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Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments

15 Park Lane, Plettenberg Bay 6600 South Africa
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Welcome to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, your 'home away from home.' Amakaya Backpackers is not perfect, however is a clean, friendly, homely place with hot showers (electric and gas), relaxed atmosphere and comfortable beds. Only a 300m walk to the shops, restaurants and bars Main Street and 800m from the popular Central Beach (beware of the steep uphill walk back that will certainly build up an appetite and thirst!). For the 'private' traveller or those who want some 'me' time, our range of double and twin private rooms (each with its own TV and hospitiality fridge) and 2 sleeper private dorm is just what you need. For those who do not mind sharing we have a selection of standard and en-suite dorms that sleep 2, 4, and 8 guests respectively. Our Backpacker Apartments is situated 200m away near the transport hub of Plett. Stay in a private or one of our dorm apartments. Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, satellite TV and wi-fi. Only 100m from Main Street.
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Colleen M wrote a review Feb 2020
Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa656 contributions244 helpful votes
I can't understand where the people who have given bad reviews were staying!
The lady who booked us in at lunchtime and the guy who was there to greet us when we returned to our room later in the evening were extremely friendly and helpful. Our room was very clean and even had aircon, tv and a bar fridge.
The communal kitchen is well stocked and there's a large fridge for use by the residents. Also nice comfy sofas in the communal living area.
Only downside was the aircon unit in our room which didn't seem to be working well as our room didn't seem to cool down very much.
If staying in Plett, we would definitely stay at Amakaya
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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quintinnaude wrote a review Mar 2021
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Good stay over for a Tired body. Affordable and close Center of town. With Plettenberg Baai and surroundings areas this can be a good base camp.

Some of ammintities can be upgraded and some area needs a bit of touch up. But overall great stay. Will definitely look at staying longer next time...
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Date of stay: February 2021
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zsauls163547 wrote a review Oct 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
This has truly been one of the best backpackers accommodations i have ever had the privilege of visiting. It is very well equipped and it's location could not be more perfect. It is within walking distance from the shopping centre and the property is just a whole homely vibe. I do however have two suggestion: It would be wonderful if there were to be a light operated by a switch in the back yard by the braai spot, the motion sensor lights made it really difficult for us to enjoy our braai. Secondly the beds will have to be replaced soon. it is run down and rather uncomfortable and it squeaks every time you move around in the bed. Other then that, it was a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Martin Stopka wrote a review Jan 2020
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I've stayed in a number of backpackers around the world but this place was by far the worst!

When we arrived to check-in we were told that they double booked our beds and wanted to downgrade us as opposed to upgrading our room. Then we were told that our group will be split which meant that we would not spend the night on the same premises.

Because it is next to Plettenberg Bay's taxi rank, the people staying here for a night are not the usual "backpacker" crowd, but rather people staying for a night to catch an early morning bus (i.e. dodgy people).

There are much better backpackers to stay in Plettenberg Bay so I recommend NOT staying here.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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leeanne545 wrote a review Jun 2021
Cape Town, South Africa1 contribution
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I had a business trip and had to use Amakaya Backpackers For accommodation for my team and myself for a job we had to do in Plettenberg Bay. I would like to say thank you to Dave Swart and his team for been so professional. I must say the service is excellent and the place is extremely clean and they are very professional with everything they do and I would recommend Amakaya Backpackers to anyone
Thanks for our stay
Kind Regards
Jacobs Flooring Team
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Q736IXkevin wrote a review Feb 2020
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Great team to work with - excellent service!! Our stay is very comfortable and I would recommend it to anyone. Great value for money.
They have interesting theme dinner evenings like 'braai night' which makes it unique and special.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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francoisfprinsloo wrote a review Jan 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
I had the privilege of meeting Debbie. Truly never so welcomed and had the best experience staying at Amakaya with Debbie just adding that additional special touch. I arrived at Amakaya without notice inquiring for a one night stay before my drive to Jhb and I was assisted instantly, received a private room and information on anything I would need. Debbie knows the area extremely well and helped with any questions I had. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Nomad18092274925 wrote a review Nov 2022
Pretoria, South Africa1 contribution
Great location. The place is neat and clean. The room is equipped with all the necessary items required for a overnight stay. The only problem we had was that no person was on duty at the time of check in, we struggled a bit to get into our room but managed eventually.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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bkward2019 wrote a review Apr 2021
George, South Africa3 contributions
Wonderful long weekend stay with family in the Tradouw chalet. Enjoyed a family braai and sundowners, chatting in the common area/balcony area of the backpackers.
Very clean and a stones throw from the main road of town !! Thank you Dave !
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Shaz Matazz wrote a review 25 Feb
Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions4 helpful votes
The place was very underwhelmed and a disappointment. Although it is centrally located, the establishment, especially the main building area was just not up to scratch. We lived upstairs and had to use the shower downstairs which was also used many other guests. The fact that there was no generator put us off, because we had to wait for 2 hours of loadshedding to get our clothes ironed and that made us late. The furniture can be changed because it is old and the so-called lounge area looked pathetic. My overall stay was not that great, glad we only stayed there for one night.
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Candice P wrote a tip Feb 2019
Durban, South Africa202 contributions34 helpful votes
"we had the rooms opposite the toilets, so it was close. our room had the double bed but there are rooms with 2 single beds."
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JayAlice727 wrote a tip Jun 2017
New Zealand105 contributions16 helpful votes
"go for a private room downstairs to avoid some noise from the upstairs bar"
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Bakoyma wrote a tip May 2017
Oslo, Norway317 contributions140 helpful votes
"2-bed female dorm is a tiny room with a bunk bed, but it's quite nice. Close to the bar."
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Brown Eyed Girl wrote a tip Jan 2017
Paarl, South Africa14 contributions6 helpful votes
"The 8 bed dorm with the kitchenette was suitable as a family room"
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ioncha wrote a tip Jun 2016
Stroud, Cotswolds, England4 contributions
"Staying one of their Apartments gives you a sense of privacy which you don't experience in every backpackers."
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£19 - £21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AMAKAYA BACKPACKERS & APARTMENTS - Updated 2024 (Plettenberg Bay, South Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions about Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments
Which popular attractions are close to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Nearby attractions include Robberg Nature Reserve (0.3 miles), Plettenberg Beach (0.3 miles), and St. Christopher Catholic Church (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nguni Restaurant, Nineteen89, and Sol Kitchen.
Does Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments have airport transportation?
Yes, Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Plettenberg Bay.
Are there any historical sites close to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Timber Shed (0.4 miles), Nelson Bay Cave (3.2 miles), and Van Plettenberg Beacon (0.5 miles).