff who organized everything we wanted to do from booking a restaurant to taking a taxi to visit the cheetah sanctuary!! Really good location close to the main street and baz bus stop which is good!
Our room was a private double and was really clean and nice views but we didn't have hot water for one of the nights/days. Kitchen was very clean as well!
We will be back one day I'm sure.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Thank RozBoz182
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Thans for taking the time to do a review of your stay with us.

I am glad that you enjoyed your time in Plettenberg Bay.

Apologies about the hot water. We had a heat pump installed to assist with energy saving and it appears that one of the timer settings was incorrect and so was not adequete when we were busy. This has been adjusted.

Regards

Dave.
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Seoul, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2012

Traveled with hostels and backpackers for over 1 year. This backpackers is one of the best accommodations. They have everything travellers want and need. Staff was so friendly, maybe more than a staff, like a friend. They were helpful as well. anything you need, just go to the receiption and ask. They will do all they can do for you. The room was perfect. Clean and cozy. Definitely want to go back there if I visit Platt again. Thanks for everything!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Sam J
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Amakaya, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
Hello Sam

Trust that you are back home after your travels. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in Plett.

Hope to see you again.

Regards

Dave

PS - sorry about the swimming pool!
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Property: Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments
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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, your 'home away from home.' We will make your stay as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible and help you with as much information as we can about the local activities and attractions. Exchange experiences with fellow travellers and keep in touch with family and friends. Enjoy a complimentary wi-fi and internet facilities,coffee and tea at both Amakaya Backpackers and Amakaya Backpacker Apartments. Amakaya Backpackers is not perfect, however is a clean, friendly and homely place where you can relax after an exhilarating day in the area. We have hot showers (electric and gas), relaxed atmosphere and comfortable beds. Sip on a drink at our upstairs bar while you relax on the veranda and take in the view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the lagoon and the sea. We are a 300m walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of Plettenberg Bay's Main Street and 800m from the popular Central Beach (beware of the steep uphill walk back that will certainly build up an appetite and thirst!). For the 'private' traveller or those who want some 'me' time, our range of double and twin private rooms (each with its own TV) and 2 sleeper private dorm is just what you need. For those who do not mind sharing we have a selection of standard and en-suite dorms that sleep 2, 4, 6 and 8 guests respectively. All guests have the use of our fully-equipped kitchen facilities, free tea & coffee, wi-fi, a sitting room to read or watch TV/DVDs and an upstairs bar with outside balcony. Parking is on the premises and is accessed by an electric gate. Amakaya Backpacker Apartments - situated 200m from Amakaya Backpackers and 100m from Main Street. Each apartment has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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