Amapondo Backpackers

2nd Beach Road, Port st johns, South Africa 12242 views 12242

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Amapondo Backpacker Lodge is situated in the lush, dense forest of the Transkei overlooking the wild and beautiful sandy Second Beach in Port St Johns.

Run by a team of family and friends, become part of the family and experience how to become a victim of “Pondo Fever” .

Whether you want to enjoy the beauty, landscape and culture of the Wild Coast, enjoy our fantastic themed parties or chill in a hammock…. the choice is yours!

Whilst you are sipping a freshly squeezed juice, cold beer or freshly brewed coffee in our bar/restaurant, watch the whales breaching in the distance.

We have fantastic activities on offer:

Take a guided hike to the Bululo waterfall, rugged beach, Silaka nature reserve or the spectacular Blow Hole.

Cultural Tours; visit the local crèche, sewing project in the local village and sample traditional Xhosa food, cooked by a village mama.

Visit the medicinal Isinuka Mud Caves and Sulphur Springs where the traditional Pondo people cover themselves in the mud and bathe in the sulphur pools.

Want a African Sunset Screensaver? Take a drive to the local airstrip where the ravens play over the cliff face. Sipping your cool beer you can be at the site of the film Blood Diamond.

Other Activities on offer:
Guided waterfall hikes & drives to rural waterfall sites.
Horse Riding
2-5 day hikes
Drumming Lessons and performances.
Scuba Diving for the Sardine Run.
Whale & Dolphin watching (Boat Tour)
River Tour (Boat tour)

Bar & Restaurant
Fresh Juice, fresh filter coffee, herbal teas, beer, wine, milkshakes, spirits
African, International and Asian Fusion.

Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Friendly

Subject to high season/Low Season Rates. The below rates are for the low season.

Dorm Room R170
Double Room R480
Family Room R850 ( Sleeps 4)
Self-Contained Cottages R750


  • Bar
  • Board Games
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Meals Available
  • Pool Table
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facil
  • Towels for Hire
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Taxes included


If you are coming from the north, follow the N2 to Port Shepstone. Then take the R61 to Lusikisiki and Port St Johns. Once arriving in Port St Johns you will cross a bridge which at the end, you turn left. Then you will follow the river for about 4 kilometers into town.
If you are coming from the south, in Umtata you will follow the R61 towards Port St Johns for 80 kilometers.
Once you've reached the town centre you will arrive at a junction opposite Boxer Superstore. Here you turn left. Then you will go over two speed bumps, turn right at the next tar road onto Second Beach road. Follow this road for 5 kilometers, and you will arrive at Amapondo Backpackers.

If you are coming by the Baz Bus or Mzansi. You need to arrange a shuttle from Mthata to Amapondo. Please book with reception via email or phone.

For nature lovers, you can hike from Coffee Bay to Port St Johns. Luggage can be arranged to be shuttled.