In port for the night …

So after two days of driving and a scenic and twisty flourish from Mthatha i arrived in Port St Johns. I passed on jumping head on into being the proactive traveller guy and got my chillax on, played backgammon, drank too much beer and stared longingly at the sea.

Port St Johns

PSJ, as it affectionally known, is situated at the mouth of the Umzimvubu River, it has all manner of activities for those looking for adventure and enlightenment from sea trips to cultural tours and offers a busy version of the Wild Coast with all the amenities of a decent sized town.

Beach time

My first evening was spent watching the still strange sensation of the sunset over the hills rather than sinking behind the sea, yea Cape Town is hard to get out of the system.

The wrong place!

The next morning i headed up to Delicious Monster for a breakfast that came highly recommended by the locals and it didn’t disappoint, killer view, killer chow. Be sure to grab one when you visit even if it’s for a drink and the view.

Delicious Monster is an apt name

The main beach or second is beautiful but the giant signs warning you about being a meal for the Bull (Zambezi’s) sharks are a little disconcerting, so short of dipping a toe in the sea i declined to swim, which was pretty hard for someone who enjoys lolling about in the ocean. Third beach which is in the Silaka Nature reserve is a beaut and the start of many of the hikes down the coast, Well worth a visit.

Second Beach

While i was in PSJ i crashed at Amapondo Backpackers which is pretty sweet, great views to the beach from most of the rooms, the bar and chill areas. They serve a mean burger and sell beer in quarts – as any good establishment should. A very laid back stay.

Views from everywhere at Amapondo

In all honesty i did PSJ no justice, none whatsoever, i was tired after the drive and was super amped for my next destination, Mkhambathi. PSJ was the stop in-between. So make it a stop on your travels and decide for yourself and the next time i do i’ll be keen to test the waters.

Amapondo Backpacker Lodge

We’re situated in Port St Johns in the former Transkei. Known for its vibrant fusion of both breathtaking scenery and vibey African atmosphere, it’s easy to see why people call it the Jewel of the Wild Coast and keep returning.

Amapondo Backpackers is nestled in a tropical rainforest on a hill and all our rooms, campsite and en suite accommodation overlook stunning 2nd beach, which is only one of many reasons why your stay here will be a memorable one.

Tel +27 (0)47 564 1344
URL: www.amapondo.co.za

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