Buccaneers Backpackers Cintsa



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The Buccaneers Backpackers Cintsa hostel is popular as it is right next to a beach with its own direct access, and there are views of the sea from most rooms as well as the bar. It is unlike most hostels in that the rooms are spread out over the hillside, but this adds to the beach getaway feel. It even has a beauty therapy room when the beautician is around.

Buccaneers is down a long bumpy road, and the only way to get there is by self-drive or Baz Bus which stops here. The village of Cintsa is a 10 minute walk away on the other side of the beach, and has few amenities - a general store selling food and magazines, a cafe, and a touristy beach shop. There is little else around, but the hostel provides daily free activities, such as volleyball competitions, and also a weekly trip to a local school to see the children sing.

The dorms are in self-contained units, each with two bedrooms with two bunk beds in each, a shower room and an open plan kitchen and sitting room. The bed linen may not always be fresh or they may be torn but cleaners come each day and there are notes stating that guest should notify them of any problems so they can rectify it. The shower room has a clean shower with a WC and sink and is functional. The units have a small patio out the front overlooking the beach, and it is fairly secure with each person having a key to the front door of the unit.

Having the lounge sitting area in each dorm unit can be a nice place to escape but not that social. There is, however, a bar/restaurant/pool table/seating area as the main communal space. The hostel serves good food nightly in this area and somebody announces the following day's free activity. Above this is the reception area, where activities can be booked such as horse riding along the beach and surf lessons - although this may be cancelled on the morning if not enough people are booked on. The hostel also has free bodyboards and kayaks for the lagoon on the beach. In this reception area is a shop selling locally made curios, a book exchange, and two computers for fairly expensive internet access. Behind this is a TV room with sofas and a self-catering kitchen area. There is also a swimming pool with bar on the complex although this is rarely manned.

Being that this is spread out over a hillside and is so popular, this place is fairly well managed. It would be better if there were no minimum numbers for activities so that a guest can do what they expect to do instead of an activity being cancelled at the last minute, and ideally provisions for when the beauty therapist and activity guides aren't around. It is a great beach escape, but there is little else to do other than be by the beach so could get a little boring for those who prefer towns and sightseeing.
by Helen Resuggan
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
September 2007


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Buccaneers Backpackers Cintsa" at Vincent, 5217.)


Vincent, 5217, Cintsa, Eastern Cape, South Africa
-32.836688, 28.110323
bucc1207@staah.net, buccaneers@cintsa.com
+27 (0)43 7343012
+27 (0)43 7343749
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Almost perfect
Visited in April 2012. Nice place, great relaxed atmosphere, right on the beach. Food was actually really good, which is unusual for hostels (it was Mexican night, and I'm from Texas but even I was impressed). Staff very friendly and helpful. There are really fun group activities every night, like drum lessons taught by a hilarious guy who really knows his stuff. My only complaint was when I got into the room (I stayed in the dorm) ... it smelled pretty moldy. But otherwise everything was great.
What an absolute treat
What an absolute treat to stay here! Friendly people and even some good advice at some or other hour that is now quite hazy! The staff is hugely competent and willing to help. The bar is a must and the activities are well organized and great fun! Overall, it was an absolute pleasure to stay here and I am so coming back as soon as I can!!
Werner Honing
(South African)
Very nice.
Very nice place and nice staff. But customers are too much alcoholics.
They have a free shuttle that picks up from East London! It was a fair price for internet, no more expensive than the surrounding "competition" and the fastest I had come across on the wild coast. The hostel is bloody organised! They did my baz bus bookings for me and my hostels, even helped people book flights and buses other than the baz bus -- all for free and with a smile. And I had some of the best pizzas and tramezzinis at that pool bar! Activities are not canceled at the last minute, by the way. Guests are told to come at night time before 9 p.m. to check. Me mates and I stayed in that place for two solid weeks! We rated it an "A." This is a family business that has been going on for more than fifteen years and a staff that does not treat you like a bank, but one that treats you like a good mate! Man I love that place, it literally felt like home to me, I made some pretty good mates there.
Best hostel we stayed at.
This is without a doubt the best hostel we stayed at. Buccaneers isn't just a hostel, it's a way of life. It's situated in a lovely mountainside over looking the best views. If you manage to get up for breakfast early the view of sunrise is a must see. We stayed in both a double and a dorm room and both were perfect. Don't expect to be bored here, there is so much to do and a lot of it is free. One minute you'll be visiting a local school and the next the neighbouring elephants. Just go. We traveled the world and it was our number one.
Sheila and Ollie
  the best on the planet. stayed. came back. and stayed for six months. recommending buccs is an understatment -- go to be a part of the price family, party in the bar, eat nancy's extraordinary meals, and walk the beach for hours. cannot wait to return for christmas!
  Amazing -- definitely the best hostel i stayed at and will return! Beautiful place, rural, wonderful people and dogs, great activites and you feel as though you are part of the extended family! Love it.
Kate Woodward
  I travelled in 5 different continents, 23 different countries and countless towns and cities and I have never stayed in a place that matches Buccs!! This is an absolute gem. I hope South Africa are proud of this one!!
Andy Watson

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