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Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel

4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Sani Pass Road | 10.5 km along Sani Pass road on left, Underberg 3257, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sani Backpackers was a great stopover for us. Small simple rooms and a heated common area with kitchen. Had a great time on the Day tour to Lesotho with Paul - very knowledgable man. Highly recommend for a few days stay to get the feel of the area. Wifi is not available in common area only at the cafe next... More

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Durban, South Africa
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked Aloe Cottage & a rondavel for 2 nights in June for a family get-together. Aloe is extremely comfortable & very cosy (it was rather chilly when we were there in June). Well equipped kitchen with lots of frying pans (nonstick too - yay). They also supply you with a coffee plunger & ground coffee which is a pleasant... More

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Cape Town
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9 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lots of attention to detail. Endless information. Comfortable and warm sitting area. Helpful and attentive managers. Way ahead of other backpackers in vicinity we have stayed at. Plan to return soon in summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose to stay in a single rondaval as I wanted to be able to leave my bike in my room. The rondaval was tiny but I think this made a big difference when it was so cold outside. I had everything I needed including a kettle and tea and coffee which was an unexpected touch. There was access to... More

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New Zealand
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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent four perfect nights here staying in a Rondavel - comfortable, cosy and warm. Everything was clean and our room was serviced every day. The restaurant served great food at a reasonable price, otherwise there is a kitchen to self cater. We did several of the guided walks, all with knowledgeable, experienced guides and they were good value. Thank... More

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Durban, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, everything was clean and organised.We spent a night in a standard double room which was warm and cosy. They even went the extra mile and kept our rooms available so we could shower after our cycle race. Thank you so much we will definitely be back again.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

What a LOVELY Lodge Everything is super clean and organised! We arrived at 2 am and our room was so cosy with a heater and warm water bottles!!! WELL DONE Russel and Team. We will see you again next year. For sure. Thank you for the early morning coffee and Fresh milk. We enjoyed every moment there. Huggs to kitty... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Booking was easy and prompt with e-mail correspondence. On arrival we struggled to find anyone around, but eventually someone came along. We were shown to our room and given a quick tour, Food at the adjacent restaurant is absolutely fantastic, a nice big hearty home cooked meal. Firewood for the fire pit has to be provided for by yourself, woudl... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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27 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I stayed over in Honeyguide cottage with my wife and a friend for one night while doing the Sani2c mountain bike ride. The cottage is neat and spacious, except for the 2nd bedroom which has no space except for the 2 beds that are crammed in there. The hot water seems a bit temperamental (I had a cold shower early... More

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

Honeyguide cottage was purpose built for a couple in the main bedroom with two small children on a bunk bed. The cottage grew in popularity and guests asked us to replace the bunk with two single beds instead. Not a single guest has complained about this arrangement. Just days after you left, our builder started the new addition of another... More

London, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Sani Lodge is quite a homely hostel. The dorms are small, four bed. The shared bathrooms nothing special but OK. The common kitchen and seating areas are lovely though. If you don't want to self cater there is also a reasonably priced cafe out the front.

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

Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoyed the homely ambience at the Lodge. We always preferred places like this on our travels over music blaring or noisy bars taking over. We have already designed new ablutions over and above the existing ones with a couple of new glass door showers and spacious change rooms, each with mountain views, plus more... 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*
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Sani Lodge Backpackers - Fair Trade in Tourism certified; provides a wide range of accommodation for the Independant Traveller deep in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, bordering directly onto the World Heritage listed uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Russell and Simone Suchet started the Lodge in 1992 and are both passionate about the wilderness, mountains and Lesotho.Situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the Gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the Lodge is a peaceful country haven with a laid back atmosphere.As a 4 star graded Backpackers , our accommodation is simple and affordable, cosy, clean and comfortable. Please note that if you are looking for Hotel room service, porters , private jacuzzi , champagne on arrival and personal valet , then this is not the place for you.......You will find that SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS caters for the needs of the "Independent Traveller With A Conscience ",seeking affordability, the desire to support sustainable social upliftment via direct investment practices and stakeholder involvement, environmental conservation practices , support businesses that employ previously disadvantaged people and offer them training , seek the opportunity to meet other travellers and also to learn about the local culture of the Zulus, view Bushmen paintings for which the Berg is renowned and experience the unique world of Lesotho and its hospitable Basotho people ,as well as satisfy their sense of adventure through activities on offer via DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES. Sani Lodge is at the start of the famous Giant's Cup Trail. It is an ideal base for selfguided hikes and guided hiking, viewing Bushman Rock Art, exploring Lesotho from one to six days, horseriding, mountain biking, swimming in mountain rivers and pools, river rafting in summer , viewing birds, animals and wildflowers unique to this area.For guests on a strict budget, we suggest camping or dormitory options. Couples may choose from simple standard rooms or en suite traditionally built rondavels. Families have the choice of one s/c cottage at the Backpackers or Honeyguide and Aloe s/c cottages which are not part of the Backpackers. All rooms serviced daily and all bedding including feather duvets provided. Relax on the new wooden deck with a view of the mountains of Lesotho , take a dip in the new swimming pool, curl up in front of a log fire in the cosy common room or novel braai / barbeque area at night. Home cooked meals available - breakfast, light lunches and dinner . Craft shop supporting small scale entrepreneurs, free WIFI rural style, laundry services.We do NOT charge "peak season" rates. Our prices are the same throughout the year! RATES;75PPPN FOR CAMPING, R125PPPN DORM BED, R185PPPN SHARING FOR A STANDARD ROOM, R230PPPN SHARING FOR ENSUITE RONDAVEL. FAMILY COTTAGES RANGE FROM R250PPPN TO R300PPPN. ... more   less 
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