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Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

The room was OK although it was right on the road so pretty noisy and the twin beds weren’t as comfortable as any of the other places we stayed in South Africa. The ensuite, however, was very clean. There was an impersonal ‘factory’ feel about the place. There is a secure parking with an access code which is first-come first-served and there was a surcharge for both breakfast and wifi. We decided to do their ‘braai’ one night which was good value but it was served at the table the minute we arrived at 7pm so we didn’t really get the braai experience.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Based on some reviews that we saw here ("Best backpackers in south africa") we had some high expectations of this place. It was just okay and the negatives far outweighed the positives. We stayed in two family rooms over five nights. The kitchen is poorly equipped and they clearly have a problem with theft based on the number of signs asking people not to steal things. Despite this, there was little cutlery and cups were hard to come by. The rooms were quite grimy and the shared baths were very dirty. Each morning at 7 am the kitchen and garden staff would come into the shared kitchen making lots of noise and smoking cigarettes to make their own breakfast before starting work. The problem was that they were very noisy and left all their dirty dishes in the kitchen sink - so even if you wanted to clean up after your own breakfast, it was virtually impossible to do so. Though a non-smoking facility, everyone smokes in the central garden areas, which is right outside all the windows so smoke is prevalent throughout the building. The people at the front desk were helpful and friendly, though we were asked to pay our bill two days early because the fellow that checked us in was taking a few days off and had to reconcile the accounts of all the people he'd checked in (what is with that???). On the up side, the place is secure, centrally located and within walking distance of some good restaurants. But the facility itself is not that great and I would rank it on the low end of average in terms of backpackers's accommodation.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

When we got there to ask for a room they were fully booked with double rooms. But the have a new house (a mansion!) in the neighbourhood. We got it for the same rate, they gave us the keys and directions and we were on our way to this location.
It was magnificient. Also there were no other people so we had this great place all to ourselves! We made a fire, cooked ourselves, had a (bubble)bath and didn't leave the house untill the next day.

Really a good stay, the pictures say enough....

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Ellen O
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

This backpackers is cheap, the rooms were ok, but the atmosphere was so-so. We found better accommodation while in SA. They have good discounts for the activities and parking facilities. So I would say that in overall it is a good accommodation;

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We recently spent a couple of nights here and would definitely recommend BP. Gavin, along with all the other staff, we're really helpful and there was certainly no shortage of atmosphere and character at this hostel. They offer different trips and activities that can be tailored to your needs and the ostrich BBQ was top drawer! Ostrich farm day trip is a MUST!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

This place has gotta be the best spot to stay - the hostel is homely & clean with nice lounge area and even a bar where they fire up the outdoor fire & Braii every night if you want one. The owners are on site 90% of the time & make you feel part of the family - so if your travelling alone its the perfect spot.
They organise all tours in the area & have their own discounted tours that include bike rides too.
There is an Ostrich egg every morning cracked int he kitchen so you can make yourself some scrambled eggs or you can buy brekkie if your feeling lazy..!!
All in all an excellent stay & sad to leave - its just too cosy..!!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights and had a wonderful time! Room was clean and nice. The kitchen provides everything you need. Breakfast was good. We met fun people at the bar. The staff was really friendly and helpful! Highly recommendable this place!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sakiko12
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Additional Information about Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides

Address: 148 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #14 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: $25 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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