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Karma Backpackers

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2 Piet Retief Street, Kestell 9860, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very clean facilities, bedding and towels included. The owner and other staff friendly and helpful. She cooks home made jam...delicious! Bought a beautiful handmade skirt (with Shweshwe motives) made by ladies from the area - job creation project. Highly recommended to visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I stayed at Karma Backpackers for three nights in February 2015. It is in a very peaceful spot with easy access to the stunning Drakensberg mountains. The backpackers is clean and the kitchen is very well-equipped if you want to cook. Vera-Ann and Luca couldn't have been more welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble and they treat everyone like a... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at Karma Backpackers. Vera and her her husband are very welcoming and accommodating. My favourite part of my stay there is the wonderful homemade jam and yogurt breakfasts! The only think I'm sorry about is not having bought more jam when we left.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Vera is a perfect host: you feel like at home in her lovely backpackers !! It is a perfect place to start exploring Drakensberg and don't forget to try her delicious breakfast with homemade jam !! Marion

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Caen, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I have been three times at Vera's Karma Backpackers and recommended her place to friends who went there. Each time, it was a lovely stay. You will feel at home, it is very cosy and comfortable, Vera takes care of every guest and is very available. She knows the region very well and will be happy to provide you good... More 

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White River, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This was our first time staying at Karma, but definitely not our last. We stayed on a friend's recommendation and were not disappointed. Vera-Ann was very hospitable and offered helpful advice on local activities. She was honest and encouraging about our party of 4 hiking the Amphitheatre on our own. She gave detailed advice and we felt at ease about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Having been on the road for eight months it was a joy to stay in Karma. It felt so homely with the nice kitchen to cook in, the garden to take herbs and veggies from, and a sofa to relax on! Also, it was the best bed I've had in all my travels! Beautiful surroundings, near Amphitheatre hike and Lesotho.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We spent two nights at Karma in November to do the Sentinel Hike at Drakensberge. The room was spacious and the decoration really lovely. You can tell that Vera Ann puts a lot of effort into it. Everything was very clean. Vera Ann is very friendly and welcoming, we had the feeling she really enjoys having guests. We got a... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I have stayed at Karma twice and loved it each time. The place is very homely and welcoming, and Vera-Ann is a helpful and considerate host. There are some great activities in the area - we went horse back riding in Golden Gate National park and hiked Sentinel Peak, both were fantastic and Vera-Ann helped to organise it and gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Karma was our last stop during the trip around South Africa. That was our "karma" :). The best place you can ever be. We arrived late, but the lady welcomed us with warm tea and gave us hot water bottles for the night. You can feel really save there, like in magic cozy place, where time stops... The sky full... More 

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