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Baobab Beach Backpackers
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Durban, South Africa
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“Budget Accomodation”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Great location, right on the beach. During the heat of the day you could relax in the shade with a breeze off the ocean.The staff are very friendly and helpfull and full marks to the chefs, we had a deliciuos meal in the restuarant all freshly prepared. Well worth the wait
We stayed in ethnic hut, it was reasonably comfortable except for the mattress which I felt should have been replaced. Considering the price (680mts per night) it was a roof over our heads when all else was full. .

Room Tip: Bungalows right on the beach are most popular.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Split, Croatia
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I never planned to stay in BBB, ended up there by coincidence. There are really so many good things about this place. Good selection of accommodation matching various budgets. I have stayed in beach bungalow with nice view and hot showers (at any time!). Staff was really friendly. Bar is well stocked and there are also some basic food and toiletries that can be purchased. What i like about it especially is that you settle your bill every few days so no need to carry cash around. I met very interesting ppl there. BBB is short walk to the town. There are cooking and laundry facilities. Sec guards were on watch all the time, doing their job but being discreet. Really cool place.

Room Tip: depends on available budget, go for beach chalet ($50/night) if you can afford
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Since this is low season there are not a lot of backpackers, but you would never know this by staying here. There was a steady stream of travelers coming and going which is great for getting more up to date information about your next destination. There is a large area for camping, dorm rooms with showers and bathrooms ensuite, chalets on the beach and less expensive chalets off the beach. There is a wonderful common area for hanging out, you are right on the beach, a restaurant if you don’t want to cook and an average self catering kitchen. The staff are very helpful. My only complaints were with the cleaning of the kitchen, staff used it and did not clean up after themselves. All and all a great place to stay, not scruffy at all( Lonely Planets review).

Room Tip: Chalet #1 on the beach is beautiful
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Great location right on the beach with a super view from many of the rooms. Staff are friendly and helpful and it is only a short walk from good places to eat and Odyssey Dive for trips to Bazaruto. The food is OK but often the choices were limited and other restaurants nearby have better food. Nice bar with pool table and the toilets are clean and after 4 o'clock there was always lots of hot water in the showers. Good value!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

we stayed 2 nights in a three bed bungalow with private shower and toilets. it was fine. all beds had mosquito nets, toilet and shower had just a curtin, no door to separate or close for privacy. windows have mosquito nets, but between the roof and the walls of the bungalow on the upper part, there is a big space and therefore, nets at windows are useless. common kitchen are spacious, but poorly equipped, dirty and infrastructure (gas, sink, table to prepare your onw food, tools for the preparation) is old. staff is friendly. the BBB is located by the beach and it is not really easy to reach if you don't have a car; indications are not clear.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Maun, Botswana
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

It is a fun, music playing, full of international travellers Backpackers the only one located on the Beach. The Huts are very average, as we heard from others most of the Mozzynets have holes and no one is interested in fixing that when you ask. Morning staff is very helpful, the evening staff has usually their friends around, so any queries one has can only be helped with after the private chat is finished!!! The kitchen area is unfortunately unhygienic, however the Braai outside works nicely. We asked for a transfer from the Airport, which was completely overcharged..but it's too far to walk. Make sure your tent/ hut is as far away from the main area as possible, because sleep only comes to you when you are passed out, or you decide to party hard with the Barman's friends who turn the Backpackers into their own club...Security is also an issue, the gates are broken, villagers can come and go without anyone noticing over the low, broken fence...At 15.00 the Fisherboats come back to shore, which was always a great event, and just left on the Beach from the BP. The Dhow Safari was enjoyable, but we had to bargain hard not to get ripped off. We also liked the tiny Restaurant, very cool when you braai your own Fish and order Salad from them. What we thought was a great Service towards the guests was that you can drink your own booze and actually get glasses with ice for free!

Room Tip: Far away from the Bar/ Reception Area as possible.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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54 reviews
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

This is a hard backpacker to rate..whether you like it will depend on what is important to you.

The accomodation is little wooden rondavals. You'll have to stoop to get through the door, they're not at all secure, and you might find a snake under your rucksack like I did. It was cool to have an authentic african experience and the bed was comfy but it was also very mouldy and covered in gecko dung. Music from the bar was loud and until late. Annoying as it was loud even in our room, but it's a good place to party. On the up side we were also treated to an amazing tree frog concert on a lot of evenings, which is a much more pleasant lullaby.

Bathrooms were shared and very basic, only a bamboo blind between your naked body and the outside world!

Staff at the hostel were very friendly and helpful. And they even made me a birthday cake! It was safe to leave valuables in the safe. Staff are scared stiff of frogs so if you volunteer to remove one they'll always be grateful.

Food was great and good vale, especially liked the coconut cassava curry.

Don't sign up for a tour with the dodgy Asian guy tha hangs around in the bar, company Mapapay, as he ripped us off completely, agreeing one price for a snorkel tour and then turning up late and demanding more money the next day! We then cancelled and only got half our money back! Rather book with Dolphin Dow, they can be trusted and provide very good food.

Diving with the shop nextdoor, was great but expensive, just don't giggle at the French DMs accent or there will be trouble!

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Baobab Beach Backpackers
Address: rua do Palacio, Vilanculos, Mozambique
Location: Mozambique > Inhambane Province > Vilanculos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Vilanculos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Baobab Beach Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baobab Beach is situated directly on the beach and just a kilometer from the colorful central market in Vilanculos, Mozambique. Baobab Beach looks out over the azure seas and shifting sands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Baobab Beach facilities include accommodation, restaurant, bar, communal kitchen, communal ablutions and transport to buses. Accommodation consists of beachfront chalets (shower en-suite), ethnic huts, dormitories, camping and overlander sites.Baobab Beach activities in the area include a diving, snorkelling, island hops, dhow trips, horse riding, fishing and villiage tours. ... more   less 
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