Lucio is an absolute delight of a host. I arrived at 2am unannounced after getting a much later start from Port Elizabeth than I had intended - but ringing the doorbell, Lucio was delighted to let me in and spent an hour the next morning telling me where to go, what to do, etc. with the rest of my day. Great guy. Plus they make some very inexpensive and inventively-mixed jams and preserves that are definitely worth the purchase. Good for backpackers looking for hostel accommodations as well as private rooms.
The hostel itself is quite spacious and has a very lovely garden. A little difficult to find if you don't know where you're going or if its dark, so look at a map beforehand. I'd imagine most who stay at Karma are there mainly to do the Ampitheatre hike (this is the nearest hostel, the hike itself starts exactly an hour's drive away), but worth the detour if you're passing through the area as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Karma Backpackers South Africa/Kestell, Free State