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Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers
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Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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“The BEST in South Africa”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

This was my second stay at Buccaneers and it still is one of the best backpackers in South Africa. There is a wide choice of accommodations ranging from dorm or deluxe en-suite double rooms in cottages. The prices are reasonable especially the double rooms located in the three bedroom cottages with fully equipped kitchens and two toilets.
The pool is amazing and the food is great, especially the lunch menu that features good pizza. Megan one of the front office staff is super helpful, especially when it is raining like crazy and she had to inch her way into a small window in our cottage to open the sliding door which decided not to work.
An excellent bet...our only regret is that we only stayed seven nights and not three weeks!! Wee you guys next year

Room Tip: If you want to stay in a dorm room choose the blue room as it is smaller and with an excellent ocean...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Fantastic to have you back! thanks for the lovely review, and yes Meg is a super star.
We are thrilled that Buccs is still as good as your last stay and we really look forward to having you again soon - 3 weeks next time!
kind regards -
the Buccs Crew
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Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We spent two days in a chalet ("Biko") at Buccaneers. It was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with a great view of the beach and ocean. Very friendly atmosphere, very helpful reception and generally good service- The lights went out out one night due to lightning strike, but candles provided made the great Indian dinner all the more romantic. Ours was a short stop on a long trip through South Africa, but we would have loved to stay here longer.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
thank you for your wonderful review of your recent stay at Buccs - We are so proud of our new rooms and are super happy that all our guests are enjoying them as much as we had hoped.
i will pass your comments to our great staff as they work really hard to keep buccaneers as special as we hope it to be. See you again someday soon - kind regards - the Buccs crew
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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Beautiful area and great spot to camp for a few days. Enjoyed the beach, kayak, and pool. This area of coast has 18 km of beach walking opportunity. We wanted to do the bike tour and surfing lesson, but the trips didn't have enough people to go.

Room Tip: We camped- plenty of room to spread out. Communal kitchen was well stocked for self catering and br...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our campsite.
Thanks for the great review
It is quite lovely, with lots of nature about and has quick and easy access to our beautiful beach. We hope to have you back soon in the future.
Best regards - the buccs Crew
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East London, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We had the best weekend together and it will be a memorial time and place for many years to come!
Nothing but praises from point of reservation to returning home!
Thumbs up to Michelle & Shaun for their great service and warm laughs!
The ambiance is so relaxing, the whole facility well maintained and clean, the food and beverages are excellent!
And to top it all- it did not cost us an arm or a leg!
KEEP IT UP!

Room Tip: Camping site is AMAZING
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
wow what a wonderful review you have written for us on your recent stay at buccaneers.
Thank you.
shaun and Michelle are just amazing and i will make sure to let them know your comments.
I see this as the start to great new friendship! as we will for sure see you again in the future.
all the best - the Buccs Crew
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Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Definitely recommendable! Good atmosphere, beautiful location, nice canoeing, nice surf :) ! Unfortunately wifi wasn't for free and drive way was not very "small car friendly" - deep potholes and high bumbs on the road which we barely couldn't pass.

  • Stayed March 2014
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Thanks for your wonderful review of your stay at buccaneers. we love to hear about your stay and find the comments helpful to improve future guests stays.
We are VERY pleased to say that we have recently upgraded our entry road and are in the process of re-doing our internal roads - so hopefully we will be seeing happier cars in the future. We hope to see you again someday in the future at buccaneers, and enjoy your future travels. cheers
the Buccs team
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varkala
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2014

A lovely spot! We really enjoyed the great views from our en-suite double room. The beach is superb with miles of lovely sand and hardly a soul in sight! A bit windy some days. Buccaneers was a great place to stay - we came on the Baz Bus - in this remote part of the world. We did find the hill a bit steep up to the bar and eating area but I'm sure it helped to keep us fit!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
thanks for your lovely review of buccaneers.!..and goodness yes is the hill steep,, but great things await you at the top.. and help to make the delicious meals and great beer as little more guilt free... we hope to see you again at buccaneers in the future. kind regards -the buccs team
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

I always want to visit new places, but Buccaneers is one of those that you just keep coming back to. After our disastrous experience at Sugar Shack, we phoned Buccaneers & were so relieved that they had space for us over the busy Christmas period. It was bustling but there was still lots of space for our big tent amongst the trees. The staff are great & always encouraging you to participate in volleyball & the like. We met aquaintances there who went for the Xmas dinner & said it was fabulous. Security is not wonderful. Met a homeless guy who likes to help himself to the communal fridge, but he offered no resistance when asked to leave. Still, would be nice if it weren't up to the campers to evict unwanted guests.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Heather B
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BuccaneersCintsa, Owner at Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
thanks for your lovely review of buccs.. and for your honest comment about the food going from the camp site. It is so important for us to hear such things to try and keep on top of each problem.. The guy in question lives next door on a neighboring farm, and is a family member of some of our staff....and has, on occasion, been known to come round looking for food...he is totally harmless, and we are aware of this...and have our security guards on the look out for him to send him home when they see him on the property. We do tho apologize for the inconvenience to your stay!

we hope too have you back again this coming year! so if you choose buccs for your next holiday, be sure to book in advance... have a great year and see you again soon.
kind regards
Sal and the buccs team
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Property: Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers
Address: | Cintsa West, Chintsa 5217, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Chintsa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Chintsa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Buccaneers Lodge & Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buccaneers, set in beautiful indigenous gardens with magnificent views of the Cintsa Bay and lagoon, has been a haven for travelers for the last 17 years. With its great location and wide range of accommodation offering from camping to en-suite rooms and facilities like a swimming pool, free canoes, volleyball court & (of course) the beach right on its doorstep. Buccaneers has been Fair Trade certified and is intricately involved in local community projects. ... more   less 
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