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Get to know Port St. Johns (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 Port St. Johns. To help you make friends with Port St. Johns before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Port St. Johns is also named and spelled Port Saint Johns - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Located on South Africa's two-hundred-fifty-kilometer-long Wild Coast, commonly called 'The Transkei', Port St. Johns (Port Saint Johns), South Africa, is one of the primary stops for international travelers on their way across the country. The town sits just under a hundred kilometers east of Mthatha, the main transport hub for this stretch of coast, on the N2 highway between Durban and East London. Although Port St. Johns is a small town, it's a bustling place where the whole town seems to be part of the minibus station, especially at weekends and holiday time!

Port St. Johns sits at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River in Eastern Cape Province. The river flows through a sandstone gorge, and this sandstone is quarried in the area. It's quite a wild place, with bush encroaching right to the edge of town. You can take walks into the surrounding forests, and the beaches are popular with weekenders, when impromptu music festivals materialize during the summer.

Hippos used to roam here, but the last one was shot in in the early twentieth century, and her remains can be seen in the town museum. Nowadays, you are more likely to see some of the smaller antelope species, vervet monkeys or baboons.

There's a wide choice of accommodation here, including backpacker hostels in Port St. Johns (Port Saint Johns), South Africa. The town is extremely popular with backpackers and the Port St. Johns (Port Saint Johns), South Africa hostels are well versed in catering to budget travelers' needs. They organize walks, horse rides, and boat trips. The five-day hike to Coffee Bay, another backpacker stronghold with a wide choice of hostels, is very popular.

The walk takes you through rural Xhosa villages, almost untouched by the modern world, along pristine beaches and rolling hills. Hiking in the adjoining Silaka Nature Reserve or boating to spot dolphins and whales are also high on the agenda of many travelers who visit. Bulolo and Magwa waterfalls can also been seen on a day trip. Port St. Johns is packed with adventure for those up for it -- or you can just lounge on the beaches.

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Other Nearby Cities
Mdumbi Mdumbi (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Coffee Bay Coffee Bay (53 Km / 33 mi.)
Mavaleleni Shinira Mavaleleni Shinira (63 Km / 39 mi.)
Mthatha Mthatha (71 Km / 44 mi.)
Bulungula Bulungula (74 Km / 46 mi.)
Port Edward Port Edward (93 Km / 58 mi.)
Port Shepstone Port Shepstone (133 Km / 83 mi.)

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Travel Tips for Port St. Johns - 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 Port St. Johns. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Port St. Johns. 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!

A great place! It's paradise!


I love that place. It is paradise but you need to like nature and you MUST eat at Delicious Monster - great food! I wanted to stay for 3 days and I left after 2 months and...I'm going to be back soon :)


I can still remember PSJ from when I was a little girl, the most awesome spot in South Africa. It must be close to what heaven's like!


Port Saint Johns is a little piece of paradise. A perfect small African beachtown. I loved it.


In Port Saint Johns the local communiy is now benefiting from community based tourism and this has resulted in a very low crime rate.


I was held up at gunpoint last year walking on the escarpment from second beach to first beach - please be wary and alert!


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Your Packing List for Port St. Johns

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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:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

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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