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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Real chilled out atmosphere and friendly staff. Like to stay there when in the area. Can go for beach walk and shopping. Fishing, swimming, canoeing, surfing.... while we cant choose who else is staying there, we can make the most of the relaxing garden and beach area. Fully equipped kitchen - Wifi - Tea/Coffee Very small campsite though, so not...

1Thank Maya V
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Too expensive, misconception about "separate double room" that was not separate at all. We phoned 2 weeks in advance to cancel our first evening and which they did take note of but we were still charged on it. There was a whole construction worker team staying at the backpackers, they used all the crockery in the kitchen and took up...

Thank Monica O
spot53, Manager at The Spot Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us as we can only learn from it. Firstly, as stated in our booking emails, we do not refund deposits, and when you called and said you would arrive a day late because of the drive from Mossed bay, I agreed to move your booking a day out so you could keep...

Penzance, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This was our most expensive camp spot during 4 weeks in South Africa. During our trip we stayed at some stunning locations, and beautiful woodland campsites: away with the fairies, wildspirit lodge, bucaneers at chintsa, northern drakensburg all for less money and we felt it was over-priced for this place. The very small camp spot had a lot of dog...

Thank globetrotter648
spot53, Owner at The Spot Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. Let me start by apologising for the dog poo you may have come across on the grounds. Had you brought this to our attention we would have showed you to another camping spot or cleaned it up immediately. We have limited camping facilities, only 8 people at time, so as not...

Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely spot for a chilled out few days. Easy walk to shops for food etc...clean place and lovely staff. Also it is right on the beach, with its own private access. The kitchen has everything you need for self catering and also free tea and coffee facilities. There is also a lovely shower and free WiFi too.

Thank Josey T
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We heard the owner had died and left this place to his wife. Sad as it has gone to ruin. Our pillowcase had been rat chewed, the linen threadbare and discoloured. The room, next to the parking area, was littered with dead insects and dust balls. The lodge was filled with workers from a nearby construction site and my daughter...

1Thank Sharon S
Reviewed 8 February 2016 via mobile

Perfect if you're looking for just a bed and a shower and the Best part is that it is literally on the beach. Pack Mosquito spray and two prong plugs for the fans. Some general maintenance is needed but it's still a great place to chill and relax.

1Thank April M
Canton of Bern, Switzerland
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

This hotel/backpackers is really cool!!! They have even some bungalows with private beds and bathrooms, directly at the beach. The price is totally ok!! The host, John is such a nice guy. We had a really good time there with him and his friends

Thank djakob38
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 27 November 2015

Stayed at this backpackers for 2 nights, as a stopover to break a long journey from St Lucia to Coffee Bay. The first night, a Saturday, was very busy with an off-road motor bike group occupying most rooms and dorms. All we could get was the en-suite cabin. Although a bit noisy from the group but not unruly, the waves...

Thank Trudy G
Beauvais, France
Reviewed 11 July 2015

THIS IS A GOOD PLACE TO STAY IF YOU ARE A BACKPACKERS. This is close to the beach and in quite a nice location. You have dorms or pivate bedrooms. You can cook yourself and even do a bbq. Hepful guys upthere.

Thank Stella88858
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 July 2015

The Spot is right on a very good swimming beach with shark nets and a sheltered snorkelling rock pool a little way off. The local dive centers are very close, so this is a good base for diving Aliwal Shoal, the Sardine Run etc. Edith provided some friendly conversation around the bar too.

2Thank Mazi-Wazi

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Address: 53 Ambleside Road | Umtentweni, Port Shepstone 4235, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Port Shepstone
Number of rooms: 6
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“Ask for a camping spot close to the sea if you want to fall asleep with the sound of breaking waves.”
 of 5 bubbles onnok2015, 11 Jan 2015 | Read review
“Camping is on beach sand - not good for electronic equipment.”
 of 5 bubbles geoffl982, 15 Oct 2014 | Read review
“We stayed in the dorm room, which other guests have to pass through to get to the bathroom and the private rooms. Best to do the private rooms, the cabins also looked cool.”
 of 5 bubbles 41141D, 24 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Their shared-bathroom doubles are excellent value for money.”
 of 5 bubbles weirddoc, 14 Nov 2011 | Read review
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