Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers

Vincent, Cintsa, Eastern Cape, 5217, South Africa

Half hostel, half B&B, this very casual establishment is a shirts-and-shoes-optional sort of place, and it does get quite lively. The dorms are what you'd find at any hostel, but there are also pretty chalets scattered across a wooded slope leading to the beach. They all have cooking facilities, and most have fantastic views over the lagoon and ocean. There are also a handful of spacious, new, more upmarket suites, all of which are ensuite. There's something happening at 4 o'clock every afternoon—a volleyball game, free sundowner cruise, or some other spur-of-the-moment activity, with free wine included. It's a great base from which to undertake a whole range of reasonably priced cultural tours and excursions, which can be booked from here. Breakfast is about R20–R65, lunch (usually served at the pool bar in summer) costs about R25–R55, and a hearty supper will set you back R65–R95. The dining hall was recently upgraded. Children are permitted, and the self-catering cottages are family-friendly. But be warned: this is a PG-13 option, as backpackers can be very casual, and the language might not be what you'd hear in church.


  • has an airport shuttle
  • sociable environment
  • restaurant can cater for dietary restrictions


  • most activities are not run from the lodge itself
  • some accommodations can be a little basic


Phones: 043-734–3012


5 cottages, 8 suites
Rate Includes: No meals