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Buccaneers Backpackers Cintsa Reviews

PO Box 13092, Vincent, 5217, East London, Cintsa, South Africa

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87 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 94%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Seemingly the only place where wifi isn't free anymore. Nice array of activities to choose from. Great location. Staff could be a little more passionate. No lockers.


One of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!


Buccaneers is a great choice for anybody with any budget. Great people, great atmosphere and some really good cooks! Right by the beach where you can run, take long walks or go horseback riding - apart from doing all the water stuff, of course :-) You will love it!

  • 8th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


I mostly enjoyed the fact that the hostel was in a safe place and right next to the beach.


Unfriendly Host, small beatles on the bed


A great place to stay :-) It is located a little bit in the middle of nowhere, but very close to the beach and embedded in a beautiful landscape. Staff is very nice and helpful. They organise funny activities (including free wine). The candle-lit dining area is just great and the bar is lively and very sociable. One of the few minus pionts is that the rooms could be cleaner, but the breathtaking view from the balcony recompensates for that. Can definitely recommend it.

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Really nice place with spacious dorm rooms! The view is fantastic. The dorm was a bit dirty though and wifi should be for free!


this place makes you pay 40 rand an hour to use the wifi. i really found that to be off putting. we stayed in one of the small cabins. at night it was a really far walk to the bathroom. the bar is cool, but a lot of townie type people hang out there.


We only stayed one night so we can't really comment on everything but, overall, we enjoyed our stay. Good cook (we tried the curry), cool bar (though you should know that when the bartender offers you to taste sth you enquired about, you are expected to pay for it) and good atmosphere. We stayed in a shared flat/house, good experience but only the main door locks, you get no key for your personal room..not a big problem though since you can leave your valuables at reception.


This hostel is a great place! Nice activities in the area... unless you are unlucky like me and that the providers of the activities are out off town. Maybe ask before booking? Also Mama Tofu township tour needs to be book a week ago apparently. It's a cute little place, very chilling. 10 min walk to the wild beach. Nice bar, nice food!


so much to do there (surfing, volleyball, yoga, ....), real holiday feeling. staff is superfriendly, everything is well organised. definitely worth a stay!!


We order double bed room and got twin room, they said the double is more expensive than what we paid for.. In the house we shared (for 12 people) we had only one shower and one bath and two toilets- one of them cannot be locked...


I would just suggest to them to organize surf lessons only for single person, right now they require a minimum of 2.


Fabulous views of beach and lagoon from balconies but at backpacker rates, and only a few minutes walk to beach with free canoes for lagoon and lots of other beach activities. Very helpful staff, highly recommended


I really enjoyed my time at this hostel, but its a bit pricey. The meals at night are by far the most expensive of any hostel I stayed in, but it was quite tasty and where you are the options are slim. But if you like to party then this is the place for you to go. No lockers in the rooms, but you can leave your valuables in the safe at reception. Short walk too the beach and the views are just amazing, both day time and night time.


The "red dorm" is spacious, beds are really comfortable, there is a woody terrace and a great view to the Ocean. The hostel is on a hill, ther is a kitchen, common spaces, a swimmingpool and a lot of green. In 5 minutes walking down to the hill you get to the beach, that is long, long, long. Just on the other hill in front, you can find a minimarket and some pubs. Wifi costs 40 rand a hour, that's really too much. That is the only downside


It's a great place to be! It has a view that beats any 5 star resorts. Backpacking life doesn't get better than this. Very near beach. Nice swimming pool and bar. Dinner good but bit pricey. My only issue is that the kitchen is a mess all the time. No free internet but available. The staff is okay but not great. Oh the girls are great specially the one with dog. but I don't like the Swiss boy who volunteers there. Not helpful and not frienly. He has no business being in hospitality business.


Best bacpackers in South Africa! Great atmosphere created by the staff, very organised in sorting out the many many trips that are planned each day. the rooms are in seperate houses/cottages with bathrooms and kitchen. But make sure you eat at their restaurant that serves the best home made food! A guitarist came in the evening and he was simply amazing. Nice pool and bar area where you can go for lunch and right above the beautiful 16kms of untouched beach,


Wonderful beach. If you are self-catering despite the good meals they offer and don't have your own car, bring your own food! The small corner shop in the village has only a small choice of products.


This place is like summer camp resort for backpackers. The hostel sprawls over a large area offering fantastic ocean views. It's about a short 5-10 min walk from Cintsa Beach and 10-15 mins walk from the town strip. The atmosphere is lively and jovial but I would imagine your experience will be largely influenced by your luck with the weather. Overall it's a great value and one of the more popular hostels in Cintsa. If you can, try and score one of the beds in the "cabin houses" down the hill.

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