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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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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Chiang Dao, Thailand
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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sani Lodge is a good backpackers. It means that it's cheap but quite basic accomodation. The rondavels are a better option (not so much expensive) than the rooms with shared ablutions. But the main positive point about that place is the Sani Pass tours. You will have a very good experience of Lesotho (Philip is awesome!) spending a full day... More

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

Thank you for your write up about our Lodge. We provide more than a Tourism Grading Council graded Four star Backpackers that we are, but prefer not to become Five star as that would translate to increased prices. We have always preferred to remain at the lower end of the pricing structure in the Backpacking market as we have been... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a really great stay at Sani Lodge and was really pleased with the accomodation and Lesotho tour which was organised for me. The service was exceptional especially from Russell (prior to my arrival) Scholar (throughout my stay) and Matthew on the 2 day tour of Lesotho. I would really recommend this hostel and the Lesotho tour.

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

Thank you for your contribution to reviews about our Lodge. We sincerely appreciate feedback about the way we run the Lodge and tours. More

Vienna, Wien, Austria
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Last month me and my sister spent 2,5 weeks in South Africa. As we're quite spontaneous travellers we only called there two days in advance but they were very friendly and booking two beds in a dorm was no problem at all. The dorms were quite small but with loads of lovely warm blankets and comfortable beds. Also there was... More

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

Last month me and my sister spent 2,5 weeks in South Africa. As we're quite spontaneous travellers we only called there two days in advance but they were very friendly and booking two beds in a dorm was no problem at all. The dorms were quite small but with loads of lovely warm blankets and comfortable beds. Also there was... More

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81 reviews 81 reviews
47 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Sani Lodge is in a great location at the foot of the Sani Pass and, given the price, our two bed rondavel was perfect for the nights we spent there both before and after pony trekking in Lesotho. The common area, fireplaces, and kitchen were also lovely, with a view over the mountains. The home-made yogurt at the adjacent restaurant,... More

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

Thank you for your feedback. July and August were indeed the busiest months in the 20 years of Sani Lodge history!! Tourism has boomed due to the favourable exchange rate of overseas currencies to the Rand making this country a very attractive tourist destination hot spot. We had the fortune of visiting Kruger National Park for 3 days at the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights, it was during the weekend and the lodge was completely full which made everything a bit crazy. This was the best sleep I've had during my entire trip through South Africa. The mattress is comfortable and you have a down filled duvet. The scenery from the lodge is beautiful. The kitchen pumps out lovely... More

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

Thank for your review of your stay with us. July and August were incredibly busy months due to overseas holiday makers flocking to sunny South Africa. The exchange rate is very favourable for visitors to South Africa and one can enjoy a cheap holiday in this vast country compared to anywhere overseas , Australia or New Zealand making it a... More

Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We travelled as a group of four and rented Aloe Cottage for a few nights. From the moment we arrived, Russell (he and his wife own the hostel) made us feel as if this was our second home. It was a feeling that would continue throughout our all too brief stay. The hostel itself is set against a backdrop of... More

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

We travelled as a group of four and rented Aloe Cottage for a few nights. From the moment we arrived, Russell (he and his wife own the hostel) made us feel as if this was our second home. It was a feeling that would continue throughout our all too brief stay. The hostel itself is set against a backdrop of... More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Had a wonderful stay here! The staff (particularly Scola) were fantastic, so incredibly friendly and helpful. I stayed in a rondavel and it was lovely....and with a steaming hot shower! The atmosphere of the hostel is so relaxing and laid back - wish I could have stayed longer. The perfect place to stay while exploring the area.

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

Thank you for your feedback.We do appreciate guests taking the time to offer their experiences. 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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