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Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 10 January 2017

parking and getting out early an issue, maybe give a sticker to put on the car directing it to the owner's dorm would make things easier. The staff were very helpful and polite giving you want to stay there. thanks fuad jacobs

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The staff at Amakaya was very helpful and friendly and the room was clean. We had free breakfast which was a bonus. Good quality for the price. The backpacker is also ideally situated, not far from shops and restaurant.

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Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We were 3 families (11 people incl. toddlers) travelling north and did a 2 night stopover at Amakaya. We were booked into 2 dorms, one of which was an 8 sleeper with a kitchenette and small sitting room. There were ample off street parking for 3 vehicles with off-road trailers. The kitchenette was basic, but we were able to make...

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East London, South Africa
Reviewed 5 January 2017

The stay was comfortable, staff friendly and well organised. Could improve on the room decor though, perhaps with a more homely and inviting feel instead of a university dorm feel. Car parking could also improve as it was a challenge when we arrived

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Thanks for the comments. When busy as December was the parking can become a bit challenging as not all guests consider others when they park. What was wrong with the decor? You stayed in our Homtini double room from our records. The rooms were changed approximately 8 months ago, TV's put into the rooms etc. Regards Dave Swart

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Perfectly situated in Plett central. Comfortably beds with clean linen and sufficient facilities. We stayed in the 8 sleeper dorm which was nicely equipped with all basics. Complimentary breakfast is a refreshing bonus. Would definitely recommend

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Thanks for the encouraging comments. Regards Dave Swart

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 December 2016

The apartment is spacious and is safe but ultimately its very basic. There are no fans and the stove isn't too easy to use. Its really well located for night life and restaurants but less so for the beach. It was expensive for what it was but that is Plett in December.

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Nicole Thanks for your comments. You and 2 companions stayed in our Apartment 5 at a rate of R900.00 per night = R300.00 per person. In peak season, for an apartment (flat) with own entrance, DSTV, free wi-fi and complimentary mini-breakfast, tea/coffee, 100m from Main Street you cannot seriously consider this expensive? We are 800m from Central beach. This...

Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Stayed there for a week and it was shocking. Could not even eat a snack in the room. Overpriced for such small rooms. Staff wasn't at its best, the owner is a great guy, but he really must make some changes. Won't be back anytime soon.

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Anthony It is comments such as yours that really get my back up. I cannot seem to find your booking but estimate that it was sometime around Matric Rage. There are various rooms at different pricing options. Maybe the pricing option that suited you over the week period was the smaller room? Firstly, I am glad that the staff...

Stellenbosch, South Africa
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Rooms are good equipted, beds are comfortable and the free breakfast in the morning is an excellent start for the day. Staff helps, but seems to be in partnership with some restaurants etc. The beach is a 15 minutes walk away. Apart from the location a very good BP.

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Bjoern Glad to hear that you were happy with your stay with us. Regarding the restaurants - some restaurants offer a 10% discount to our guests, are good restaurants with good food and are therefore recommended by the staff. If restaurants offered discounts but were not up to standard we would not recommend them. We want our guests total...

Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I had to do a last-minute weekend booking and with many of the bigger and more established hotels already full, I decided to try Amakaya's family room with en-suite bathroom. I can honestly say that for my set of circumstances, it was a good choice. I didn't need dinners or entertainment, I just needed a place to sleep. Amakaya provided...

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Leon Glad to hear that you were satisfied with your stay at Amakaya. We look forward to hosting you again when visit Plett again. Regards Dave Swart

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 December 2016

I stayed for 2 nights in November 2016- dorm room. Comfortable, clean and close to the main street. Friendly people, excellent service. Good value for money. Fridge in room is a great bonus. Would definitely recommend.

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DaveSwart1, Owner at Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, responded to this review

Hello Daniella Thanks for the comments. Glad to hear that we are getting it right sometimes. Regards Dave Swart

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Welcome to Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments, your 'home away from home.' We will make your stay as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible and help you with as much information as we can about the local activities and attractions. Exchange experiences with fellow travellers and keep in touch with family and friends. Enjoy a complimentary wi-fi and internet facilities,coffee and tea at both Amakaya Backpackers and Amakaya Backpacker Apartments. Amakaya Backpackers is not perfect, however is a clean, friendly and homely place where you can relax after an exhilarating day in the area. We have hot showers (electric and gas), relaxed atmosphere and comfortable beds. Sip on a drink at our upstairs bar while you relax on the veranda and take in the view of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, the lagoon and the sea. We are a 300m walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of Plettenberg Bay's 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 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, 6 and 8 guests respectively. All guests have the use of our fully-equipped kitchen facilities, free tea & coffee, wi-fi, a sitting room to read or watch TV/DVDs and an upstairs bar with outside balcony. Parking is on the premises and is accessed by an electric gate. Amakaya Backpacker Apartments - situated 200m from Amakaya Backpackers and 100m from Main Street. Each apartment has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments

Address: 15 Park Lane, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: $31 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Amakaya Backpackers & Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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“The 8 bed dorm with the kitchenette was suitable as a family room”
 of 5 bubbles KarinSmidt, 8 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Staying one of their Apartments gives you a sense of privacy which you don't experience in every backpackers.”
 of 5 bubbles ionacharter, 9 Jun 2016 | Read review
“They have spacious dorms, we stayed in a twin bedroom though as the price was just great.”
 of 5 bubbles klinkie, 23 Mar 2015 | Read review
“all was good for stay, dstv, bar, central”
 of 5 bubbles islandstyle2014, 23 Dec 2014 | Read review
“We chose the double suite for 30 us a night, private deck, private bathroom, tv, view! Excellent value!”
 of 5 bubbles 878ianj, 2 Dec 2013 | Read review
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