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Buffalo Bay Backpackers

1 Main Road, Buffalo Bay, Knysna 6573, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We stayed at here in 2006 and although it wasn't the best organised or cleanest back packers in the world we loved it for its location! What a disappointment, everything has been ripped out and the whole place is falling down. What a shame, in the right hands it could have been very successful.

2 Thank tiggyDorset
Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

It looks like this place is part of an old farm - and a lot of the dorms are old stables, which was actually sorta charming. Linens were clean, common areas were clean. Lots of bad reviews, but our stay wasn't bad - maybe because we didn't try to use the kitchen. Certainly not the worst place I slept in... More 

Thank MKSimons
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

If you like isolated beeches, swimming, chilling and the ability to day trip kynsna this place is amazing. We were a little out of season so had the place pretty much to ourselves. Having said that the service here really does stink- staff dominate the facilities, we asked about dinner options and were fobbed off despitew there being menu advertisdements,... More 

Thank Londonboy73_10
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

After a few attempts to contact this place I finaly managed. They didn´t accept Visa and I had to deposit the full amount, when arriving in South Africa. When arriving at the backpackers we got a room in what looked like a crack house from hell. There has been no maintenance done what so ever for at least 20 years... More 

Thank Emgard

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2011

This backpackers is located ON the beach: great! There's not much else around here but thats fine for a few days. Best beach spot ever! Nice people that were running the place though not very business-minded. The whole atmosphere was great with a nice fireplace inside for the cold nights, relaxation to the max. The rooms are quite basic but... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

A few months ago I made a telephonic booking with the backpackers. Subsequenlty (over a period of three months, several emails and phone calls) I have not been able to get a booking confirmation out of them. I followed up today to pay a deposit for my upcoming holiday in 3 weeks only to find out that they have NO... More 

1 Thank ChristelizeGauteng
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

I stayed at Buffalo Bay backpackers as part of a 10 month trip through Africa with my wife. We rented a car and drove all of south africa and did public transport for the rest. When we arrived in the parking lot we thought that we had arrived in paradise and we had heard before hand what a great location... More 

2 Thank Dom444
S.Wales UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2009

We stayed at this backpackers in January 2009 for 2 nights. We did the whole Garden Route. We took our tent and just drove straight into the Backpackers and asked if we could pitch our tent. We put pur tent up right on the beach, when we opened our tent in the morning the 1st thing we saw was the... More 

1 Thank trevnem
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

My partner and myself have backpacked extensively around South Africa and internationally. We therefore have the experience required to comment on the above establishment. Together with myself having a career in Strategic Communications in the advertising and media fields I realize how important it is to communicate to the stakeholders of our experiences. Not only does Buffalo Bay Backpackers represent... More 

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