What a great place!!! We loved our stay, we wanted to stay one night, we ended up with three. We would have stayed longer but had to go back to JNB. Vera and Lucio are super nice. Interesting people and fun. The beds are comfortable and everything is very clean. You can use the kitchen etc. Also, Vera shown us the garden, and we were welcome to take some SUPER good vegetables. Cat and dogs are lovely. We felt like home. We will come back!! It is very easy to join the national park and the sentinel trail from their house. I would definitely recommend to stay there if you are up for these trails. They are gonna help you and give some advices. The sentinel trail is not a easy hike. I mean it is not difficult by the “dénivelé” or the distance but because there is a gully, a difficult passage on the rocks and ladders (10m and 20m). So if you are a beginner or afraid of the eight, take a guide. Go early, cause the weather turns in the afternoon. I would definitely recommend Zee, she seems to be an amazing guide. She knows the mountain. …
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 gave us very detailed recommendations to go hiking in the Drakensberg, stunning views and paths! No doubt I will go back, great value for money as well ;)
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.
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 jams are a bit of a sensation in South Africa and rightly so, make sure to try the one with japapeño! It’s the ideal base to do the spectacular Sentinel hike and on the way back you can go to the best Ethiopian place around, Vera will give you directions. I miss Karma already.
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 because of the amazing hospitality. I enjoyed the kitchen and living room area for my morning coffee and reading. On the colder days, blankets and warm water bottles were provided to keep us comfortable throughout the day and night. Also, I want to add that the down-feather pillows and duvets were like heaven after a long day of exploring and trekking! We stayed in one of the private rooms and enjoyed our stay very much. I would recommend this place over and over again to anyone!