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SaltyCrax Backpackers / Surflodge
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

This backpackers lodge is located in Blouberg, which is a long commute from the Cape Town city centre. It is located in a calm residential area, but is only 200m from the restaurants and cafès on the beachfront. There is also a big shopping mall within 5 mins walk.
We stayed for about a week and did their 5-day flexi tour of the Cape Town area. This tour is truly flexible: we were assigned one of the staff who would take us for activities. For four days, it was only us two and the guide. We could choose what activities to do or not do, and could easily change the itinerary on the fly.

We slept in an en-suite room (double bed and private bathroom). Staying in the dorms would probably make the stay quite different. They also offer double rooms with shared bathrooms. While it is possible to cook for yourself in the kitchen, we chose to order the breakfast every day, and had the brai twice. The brai is a South African BBQ and is delicious. You can order either cold or hot breakfast. Hot breakfast is with eggs and bacon. We mostly opted for the cold breakfast, which is müsli, joghurt, freshly cut fruits, tea, a muffin and toast. The breakfast is very tasty, and is good value for money.

The only drawback was a noisy group of other travellers at the lodge that kept us awake for hours several nights. Bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper.

They have cheap wireless internet, paid by the megabyte rather than minutes.

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Reviewed May 27, 2010

This was a brilliant backpackers, perhaps abit out of the way if your travelling to CT without a car though. The rooms were lovely, more like hotel standard but at backpacking price, and the garden complex itself was also great! The cute collie dogs and basset hound were a bonus. I would 100% stay here again!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 8, 2018
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 29, 2014
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  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled with family
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