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Hluhluwe Backpackers

Cnr Memorial Gate & Hluhluwe Dam Rds | Hluhluwe Dam Road, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
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Rottweil, Germany
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great and nice host with private braai cooking, interesting and private safari tour, friendly contact, furnishing quite minimalistic, no possibility to pay with credit card, less water to shower, shared shower (man / woman)

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Thank AlexSC55
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed yourself at our place. We do have a borehole with crystal clear water however as you know South Africa and especially our region is experiencing an extreme drought therefore we are very conscious of conserving water where possible. We also assist our local zulu community where possible with water... More 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was looking for accommodation as close as possible to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in Zululand. Asking for suggestions on social media and looking through a booking site I came across Hluhluwe Backpackers. Double checking and confirming it was so close to the northern Memorial I booked a room. I had not stayed in a backpackers for over twenty years and had... More 

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1 Thank MarkH90
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Mark Thank you for your detailed wonderful review which describes our place and surroundings so clearly. We are truly blessed to be so close to the Main Memorial Gate of Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve with its amazing wildlife and our place reflects that with its peaceful setting in nature. Have a wonderful time with the rest of your travels in... More 

Bali, Indonesia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dave the owner takes good care of you here. Tasty braai (bbq), comfortable beds and cool games room. Affordable 3 hour/6 hour/day/3 day tours into game reserve which is just 1-2km down the road. Highly recommend.

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2 Thank steve_killer
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Steve Thank you for your great review and it is always good to read that guests have enjoyed their stay with us. Enjoy the rest of your travels in South Africa and visit us soon again! Warm Regards Hluhluwe Backpacker Team More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dave was a great host, backpackers was directly at the game reserve. Dave prepared a great break for us and was our ranger at the game reserve. Rooms were standard for a backpackers. Thanks a lot, jessi

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hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Jessi It was great to meet your group of girls and wonderful to hear about the work you are doing for the local zulu people and rural healthcare in Zululand. We love the photos of all of you in the open safari vehicle on gamedrive in Hluhluwe Game Reserve! Enjoy the rest of your travels in South Africa and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a very nice stay here. The hluhluwe national park is just a 2 minute drive from the hostel and cheetah park take a 15 minute drive. The owner off the hostel was friendly and cooked very well for us. We also liked the hostelcat and two sweet dogs!

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1 Thank Lenja V
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review and great to read that you enjoyed your time with us. As well as Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve there is so much to see in our area including bushwalks at Falsebay Lake, Cheetah Park with various cats you can get up close, elephant interaction where you get to meet 3 elephants that meet guests daily... More 

Genoa, Italy
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, sure the place is super conveniently located near Hluluwe- Imfolozi n.p main entrance, Memorial Gate and the setting itself is a pleasant one, with rooms very clean as well as communal showers and toliets. But what really stands out about this place, it's his owner/manager, Dave. He's one of the most welcoming, knowledgeable and supportive host/guide you may find... More 

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1 Thank varrick
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and especially for the kind words about the owner who indeed is very passionate about his guests and that all guests have a brilliant experience in a home away from home environment. Our focus is that our guests enjoy a comfortable relaxed accommodation while being able to experience the best in wildlife - that... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

The backpackers is really good located if you want to visit the Hluhluwe park from it's main northern entrance. Further Dave the owner is a really nice host, who helped us out with a spontaneous brai for dinner. We had a lovely evening at his place and can really recommend it

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Frankfurt, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

What makes the Hluhluwe Backpackers unique is not only the very convenient location right by the gate of the game reserve but most importantly the host, Dave. Flexibel and supportive to our needs he was full of useful insinder information about the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park and the St. Lucia wetlands. Also Dave has proven to be an excellent guide on... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Heading for St Lucia we passed Hluhluwe just before dark fell in. Dave therefore didn't expect us but was most kind and hospitable! It was a quiet night that evening in the hostel, but nevertheless he arranged for some meat and put up a BBQ just for the three of us, himself included. And didn't even forget about girls wanting... More 

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Thank Lot_Bakker
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed yourself at our place and felt welcome at home. It makes all our hard work worthwhile to read positive feedback such as yours. We hope to see you soon again. Best Regards Hluhluwe Backpacker Team More 

Richards Bay, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Thank you for a warm welcome from owner and staff. The room was clean and neat and the morning coffee overlooking the garden was awesome. Fresh air and birds singing what more can you ask for. Thank you for my clean laundry ; ) Highly recommended place

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Thank SusanCbson
hluhluwebackpackers, Owner at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely refreshing review. Our place is just as you describe - home away from home, peaceful and set in nature with panarama views of surrounding Zululand Hills. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in South Africa and hope to see you back soon. Best Regards Hluhluwe Backpacker Team More 

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