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Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel

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Sani Pass Road | 10.5 km along Sani Pass road on left, Underberg 3257, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yokneam Moshava
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285 reviews 285 reviews
48 hotel reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by, just before starting the Sani Pass climb. We wanted to make sure we'll have some food with us and maybe see something different before we leave South Africa and head for Lesotho (for a few days). Indeed we bought several craft items, some excellent home-made cookies and even a great home-made ice-cream. The place is lovely -... More 

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Dresden, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Sani Lodge for 3 nights to discover the southern Drakensberg Mountains. From the very first to the last minute, our stay was simply remarkable. We stayed at the Aloe Cottage, which is one of three self-catering cottages. It was super cozy, quite spacious and very well-equipped - perfect for families with up to 2 children! While the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stumbled across Sani Lodge on a recent road trip in S.Africa. The common room is very cosy and I felt right at home instantly, the kitchen clean and well equipped with beautiful views of the Drakensburg. I couldn't recommend enough going on a tour with 'Drakensburg Adventures' who operate from the lodge. Our guide Philip was... More 

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Meylan, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We spent one night only at the lodge, the rondavel was nice, and the people very sweet. What we appreciate the most was the two days trip in Lesotho( poney treck), organized by Sani Lodge. We had the best tour guide ever: Matthew William, a very passionated guy, who's been working in Lesotho for 10 years. He knows a lot... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed your time in Lesotho which is a very special place in so many ways. Matthew is indeed an excellent guide and has worked for Drakensberg Adventures, our tour company based at Sani Lodge Backpackers for many years. More 

at sea
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130 reviews 130 reviews
27 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Located at the bottom of the Sani Pass, this backpackers is terrific. Russell, the owner, is hands-on and always around to mingle with guests and handle any problems though we didn't experience any. We stayed in the en-suite rondavels which were great value. Meals are available at the Giant's Cup Cafe. Swimming pool, lounge area, Drakensberg Tour bookings on site.... More 

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

Thank you for your detailed account. Russell and I have been running the Lodge since 1992 ....yup a long time! And thanks for reiterating that as a Backpackers with low rates and not a Hotel with rates five time ours, we offer exactly what a Four star Backpackers is expected to offer....although there are a number of areas which are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Opon arrival the first thing you see is the pool and the lekker deck. We booked a private room with a double bed and when we came we found out we got a private rondavel, which is basically a round hut. Very cool! There is a cafe called Giants Cup Cafe with nice breakfast and dinner, shop and with internet,... More 

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

Thanks for your submission and glad you had so much fun here. More 

Cape Town, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Me and my friends stayed at Sani Lodge for 3 nights and we really enjoyed our time there. We also did the Lesotho daytrip with Drakensberg Adventures there, which was worth every cent. It is another world and being so close to it, it is a must do ! You learn so much about their culture and their country, it... More 

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

Thank you for your informative feedback and we are delighted you could do so much during your stay with us. Sani Lodge's location in the pristine mountains is indeed very special and an aspect we love to share with our guests. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We stopped over here for 2 nights in two rondavels. The staff were lovely and helpful and the food served at the cafe at the bottom of the road was just lovely and well priced. The views are spectacular and there is an honesty bar and you can have your washing done for R45 for a massive basket. No fault... More 

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

Thanks for your review. We do actually have two fully equipped selfcatering kitchens in the central lodge for guests in the dormitories , standard rooms and rondavels. The one kitchen is accessed from the common room and we built a second kitchen accessed from the verandah to take pressure off during busy times. We are sorry you did not know... More 

Singapore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Much effort has been taken to ensure a wonderful experience. Kudos to Russell and team for maintaining such a tight outfit! The honeyguide cottage was very comfortable for a family of four, with one ensure toilet and one common toilet. There was also great views of the Khanti summit and thr Stromness trail - get a booklet from the reception,... More 

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

Thank you for your detailed submission.We have been running Sani Lodge hands on since 1992 and are still passionate about it. Our staff complement has grown from just the two of us to eleven in total excluding the Tour guides. A success story we are indeed proud of. Regards Simone and Russell More 

Perth, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Sani Lodge was a pleasant and affordable place to stay in the southern Drakensberg with great access to some lovely walking. A trip up to Sani Pass and Lesotho, with Phillip as our guide, was a wonderful experience. He has a great sense of humour but watch out, he likes to take the mickey out of Australians... Or maybe that... More 

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

Thank you for your writeup and feedback. More 

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