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Pumbas Backpackers

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Situated on "Backpack Avenue" in Hatfield Pretoria, Pumbas is so close to the Gautrain station (which links directly to Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport), you can see it from the yard. Started by two avid travellers, Pumbas was built to be fun, relaxing and friendly - the perfect spot for weary travellers to unwind and come to grips with Africa.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Laundry Service
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Non-smoking rooms
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I stayed in one of the garden cabins for three nights. The cabin was a good size, they provide towels, and there are indoor and outdoor showers. Breakfast is basic toast and cereal, but includes hard boiled eggs and yogurt, which is a nice touch. It has a fun hostel vibe and
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Response from Frank d, Owner at Pumbas Backpackers
Responded 14 Dec 2018
Hiya Kmaija! Thanks for the cool feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I'll definitely have a look into those mattresses. Happy Travels. Regards. Frank
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Had an amazing stay with these guys when I went and watched the All Blacks beat the Sprongboks. The atmosphere was great. Really nice outdoor area. Staff are friendly and fun to chat with. Always cold beer in the fridge at a good price. Can't think of one fault with this place.
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Response from Frank d, Owner at Pumbas Backpackers
Responded 22 Oct 2018
Hiya Thomas! Thanks for the cool feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us. And I will also (grudgingly) congratulate you on a well fought win :-) Regards. Frank
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Stayed at this backpackers on three different occasions in June and July. The cabins are cool and simple like a tiny house but they do get cold in the winter. Ask for extra blankets and they do provide them. The private rooms are quaint and comfortable and each one has it's own
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I stayed here a few days ago and really enjoyed it, the pool is nice, the people friendly, fair breakfast, good facility. I booked a trip with them that I am currently on and will return to Pumbas union return to Pretoria!
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I really had a good time in Pumba Backpackers during last august. It has a lot of good things. It's located in a safe and a peaceful place, it's very close to Gautrain and "local train", it has a nice swimming pool, it's economic and the staff (both cleaning and recepcionists)
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Response from Craig_PumbasManager, Manager at Pumbas Backpackers
Responded 16 Dec 2017
Hi agcastanyo Thank you for your kind review and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us! We try maintain a very peaceful environment and I am glad to hear it was portrayed to you as such :) We hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards Craig
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View from the front gate.
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Permanent Tents
"Garden Cabins are too sweet"
"If you're looking for a bit more privacy choose to stay in one of the cabins."
"I had the noise of the gate opening and closing in the evening as well as quite a bit of light coming in."
"Take the "Birdcage" single room"
"there is no such thing as good room at Pumbas, all, and I mean ALL ROOMS are perfect."
US$28 - US$29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaGautengPretoria
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