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Amapondo Backpacker Lodge is situated in the lush, dense forest of the Transkei overlooking the wild and beautiful sandy Second Beach in Port St Johns.

Run by a team of family and friends, become part of the family and experience how to become a victim of “Pondo Fever” .

Whether you want to enjoy the beauty, landscape and culture of the Wild Coast, enjoy our fantastic themed parties or chill in a hammock…. the choice is yours!

Whilst you are sipping a freshly squeezed juice, cold beer or freshly brewed coffee in our bar/restaurant, watch the whales breaching in the distance.

We have fantastic activities on offer:

Take a guided hike to the Bululo waterfall, rugged beach, Silaka nature reserve or the spectacular Blow Hole.

Cultural Tours; visit the local crèche, sewing project in the local village and sample traditional Xhosa food, cooked by a village mama.

Visit the medicinal Isinuka Mud Caves and Sulphur Springs where the traditional Pondo people cover themselves in the mud and bathe in the sulphur pools.

Want a African Sunset Screensaver? Take a drive to the local airstrip where the ravens play over the cliff face. Sipping your cool beer you can be at the site of the film Blood Diamond.

Other Activities on offer:

Mountain Bike hire.

Canoe Hire.

Guided waterfall hikes & drives to rural waterfall sites.

Horse Riding

Cultural tours

2-5 day hikes and 4WD tours to the rural villages and landscape of the Transkei.

Xhosa Language lessons

Drumming Lessons and performances.


Scuba Diving for the Sardine Run.

Whale & Dolphin watching (Boat Tour)

River Tour (Boat tour)

African Cooking Lessons.





Themes dress up parties

Pool Competitions

Poker Competitions

Bar & Restaurant

Fresh Juice, fresh filter coffee, herbal teas, beer, wine, milkshakes, spirits

African, International and Asian Fusion.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Friendly


Subject to high season/Low Season Rates. The below rates are for the low season.

Dorm Room R100

Double Room R300

Family Room R350 (Twin Share R100 extra pp. Sleeps 4)

Self-contained Cottages

Shakti/Shiva R550 (Twin Share)

Turtle Cove R650 (Sleeps 4) (Price for a couple)

Crystal Cottage R650 (Sleeps 4) (Price for a couple)



  • Free WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
  • 24 Hour Check-In
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Bar
  • Linen Included

Important Information

A rustic african vibe hostel. Amapondo has used recycled materials to ensure our footprint is small!

Self-catering cottages are ideal for families and couples who want an intimate privacy with a sea view balcony.

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Hotel Amenities

  • Adaptors
  • BBQ
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Café
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Games room
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk


  • 24 Hour Security
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire


  • Bicycle Parking
  • Free Parking


  • Board Games

inroom facilities

  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box

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