The Road to Amakaya

Written by AmakayaBP

For the owners of Amakaya Backpackers, Dave Swart & Dorothy Prinsloo, the road to Amakaya reads like an Intrepid Adventure. Both Dave & Dorothy worked in corporate Pretoria, spending their week days in heavy traffic and high-stress offices. Like many city dwellers, they spent their weekend time adventuring, scuba diving and motor biking. But when the stress of city life got too much, they would dream of a different, slower life and spend time online looking for the perfect opportunity.


One day, they found it. An established backpackers in the idyllic coastal village of Plettenberg Bay was up for sale. So they did what any true adventurer would do: hopped onto their bikes and together with a friend who came along for the ride, travelled the 1300km from Pretoria to Plettenberg Bay for the weekend to check it out. And this was when their lives changed. Travelling into Plettenberg Bay, smelling that fresh ocean air and looking out of the beautiful bay surrounded by the Tsitsikamma Mountains, they decided that they had found their next great adventure.


Amakaya, the backpackers, is located within walking distance of the town centre and 800m from the popular central beach of “Plett”. They fell in love with the cosy, welcoming backpackers and the laidback Plett lifestyle. 4 months later, Dave & Dorothy had packed in their Pretoria life and were on the road to Plettenberg Bay, this time for good.

That was almost 6 years ago and since arriving Dorothy has acquired her own business, The Skaf’Tin Pizza and Take Away. Dave & Dorothy are still so in love with the town, the natural beauty that surrounds them and the experiences of exploring this wonderful area.

View of Plettenberg Bay


  1. Great Dave and Dorothy, I knew from the beginning you would make it successful. The Backpacker offers great accommodation and atmosphere. O … The Skaf tin has great food actually it has GREAT food make sure you hungry when going there