Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge

Hostel in KwaZulu-Natal

Amenities at this five-star backpackers are superb, including a bar, a hot tub, a sauna and a restaurant serving top-notch food. Facing out over the Amphitheatre, it has a selection of sleeping options from dorms to comfortable four-person en-suite rooms and a great campground. Things get rowdy at night, so request a room far from the common areas if you're a light sleeper.

Staff at the front desk here get mixed reviews – some report feeling pressured to do the organised trips (when there are other options around); others enjoy the rolled-out convenience. On the other hand, the bartenders here are legendary for their good service and friendly demeanour.