1 Hostels in Chintsa, South Africa

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Get to know Chintsa (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Chintsa. To help you make friends with Chintsa before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Chintsa is also named and spelled Cintsa - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Cintsa (alternatively spelled Chintsa) is a small beach town in the heart of the Xhosa region of South Africa. Cintsa allows you to chill out by the ocean in a relatively secluded place while being only 40 kilometers from the city of East London. Situated in the Eastern Cape Province, it is at the south-western end of the Wild Coast, a stretch of coastline known for its stunning displays of natural beauty. The town welcomes tourists and volunteers alike, attracting visitors year-round because of its warm and mild weather in this subtropical climate.

Cintsa is divided into two main areas: Cintsa East and Cintsa West, split by a river and small bay. In Cintsa East, you will find many lodges and guest houses with beach views that carry a higher price tag, but there are also some hostels and camping on that side. Just inland from the beach, there is a cluster of shops selling groceries as well as a gas station and café. There are also several good restaurants for lunch or dinner; just ask around. Cintsa West offers more camping locations behind the dunes that meet the water and possibly a backpackers’ hostel or two.

The main attraction of this town is the 15 kilometer-long beach where you can take a walk along the sand or try to spot some whales or dolphins from the shore. Other popular activities include horseback riding on the beach, surfing, fishing, going on a brewery tour, or admiring the plant and animal life in the East London Coast Nature Reserve. Your Cintsa hostel can help you arrange daily activities. The area boasts indigenous forests, dunes, rock pools, and many opportunities for bird watching. The town’s residents are proud of the range of natural treasures that Cintsa holds; they are quite environmentally conscious, leading preservation efforts within the area.

Written by local enthusiast for Chintsa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Chintsa hostels Julie Sushii

FAQ about Chintsa Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Chintsa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Chintsa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

There is exactly 1 Hostel in Chintsa, South Africa. Hostelz.com compares the prices for this hostel so you can get the best price on any major booking site.
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Hostel Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers - Chintsa is the best rated hostel for partying in Chintsa.

It offers: Pub Crawls, Bar.

Your Packing List for Chintsa

Your Packing List for Chintsa

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Chintsa and South Africa.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Chintsa Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Chintsa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
1 Total number of hostels
$17 Average dorm price
1 Party hostels in Chintsa
8.6 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Chintsa - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Chintsa. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Chintsa. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

I have fallen in love with Cintsa -- I never want to leave.


Came for a week and stayed for 2 years! Gorgeous beach, great dogs, fun bar and fab food. What else could you wish for? Go!


I went for a day and ended up staying for three months... Cintsa is that sort of place.

Mark Stringer

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