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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

no refunds are given

Additional Terms and Conditions

an optional meal can be provided at
breakfast 50 rands per person
lunch 60 rands per person
dinner 70 rands per person

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Riverfront Backpackers

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

28 Towpath on the Riverfront we are creating an environmentally sustainable riverfront travel accommodation and platform for responsible travelers to relax in the peaceful Redhouse village which lies in the heart of Port Elizabeth. We encourage responsible travelling and give travelers opportunities to actively support local communities as they travel though the Eastern Cape and South Africa. We are involved with the surrounding communities in various Music Therapy, Permaculture, Conservancy, Art, Education, Internships and Social projects.

We offer you big bedrooms, a large lounge that encourages yoga, farm-style-kitchen, and indoor garden, a young fruit forest and while you shower the bathrooms greywater system feeds a banana and payaya garden, sit on the front veranda, watch the sunrise over the river, or enjoy a braai!

We can provide windsurfing lessons and equipment hire of canoes, paddleboards, a rowing boat and windsurfers. There is a large back garden suitable for camping and off- street parking.

Located in a quiet village, on the edge of PE, with a permaculture design garden, 10km from beach, 45km from Addo and other Game Parks. The rivers is a tidal salt water estuary, with abundant bird life, walking and hiking trails.

This riverfront accommodation has a rural countryside rustic feel, with its wooden floors and large bedrooms with high ceilings. The rooms all have big windows that offer lots of fresh air and light. All rooms can lock and have locker and cupboard space. During summer we can offer a fan and mosquito net, but note that our house is situated in a Malaria Free Area. The river offers tidal salt water from the sea and will does not offer breeding conditions for mosquitoes.

28 Towpath on the Riverfront' Policies & Conditions:
Cancellation policy: 24hours before arrival.
Payment upon arrival by cash.
This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. In case the credit card is not valid, the customer will be contacted to provide the details of another valid card in order to guarantee their booking. Failure to do this might result in the cancellation of the booking.

Check in from 12:00 to 20:00
Check out before 11:00

Taxes included.
Breakfast included.

Reception: 08:00 - 20:00.
No curfew.

We are connected to the city via Train, but unfortunately, not conveniently situated to on any bus routes. We can help you with transport upon request. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.5

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    01 Aug 2019
    Lovely stay! Beds and pillows are comfortable, breakfast is good and the hosts are very helpful! We arrived late and they contacted us before to ask if we wanted them to provide dinner. When we arrived a staff memo greeted us and dinner was ready. Place is very clean and homey. It’s a very large house with lots of space and the hosts are very communicative and accommodating. I would recommend anyone to stay here.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    12 Feb 2019
    This place is absolutely beautiful and peacefull. Tina & Mark and their son Adam are lovely people. As soon as you arrive in this place you feel good and at home. The location is great and you don't even think that the city is close by. The house is super clean and decorated with colourfull artwork. The sunrise & sunset are lovely along the river :) Thank you so much people for the hospitality. It is one of my favorite place in South Africa. Thank you & See you around !
    France, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    08 Aug 2018
    Wow, this place is an absolute gem, don't let the drive out here scare you, once here its beautiful tranquil home on the river bank where you can see all kinds of birds, including PINK FLAMINGOS! thanks for an amazing stay!
    South Africa, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    27 Mar 2019
    Super chill place, really nice people. Had some delicious meals cooked for me - thanks guys
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    21 Sep 2018
    One of the most beautiful hostels I stayed in SA. This is a great place to just sit back and relax for the weekend. Maybe read a book by the river, take on of the boats out or take an Uber into PE and get a quick dinner. Its not near the center of PE at all so you will need transportation out of the hostel but its worth it for the chill vibe. The man who ran the hostel even upgraded our group to private rooms because no one else was staying. Great hostel with great hosts.
    USA, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.4


    26 Jul 2018
    Really nice setting on the lake. I only stayed one night on my way to the elephant park but could have easily stayed longer. Felt like I was being welcomed into someone's home rather than a backpackers. Had a lovely meal made for a very reasonable price and some great banter around the dinner table.
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    14 Mar 2019
    Amazing stay at 28 Towpath - great vibes, extremely friendly staff and just the most tranquil and peaceful location! Get Luc and the volunteers to tell you about the art project in the townships, Linda to share some local cuisine and cuddle with the dogs :)
    Belgium, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    09 Aug 2018
    I stayed for two nights, booked a dorm and got a private room :) It's rather quiet and the location and common areas next to the river are beautiful and perfect to calm down. It's far from PE but a nearby train station connects the hostel once or twice a day with the city. Two very cute jack russels and a cat make your day even more fun. Would come back.
    Germany, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    16 May 2018
    A very nice location with a great waterfront. Friendly staff. Giant rooms in a beautiful house. A bit far from Port Elizabeth though.
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    25 Aug 2018
    For such a place to pay R400 for 2 guests was actually below my expectations because: 1. Instead of aylist a double bed there were two joined single beds which kept on moving through out the night. 2. The window pane was banging the whole night as the wind was blowing, disturbing my peace in the moment. 3. Decorations were out of sorts inside the room as if it's a kids room. 4. Besides these low key points the place is situated nicely outside the noisy urban areas. 5. The water view is good
    South Africa, Male, 41+
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Common Room
  • Cots Available
  • Elevator
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Towels Not Included
  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Foosball
  • Wi-Fi