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Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge

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7/178 Station Road | PoBox 239, Umzumbe, Umzumbe 4225, South Africa
Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge

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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stay at many backpackers but R580 (45USD) for a "treehouse' (read garden shed on stilts) with a shabby bed, thin duvet and a deposit of R100 for a towel is not my idea of reasonable. The staff (although it seems Americans are preferred from actually employing local staff) were friendly enough but the place is dirty and overgrown. I... More 

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France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Even though the staff is nice, the beach is just 5 minutes away by walk and the food is good, I was not too impressed. The humidity in the dorms is really hard to get over why, and the vibe there was just not what I was looking for ... But then if your thing is to get high and... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I can write a whole review of this place, but it won;t do it justice. This is truly a one of a kind backpackers in SA, great setting and a must stop for every surfer/adventurer/traveller. The Jungle Bar is amazing!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

this a great, funky backpackers on the beautiful south coast. we stayed in the treehouse double ensuite that was an awesome experience. the bar is vibey and the property is lush and interesting, even saw a few monkeys!

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Stayed here for a friends birthday celebration. The room was a very rustic and simple log-cabin-like vibe, but perfect for what we needed. The place as a whole has lots of very interesting features and beautifully creative decor that you just can't stop looking at. You can lose yourself in the murals, the outlandish ornaments and wall hangings, the fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

One of the funkiest weirdest and coolest places in SA. You can get lost on their mini jungle boardwalks. They have a YOGA STUDIO :o which looks amazing! A pool with slide and toys for the kids at heart. Cool high terras hang outs looking over their mini jungle, a nice bar. Even the rooms are funky with two floors.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Mantis and moon backpacker is the perfect place to stay. You go there for one night and after that it is so hard not to stay one month. Close to the ocean, tree houses in the middle of the jungle. And the staff will help you to spend such a good time. You definitely have to go there

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Before we went to M&M a fellow traveler described it as "a lovely ramshackle place". Indeed it is. It's hard to imagine that in amongst the walled-in manicured lawns of upper middle class Umzumbe is a little jungle with wooden boardwalks, wooden huts, tree houses, and outdoor showers. It's a bit dirty, especially with all the dogs (5 or more?)... More 

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Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

After years of wanting to visit Mantis and moon, finally my husband and I got to (without the kids). Stayed in a lovely tree top wooden house with en-suite surrounded by tons of forest. Food was simple and homely. Staff were very friendly and warm. Awesome jaccuzzi with divine cocktails under the stars. Also a nice pool to cool off... More 

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Haenertsburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Twice we've stayed at the Mantis and Moon, gorgeous experiences ; fabulous jacuzzi under the palm trees with birds in abundance, a majestic sized bar filled with assorted young travellers, close to the sweetest Hibberdene beach. Our first stay was in a cabin in the trees and the second stay was in a tepee. Will definitely be back.

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