Sugarshack Backpackers, East London

Quigney, Eastern Beach
56 Reviews
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Good place, friendly folk

Had a great nights stay here a couple of years ago while traveling back to Jo-Burg by rental car from CapeTown. Lulled to sleep by the surf. Even got to see a drum being made and another being reskinned. Must go see the local wild life park if you stay here, just ask the desk.

Bruce and Sharon Tricklebank
New Zealand

SugarShack is a laid-back hostel at the Beach front of East London. With a hammock and sofa on the top balcony, it is an ideal place to get yourself a beverage and chill the day away. Alternatively, you'll always find someone that will be up for playing a game at the free pool table. And for the more adventurous types, SugarShack can arrange a variety of activities.

The Location

SugarShack is located on the beachfront, just a hundred meters from the main bus and coach stop, and there's shops and banks just around the corner. They also offer a free pick up from town. It has to be said, though, that the beach in front of the hostel is not the most attractive one. The beach is nice, but being so close to the road, you feel watched. If you like parading in a minuscule bikini, you may not entirely feel at ease. But a bit further is Nahoon Beach -- a stunning place suitable for all sorts of beach fun, and with dunes for sandboarding that even hold a ramp!

Rooms and Bathrooms

The comfortable wooden shacks that house your beds range from dorms to privates. They are rather small, but clean and cosy. The dorms hold space for approximately four guests in bunk beds and have a small chest of drawers. They don't have individual lockers, but you can hand in your valuables at the reception to be kept in a safe. The doors of the dorms don't lock.

The shower building holds two washing basins and four individual shower cabins with hooks. You can put your washing products on the windowsill. There's also a bit of space between the shower and your door, so you have some dry floor space when you get out of the shower and want to get dressed. There are two toilets in the courtyard, and a third one in the shower building. Everything is very clean and there's always hot water.

Common Spaces

Upstairs is the common area that holds a kitchen with a seating area and TV. In front of the kitchen is a wooden picnic bench where you can enjoy your food in the sun while watching over East London beach. Coffee and tea is free to use. Downstairs is a bar and a free pool table. The computer with fast ADSL internet is located in the reception. There is no locked luggage room.


SugarShack is a very open, friendly, and chilled place to hang out. It's easy to meet people and there's pubs and restaurants near by. In spite of having a vibrant bar, it's not really a party hostel and you will be sure to get your sleep.

Deniz Aydoslu

I had the pleasure of staying here for a month, it's ace, don't miss it.

Doctor Rich

I stayed here back in 2003 for the Cricket World Cup -- fantastic place with the most amazing views to wake up to every morning. There's not many places you get to watch Dolphins play whilst you are having breakfast!


The smiling staff was the best welcome we could have after a long day of travelling. The rooms and bathrooms were about an eight on a scale of ten, but they were clean and comfortable and the ocean was at our door step. I will be back!


The best fun I had in South Africa. All the activities are fun and Doug will make you feel welcome. Hello Mutley and Marge.


I stayed here for nearly a month! Rocking place, dudes! If you ever come to South Africa, make sure you stay here. You'll never forget the place.

Ali G

This is the best hostel I have ever been to. The people really make this place. It's well worth going water skiing or sand boarding.


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located directly on the beachfront,with good surf straight out front and nearby.Offering a variety of activities including waterskiing,sandboarding,horseriding,cliffjumping,paintballing,yacht cruises.

Location and Contact




Address: Eastern Beach Esplanade, Quigney, Quigney, Eastern Beach, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Website Sugarshack Backpackers East London
Phone Number: +27 (0) 43 7228240 / cell 0833205406
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Lockers in Lobby

BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table


Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM (08:00-20:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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