There are various of ways of getting to Amapondo Backpackers. You can easily go by bus, drive down in your own car, fly here and even hike from Coffee Bay.
Amapondo Backpackers is easy to get to by bus. Take one of the buses listed below to Mthatha (Umtata) Shell Ultra Petrol Station and from there, we’re happy to organise a shuttle service to pick you up for R600.
We also support local business enterprises by making use of taxis (mini-buses) instead of a private shuttle which cost R100. This may take a little longer, but can be a fun cultural experience. Welcome to Africa!
And we offer a 4×4 Adventure Trip from PSJ to Coffee Bay (or back again) that takes you off-the-beaten-track into the heart of the Wild Coast. This is an exciting alternative to travelling the coast line. Tailor-made overnight packages are also available. Check out the link under our Adventure drop-down menu on our website for more info.
Port St. Johns is situated between East London (3, 5 hours) and Durban (4 hours).
Directions from East London:
Take the N2 north to Mthatha, a distance of approximately 220km. Follow the route markers to the R61 to Libode and Port St Johns through Mthatha. (in the city centre there’s a right turn that is often missed). Drive along the R61 for 93km with the road leading directly into Port St Johns.
Directions from Durban:
Take the N2 south. Continue right through to Port Edward to join up with the R61. Follow this road to Bizana, then Flagstaff, then Lusikisiki. After about 40km, at the end of the road, and after crossing a bridge over the mighty Umzimvubu River, turn left and drive the final 5km into Port St Johns town. Mthatha. Follow the route markers to the R61 to Libode and Port St Johns through Mthatha. Drive along the R61 for 93km with the road leading directly into Port St Johns.
Directions after entering Port St Johns town:
Follow the road around the one-way system passing the tourist office on your right. At the first junction, turn left and drive over a small bridge, then two speed humps. Turn right at the first tar road. (There are numerous signs here including one for Amapondo.) Follow this road up and over a hill for 4km towards Second Beach. Drive slowly in case our donkey is taking a stroll to the beach. Amapondo is well sign posted and is on the right up a fairly steep gravel drive way.
The GPS coordinates for Amapondo Backpackers are:
Latitude : -31.6462177 | Longitude : 29.5327017
You can fly to Mthatha from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg with South African Airways and from there on carry on with either a taxi or a shuttle to Port St. Johns.
You can also try a more alternative way by charting a flight directly to Port St. Johns from East London. If you choose to do it this way you will be greeted by a stunning sight when you land at the so-called Gates of Port St. Johns, a couple of twin mountains, Thesiger and Sullivan, which lie on either side of the mouth of the Umzimvubu River.
For more information please go to East London Air Services.
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