Port St. Johns

If you're after rustic authenticity and big smiles, then Port St Johns, South Africa is the place for you. Port St Johns is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle, which makes it a wonderful place to have a holiday.
Port St Johns is a swashbuckling village of legend on the Pondo side of the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. It is also one of the highlights on any international backpacker's world itinerary because of its natural setting, frontier atmosphere and appeal to more adventurous younger travellers.

Amapondo Backpackers
Amapondo is Ama-azing. From the moment you walk in and meet their friendly pet donkey (who’s a bit of a barfly), you’ll know it’s an Ama-Awesome spot. Amapondo is nestled on a hill on the verge of a tropical rain forest and only 2 minutes walk from a beautiful beach. Head down to sun bathe or plunge in the clear warm waters of the deep rock pools nearby.

The African-themed rooms and delux private self-catering cottages all have their own unique design and style. The quirkily designed cottages have incredible views, are really comfortable and come at a price that you’ll find hard to match. Turtle Cove has one of the best views on the Wild Coast from its upstairs bubble bath, whilst Crystal House, with its glass frontage, offers classic panoramic ocean views.

Whether you want a quiet, relaxing break in your own piece of paradise, a base from which you can explore the natural beauty of the area, an adventure on one of their many tours, close interactions with locals, genuine cultural experiences, yoga lessons, a deep tissue massage, or a thumping all-out party at their buzzy bar, you’ll find it at Amapondo.

Jungle Monkey Backpackers
Jungle Monkey is situated in the rugged and untouched heart of the Wild Coast, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Here, we are still impressed by what nature brings forth patiently and by the result of its rejuvenation. Port St. Johns is home to many rare species. Watch the parrots or go on a boat trip to see whales and dolphins during the sardine run.

The stunning views and tranquil surroundings invite to go exploring. Stroll through the traditional Pondo villages or climb the rolling hills with our guides. We offer light hikes as well as adventurous full day trips.

Enjoy a therapeutic massage and have a swim in our pools, sleep in our comfortable doubles, triples, the safari tent, dormitories or camp in the garden.

Our restaurant offers a broad selection of hearty meals and the vibey bar invites to settle down after an adventurous day. Enjoy regular live performances by local artists or jam together on our fully equipped band stand. Use our instruments or bring your own.

Just remember when the Pondo Fever strikes, you might never want to leave again.
The Kraal
The Kraal Eco Backpackers Lodge is a self-run, eco-sustainable rural haven situated on the hills above the Indian Ocean. We are located in a village, Tswelleni which translates from the Pondo dialect to onion. Ideal for travelers seeking to dive into the heart of Pondoland.

Pioneer in rural green tourism, since 1997, our commitment to developing and sustaining our environment, allows us to offer you a unique way of looking at life with a positive footprint.
It has been a dream for years, we started by building a place that would be warm, secure and functional - living off the grid and surviving. It is 17 years later and we are still going!
Our history has shown that change happens with creativity, persistence, continuity, and team effort.

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