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Sani Lodge Backpackers

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Curitiba, PR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed at Sani Lodge to visit the Sani Pass, as most of the guests do. The place is beautiful, full of green areas and surrounded by the Drakensberg Mountains. They have a great cafe/restaurant, where they sell home made jam, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, and also art crafts from the area. There's a swimming pool, and a cosy common... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your views on your stay with us deep in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains; a truly restful place for the traveler. More 

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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the lodge for 4 nights and loved every minute of it. It offered me the experience I wanted - close to several trails as well as the Sani Pass, numerous tours in Lesotho, amazing views from the lodge and accommodation and food for a cheap price. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and the tours offered... More 

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Thank Beatrice S
TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Beatrice, many thanks from Russell, Simone our loyal team of staff at Sani Lodge and the Giant's Cup restaurant and our tour guides, for your uplifting review of your stay with us, which covers all aspects of what we offer to guests. We are a multifaceted little business started in 1992 and still owner run by Russell and myself.... More 

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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very positive experience here.The staff was very helpfull when we were planning our adventures in the Drakensberg area and Lesotho. The owner has very good local knowledge of walking routes, the local wildlife and the local culture. It is a backpackers lodge, so in the evening you can sit with the other guests (from all over the... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for writing of your experience staying at a Backpackers Lodge. We love the fact that South Africans and foreign visitors to the country can socialize in an informal and relaxed manner at our Lodge which is open to peoples of all creed, race and nationality. More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually there is nothing special about this Lodge, but it's clean, it's friendly and quiet. WE stayed at the Guineafowl Room and although it was the middle of winter, extra blankets and all those heaters kept us warm. They also offer the Sani Pass Tour, which was well organised.

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Thank TeamSchonke
TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your write up. Even though you were not aware of it, thank you for helping to make a difference to the lives of many people in the following manner ;Sani Lodge Backpackers has been a Fair Trade Certified establishment since 2011( the only Backpackers Lodge in Kwazulu Natal) and what that means to the traveller, the staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I stayed at this place during our visit to Sani Pass. The tours that they offer are great, and the area is nice. The establishment itself is the standard hostel environment with the addition of lodge houses to stay in, plus a camping area (tent is not included in the price). The really unique things about this... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation of our commitment to conservation of the environment over the past 24 years ,via planting indigenous, alien bramble eradication, waste management via recycling and composting, water conservation, solar geysers and other ways of conserving electrical energy with insulation of geysers and only using a tumble drier if the washing cannot dry and more. We have... More 

Blaricum
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66 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in one of the very nice, comfortable self catering cottages. This is a lovely place for a family to spend some time on the Lesotho border. We enjoyed breakfast and diner twice. Every day two cheerful ladies cook diner for those who has booked earlier that day. Just good food in a pleasant atmosphere. There is a great... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your stay in one of our cottages. Yes it is an indictment on KZN Wildlife and Dept of Transport that the term ' sense of place' when used in connection with the as you say ' romance ' of the Sani Pass road, was ignored . Particularly as KZN Wildlife is a Conservation Body... More 

Cape Town
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26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Came back 2 yr layer with grandparents too and very happy. Everything there, lots of information and although busy with youngsters all behaved and not too roudy. See you next time! Here's hoping they don't tar the pass. .

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you returned with your Grandparents and that they enjoyed their stay as well. We have always tried to appeal to all ages, cultures, ethnic groups, nationalities and budgets of travelers and local South Africans. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

I've stayed here twice now as my base camp for cycling Sani Pass. I love it, the facilities are great and the atmosphere is lovely - very warm and welcoming. The outdoor shower offers the most splendid view. It is by no means luxurious - exactly how I like it! Nothing better than eating breakfast at a wooden table with... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We loved your comment on the outdoor shower which is always our favourite part of our camping holidays and that is why we decided to build one at the Lodge too. Nothing better than showering under the stars at night or daytime with a view of the surrounding mountains. We are constantly striving to upgrade... More 

Vaalwater, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

We can only rate the coffee shop as we didn't have a chance to stay at the Lodge. The coffee shop is quaint with lots of stunning curio, souvenirs and even paintings by Simone which are up for purchase! The filled pancakes are a 'must try'!! We will be back next time we are in the area.

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing our little Cafe on your way past and glad you enjoyed the pancakes. I am delighted you liked my paintings too! More 

New Delhi, India
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

I must admit, I got a very good deal with the lodge despite making reservations only one day before arriving. It was a last minute trip and Mirriam was very helpful in trying to accommodate us. She even gave us a good deal with rooms and rate. This is the first time we opted to stay in a lodge, and... More 

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TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your thorough feedback. We also appreciate that you understand the difference between a Backpackers that caters for travelers on a budget and thus charges rates at a fraction of the cost of a 5 star hotel ie R150pppn in a dorm as opposed to R1500pppn in a 5 *hotel . Our Backpackers Lodge has been a four... More 

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  • Restaurant
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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sani Lodge Backpackers - Fair Trade in Tourism certified; provides a wide range of accommodation for the Independant Traveller deep in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, bordering directly onto the World Heritage listed uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Russell and Simone Suchet started the Lodge in 1992 and are both passionate about the wilderness, mountains and Lesotho.Situated at the foot of the Sani Pass, the Gateway to the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, the Lodge is a peaceful country haven with a laid back atmosphere. As a 4 star graded backpackers, our accommodation is simple and affordable, cosy, clean and comfortable. Please note that if you are looking for hotel room service, porters, private jacuzzi, champagne on arrival and personal valet, then this is not the place for you.......You will find that SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS caters for the needs of the "Independent Traveller With A Conscience," seeking affordability, the desire to support sustainable social upliftment via direct investment practices and stakeholder involvement, environmental conservation practices, support businesses that employ previously disadvantaged people and offer them training, seek the opportunity to meet other travellers and also to learn about the local culture of the Zulus, view Bushmen paintings for which the Berg is renowned and experience the unique world of Lesotho and its hospitable Basotho people, as well as satisfy their sense of adventure through activities on offer via DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES. Sani Lodge is at the start of the famous Giant's Cup Trail. It is an ideal base for selfguided hikes and guided hiking, viewing Bushman Rock Art, exploring Lesotho from one to six days, horseriding, mountain biking, swimming in mountain rivers and pools, river rafting in summer, viewing birds, animals and wildflowers unique to this area. For guests on a strict budget, we suggest camping or dormitory options. Couples may choose from simple standard rooms or en suite traditionally built rondavels. Families have the choice of one s/c cottage at the Backpackers or Honeyguide and Aloe s/c cottages which are not part of the Backpackers. All rooms serviced daily and all bedding including feather duvets provided. Relax on the new wooden deck with a view of the mountains of Lesotho, take a dip in the new swimming pool, curl up in front of a log fire in the cosy common room or novel braai / barbeque area at night. Home cooked meals available - breakfast, light lunches and dinner. Craft shop supporting small scale entrepreneurs, free WIFI rural style, laundry services. We do NOT charge "peak season" rates. Our prices are the same throughout the year! RATES: 75PPPN FOR CAMPING, R125PPPN DORM BED, R185PPPN SHARING FOR A STANDARD ROOM, R230PPPN SHARING FOR ENSUITE RONDAVEL. FAMILY COTTAGES RANGE FROM R250PPPN TO R300PPPN. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sani Lodge Backpackers

Address: Sani Pass Road, Sani Pass 3257, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Sani Pass
Price Range: $13 - $28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sani Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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