Sugarshack Backpackers

Eastern Beach, 50 Esplanade St, East London, Eastern Cape, 5201, South Africa

The numerous wet suits and surfboards lying around make it clear that this fun, casual hostel is the place to go if you're after some waves. It's right on Eastern Beach in Quigney, a suburb of East London; the big open-air deck, which leads off the communal kitchen-lounge, is a great place to sit and watch the waves. Double rooms, which share bathrooms with dorm residents are in cute but tiny wooden cabins with their own sea-view verandas. There are loads of restaurants and pubs within walking distance. Like most hostels, this place can get quite lively; drumming evenings are a regular occurrence. All kinds of adventure tours (such as paddling and sand-boarding) are on offer, along with surfing lessons. Reasonably priced beauty treatments can also be arranged off-site. It's next door to the Buccaneers Pub and Grill, and you get free beer if you're staying at Sugarshack.


  • in easy walking distance of the bus station, or the Baz Bus will drop you off here
  • prices are very reasonable
  • views are great


  • no on-site restaurant
  • no meals included
  • kitchen/lounge area needs some serious TLC


Phones: 043-722–8240


5 rooms without baths, 4 dormitories
Rate Includes: No meals