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Gecko Backpackers
Reviewed February 11, 2014

We camped at Gecko Backpackers in April last year and simply loved the experience! The campsite was spacious and quiet and there were lots of sites to choose from that were private and shady. The bathrooms were clean and we could use the braai area which had a lovely view of the sunset. We could also use the kitchen so no need to use gas to fry our bacon and eggs for breakfast, or haul buckets of water to the campsite to wash up. The owner was really cool and kept the bar open late ;) The little splash pool was pretty but so cold! There are 2 cute, friendly dogs and a talkative African Gray Parrot who we loved playing with. The place has so much charming character - nicely decorated with a natural eclectic feel - and is VERY affordable. It is close to Kruger Park so we could go in for day visits (much cheaper than staying in the park). It is also close enough to visit places like God's Window and go bungee jumping or hiking or ziplining etc (we didn't do that this time) and there are some cool things in and around Hazyview like the reptile park (worth a look) and a monkey park and elephant adventures.

If your idea of a holiday is luxury, then camping in general is not for you - but if you, like me, actually enjoy camping and are looking for a cheap getaway, this a wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: We camped so didn't stay in the rooms, but they looked clean and well-kept (a thousand times bet...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Very convivial and pleasant place to camp. Good showers, excellent and well-equipped kitchen, nice location in luxuriant vegetation. Very friendly staff. Nice area for camping in the vegetation. Close to, but just out of Hazyview (first camping place you reach on the road back to Sabie).

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

We, a fam. of 5 from CH, stayed 2 nights and we can recommend it to any fam. It's budget, it's clean, it's close to many great "things to do" and when we were there the new owners just took over since 6 days. We loved the proposed "braai", the ease of phase and how easy things where to organise or how easy it was to get information about the surroundings. Also, great kitchen, everything we needed was there. All the best, we will try to drop by again.

Room Tip: The fam room for 5 is next to the biliart/outside terras. When we said that we wanted to sleep at 22...
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

The only good thing about this location is it's location, as it is close to Kruger.

When we arrived we met the replacing owner, as the actual owner of the place was in another country for the time being. We picked this place because we needed something close to the Kruger gate so that we could get up early in the morning and head on into the park.

Unfortunately the replacing owner decided to have a very (!) loud party (very loud music, I'm not kidding) that night with a couple of friends (and maybe a guest or 2). Even with noise-cancelling earplugs in the sound was too loud to sleep through, until deep in the night.

Besides that the beds were very uncomfortable and the male shower area had no lights (at least we couldn't find it).

Finally the beers at the bar (with the music) was way overpriced and fluctuated every half hour.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Robbert F
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Reviewed September 27, 2011

This is a typical Southern Africa type backpackers and a good base to visit the Kruger National Park and surrounds at a reasonable price. Younger independent travellers looking for company should be very happy here. However, those looking for luxury and privacy in nature will probably not enjoy it.

The lay out reflects organic growth and access to rooms will be difficult for people having difficulty walking and dealing with stairs.

A pleasant atmosphere and friendly management. Camping ground is very nice.

Room Tip: The quality of the rooms follows the prices.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank BertusJHB
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

When we could not find campsites in Kruger we googled nearby communities and found Bush packers in Hazy view. This old estate has a Robinson Crusoe feel, and the grounds are like a botanical garden. The manager did a great job advising us on where to find what in the Hazy view area, and made the evenings fun and inviting. We camped in our tent and cooked in the backpacker kitchen, but meals were also available. One morning we could see monkeys in the trees above the main house, which was great as we enjoyed breakfast! We got up early another morning and drove the twenty or so minutes to Kruger, checked in at the gate, and saw a lion on a kill and wild dogs ! We'll be back on our next trip to Kruger area for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Gecko Backpackers

Address: R536 Plot S13, Sabie Road | Kiepersol, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Hazyview
Price Range: $20 - $30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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Gecko Backpackers Hazyview, South Africa - Mpumalanga

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