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Great, laid back place.

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Jan 13, 2010
Nice place to stay. Lots of culture and history in the area. the lounge area is great- pool tables, bar, fire pit, etc. However, the beds were awful. Great bike tours to take, and safe.
Date of stay: December 2009
Trip type: Traveled with friends
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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      Reviewed November 12, 2009

      The most common response to learning that I was planning on staying in a hostel in Soweto was a warning: Soweto wasn’t safe. While all areas of Soweto might not be safe for a tourist to wander around in, Lebo’s offers the opportunity to experience the rhythm of township life safely. I spent several hours in the park across from the backpackers. Formerly a vacant lot, Lebo cleaned it up and installed play equipment. On weekends and after school, it is full of children. I watched soccer games and children stream to and from school. One afternoon, I helped out in an informal after school art sessions. I was often on my own, my purse and camera in full view.

      The hostel itself offers basic, clean rooms with shared bathroom facilities. My private room had little furnishing but was spacious and I spent little time there other than to sleep. There are plenty of common areas, my favourite being the back garden; I felt in a world apart. During the day I lazed in the hammock and at night sat by the fire drinking a beer.

      Lebo’s offers an honesty bar and three meals. Mimi, the cook, prepares wonderful home cooked township meals. If you’re lucky, she’ll even organize a braai. Internet is also available for a reasonable fee. I preferred watching the local children to TV, but there’s a large television in the common lounge. The staff are friendly and helpful and can arrange Soweto tours or transfers to local sites and museums.

      If you’re comfortable with backpacker style accommodation, you can’t beat Lebo’s in Soweto, and you can’t beat Soweto in Johannesburg.

      Date of stay: October 2009
      • Trip type: Traveled solo
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      Reviewed October 29, 2009

      The vibe at Lebo's is awesome. The hostel is well kept, they have a very chilled outdoor space, ita lamost like a beach bar in Soweto... and they even have their own park where you can play football with the local kids. The staff and owners are super friendly and welcoming. The hostel is located within walking distance of Soweto's main historical attractions and I felt safe walking around. They also offer excellent bike tours of Soweto that are very popular. This is an authentic township experience, you feel almost like you are living in someone's house. The service is always with a smile and is very personal.
      Only problem is that if you are staying inside it can be a little loud in the mornings, but i guess you expect this from a backpackers hostel.

      Date of stay: August 2009
      • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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      Date of stay: February 2023
      Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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      Reviewed November 5, 2023
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      Date of stay: October 2023
      Trip type: Traveled with family
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      Reviewed September 11, 2023
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      Date of stay: September 2023
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