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Port St Johns - Amapondo Backpackers

2nd Beach Road, Port St Johns, 5120, South Africa

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  • Dorm
    From $9.45
  • Private
    From $22.44
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Port St Johns Hostel

Hostel Port St Johns

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Amapondo Backpackers, nestled in a tropical rainforest on a hill, is situated in Port St Johns in the former Transkei. Known for its vibrant fusion of both breath-taking scenery and vibe African atmosphere, it’s easy to see why people call it the Jewel of the Wild Coast and keep returning.
All rooms, campsite and en suite cottages overlook stunning 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 hostel’s guides for one of daily hikes, swim, cycle, horse ride or treat yourself to a yoga session or massage. You can also relax in one of our hammocks, and spoil yourself with our healthy smoothies and other delicious meals in our restaurant. Browse around our gift shop where you can treat yourself and loved ones to local and international products.


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 10:00 and 19:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 16:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 16 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of ZAR per person per night 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
  • Garden
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Pool table / snooker table

Food & Drink

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

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Cycle Rental
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:00 to 19:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +27 (0) 083153103

Fax. +27 (0) 0866538873


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (Less than 500 m)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500 m)
  • Mountainous Area (500m to 1km)
  • Nightlife (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (3 to 5km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (3 to 5km)
  • Wooded Area (500m to 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

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.
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.
Durban East London or Cape Town are the three options. From there you will have to arrange car hire bus or a flight.
Alternate Transport
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. On site with a security guard patrolling in the evening.
Not advisable as there is no railway near.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Life Saving
  • Tennis
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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