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Sani Lodge Backpackers

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Sani Pass Road | 10.5 km along Sani Pass road on left, Underberg 3257, South Africa
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic location and great facilities. The room was great and such a fabulous setting. Restaurant great too would recommend. It was really well placed for travel up the sani pass. Good gateway to more places. Swimming pool available too.

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback on your stay with us. More 

Hartebeespoort
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I base my rating on the fantastic Rock Art hike which took in the Ikanti rock panels 1, 2 and 3 guided by Russel Suchet (owner of Sani Backpackers Lodge). He was very knowledgeable, not only about rock art and scholars’ hypotheses, but also about the ecology and history of the area. There was an abundance of flora and we... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed feedback. We are delighted to be able to provide not only a base for foreign travellers but also for South African's touring their own country . We know how much there is to see and do in this incredible country and with the Rand currency trading at an all time low, local travel provides an... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We stayed just one night on our way bavk from the Wild Coast. Was clean and simple but nice. The rooms were extremely hot but then the type of heat experienced is not that common in the area. Dinner was delicious! The little shop ia great too and I would recommend visiting the hotel nearby for a dip in the... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your input and happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us even if just for a night. As you say, the unprecedented heatwave that hit even our mountain location , drying up dams and rivers which along with the severe drought has broken records all over South Africa. The rains never came in November and December... More 

Durban, South Africa
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

very nice room. not very fancy but simple with good price. can eat at restaurant with extra cost. they do offer 4x4 tour to sani pass to top of Lesotho for a day for reasonable price R620. they have swimming pool.

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for taking time to write a review on your stay with us. We have regular staff team meetings ( including all staff from the restaurant and craft shop, booking office, hospitality cleaning ladies, maintenance / gardening/ refuse recycling section,and management ) to pass on feedback from reviews on trip advisor as well as from guests questionnaires completed... More 

Ouarzazate, Morocco
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92 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

I stayed one night here in this hostel and was happy with the clean and comfortable facilities. Price was OK and the kitchen and warm living room were enough for my stay. WC and shower were clean and well taken care. My dorm room was comfy and provided a good night sleep. Early morning I headed towards Sani Pass.

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for contributing a review on your stay with us. We are happy to hear that we could fulfill your needs , More 

Munich, Germany
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28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Second stop in the drakensberg was at Sani Lodge Backpackers. The staff is very helpful and try their best to make you a pleasant experience. Hiking is great and the views are stunning. We booked an ensuite rondavel, which did not disappoint. It's very basic and you share it with plenty of small animals, but it is clean, has everything... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a detailed review on your stay with us. We are so glad that you could meet and engage with our Zulu staff both at the lodge and restaurant and shall pass on your lovely comments to them all. Having travelled extensively ourselves, we are always so happy to return to South Africa and... More 

Theunissen
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

i went to drive Sani Pass. we got back and stay for the night.it is a good place to stay for the night.it is neat and clean and the people are friendly and helpful. our room have a wonderful view to the mountain

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your concise and informative review of your stay with us. We truly appreciate you taking the time. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

A bit confused about this place. Stayed for two nights in November 2015, while I did enjoy the hike to Hodgens Peak and the owners knowledge about Lesotho is great, I didn't enjoy the "vibe" of the place. Could be due to some big groups that were staying here during my stay, but did not enjoy the stay too much.... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Your words have created a great deal of sadness and shock for our team at Sani Lodge and made the process of replying onerous indeed. We have conducted a thorough investigation into your stay and find you to fall into a category of guests who are few and far between; those who are unhappy with most things, have little experience... More 

Jesmond, England, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Sani Lodge in October 2015 as we fancied a few days hiking in the mountains. I was expecting a very basic visit and was pleasantly surprised at the scenery and the hostel in general. We arrived at nighttime (probably wouldn't recommend!) And the main road to the hostel looked quite daunting with no street lights! At 9pm... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed account of your stay with us. Just a few comments in response to clarify some areas; owing to our high altitude in the Drakensberg Mountains ( 1540metres), the healthy climate lends itself to pleasant summer evening and night temperatures and no humidity ,enabling good sleep . Air conditioners are thus not needed. However, the winters... More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

A small rustic lodge located at the base of Sani Pass, Sani Lodge is a great little place to stay with a cozy kitchen area with comfy couches, cats and a warm fire. The food is good although a bit expensive compared to other backpackers. The tour to Lesotho was fantastic. Sani Pass is absolutely gorgeous and exploring a bit... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. Sadly our big fluffy cat , Tana, whom everyone loved, has passed away. He was getting old but will be missed terribly! Sani Lodge is a unique lodge in that it caters for a very broad spectrum of people from young overseas travellers to local South Africans from University groups , hikers, campers, mountain... More 

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