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Mbizi Backpackers Lodge

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288 Trichardt Road | Parkdene, Boksburg 1459, South Africa
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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

A lovely place to stay. Pat the owner was such a great character and extremely helpful. The rooms were clean and tidy, and the large space outside was great to relax and chill out in. Breakfast was basic, but did the job and was always available.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Excellent place. Stayed in December 2014. Awesome bar and entertainment area. Sports on the big screen TV. DSTV (cable tv). Well maintained gardens and pool. The owner, Patrick, is really cool and accommodating. Booked a double room, beds were comfortable, bathrooms were neat & clean. Kitchen is well equipped. We look forward to another stay at Mbizi. It truly is... More 

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Maassluis, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Close to the airport in a safe neighberhood. The room is simple but sufficient. The bar next to the swimming pool is great (and relaxed) though. I only stayed for one night after arriving in South Africa and flying onwards the next day. Patrick, the owner, is a very nice guy who will genuinely help you out with anything. Breakfast... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The hostel is a converted house, the guy who runs it has lived there all his life and it has been a hostel for 10+ years now so he knows what backpackers want and need. The hostel could do with a bit of renovation but its overall pretty good. I have heard nightmares of other hostels in Joberg and this... More 

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Thank Dronin87
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We could not have started our trip in South Africa in a better hostel. Right when you walk into Mbizi, you feel like you're at home. Pat, the owner, is incredibly helpful, whether you need a taxi or are planning your trip, he will help and give you great suggestions for the local area and all of South Africa. The... More 

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Thank Alexfens
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for one night before I went to Sabi Sands. The hostel is located in a safe area, just outside Joburg. It has a swimming pool, which gives you some refreshment during hot summers. Breakfast is complementary, but isn't that much, just toast with jelly or butter. Owner definitely knows his way around. Next time I'm in Joburg... More 

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Manteo, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I've done a lot of traveling in a lot of places in a lot of hostels...and this place is top notch. We were picked up from the airport on time and arrived at the hostel where we met Patrick, the owner. Legend. He provided us with a ton of great info and really helped us out a few days later... More 

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Milano
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

The place is ok, but the dorms too exploited… too many beds. Breakfast is bad, only bread and margarine The place is far from everything The owner accepts not only backpackers but also local preachers starting making noise at 5 am There are better places in joburg!

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53 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The lodge is very cozy and made for a great couple nights as we arrived in Jo-Burg. My buddy and I felt very safe here. We were even able to leave our surfboard bag outside with no fear of theft and no issue at all. Patrick spent time with us talking through our travel plans. He was very helpful and... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I stayed here two nights, once before my tour with Selous, and once during the 11-day tour (in between Kruger Park and our trip up to Victorica Falls). There is no security here. The front gate is never locked. We went on a tour of Soweto while there and we were returned by our guide after dark. Our guide locked... More 

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