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“Nice, clean and affordable place to stay at or camp in Harare”

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Small World Backpackers Lodge
Ranked #9 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Harare
Brussels
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Nice, clean and affordable place to stay at or camp in Harare”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

Good place, nice garden, bright rooms. Very close from the center. Good wifi! I would definitely recommend it to friends who can't afford a hotel or guesthouse in the center. We were on budget camping but the place is nice.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Houston, TX
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Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in July 2014 for 3 nights; very relaxed atmosphere with a decent amount of space to sit outside. Quiet neighborhood and bar was not loud at all.

The price is good at $35/night for a private twin room; ask management for help with planning day trips!

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London, Canada
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Stayed here on our way from Cape Town to Nairobi and it was good. A bit out of the city centre, but it's a nice walk and the streets are beautiful. The pool is cool and I would definitely have a beer or two at the bar while you're here.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Lugano, Switzerland
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36 reviews
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

The hostel is in a very nice area of Harare, very calm and safe. It is not in the city centre, but the path to the centre is a nice walk under the trees, which you can enjoy if you are not in a hurry (it takes 50 mins walking, less than 10 min by taxi).

Not too far from the hostel there are two shopping malls with several restaurants, where you can even walk (approx. 10 minutes distance), so it is very convenient.

In general, the hostel is very nice and you can enjoy a very friendly atmosphere. The place is clean and safe, and it has a nice garden and patio where you can relax and meet other travelers. The staff is very kind and helpful, and showed great commitment and professionality.

I stayed in a private room with private bathroom. The room I had is near the bar, so it can be noise at times, even if normally guests do respect sleeping times.

You can book via e-mail and they answer quite quickly. The hostel is also organising transport to and from the airport at a convenient price.

Room Tip: They have different kind of rooms, from private with bathroom to dormitories with shared bathroom. I...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed here for four nights and also 4 nights in thier Bvumba lodge. We camped in thier garden which was peaceful and we had use of thier kitchen to cook. The big supermarket, banks and restaurants are close by. The Staff were very helpful and made us feel welcome. There are plenty of travellers passing through making it a social hub. Food was good and the fire was an added bonus. Wifi you have to pay for but it really quick and cheap.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Khalkis, Greece
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102 reviews
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Reviewed July 14, 2014

Small World Backpackers is not the best place to stay in Harare.

Poor manager, crappy food, not well stocked bar, no help at all by the reception, VERY VERY noisy and no camp facilities at all for overlanders.

The manager has turned the parking lot to a Used Car Sales Dealership and so there is no space to "camp"-park.

Used to be a value for money option for backpackers and overlanders in Harare but not any more. For some reason they have raised the prices for "camping"/parking as the manager claimed that overlanders use to much water because they dont bath themselves as much because they travel overland!

The most funny -and off course unacceptable- thing is that the manager was asking for 10 USD in order to braai our OWN meat with our OWN charcoals. He did not let us braai until we convinced him that he would pay more if we use the two stoves that run with electricity and gas. He insisted on paying using as an excuse that someone has to watch us for security reasons and so he has to get paid as well.

Needless to say that the power cuts are daily and the generator is within the main yard next to the "camp"-park!

NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Evandale, Australia
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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Small World Backpackers was a welcoming, clean and relaxed place to stay for our family. We tented in our bushwalking tents in the garden and enjoyed the pool, garden and TV. Over a one year period we returned a number of times to stay here and the quality was consistently high (except kitchen utensils were few and far between).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Small World Backpackers Lodge

Property: Small World Backpackers Lodge
Address: 25 Ridge Rd | Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's a Small World Lodge", in Harare, offers everything from camping, for backpackers, to family suites, for larger groups. Skype: smallworld251 ... more   less 
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