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Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel

4.0 of 5 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
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Meylan, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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26 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Cape Town, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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Thank you for your writeup and feedback. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This place was great! They have beautiful views, a pool (we didn't use it because ya know, winter) restaurant, warm fire place, and a great staff. We checked in, our names were already on their board for arrivals, and we were taken to our room. Shared bathrooms were just outside and had plenty of HOT water. At night, they start... More 

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

We were able to book tours up the Sani Pass with the staff and everything was easilly taken care of. Hi, thank you for mentioning this as we do take the warmth of our guests seriously. And the fact that you were kept warm in the coldest of winters, is great feedback! We have Jersey cows to keep up the... More 

Chiang Dao, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Wonderful place to stay, very peaceful and excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The dorm beds are warm, there is a fire kept burning in the common room and a friendly long-furred cat. The only downside we experienced was that when we arrived (evening-ish) there was no-one around to check us in, and we had to go on a short... More 

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

Hello and thank you for your review. The Sani Lodge reception office has introduced some changes over the past few weeks -We have installed a manager on duty from 7am to 10am , then an assistant manager from 10am to 4pm and then a manager from 4pm to 9pm. During these hours, the manager / assistant manager welcomes guests to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A very nice hostel in a great location. Stayed at the private randovale and were very pleased with accommodation. Activities booked through the lodge were great. If you are in drakensberg and looking for budget accommodation with good value for money this is the place Food at the adjacent restaurant was good as well and too expensive The hike to... More 

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

Thank you for taking time to write a happy review of your stay , tour and accommodation. Stuart is a locally born former farmer and birding specialist. His tremendous knowledge on rock art , flora and fauna , Lesotho and his enthusiasm make others privileged to be around him. We assume you meant the food at the restaurant was not... More 

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Address: Sani Pass Road | 10.5 km along Sani Pass road on left, Underberg 3257, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Underberg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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