Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay

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Nothando Backpackers Lodge is a hostel in Plettenberg Bay, which is on the Garden Route in South Africa.

The Location

Nothando Backpackers is located right next to Plettenberg Bay’s taxi rank. Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street is less than 5 minutes walking from the hostel and the beach is about 20 minutes from the hostel. It’s a steep hill up from the beach to the hostel. The hostel is about 1.3 kilometre from the long distance bus stop, where companies such as Greyhound and Intercape stop. The hostel has a private parking on the property which you can use if you arrive with your own transport.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Nothando Backpackers offers both private and dorm rooms. Camping is not possible at Nothando Backpackers. The dorm room has 8 beds and is en-suite. Lockers are available in the room and guests need to bring their own padlock. The room and bathroom is very clean and the property is well maintained. Each minor damage is being fix on a short notice. The owners take care very well of the property. The dorm rooms is spacious and consists of comfortable and stable bunk beds. A socket for both African and European plugs is provided in the room.

Common Spaces

Nothando Backpackers has a big common area where guests can hang out. There is an bar inside where guests can order drinks. The prices are cheap compared to bar prices in town. It is not allowed to bring your own alcoholic drinks because the bar is fully licensed. The bar closes at 10 pm each day. There are several couches in the bar area where you can relax. There is also a small kitchen where you can store your groceries and cook your own food. There is another common area outside that is connected to the bar area. There are several seats in the garden and there is a braai. Daily you can join the braai for dinner for a fee. There is also a facility to dry your clothes. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel and the connection is strong for African standards.


Nothando Backpackers is a very nice hostel in Plettenberg Bay. It is calm, but has decent facilities to meet fellow travellers. The owners who are constantly around are very nice and willing to help you planning your onward travels or daytrips.
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Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge, Plettenberg Bay
Martin Straatman Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-05-12


Staff was very friendly and helpful! Place was very clean! Free pickup. Most comfortable hostel bed I've slept on! The place is generally quiet, if you're looking for party atmosphere this is not for you. Within walking distance of mall, sights, and restaurants. I would recommend this place in a heartbeat! Great experience.


Yes, clean and comfortable. Staff were attentive and helpful regarding local activities (they even booked activities for you on request), breakfast was very good. Plett's main high street is less than ten-minute walk away and the area felt very safe (if you go to Plett, eat at Franko's restaurant -- amazing one-hundred-eighty-degree panoramic view from their open-air restaurant). Not much of a backpackers vibe though but I'd still go back.

Michael D

It's a very clean (really spotless) backpackers. Actually it's sometimes intimidating for its tidiness (the dorm beds too are made every day}. The common room is right next to the common kitchen, and it's side by side to the in-house bar. It looks a bit like "granny's cottage" with silverware and lace curtains too, but it's very warm and the couch is just about the best place to watch a video and relax. All rooms are ensuite with soap and towels too. The Spar is only 3 minutes away and so are the shops of Main Street. Don't miss Louis' (the manager) scones and pancakes breakfast.


Stunning, fantastic place more like a hotel than a backpackers, but without the price. Lovely friendly people, great atmosphere, probably the best accommodation we had on our two-week trip.


I was really amazed at the spotlessness of the place. I could not believe it. It was perfect.



Dorms/twins/doubles-Ensuite rooms available-Group bookings welcome-Recreational area-Bar facilities-24 hour access-Tour booking desk-TV room-Email access-Pay phone/fax-Linen supplied-Laundry facilities.

Nothando makes a refreshing change to most backpackers-Its upbeat with spacious dorms & luxurious ensuite doubles-Nothando is centrally situated-They serve excellent meals and their breakfasts, lunch packs and dinners are all good value for money-A perfect hostel to chill out and get close to nature.

Location and Contact


From Plettenberg Bay Main Street, just walk up Strand Street and turn right at the first cross, that's Wilder Street. The first building right at the corner is the hostel.



Address: 5 Wilder Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

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Website Hostel Nothando Backpackers Lodge Plettenberg Bay
Phone Number: +27 (0) 445330220
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Bike Rental

City Tours

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

BBQ Grill


Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


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: 07:30 AM - 08:00 Pm


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