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Karma Backpackers

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

Vera is very welcoming and make you feel at home! The house is very charming and the garden very cute! Vera's home made jams are delicious!I definitely recommend this backpacker! Hope we can come back one day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

In line with the name, Karma is a feel good lodge run by a lovely lady Vera. In driving distance of both Clarens (we couldn’t find accommodation there) and Golden Gate park, the lodge is ideally situated for those looking to travel the region from a central base. Doesn’t seem to be much happening in the local town, but its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Karma is a place which makes you immediately feel like being home, even while physically residing on the other side of the world. Vera Ann is an amazing caring hostess who provides you with any information you need on your side trips. Besides, the jams she makes all by herself are delicious. Honestly, when travelling to the Golden Gate and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Myself and a friend were planning on doing the Drakensberg Grand Traverse hike. After some research as to where to stay and someone who would be able to provide transport to and from out hiking adventure, we eventually stumbled across Karma backpackers. Upon arrival we were greeted by Lucio who showed us to our dormitory which was really great and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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