African Ubuntu Backpackers Hostel




The Review

Located away from the main party scene and placing an emphasis on conscious living, African Ubuntu Backpackers Hostel gets surfers close to some of J-Bay’s most famous surf spots. Staff can arrange surf lessons, day tours to a waterfall, and other spots further afield. The facilities are clean and the building well maintained. Guests can store surfboards and wetsuits safely when not in use. Free Wi-Fi is available and good enough for basic email and the like, but as is common in South Africa outside of major cities, it’s a bit slow and not always reliable. It’s a friendly place with a good social scene. If the conditions aren’t good for surfing, more partying occurs but when the waves and weather are excellent, it’s a little less wild.

The Location

Ubuntu is located in a quieter part of town than most of the other hostels. It’s an easy five- or ten-minute walk to surf spots and there’s a large grocery store plus a few restaurants within a five-minute walk. It’s about a twenty-minute walk to the central area of outlet shops, restaurants, barsby road or a little longer on the beach. The walk is safe during the day but at night it’s best to not walk alone. The Baz Bus stops at Ubuntu and it’s easy to find when driving.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorms have standard bunk beds and a few electrical outlets, plus individual storage lockers. There are no locks on the dorm room doors. Space is sufficient for the number of beds, especially if people make use of the large lockers for big bags. Rooms are cleaned regularly. There are multiple bathrooms with some on each floor. All have ample hooks and counter space for towels, clothes, and toiletries. Showers aren’t the cleanest but they’re also not the dirtiest we’ve seen.

Common Spaces

Ubuntu has multiple common areas over three levels. On the ground is an outdoor common space with room for tents nearby. The main level of the building has a shared kitchen where a basic breakfast is available every morning. The kitchen is adequately stocked with dishes and utensils. There are two adjacent indoor common spaces with couches, tables, and chairs leading out to a balcony with more seating space. On the top floor is a bar area with pool table and another balcony with a great view of the bay including many of the famous surfing spots. A grill can also be found on this level and people fire up the braai almost every night. Early-morning surfers are often found lounging and dozing in the common areas by mid-morning and the top floor can turn into a great party at night.


Ubuntu is a chill place with a friendly vibe. The hostel is in a safe, quiet area and if there isn’t a party going on within the hostel, it’s easy to find people who are heading out for a night in town.
by M. Sullivan Staff Reviewer
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basic breakfast with reception in the background
main level common area
upstairs common area
great view of the ocean from upstairs outdoor common area
ground level outdoor common area


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "African Ubuntu Backpackers Hostel" at 8 Cherry Street.)


8 Cherry Street, Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
-34.035478, 24.928852 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+27 42 296 0376
0027 (0)42 296 0376
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87% Guest Reviews

More home than hostel and that does not mean boring! Its a refection of the warmth of the staff and chilled nature of Ubuntu. dont get too stoked on how good the FREE breakfast and WiFi are. They are nothing compared to the top deck views, braii nights, TV/chill area, every night, jaffle maker, value for money, owner/staff. List is WAY to long. In my last 5 years of "hosteling" this is one of favourite stays. It must be, its my first review! Thanks guys.
Dan Akmens
I've stayed in a number of hostels around the world in the last 3 years and would have to say this is the best hostel I have ever stayed in. It has such an incredible vibe and is in a fantastic location with incredible views. It is really clean, has a good kitchen with plenty of cooking utensils, and really inviting common areas. They often organise cheap group meals, have free internet, free breakfast, and cheap surfboard hire. Due to the smaller size of this hostel it was so easy to get to know everyone staying there, had a real homey feel about it. The staff were all incredibly friendly and the owners were the best I have encounter. I initially booked for 4 nights and in the end stayed for about 2 weeks.
Great hostel to stay
We just fell in love with this unique hostel! located near the beach with a wonderful view and great places to relax and chill. rooms are clean and bright, the owners are very friendly, too. The best decision in j-bay (cheap and good)!
Michael Full
We arrived for one night, and stayed for six! It's hard to put my finger on why the place is so great, it just has an amazing chillout vibe; filled with friendly people; and with beautiful views of the surf, whales, and dolphins. It is a lot more personal than a regular hostel, and is by far the best experience we had backpacking in South Africa. Ubuntu rocks!
Sara Muckelsman

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