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Starling Village Backpackers - Plettenberg Bay

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The Starling Village Backpackers team believes in making a difference. This is the way we work and the way we live.

The Starling Village Backpackers team believes in making a difference. This is the way we work and the way we live.

Starling Village backpackers started in November 2005. We started revamping the property and buildings using only recycled building materials and created a special place for travellers to visit and explore.

“This country style hostel is South Africa's favourite backpackers. Superbly situated with easy access to the city, forests and the gorgeous beaches in Plettenberg Bay known as the jewel of the Garden Route, it's a super-organized, friendly, fun and home to many travellers.

The swimming pool know as the tank faces the beautiful sunsets, What makes the meals so special is the love we put in it. Braai’s (barbeques) and Potjie’s(Traditional meal cooked in a three legged pot) are not to be missed. With so much time spent in the hospitality industry and taking care of travellers is what makes us such a popular destination. Our beautiful country style rooms and comfy beds guarantee you a good night’s rest. Not to mention the cool stuff like our wicked bar, pool table, DSTV, internet, travel desk and shuttle service…. South African hospitality at its best.

Vicky and I travelled parts of South Africa for a year and a half when destiny led us to Plettenberg Bay where we ran out of petrol. We needed to find work and a place to stay, luckily we came across a room at Dots Plott a retired old farm house in the shape of a barn, owned by Erez and Toni Shaked who gave us the opportunity to start our Backpackers.

At the time Vicky and I had R250 to our name and worked as waiters at one of the local restaurants. We took our R250 and rented a floor sander and started to clean up the place. Armed only with a pack of post-it notes and a cell phone we handed our number to any one we thought could bring us guests. With a month and a half till Student rage (Pletts annual student festival) we took every hard earned cent we made at the restaurant and bought paint, linen and second hand beds. Our first guests came in on the 20th of November 2005, 30 students for 10 days. Our first shuttle was an old 1984 Volkswagen Golf we picked up for only R1000. The following years rage we took in 250 students for 14 days on beds and camping. Since then Starling has grown into a beautiful country style international backpackers accommodating visitors from all over the world.

For two years Vicky and I worked at the restaurant at night and carried on building and creating our special place. With very little money we renovated and built new structures on the property with recycled and reused building materials taken from broken down building sites.

Today our friends and guests enjoy the great atmosphere of country life and true South African hospitality.

Vision

Just like we were given the opportunity by people who believed in us, we BELIEVE in the people and would like to see Starling Village become more than just a Backpackers, but an institution that can make a difference in the community and achieve Fair Trade in tourism.

Mission statement

Our Mission is to be the best at what we do and share our home with travellers, where they can lay their heads down, relax and feel welcome during their travels in South Africa. In short - WE TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!

Our Moto

Fond of company

We would like to thank all our guests who have stayed and supported us and for making all this possible.

Accommodation

At Starling Village Backpackers we pride ourselves on our rooms which are serviced daily, after all beds is our business! We can accommodate 80 guests on beds and 80 guests camping, however, it is not the standard house where rooms are all the same. All our rooms are different, spread in the main farm house away from the entertainment area and TV room.

Please note: your reservation is only confirmed if you have booked your bed online or received an accommodation confirmation from us. If you require an airport transfer, please contact us.

ATTRACTIONS - THINGS TO DO

Skydive Plettenberg Bay

Experience the thrill of human flight and live life to its fullest. You will experience the most scenic drop zone in the world. After a briefing enjoy a 20 min scenic plane ride over the stunning Plettenberg Bay Coastline. Then the adrenaline starts as you exit the plane from 10 000ft freefall for 35 second and then slowly drift back to earth while enjoying the amazing beauty of the garden route.

Historical Activities

San Gonzales Wreck: This Portuguese ship was wrecked in 1630 and 133 sailors perished. Pieces of porcelain and other objects were found in 1979 by the Jerling family. These were donated to Plettenberg Bay in 1988 and can be seen at the Municipal offices on Sewell Street.

St Andrews Chapel: This unusual, quaint church is the oldest in the diocese of George. The entire building is uniquely made of Yellowwood.

Old Whaling Station: This was built in 1831 but burnt down in 1914. Whaling operations ceased in 1916. One can still view the original slipway and blubber cauldron. The stinkwood navigational beacon was first erected on Beacon Island in 1771. It was replaced by a stone one by Captain Sewell in 1881.

Old Timber Store: It was built in 1787/88 by Johann Jerling and the famous Dutch East Company. The remains are preserved as a National Monument.

The Old Rectory: This was erected as a barracks for the Dutch East India Company in 1776. In 1869 it was bought by St Peters Church and used as a rectory for the next 70 years. It is presently privately owned.

St Peters Church: A small wooden chapel-cum-school was first built here in 1855 but in 1875 the building was blown down during a seasonal storm. It was replaced with the present stone edifice in 1881 and now serves the local Anglican Community.

Dutch Reformed Church: Situated in Witterdrif, this church was built in 1834.

Forest Hall: This historical manor was built by William Henry Newdgate in 1864. The double storey building has an impressive entrance hall, musician’s gallery and yellowwood and stinkwood woodwork. Forest Hall is now privately owned.

Ecology

Fynbos and Flowers: The small Cape Floral Kingdom between Cape Town and Grahamstown (0.04% of the world's land mass) contains 8500 different flowering plants. This is more than is found in the entire Northern hemisphere.

Indigenous Forests: Between 1777 and 1939 much of our indigenous forests were exploited in the timber trade. Although it is the largest tract of natural forest in SA. Only 65 000 Ha of the original forest remains today. The Outeniqua yellowwood or Kalander is a true forest giant reaching over 50m in height. Other magnificent specimens are the ironwood and stinkwood trees.

Birds and Land Animals: More than 260 species of birds have been sighted in this area with its unique four habitats, namely the forest, fynbos, wetlands and the coastal region making this area a birdwatchers paradise.

Marine Life and Reefs: More than 100 species of fish are known to occur along this coast. Fish found on the reefs are highly susceptible to exploitation. Marine reserves play an important role in restocking over-fished areas. Some species found on reefs include zebra, doublesash butterflyfish, blacktail, roman, elf, galjoen and yellowbelly rockcod. Some of the finest soft coral reefs in the world are found here with sponges, starfish and many shellfish including our unique Pansy shell. Common marine mammals are dolphins, whales and seals. During winter months, the spectacular Southern Right Whales are resident in our bay when they arrive up from the southern oceans to calve.

SERVICES & FACILITIES

Facilities

The facilities offered at Starling will ensure that you have a comfortable and relaxing stay while having lots of fun. Our valued staff is informative and helpful.

Travel Desk and Reception

At our travel desk you will be helped with anything from booking activities to arranging your next overnight accommodation. We have a range of great day trips in and around Plettenberg Bay for those arriving by Baz Bus or any other means of public transport. We will also book your Baz Bus tickets and help you with the best car rentals in the country. Feeling Adventurous? Then try one of the many overlander trips to just about any were in AFRICA.

At Reception will also help you with anything from towels, postage, burn your photos to CD, laundry, shuttle and anything you may need during your stay with us.

Great Volunteering programs are available; Work with underprivileged children, wildlife, community upliftment and those living with HIV and AIDS.

Guest Kitchen and Braai (BBQ)

It’s easy to cater at Starling with the country- style kitchens fully stocked with appliances and equipment that you would need to prepare a tasty home cooked meal. The Braai (BBQ) gets lit every evening, so bring your meat and stick it on the grill or let us do it for you. We love to prepare food the South African way, so why not join us for a night of true local hospitality and dinner in our Bar and restaurant.

Common Room

The bar area is designed to keep you occupied with a range of free activities, enjoy a few drinks and good conversation with other travellers and locals around our indoor fire pit. Challenge some friends to a game of Pool or foosball; try a new skill on the dance pole situated in the middle of the room. Board and card games are available if you just want to relax a bit.

TV Room and Internet

If you would like to just chill and watch a movie or play around on the internet then this room is for you. With an extensive choice of movies from our library and satellite TV you will always have something to watch. Books and magazines are available in this area and the internet is free. Comfortable and cosy, making you feel right at home.

Swimming pool and garden

The swimming pool is build from our old water reservoir with a big deck for sunbathing and is a great place to have sundowners while enjoying the colourful sunsets. The garden is spacious with views of mountains, forest and neighbouring farms. There are lots of comfy hammocks, tables and chairs scattered throughout the garden for the best relaxed atmosphere on the Garden Route.

 

RATES
Room Room Description Price Plett Rage World Cup 2010
         
Top Dorm Shared bathroom. Spacious, clean and comfortable and a great way to meet other travellers! Bedding is supplied, towels provided on request. It's a mixed dorm that sleeps 14-16 guests. R120.00 p/p R150.00 p/p R150.00 p/p
         
Front Dorm Shared bathroom. Mixed dorm sleeping 8 guests on bunk beds, bedding is supplied, towels provided on request. R120.00 p/p R150.00 p/p R150.00 p/p
         
Back Dorm 2 Shared bathroom. Girls dorm (mixed on request) sleeps 6 guests on bunk beds, bedding is supplied, towels provided on request. R120.00 p/p R150.00 p/p R150.00 p/p
         
Back Dorm 3 Shared bathroom. Male dorms (mixed on request) sleeps 10 guests on bunk beds, bedding is supplied, towels are provided on request.
R120.00 p/p R150.00 p/p R150.00 p/p
         
Red Door Private bathroom. Twin beds sleeps 2 guests, bedding and towels are supplied. R350.00 p/r R400.00 p/r R400.00 p/r
         
Yellow Door Private bathroom. Twin beds sleeps 2 guests, bedding and towels are supplied. R350.00 p/r R400.00 p/r R400.00 p/r
         
Turquoise Door Private bathroom. Twin beds sleeps 2 guests, bedding and towels are supplied. R350.00 p/r R400.00 p/r R400.00 p/r
         
Brown Door Shared bathroom. Quad room sleeps 4 guests on 2 bunk beds, bedding and towels are supplied R550.00 p/r R650.00 p/r R650.00 p/r
         
Navy Door Shared bathroom. Quad room sleeps 4 guests on 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed, bedding and towels are supplied R550.00 p/r R650.00 p/r R650.00 p/r
         
Orange Door Shared bathroom. Quad room sleeps 4 guests on 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed, bedding and towels are supplied R550.00 p/r R650.00 p/r R650.00 p/r
         
Green Door Shared bathroom. Twin beds sleeps 2 guests, bedding and towels are supplied. R300.00 p/r R350.00 p/r R350.00 p/r
         
Purple Door Shared bathroom. Double bed sleeps 2 guests, bedding and towels are supplied R300.00 p/r R350.00 p/r R350.00 p/r
         
Pink Door Shared bathroom. Private single bed, bedding and towels are supplied R250.00 p/r R350.00 p/r R250.00 p/r
         
Unit 1 Private bathroom. Sleeps 4 guests on 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed and a fully equipped private kitchen, bedding and towels are supplied R650.00 p/u R1000.00 p/u R1000.00 p/u
         
Unit H Private bathroom. Sleeps 4 guests on 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed and a fully equipped private kitchen, bedding and towels are supplied R650.00 p/u RR1000.00 p/u R1000.00 p/u
         
Unit 2 Private bathroom. Sleeps 6 guests on 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds and a fully equipped private kitchen, bedding and towels are supplied R975.00 p/u R1500.00 p/u R1500.00 p/u
         
Camping Shared bathroom. Own tent and gas lamp R80.00 p/p R80.00 p/p R80.00 p/p
         

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