Amapondo Backpackers, Port St. Johns

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We’re situated in Port St Johns in the former Transkei. Known for its vibrant fusion of both breathtaking scenery and vibey African atmosphere, it’s easy to see why people call it the Jewel of the Wild Coast and keep returning.

Amapondo Backpackers is nestled in a tropical rainforest on a hill and all our rooms, campsite and en suite accommodation overlook stunning 2nd beach, which is only one of many reasons why your stay here will be a memorable one.

After you’ve woken up to the soothing sounds of the sea, go join our guides for one of our daily hikes, swim, surf and get a holistic massage. Or if you simply can’t get over how beautiful it is, take in the view a little more from one of our hammocks, or sit back and spoil yourself with our healthy smoothies, fresh seafood and other delicious meals in our restaurant.

Being an active part of our local community, we’ve also initiated several volunteer projects and came to learn how much there is to gain, when you have something to give. So, if you think that’s an

experience you would like to make, too, check out VOLUNTEERING in the menu for more info and work with us!

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Location and Contact


• There are various of ways of getting to Amapondo Backpackers. You can easily go by bus, drive down in your own car, fly here and even hike from Coffee Bay.
• Amapondo Backpackers is easy to get to by bus. Take one of the buses listed below to Umtata (Mthatha) Ultra Shell Station and from there, we’re happy to pick you up with our shuttle service!
• Several bus operators go to Umtata every day from both the eastern and western direction: Baz Bus, Translux, Greyhound, City to City and DMJ.
• Port St. Johns is situated between East London (3, 5 hours) and Durban (4 hours).
• Directions from East London:
• Take the N2 north to Mthatha, a distance of approximately 220km. Follow the route markers to the R61 to Libode and Port St Johns through Mthatha. (in the city centre there’s a right turn that is often missed). Drive along the R61 for 93km with the road leading directly into Port St Johns.
• Directions from Durban:
• Take the N2 south to Mthatha. Follow the route markers to the R61 to Libode and Port St Johns through Mthatha. Drive along the R61 for 93km with the road leading directly into Port St Johns.
• For your own and others safety try not to drive down here at night, since there can be animals on the road.
• The GPS coordinates for Amapondo Backpackers are:
• 31° 38′ 39.90′ S | 29° 31′ 16.28” E.
• You can fly to Mthatha from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg with South African Airways and from there on carry on with either a taxi or a shuttle to Port St. Johns.
• You can also try a more alternative way by charting a flight directly to Port St. Johns from East London. If you choose to do it this way you will be greeted by a stunning sight when you land at the so-called Gates of Port St. Johns, a couple of twin mountains, Thesiger and Sullivan, which lie on either side of the mouth of the Umzimvubu River.
• For more information please go to East London Air Services.



Address: 2nd Beach Road, Port St. Johns (Port Saint Johns), Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Website Amapondo Backpackers Port St. Johns
Phone Number: +27 47 5641344/ 0833153103
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental


City Tours



24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: Limited Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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