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Buccaneers Backpackers, Chintsa
Buccaneers Backpackers, Chintsa
Arguably one of the best backpackers in SA, Buccaneers overlooks the beautiful Chintsa estuary and beach.
Location: Buffalo City
Type: Backpackers
Price Range: Budget > R200 pps
  • Tranquil
  • Informal
  • Sporty
  • Homely
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Buccaneers is recognised as one of the best backpackers in the country. It's arguably got one of the best locations on the South African coastline: overlooking the Chintsa estuary and beach.

It doesn't feel like a backpackers - because it's spread out over eight hectares of coastal forest and there are plenty of hideaway places.  But it feels just like a great backpackers because there's a friendly, helpful vibe, a great bar and staff that know how to point you in the right direction - no matter what you're looking for. It feels like it's been around forever (at least 15 years now!) and the guys KNOW what you like and what you need.

There's something for everyone.  Poolside parties.  Quiet strolls on the beach.  Canoeing up river.  Watching birds from the secret hide overlooking their dam.  Pizza evenings.  Various free daily activities. 

And there's a range of accommodation to suit all tastes & budgets: cottages, en-suite doubles, family rooms, doubles & twins, safari tents, dorms and camping.

There's also a lot of 'feel good' things at Buccaneers.  They support their local communities.  They encourage volunteering. 

A word of warning: allow yourself enough time.  It's easy to visit.  But hard to leave.  

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Contact Details

Contact Person: Sal, Sean Price
Email: buccaneers@cintsa.com
Website: http://www.cintsa.com/
Phone: +27 (0)43 734 3012
Street: Chintsa West, Chintsa, Eastern Cape
City: East London
State: Eastern Cape
Country: South Africa


Directions: Buccaneers is at Cintsa (West) 35kms north of East London just off the N2 and the East Coast Resorts Road.  It's on the BazBus route - see Buccaneers map


Internet cafe
Canoes for exploring the estuary
Swimming pool
Volleyball Court
Skebengas Bar
Gift Shop
Beauty Bungalow


All meals are available - as well as the option to self-cater.  A choice of healthy continental or cooked breakfasts are available.  Lunches are light eg salads, pizza, tramezzini.  Dinners are set eg curry evening, bangers & mash evening, traditional Xhosa, etc.  On Sundays, breakfasts are FREE - healthy fruit, fresh bread & eggs.


  • Chintsa Estuary
  • Chintsa Beach
  • Private Game Reserve
  • Wild Coast
  • Township Tours


No. of rooms: 22
Pricing: Budget > R200 pps
Children Policy:
By arrangement
Usual Guests:
  • Singles
  • Independent travellers
  • Nature Lovers

Best time to visit:
Chintsa has a mild, balmy climate.  Summers are hot & sunny, winters are mild.  Summer rains can bring a few overcast days with them, but the temperature seldom drops below about 15 deg. C.

What to pack:
Shorts, t-shirts, swimming gear, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, a semi-smart outfit or two in case you head into nearby East London for some retail therapy and a laid-back attitude.

  • Tranquil
  • Informal
  • Sporty
  • Homely
Why visit Buccaneers Backpackers Lodge
Best Features: Incredible views.  Perfect location.  A family-run lodge where people genuinely like people - and know what they need.

Bear In Mind: A bit off the beaten track - a bit too far to walk to the nearby shops.   Don't rush this place - you need more than a night or two!

Things to Do and See

At Buccaneers, you're spoit for choice.

You can be as lazy as you like - chill around the pool all day and prop up the bar by night. 

Or you can choose from the many activities on offer: surf school, township tours, kite surfing, canoeing, volleyball, sand boarding, game viewing at local private game reserves, horseriding along the beach, birdwatching. 

There's also an on-site gift shop with hand-made items from the local communities and a beauty bungalow where you can catch up on some pampering.

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