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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
Sani Lodge Backpackers Hostel
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed at Sani Lodge before and it just gets better and better each time I visit. My family and myself rented their 3 bedroom cottage and it was perfect for what we needed. The living area is a bit small but that works better actually in winter as the fireplace keeps it cozy. It was clean with a... More 

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Changchun, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sani Lodge is very reasonably priced and completely adequate for what we needed. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms were pretty good. While we were there, the wifi was not working, due to its remote location - the internet goes out sometimes. From Sani Lodge, we took the Ndlovini Trail (leaving directly from the hostel) because my friend had... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very conveniently located on the road that leads to Sani Pass. Very clean accommodation (Rondavel) and equipped with all basics for a very reasonable price. Community area with kitchen and seatings is nice and the fireplace creates a nice and cosy atmosphere during winter times. Breakfast/Dinner needs to be ordered in advance and is actually not in this lodge but... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback detailing your appreciation of your experience staying at our Backpackers Lodge. Convenience, cleanliness, cosiness and reasonable prices are what Russell and I have strived to provide as a Backpackers travellers lodge since we started in 1992. More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The accommodation is fairly rustic, but good value for money, and pretty good for a backpackers. Everything's clean and warm, though. Where the lodge really shines is in how helpful the staff are, and in how well they facilitate tours through the region. We did the Lesotho day trip, which was an experience I'll never forget. The common room is... More 

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

Hi, thank you for taking time to review us. The Backpacking concept is still new to most South Africans who are used to hotels, selfcatering cottages, lodges etc. We have always tried to market 'backpacking' to locals ,as it is a way of exploring their home country at affordable rates whilst meeting foreigners from all over the world and also... More 

Westville, South Africa
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

My first visit to the establishment and it conforms to the profile of backpacker's hostel completely. Its clean and rustic with minimal frills. The people are more often than not interesting and from highly varied origins. The rules are also simple. Cook and clean up after yourself with mindfulness of others. The accommodation is basic and luxury is not in... More 

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

My first visit to the establishment and it conforms to the profile of backpacker's hostel completely. Its clean and rustic with minimal frills. The people are more often than not interesting and from highly varied origins. The rules are also simple. Cook and clean up after yourself with mindfulness of others. The accommodation is basic and luxury is not in... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We were looking for just a room, but they were full so had to take a cabin. It was just average and more money than we wanted to spend, but the view from the common viewing area was nice and the fireplace in the common area was welcoming. We heard from others in the rooms that several of them had... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Rooms do not have a habit of leaking at Sani Lodge but we cannot control freak weather. We are seeing global warming in action! This past summer delivered two particularly severe hailstorms that did a lot of damage to thatch, and caused leaking in places that in the history of Sani Lodge's 23 years have... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Was welcomed immediately, pointed to our camping spot away from the main house but with everything necessary nearby. Ablutions and scullery. Very friendly and helpful staff. Arrived with wet wood for our braai so the neighbour helped us out. Pristine camping ablutions, good camp ground. Close to Underberg and Sani Pass which was ideal for us.

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

Thank you for your review. We and our team do so appreciate feedback to ensure that our guests have as happy a stay as possible. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I spent a few days there and every day had its very own highlight. And everything is embedded in the beautiful green and rural site and the friendly and helpful staff, assisting you choosing and setting up your adventures. The dorms are quite small, nice equipped and clean, so are the bathrooms. The rondavels are just amazing, I enjoyed it... More 

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

Thank you for your overall feedback. You are evidently well travelled and very interested in your surrounds and people. Thank you for mentioning cleanliness of the Lodge friendly , helpful staff and the lodge being organised. Our team shall get this feedback which is important and very encouraging to them. Glad you enjoyed the real African experience of a thatch... More 

Pinetown, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The rondavals are very rustic and had never stayed in one before and it was more than efficient. The grounds are natural and the little diner/shop cosy. Although it was raining when we left for Sani Pass it was sunny and hot up at the top. But don't be fooled when the mist arrived was quite chilly so take note... More 

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

Thank you for your review. The rondavels as described in the file in the room, are handmade in true Zulu fashion from pole and dagga with thatched roofing, all materials being sourced from our own property and locally. This provides the best form of insulation for the climate here and also provides work for local people who maintain the buildings... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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

This is a first that a passer by comments on Trip Advisor. Interesting! You certainly made the most of your stop off at our Giant's Cup Cafe and Crafts and enjoyed my (Simone-owner) homemade ice-cream made from cream from our own dear Jersey cows. We have an art gallery now too adjacent to the restaurant with local artists displaying their... More 

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