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Gecko Backpackers

Plot S13, Sabie Road R536 | Kiepersol, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015
Esther F Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I was travelling alone in South Africa and trying to get around without a car. Before I arrived I already got a very friendly and detailed mail from Dennis. More than once he did a lot of research to organise transfers for the best price for me. In the end I got a car, because that was the only possibility... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

We did not want to leave this place. The owner Guidon is a talkative fella with whom we had lively chats late into the night. Dennis is a gorgeous person-so lovely and interesting to chat to too. They clearly enjoy their jobs and haven't become jaded by the constant flow of guests. Sitting on the high bar stools watching the... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The owners were very friendly and accommodating, but they have a bar inside the main building, where we were staying in a dorm room, and it got very loud and noisy throughout the night, which meant that we couldn't sleep well. It's very rustic, and somewhat old, but equipped with all the basics, and very clean. The surrounds are beautiful... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Went there now twice (2 month interval). First we went were with a bigger group of 9 people and stayed in a dorm directly in the main building. The second time I went were with my girlfriend and my brother and we stayed in two double rooms. We decided for this locations since it's cheap and Hazyview is a good... More 

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Lusaka, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Travelled here as part of an Overland Tour group and had two of the best nights of the trip at this lively camp. The bar area was the scene of many memorable moments and the service provided by Gideon and Dennis was above and beyond the call of duty. They are great guys who really can create a super friendly... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Seven of us stayed at Gecko's over the Easter weekend. We had the large upstairs room, above the dorms (with en-suite loo - bonus!). The beds were super-comfortable, with lovely fresh and clean linen, and the room suited our purposes perfectly (which were: up before dawn, to beat the rush into Kruger). Not only were all the facilities clean and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Just got back from a long weekend spent at the Gecko Bushpackers and immediately went on Tripadvisor to write my first review ever... Simply because this place deserves it! Gideon and Dennis are great hosts, the rooms are lovely and clean and the grounds are wonderful. The place is within easy distance of Kruger (Phabenj - 15 minutes, Numbi -... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We camped here for 2 nights during an overland tour. We were very pleased with everything - the grounds were great, it's a great location for exploring Kruger, bar with reasonable prices, and clean bathrooms! The owner and bartenders were all very friendly and accommodating. Another plus - you can walk down the street to Gecko Lodge and get free... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We camped at Gecko Backpackers in April last year and simply loved the experience! The campsite was spacious and quiet and there were lots of sites to choose from that were private and shady. The bathrooms were clean and we could use the braai area which had a lovely view of the sunset. We could also use the kitchen so... More 

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Gibbston, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

Very convivial and pleasant place to camp. Good showers, excellent and well-equipped kitchen, nice location in luxuriant vegetation. Very friendly staff. Nice area for camping in the vegetation. Close to, but just out of Hazyview (first camping place you reach on the road back to Sabie).

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