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Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments
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Reviewed November 9, 2010

Although I have only stayed in around 5-10 hostels during my lifetime, Amakaya is definitely that which I was the most fond of and would recommend any backpacker looking for somewhere in Plettenberg Bay to choose. my flatmate and myself went to for a long weekend to Plett Bay and picked Amakaya not sure what to expect. After making the booking over the phone (where i spoke to the wonderful and friendly manager Dave and on another occassion the friendly co-owner Dorothy) I was sure they'd be welcoming hosts and i wasn't disappointed. We arrived a few days later to be greeted by Dave at recepion who not only spent over anhour talking to us about things to see neary but also advised on the other places to see on th rest of the garden route towards Port Elizabeth! We were really overwhlemed. We then met another lovely co-owner named Mary who made us feel welcome as well. Dave then showed us around the hostel (which is more like an extended house) The rooms and facilities are all wonderful. The rooms were very neat and clean and there was a nice lounge (including a TV and DVD, computer with Internet access), kitchen, bathroom, bar area and balcony we were allowed to use. We really felt a part of the household within an hour or two and to top it all off a wood fire as lit later in the evening and all the fellow guests and ourselves all sat round and chatted. My flatmate and felt really like we were teenagers out on a summer camp!

Anyway, I can't praise Amakaya enough. It is a lovely little guesthouse which Im sure all people looking for somewhere fun, clean, cosy and welcoming will have a fantastic time staying at.

Chris (Birmingham, Engand)

Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

I was fortunate enough to stay at the Amakaya for three days in September 2010. I was greeted by Mary, the manager, on my arrival and she was immediately very friendly and went out of the way to find me the room and the price I preferred. The bunks were wide and comfortable and the decor very pleasant. The shower and toilet facitlies were luxurious.Mary arranged the trips I took and also the transport to the venues, arranging an early morning trip first of all toTenikwa cheetah rehabilation centre leaving at 6.45. Mary was happily abroad at this hour to see that everything ran smoothly, and from then on both she, Dave (the owner) and his wife Dorothy made every possible effort to ensure that my stay was as fulfilling and enjoyable as possible. I had lost my camera the day before I arrived and Dorothy lent me hers for the day and put all the photos onto a flash drive for me. Dave made suggestions for trips I might enjoy, and found out the times and prices so that I could get the most out of each day.
I was looking for a quiet hostel at night with the possibility to take part in as many activities as possible in a short time during the day. To this end, Amakaya more than met my expectations.
Sally Daley UK

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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  • Stayed: January 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 29, 2016
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about 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 #21 of 70 Specialty Lodging in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: $23 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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