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“Beautiful Hidden Jewel in a quiet neighborhood” 5 of 5 stars
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Daan & Zena's
15 Birkenhead, Phalaborwa 1390, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #7 of 21 Phalaborwa B&B and Inns
Athens, Georgia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
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“Beautiful Hidden Jewel in a quiet neighborhood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Daan & Zena's is simply lovely... quaint little place, kind people, quiet neighborhood. We loved it. Sadly we only stayed 1 night. We had reserved a room for 4 people, but much to our surprise we got a very comfortable little cottage with 2 separate, private bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; and a shared kitchen area in the middle. Although "rustic" everything was very clean, and we would HIGHLY recommend it. Breakfast is delicious and worth the extra $!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Quebec, Quebec, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Excellent value for the price. Room was clean and cozy, there is also a small swimming pool to relax. We had supper and breakfast there. Food was good and portions were generous since it's a kind of buffet.

On the morning, Daan the owner came up to us and asked if everything was OK. I told him that our rental car got scratched in Kruger National Park. He kindly provided us with compound cream so I could (attempt to) fix it.

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Daan & Zena and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to sleep in Phalaborwa.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ballito, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Daan and Zeena's is very close to the Kruger parks Phalaborwa gate. It has a backpackers feel about it, with all the colours on the walls. We got the self caterning cottage for 6 of us. 3 bedrooms. It was quiet and the rooms have aircons, which was very welcome in the heat! We could park our car and camping tralier safely in the yard. A perfect place to stay over if you are wanting to go to Kruger's Northern camps. They provide you with towels, linen, shower soap, coffee, tea etc. Very thoughtful and homely. All we needed was an overnight change of clothes, everything else was there. On the way home, we stayed over again. We felt safe staying there and even had a wallet returned that my Mom had left on the bed! Very nice people and definitely a good place to stay over.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hengelo (ov)
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

After visiting Blyde River Canyon and driving the Panaroma route we wanted to stay somewhere near Kruger's Phalaborwa gate so we could drive into the park early in the morning. Daan en Zena's was very well signposted so we found it without any difficulties. We had a huge room, with a kitchen. Everything was clean, but even though the sign said "there is hot water, please let the water run a little longer", I had no hot water in the morning. Maybe I should have let it run longer than 5 minutes, but that seems a waste of water? There is little information on Kruger in the room, like how to get there, which we expected because why else would you stay there? What was in the room were many warning like "do not do this, do not do that, please do not remove etc". Maybe it is necessary, but not very welcoming. As we seemed to be the only guests, it felt like a ghost B&B anyway. All in all it was OK, but it was good to be able to leave again in the morning.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Italia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

We stayed at AtiFarti Backpackers, run by the same ownters as Daan & Zeena's. If we consider price and accommodation, it is by far the best backpackers we have found in South Africa. Very cheap, we had a huge room at our disposal, with shower and toilet and also kitchen and cooking facilities. The owners are very kind and eager to help you with informations. Kruger Park is just 2 km from the backpackers.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Secunda
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

Dear Daan & Zena's (Safarinow)

Thank you for the hospitality that we received during our stay at your place. We arrived late the Friday evening but the guy that gave us our key was so helpfull even at that time of the night.

We were very impressed with the beautiful selfcatering room and will definitely recommend your bed and breakfast to our friends and family.

Your place is so colourfull and I love it! I am just sorry we could not meet you guys but I understood you went to the coast.

Colourfull Greetings

Christo and Carin

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 15 Birkenhead, Phalaborwa 1390, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Phalaborwa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Phalaborwa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer basic, affordable, clean and comfortable accommodation for all Contractors, Labour Workers and Backpackers. We situated in Phalaborwa. Only 2km from Kruger National Park, Hans Merensky Golf Club, Phalaborwa Copper Mine, Foskor Mine, Bosveld, and CBD Your Host Edward Mokgalaka or Caroline Mafuma are the Duty Managers and will be attending to all your needs during your stay at Daan & Zena’s Contractors and Backpackers Affordable Accommodation ... more   less 
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