Port St Johns

Amapondo Backpackers - Port St Johns


2 Beach Road

Port St Johns

Eastern Cape

South Africa



+27 (0)47 5641344


+27 (0)83 3153103

Molweni! A warm greeting from the family at Amampondo Backpacker Lodge. Situated in Port St Johns, Amampondo is a 2 minute walk from the beach nestled in the lush, dense forest of the Transkei.

Activities on offer

Take some short local hikes to the Silaka Nature Reserve, Bululo Waterfall, the spectacular Blow Hole or a beach hike. Take a cultural tour and visit the local crèche, sewing project and enjoy a traditional home cooked Xhosa meal.

The famous Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Hike starts or ends here! Visit the mud caves, where the Pondo people cleanse their body with sulphur water and paint themselves with mud. An experience you can also enjoy!

Relax, focus and unwind with our meditation, massage, pilates, yoga and physiotherapy classes on offer at our Healing Centre. Take a drive and a picnic and visit the spectacular waterfalls around the area. Take a tour for 2-5 days and experience with hiking and 4WD transportation in the remote beauty of the Transkei.

Rent a bicycle, rent a canoe, Xhosa language lessons, learn to make traditional food, practice your African drumming. Boat Trips for scuba diving, snorkelling, river tours, fishing or whale watching.

Join our Pool competition or poker nights evening. Dance the night away with our themed parties where hula hooping and limbo are our favourite past times. Free Wi-Fi for all guests. Or just get into the Pondo fever vibe and chill.

Restaurant and Bar

Fresh Juices, filter coffee, herbal teas, milkshakes and alcoholic beverages. African, International, Asian Fusion of food available as well as our homemade burgers. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Friendly. BBQ Facilities available.


Low season rates pp. per night

Dorm Rooms - R100
Double Rooms - R300
Family Rooms - R350
Camping - R60

Self-contained Cottages
Shakti/Shiva - R550 Twin Share
Turtle Cove - R650 Twin Share (Can sleep 4 add R100 pp.)
Crystal Cottage - R650 Twin Share (Can sleep 4 add R100 pp.)


Amampondo Backpacker Lodge is a 2 minute walk from second beach where you can stroll on the sandy beach or swim in the lagoon. Port St Johns Town is  5km or 10 minute drive on a tarred road to town. Port St Johns has Banks, ATMS, supermarkets, arts & crafts, Internet and hardware amenities.

If you are taking the Bas Bus, you need to book a shuttle from Mthata to Amampondo. Please book at reception. The local taxi service can be taken to arrive at Amampondo. It will take you to a village before the Backpackers, so no need to worry.

If you have your own vehicle:
Drive into Port St Johns town, at the first junction, opposite boxer turn left. Past the post office and liquor store and turn right, there is a sign for Amampondo Backpackers. Follow the tarred road over two speed humps. Amampondo will be on your right.


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