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A charming Backpacker Lodge in the small village of Kestell, with very friendly hosts. We are the closest backpackers to the famous Amphitheatre/Tugela Falls hike, with Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the tourist town of Clarens and San rock paintings also within easy driving distance. Additionally, this is an ideal base from which to explore Lesotho. Award-winning homemade jams, yoghurts & other goodies are for sale. We offer accommodation in large double rooms & in dorms for up to 17 people. Our kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering, and a light breakfast is an optional extra. Country-style restaurant & pub nearby. We have a lovely outdoor barbeque area and a coffee-gazebo.
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Free parking
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Paid Internet
Paid Wifi
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Family Rooms
Non-smoking rooms
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2 Piet Retief Street, Kestell 9860 South Africa
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Moshoeshoe Intl Airport100 mi
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My boyfriend and I spent four nights in the dorm and we deeply enjoyed our stay. Vera and Lucio welcomed us with so much love and we immediately had a great connection with them. We especially enjoyed Vera's delicious jams and the veggies available in the garden. Moreover she
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Lovely place, jam was amazing with breakfastand tips for hiking were greatly appreciated. Is a bit remote and quiet but a nice stop off place to rest your head. Could do with some lockers though. Would recommend.
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I had the place to myself for two nights and enjoyed my stay immensely. Vera makes you feel right at home, it was like staying with my mother (she made me soup, prepared a hot water bottle for the cold nights and gave me gloves and a hat before I left on a hike). Her homemade
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Karma Backpackers is a place for travelers who want to feel at home. Vera Ann was extremely helpful in giving us information about the nearby hikes in Drakensberg, as well as Golden Gate National Park. Originally, we made a booking for 2 nights but extended it 2 more nights
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Come for some good karma! Vera Ann's place is so welcoming,laid-back, delicious and cosy - I enjoyed every minute. From her lovely garden, comfortable common areas, clean bathrooms to her super tasty muffins and jam it is a place you don't wanna leave. For travellers without own
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Clean, comfortable rooms
One side of her dorm room, showing Julia who is there to help travellers.
Pixel, my lovely 2nd roommate.
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Our patio
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Another of our double-bed rooms
Hi French group. The top of Royal Natal is about 50kms away. We are also about the same distance from the amphitheater with the Tugela falls and the chain ladders which isn't really in Royal natal
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"Go with the indoor showers rather than the out-house"
"Rooms in the main house"
"We had a four bed dorm - which was perfekt!"
"You can't lose- they are all awesome rooms and beds!"
"Double rooms are very big, a recommendation."
$31 - $32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaFree StateKestell
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