6 awesome Wild Coast backpackers for under R200 per person

Posted on 20 December 2021 By David Henning

What’s not to love about the Wild Coast? Backpackers in this part of the world seem to have gotten things right. If you’ve ever stayed at a backpackers along this coast, you’ll know why it’s so special. For those who haven’t, here’s a list of places to stay to get you acquainted.

1. Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers – Chintsa

Situated on a very spacious property that also has the option of cottages, the lush, indigenous farm has views overlooking the lagoon and beach. A relaxed and casual backpacker, that’s also family-friendly.

Picture: Buccanneers

Rates: From R180 per person per night

Contact: +27 (0)43 734 3012

Visit their website here.

2. Bulungulu Lodge –  Bulungulu River mouth, Coffee Bay

Overlooking the pearly white sands while perched among rolling green hills, this eco-lodge is a slice of paradise, run by the local community. Guests can take a horse ride to the Xhora River, where you can also canoe upstream into the forest and take a dip wherever you choose while having your nights accommodation in a classic rondavel.

Picture: Bulungulu Lodge

Rates: From R200 per person sharing

Contact: 047 577 8900

Visit their website here.

3. Sugarloaf – Coffee Bay

With sea views overlooking Coffee Bay’s main beach, Sugarloaf is a mainstay of this quaint village. Within 50m walking distance from the beach, housing a restaurant, bar and more, you can’t go wrong here.

Picture: Sugarloaf

Rates: From R250 per person sharing

Contact: 082 093 5675

Visit their website here.

4. The Coffee Shack – Coffee Bay

Situated right on the beach, this is the place you want to book for days, months or a year. Their restaurant also offers delicious meals, good coffee and fresh oysters and mussels are available.

Picture: The Coffee Shack

Rates: From R180 per person sharing

Contact +27 (0) 47 575 2048

Visit their website here.

5. Mdumbi Backpackers – Mdumbi

Mdumbi Backpackers is an institution along the Wild Coast. Perched on top of a hill with 360-degree views, the hostel is walking distance to one of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa, as well as a prime surfing spot.

Picture: Mdumbi Backpackers

Rates: From R195 per person sharing

Contact +27 (0) 83 461 1834

Visit their website here.

6. Amapondo Backpackers – Port St Johns

Another hostel perched on a hilltop, surrounded by subtropical rainforests. A good place to base yourself to explore the surrounding nature, Amapondo is also a jubilant space, sometimes hosting live bands and top DJs, it’s a place that has it all.

Picture: Flickr Commons

Rates: From R160 per person sharing

Contact+27 (0)83 315 3103

Visit their website here.


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