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Small World Backpackers Lodge

25 Ridge Rd, | Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #16 of 34 Specialty lodging in Harare
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
A M Evandale, Australia
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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Khalkis, Greece
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small World Backpackers is not the best place to stay in Harare. Poor manager, crappy food, not well stocked bar, no help at all by the reception, VERY VERY noisy and no camp facilities at all for overlanders. The manager has turned the parking lot to a Used Car Sales Dealership and so there is no space to "camp"-park. Used... More

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Evandale, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small World Backpackers was a welcoming, clean and relaxed place to stay for our family. We tented in our bushwalking tents in the garden and enjoyed the pool, garden and TV. Over a one year period we returned a number of times to stay here and the quality was consistently high (except kitchen utensils were few and far between).

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San Francisco, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well, I made a reservation on line for a 6 beds female dorm and when I arrived, there was no such thing. The only dorm there is is a 16 beds mixed dorm... A friend there, who stayed in the dorm, had his Iphone and his wallet stolen. The internet does not work and the restaurant does not keep hours.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I liked it here though it should be noted there were some interesting characters staying when I was there. The place has very friendly staff. A comfortable dorm, a nice swimming pool and decent food. I was staying at the original Small World but George took me on a drive - in one of his many vintage cars - and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This review is for the Small World located in the town centre, not the Avondale location. They are apparently run by the same person, although the centre location seems not to be on anybody's radar, including the owner! I had made reservations three months in advance for my trip; I wanted a location near to town because I was going... More

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Harare, Zimbabwe
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Nothing but trouble! Where do I start. The kitchen is very dirty. Not even a kettle. Nobody at the reception. The owners friends are always hitting on women and being rude. This place is like a prostitutes haven. It's totally disgusting and over priced! After two three days of a seven day stay in Harare I found another backpackers in... More

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Denver, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

ROOM: I had a private room with a double-bed, shared bath. The room was comfortable and furnished nicely. Just outside my window, however, was an open-air toilet and shower. Not ideal. SHARED BATH: The nearby shared bath had a single shower, basin and toilet. The window was stuck ajar, so if you were in the shower (behind the sheer shower... More

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Taganga, Colombia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Pleasant gardens surround a nice pool for cooling down in the mid day heat. Small World backpackers is situated in a nice quiet and secure suburban area of Harare. Secure parking is provided and reasonable WiFi is available for $5 for 4.5 hrs. The staff are friendly too!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was a peaceful place with kind and helpful staff (who offer homemade meals if pre-arranged!). The staff also invited us out to a musical event, which was really nice, though we couldn't make it. The room was basic but clean and decent enough, though the communal showers weren't as clean and had windows facing a courtyard with no curtains... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

We spent a few in nights here, we had a family room and stayed with our two kids. The kids enjoyed the garden, we all enjoyed the environment! Staff were great and very accommodating and helpful with requests. Great location for being close, (as you can get in a big city like harare) to shops. We used the lodges car/taxi... More

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Address: 25 Ridge Rd, | Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
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