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157 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Welcome to Riverfront Backpackers! Our accommodation offers an environmentally friendly location, with two dormitories and 2 private guest rooms, a shared kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas for all guests to use during their stay. We are right on the river, so you can enjoy the calming sounds of the water and sunrise from the front veranda, a classic South African braai, or go for a swim on hot summer days. Just 19 km from central Port Elizabeth, you can easily stop into town or go to the beach and are well connected to other cities along the Garden Route and Wild Coast. We are also only 45km from Addo and other Game Parks. The river is a tidal salt water estuary, showcasing abundant birds and walking trails.

We aim to give travelers a chance to volunteer and give back to our local community, making unique memories during their stay. Our founder, Mark, a backpacker himself with a heart for service, has fostered relationships in the area and has connections to local service leaders in need of extra help. Upon arrival, talk to Mark about helping in the nearby Motherwell Township, they have an incredible up and coming recycling center and soup kitchen for children that can always use an extra hand.

At Riverfront, you can go paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, surfing, and more!

With Riverfront, you can join the following activities at an additional cost:
-Addo Elephant Safari
-Motherwell Township
-Windsurfing Lessons
-Surf Lessons
-Surf Coastal Tour

Friendly, English speaking staff provide tourist information for activities all around the area.

We offer transportation upon request. Otherwise, Uber is widely available in the area. We also offer private parking on the premises.

We hope to welcome you to Riverfront Backpackers and look forward to your visit.

Policies and Conditions
-Cancellation Policy: 24 hours before arrive
-Cash or EFT payments only, upon arrival
-Reception 8:00-20:00
-Check in from 12:00 to 20:00
-Check out by 11:00
-Meals available at additional cost
-Taxes are included
-No curfew
-Non smoking rooms

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.

Reviews & Ratings

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This hostel has begun to introduce practices that result in a positive social and environmental impact, grasping the fundamentals of the Staircase to Sustainability.
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Latest Reviews

Feb 25, 2024
I had an absolutely wonderful time, the staff were incredible and Mark took us on a game drive to Addo Elephant Park. We got an upgrade on the room as it was rather quiet. I have absolutely 0 complaints, I had a wonderful time! it was a little quiet and far away but amazing regardless
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Female, 18-24
Nov 24, 2023
Great relaxing weekend.
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Male, 41+
Nov 16, 2023
The only problem with this place is that I wasn’t here long enough! The staff are the best and the vibes are great. You can freely use their boards on the river and have optional lessons. It’s also only a short Uber ride into town if you wish to go there.
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Female, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Cots Available
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Parking
    • Ceiling fan
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
    • Towels Not Included
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Wi-Fi

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