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Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Warmhearted best backpackers in the world”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Karl, Mandy and famous dog Fraser give genuine care and hospitality in Knysna very comfy home from home for travellers needing rest and inspiration. The dorm bunks are warm, neat and clean, bathrooms spotless, private rooms lovely and outside garden patio area with cozy BBQ area a delight for chilling out and sharing travel stories with other guests and owners Karl and Mandy who have travelled and explored overland throughout Africa and Middle East

  • Stayed April 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Jembjos is a homey, awesome, owner-operated hostel; they do have lovely private rooms or dorm rooms--one is a 14 bed dorm (really more like a 10 bed with a 4 bed connected, which we stayed in) with lockers for your backpack. Not much privacy but good way to save money. They have a nice free self-cater breakfast, nice kitchen, outdoor braii area, free wifi, lovely communal area with tv and couches, quiet, great location 2 blocks from waterfront and a 7 minute walk to Thesen Islands. The bathroom in the 14 bed dorm was a bit odd--they really need doors on there. They tried to make the bathrooms roomier by having bead curtains instead of doors, but doors are really necessary when toilets are only 6 feet from people's beds. The dorm room was completely full but people were fairly respectful of quiet hours. The owners live there and are there all day, so you get the idea immediately that is is not a super loud place to party, but is a very nice place to stay for a couple of nights.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Curitiba, Parana, Brazil
2 reviews
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We spent 3 nights there, and it was really relaxing and refreshing! The lodge is well located, a short walk to the waterfront, the lagoon, supermarkets and stores. Mandy, Karl and Fraser (the lovely dog) were kind and helpful and made us almost feel at home. Mandy was kind to pick us up late at night at the station. The dorms were clean and the kitchen was well equipped (they provide an awesome free breakfast for travelers with bread, eggs, coffee and tea, all you can eat!). We recommend Jembjo's, nice hostel!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here with 2 young children (6 & 9) and had a truly wonderful time. Our hosts Karl and Mandy were very helpful and welcoming. We enjoyed 2 good braais here and even with it been full there was very little noise after 10pm so it was easy to get a good nights sleep! If / when we go back to kynsna this will definitely be the place we stay in.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge is a centrally located backpackers with legendary staff, who was extremely helpful and assisted us in organizing our further travel route, providing us with valuable advice. Knysna itself has a lot to explore, and your activities can be booked for you at the lodge for no cost. Please say hi to Karl and his gorgeous partner and lovely Fraser the dog for us and enjoy your stay :)

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

the owners are truly kind, patient and generous. we're staying here In a huge group including small children and they're happy to let us have the run of the mill, they treat the kids with the upmost kindness and even let us walk their sweet little dog this evening. They're also extremely helpful with helping you find things to do!
The rooms are ultra clean and comfy, it's possibly the safest place we've stayed in South Africa and you feel so at home. thank you Mandy!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

There isn't a more hospitable, friendly, comfortable to stay on the Garden Route than Jembjo's Knysna Lodge. The price and location can't be beat and The Waterfront, with cafe's, shops, and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Cozy duvets on comfy beds, a hammock to rest in, nightly braai, and complementary self-serve breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, and eggs make Jembjo's a cut above the rest. The owners Karl and Mandy are incredibly generous. They assisted with bookings and suggested activities and itineraries nearby and along the Garden Route and made us feel like family. It's the best backpackers we have ever stayed in!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers
Address: 4 Queen Street | Lower Central, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 100 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, we warmly welcome you to relax & enjoy Jembjo's of Knysna. Our boutique backpackers/lodge, is a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket & we take pride in making sure you feel at 'home'. We have a range of accommodation to suit every budget, from Dorm beds to de-luxe family en-suite rooms. We are perfectly located in the heart of lower-central Knysna & are just a 2 minute walk away from both the 'Waterfront' & town. - Knysna is South Africa's best kept secret - so come check it out... Book directly with us - 3 nights or more for 10% discount. ... more   less 
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