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Baobab Beach Backpackers
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Jinghong
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12 reviews
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“Great spot for Christmas”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We spent Christmas at Baobab Beach Backpackers and we had a great time. The place has new management since a few months and they do a great job. There's a nice atmosphere in the place and it's right on the beach.
Their rondavels are cheap, but basic (shared bathroom with hot showers). Their beachfront chalets are good value for money as well, but will cost more.
The staff is friendly and helpful. The only thing that could use some love is their restaurant, the food wasn't very impressive. The chicken was too dry and the pizza's were a bit bland.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

I had a wonderful stay over Christmas. The vibe was great and the staff were attentive. I found the rooms clean and felt very secure with the guards walking around day and night. Baobab is right on the beach with amazing views of the islands. Different types of accommodation at good prices. I loved the beach front chalets, rustic with a wonderful view.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Vilanculos, Mozambique
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Baobab has a great social vibe and cheap rooms and bunks. By far the number one choice for budget travelers. The food is nice and service is fast. I enjoyed all of the different spaces to chill out with new friends whether at the restaurant or the grill over-looking over the ocean.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Nice cozy bar. Very friendly and helpful staff. There is a lot of young people, backpackers here, so its noisy at night and you dont get much sleep. Good and cheap food is served. The small beehives are maybe good to sleep in if you are 20. I wouldnt recommend them for a family.

Room Tip: Don't choose the beehives. They are very small with just one bed and nothing more. The chalets a...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

During 2 months in Africa we found most people to be friendly and kind. During our week's stay at Baobab Beach we were hardly recognized. We had a beach bungalow which was comfortable. The bed was nice and the mosquito net was in good shape. However, rats could easily get in. They chewed a hole in one of bags to get at some sugar.

We booked a dhow trip to the island from a person at the resort. The trip was a disappointment. We were told we would return at 5:00-5:30 but were back by 3:30.

Our bungalow had a beautiful view of the sea. It was relaxing to sit on the porch. A hammock is available outside your door.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We camped here and found everything fine, but nothing more. I agree with some of the previous reviews about slightly apathetic staff (although I thought this just applied to the foreign staff - the local staff were pretty helpful/friendly). The price was reasonable (for Mz), but food was quite expensive (which matters as you're about a km out of town).

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

My husband and I arrived at Baobab having booked 2 nights accommodation in a beach bungalow with en-suite. We were very impressed with the location, comfort and cleanliness of the bungalow! After the first day we even lengthened our stay with 2 more nights. Having said that we found that the service was not good and (some) staff, including the dreadlocked barman (Hugh?), very unfriendly and apathetic. Overall the quality of the food was good, but on one occasion we waited over an hour for spring rolls and on another almost 2 hours for our prawns (which arrived cold).

We initially decided to stay at Baobab because their accommodation seemed comfortable and affordable - and it delivered! Service aside, we would still recommend that anyone stay here (there are plenty of other restaurants in town ;).

Room Tip: The 3rd, 4th and 5th beach bungalows are further from the communal area (and quieter) as well as bei...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rebecca C, Manager at Baobab Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feed back.

Since your stay with us we have made some significant changes to the processing and functioning of our kitchen/restaurant, so the long waits and the slow service in this department have been addressed.

We hope you will join us again in the future as we strive to improve the service standards at Baobab.

Thank you again,
Baobab management
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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 25 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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