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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

We arrived here on Saturday November 5th around 9pm. Upon arrival The owners were not very welcoming or friendly. It felt like they were just doing it for the money. The price for a double bedroom was considerably high too: around R550, excl breakfast. At 09.50 PM we were told to leave the common room because they wanted to close...

Thank JeroenTraveller
Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rooms here are fairly functional, and the bathroom was rather sparse and didn't really dry out. It was very cold at night when we stayed, and the heater on the wall didn't provide much warmth. Very early one morning a large group of people ate breakfast outside our room on the veranda, which woke us up. I think the...

Thank Ddraig_fawr
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy to find and the owner is friendly and personal. Rooms are very quaint and comfortable with a lovely garden and patio area. All rooms are ensuite. No dorm rooms available. But it's worth the visit. Near the hiking trails and horse riding.

Thank candace15
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I have now read the reviews which I am no doubt going to echo here, I wish I had before we booked here. The lady who runs the hostel took around 20 minutes to come to the reception after we arrived, despite booking and advising of our time of arrival. Meanwhile her incredibly aggressive dog barked incessantly at us (thankfully)...

1Thank Tom L
South Africa
Reviewed 24 September 2016

The title says it all. I have stayed in many many backpackers all across the country. Not secure and overpriced cheap rooms. Disappointed to discover some of our stuff got stolen as well (from a private room!!). A travellers lodge is supposed to be a safe place not like this sorry.

Thank travellingh0rse
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 June 2016

Me and my boyfriend spent there 2 nights. Despite its name this place is not backpackers as commonly known in SA. It does not have dorms and the cheapest room for couple costs 480R/night. Room was very basic, which was quite dissapointing considering its price. It was very cold and damp room, we could not get warm there. Beds were...

Thank Maya_SK
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We needed a weekend away from the craziness of life and felt like footloose travellers arriving at the backpackers under the trees in the shadow of the glorious mountain. After a welcome cup of tea, we were booked into our lovely, clean twin room with our own en suite bathroom. Wonderful, crisp linen and such scrumptious mattresses that we just...

Thank LizelDV
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This was my first stay at a backpackers and I truly enjoyed it. The room was very clean, the beds were exceptionally comfortable and the facility was full of character. The owner was delightful and we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. The morning horse ride was such a memorable event, that we will definitely return in future.

Thank UrsFisch
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for a night at the start of our travels along the garden route based on a recommendation in the lonely planet. Quite frankly, I have no idea why they recommended the hostel and can't believe they stayed at the same place! On arrival, the owner was quite abrupt and did not come across as very friendly. She...

1Thank Sophie W
Salisbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 February 2016

I've stayed in one of the timber huts and also camped there. I must be getting old or something, but wow, have expectations changed for so called backpackers these days! Some of these reviews are just astounding! If you are a true traveller who appreciates basic accommodation, at a fair price, likes to be in surrounded by a lovely setting...

Thank Furbrain2015

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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
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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 

Additional Information about Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge

Address: 5 Lichtenstein Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: €34 - €37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Book any, make a fire, have a drink and enjoy”
 of 5 bubbles Furbrain2015, 29 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Garden cabins give you privacy but you have to cross the garden to get to the ablution facilities.”
  • A garden cabin
 of 5 bubbles Mina-Vianne, 5 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Definitely ask for one of the new rooms especially Room 6.”
 of 5 bubbles Mauveen350, 10 May 2013 | Read review
“check out the prices of local b&b's, you might get more for your money”
 of 5 bubbles XJJC, 22 Nov 2012 | Read review
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