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Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
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“Average”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2009

There was no-one around when we arrived, so we had to go away and come back later! Despite the Lonely Planet saying they do good dinners, they weren't cooking when we stayed as we were the only ones there. Breakfast was overpriced and the person working wouldn't let me make a local call despite offering to pay - I had to go into town which is a 10-15 minute walk. Room was okay but quite cold - they did provide extra blankets though. Lots of mosquitoes in the room.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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swelliesgirl, owner at Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge, responded to this review, October 8, 2009
Swellendam Backpackers is a wonderful place to stay whether you are a single traveler, a family with big or small kids or even a more vintage traveler. Ideal for a romantic weekend escape. I am so sorry for our guest that did not catch us working hard in the office close to the front desk, but we need to relax and chill by the river or work in our organic veggie garden as well to make those yummy dishes. also so sorry that my feet were finished after a hard weeks work and did not make food for them. I am sure my fellow colleagues in town assured that they had a good meal and went to bed with full tummies. As we have a huge garden and do not pray any pesticides or insecticides we rely on the multi legged ones to eat away at th bad ones. eg, big spiders are good and eat mosquitoes, and we are happy to remove them as part of our duty. Never leave your inside light on when you go out at night this brings mozzies into your room and hence a problem for the night to follow. hope this brings good vibes to all our happy guests that have stayed and a welcome to everyone else that arrives at the front desk. I am in the garden, come in go through the dining room and call my name and I will come. or ring the little bell at the desk. Someone will hear you as the garden is BIG. Book for dinner as soon as you check in to prevent disappointment. xx Steph
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2008

We stayed one night at the Swellendam Backpackers in a double en-suite room with entrance via sliding doors.

The room was clean but very dark and the bathroom was below the standard I would expect from the price of the place. There were lots of mosquitos so I'd recommend taking repellent.

When we arrived their was no one in reception to meet us.

The area the backpackers is located is very quiet and residential, you'll have to walk 10 min to get to restaurants and 15-20 min to get to the high street.

There are some customer parking bays at the front of the house and parking on the grass verges.

The communal kitchen wasn't cooking dinner when we stayed but looked tidy and clean.

  • Liked — Garden
  • Disliked — Dark room
  • Stayed November 2008
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge
Address: 5 Lichtenstein Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cosy wooden cabins and luxury en suite rooms lie in a lush bird filled garden fringed by its own gurgling mountain stream and the Marloth Nature Reserve. Halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route it is ideally situated to hike or horse ride through indigenous forests or wander through the picturesque village. Beneath the most spectacular peaks of the Langeberg Mountains Swellendam is the 3rd oldest magisterial district in South Africa with plenty of inspiring and peaceful experiences. Sit around our welcome fire under starry skies and enjoy the countryside. ... more   less 
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