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Funky Monkeys Backpackers & Safaris

102 Van Wijk Street, PO Box 19289, Nelspruit, South Africa
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Tired backpackers, some way out of the center of Nelspuit. Bar area is the only positive I can think of. This place is in need of some serious renovations. At it current state, it would be best to avoid this place if possible.

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Campinas, SP
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

The staff are friendy and help me with booking the day tour safari. It was very nice!! On the other hand have: A lot of noise of the music and people chatting late into the night on the holiday and weekend. Noisy rooms. I stayed 6 nights and the swimming pool was never cleaned (dirty as well). It is not... More 

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France
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

I spent 3 nights there, during which I took part to a 2 days tour to Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. The hostel itself is very comfy and makes you feel at home, dorms and bathrooms are reasonably clean and comfortable, and I felt safe there. The tour was just amazing! Mark and Dave, our guides, made sure... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

This place needs some serious work. I arrived there not expecting a beautiful hotel, it's a backpackers after all, but what I saw was pretty bad. We were supposed to spend 2 nights but after our first night there decided to leave. I had a shower in the morning, no hot water & the door doesn't close properly. After my... More 

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Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Had a very nice stay here, and was surprised at how clean and well equipped it was. They have a small bar on the premises, which is an awesome place to chill and meet other people. We didn't stay long, but had a good night there in a very clean and big dorm room.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Arrived and eventually found "reception" which was the bar. We were greeted by the barman with a grunt and a t-shirt saying "YOU SUCK" on it who proceeded to look at me like I was stupid because I didnt know that reception was at the bar. Room was terribly tiny, hot and stinky. My blankets smelt like very bad body... More 

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Lorna C, Owner at Funky Monkeys Backpackers & Safaris, responded to this review

Thanks you for your review. I’m going to answer this one and the one below together as you were from the same group of people. I have spoken to my management and housekeepers regarding your stay and we are a little perplexed as to your comments. Firstly: When you were booked in and were given the little tour of the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Dilapidated, unfriendly and smelly. Our room was tiny and very hot and stuffy. Our door did not latch closed and couldn't lock from the inside, we had to push the shelves against the door to keep it closed. It was very noisy late into the night and the bed was very uncomfortable.

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Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This hostel is painted with artistic colours and has a spacious terras / community-area. When I arrived on motor-bike (which could be parked within the fence), it was quiet and free beds : no problem. next day a bog group of Americans arrived and that was a big change: noisy and crowded, waiting for your beer to arrive and so.... More 

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Kfar Saba
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

My son (18) and I spent a night at this backpackers place before entering The Kruger Park the next morning. We were picked up at the Nelspruit airport on time and brought here. The driver was are guide the next morning on a day safari. The jeep was very comfortable/ We took a double room which we found the size... More 

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Durban, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

While I found the management and reception staff very helpful and friendly, and the set up is relaxed with lots of space to hang out, relax and socialize... Unfortunately whileI was sitting on the terrace, and my room was locked, someone went through my belongings and took a part of my money... the management has been understanding, but I really... More 

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