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Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers - Chintsa

PO Box 13092, Chintsa, 5217, South Africa

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Buccaneers is a dream backpackers destination because of the way it’s spread out over the 8 hct of wild coastal forest and beautiful beaches

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Chintsa Hostel

Hostel Chintsa

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Buccaneers is definitely one of the best backpackers in South Africa thanks to the hard work and incredible generosity and spirit of the Price family.

Set on a hillside in the wild coastal forest, Buccaneers has exceptional sea and lagoon views and a stunning unspoiled beach right on its doorstep.

An inspiring creative energy flows through the place with brave strokes of creative genius apparent everywhere. Their secluded, rustic beach cottages, each housing 2-3 doubles, offer excellent value for money.

Trail through coastal forests to a wonderful shell beach or take a 15km stroll along unspoiled coastline. Get into a game of volleyball, try the climbing wall and swimming pool or the Long-table pub that provides the perfect setting for legendary revelries and gob-smacking nosh.

Sound too good to be true? It almost is. So don't miss it., Buccaneers has been described as being like a backpackers village because of the way it's spread out over the 8 hectare of wild coastal forest right next to the stunning Chintsa beach. Most people say that it's a place to come home to. A legend in its own time. For us it is home and for the past 12 years we have been sharing it with people just like you - travelers from all over the world.

We like to think that at this stage we know what you want. These are some of the things we have learnt: Travelers come in all shapes and ages. They tend to fall into (or between) these categories:

* Cool cats
* Cocooning couples
* The jolly festives
* The quiet contemplatives

So we offer choices.......

There's a lovely lively bar which has certainly seen some great revelry in its time. Our stunning tropical pool is a buzzy spot in the summer months when a gorgeous poolside cafe offers decidedly decadent refreshments (including divine pizzas!). And every day we have some sort of free activity so you can chill and meet the rest of the gang.

And for you, the quieter ones, Buccaneers is a haven of tranquility and natural delights - quiet beach walks or canoe trips up the Chintsa River and a secret bird hide on our own dam.

We've created a wide range of accommodation and activities to suit these different needs.

We are always being asked why, with one of the best coastal settings in South Africa, we haven't moved into the sophisticated 5 star league. Quite simply - we love what we do. We prefer the whole laid back friendly style, the fact that only first names count and the sense that we're all kindred spirits. We love our type of travelers - friendly, curious about every aspect of our beautiful country, tolerant of some of the shortcomings of the rural scene (power failures!) and so enthusiastic and well informed about life in general.

You are definitely for us!


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 08:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 22:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 12 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of _5 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Disco
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Charges Apply
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 2 to 3km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 22:00 to 08:00
From 08:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 043 734 3012

Fax. 043 734 3749

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Chintsa Beach (Less than 500 m)
  • Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve (2 to 3km)
  • The Wild Coast (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



we stayed in one of the three fairly new cottages overlooking Chintsa Bay: not only was the view gorgeous, but the accommodation also. they did a great job on design and decoration: clean, airy, lots of light. INCREDIBLE value for your money since the evening meals are also delicious AND they keep the local microbrew stocked at the bar! Buccaneers is a must stay!


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Tue 25 Feb 2014

The views from Buccaneers are ingredible! There a loads of great activities. The Xhosa dinner is a must.


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Tue 02 Apr 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cinema (More than 10km)
  • City Centre (More than 10km)
  • Golf course (More than 10km)
  • Gym (More than 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (2 to 3km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (2 to 3km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (At or next to the hostel)
  • Shopping area / Mall (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (More than 10km)
  • Theatre (More than 10km)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

We can organise a pick up with a local operator. Call us 043 734 3012.
Alternate Transport
Buccaneers is at Cintsa (West) 35kms north of East London just off the N2 and the East Coast Resorts Road. Coming from Mthatha: 40km from Kei River Bridge take Chintsa t/o 12kms to Chintsa west/Buccaneers t/o (do not take Chintsa east t/o) Coming from East London: Follow signs N2 Mthatha take exit 1060 off N2. Cross over freeway. Go 1km to Chintsa t/o. Follow 16kms to Chintsa west/Buccaneers t/o. BAZBUS will leave you just outside our door almost every day. We have free secure parking on the premises.
Free secure parking available at the hostel.
35km from railway station in East London. We can organise a pick up call us at 043 734 3012.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching
  • Windsurfing

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