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Amapondo Donkey

Come and meet our crazy donkey!

From the moment you walk in and meet our crazy pet Donkey,  you’ll know this place is unique.  Amapondo is Ama-Awesome. Nestled on a hill on the verge of a tropical rainforest with stunning views, Amapondo is only 2 minutes from a beautiful white sandy beach.

We’re situated in Port St Johns along the rugged Wild Coast near the mouth of the mighty Umzimvubu River, once known for its wild hippos.

This is  the ‘Real South Africa’. It’s where it all began.  Culture at its most spectacular.  Real people,  genuine cultural experiences,  a vibrant fusion of breathtaking scenery and vibey African atmosphere – it’s easy to see why people call it the Jewel of the Wild Coast.

All our rooms, campsite and en suite accommodation overlook stunning 2nd beach, which is only one of many reasons why your stay here will be a memorable one. After you’ve woken up to the soothing sounds of the sea, go join our guides for one of our daily hikes or cultural activities, canoe, cycle and top it off with a massage. Or if you simply can’t get over how beautiful it is, take in the view a little more from one of our hammocks, or sit back and spoil yourself with our healthy smoothies, delicious coffee, homemade burgers, fresh seafood and other delicious meals in our yummy restaurant.  With a belly fully of food, grab a beer or a cocktail, meet amazing traveller’s and locals, and join the fun at our lively pub.   If you’re lucky enough to arrive when we have something happening, you may find yourself getting a little silly and dancing the night away. Being an active part of our local community, we’ve also initiated several volunteer projects and came to learn how much there is to gain, when you have something to give. So, if you think that’s an experience you would like to make, too, check out VOLUNTEERING in the menu for more info and work with us!



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Wild Coast Horse Trails, Port St Johns

Wild Coast Horse Trails, Port St Johns


Guest Comments

Guest Comments

  • From Chloe,Romy,Donna and Yaz : What a wonderful and amazing experience!!! One of the best backpackers we’ve stayed at yet. Breathtaking waterfalls, Delicious Monster, good vibes and great music.
  • From Patrick de Vries and Nynke Laagland: Beautiful location! Very kind staff and nice/clean room! The hike to the lighthouse was heroic! Thank you!
  • From Astrid: Thanks a lot for a great time!! I enjoyed the time tremendously, the location is awesome and the people great! Thanks
  • Dave W: Really wonderful time here! Great hikes, beautiful beach and terrific people. Many Thanks
  • Anjat and Michael: Amapondo is an awesome situated location. We had unforgettable days. Thank you.
  • Thabz: Amapondo never disappoints!
  • Liane: Thanks so much for having me and hosting me in such a lovely way! I enjoyed my stay so much; even it was raining all the time. You guys were like sunshine and that was amazing!! mmmmmmaaaahh

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