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Hluhluwe Backpackers Reviews

Hluhluwe Kwazulu-Natal, P.O. Box 659, Hluhluwe, South Africa

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19 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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We had a super time. The owner Dave was really friendly and made us feel very comfortable. The People who worked there were friendly and Helpfull. They made us real South African dinner both nighrs.

  • 25th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


very close to park entrance, but compared with other backpackers expensive and not so nice. we were the only guests, thus there was really no athmosphere and the whole place seemed a bit strange/run down. the owner was not there and the present staff (cleaning lady?) could not give us any information

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review and to clarify some points. We are in fact the cheapest in our region of Hluhluwe for a comfortable private room with a double bed, fan, wide windows and bedside lamp. Are you perhaps confusing/comparing our double room rates to dorm rates at other venues? Please do your research carefully. No atmosphere? We are not a party venue. Our place was created with an african, rustic, home away from home feel specifically for our many valued visitors who get up early to explore Hluhluwe Game Reserve close by. We have recently irenovated/expanded the lounge/games room area with new corner lounge suite/fun pillows therefore your statement re run down does not make sense. The cleaning lady you refer to is in fact Nelly and we are surprised to read that she could not give any information since she has been with us many years and is always appreciated by our many visitors. I am sure you will understand that the owner cannot be there 24 hours a day. It does sound as that you prefer a more city feel type of hostel with lots of entertainment and that the nature/bush thing is not for you? We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Hluhluwe Backpacker Team.


We loved our stay at Dave and Jennae's place. It's a fantastic backpackers hostel, very close to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi park, where you can enjoy an unforgettable full day game drive with Dave, getting very close to the Big Five. Dave is a caracter, you need to meet him and go to a game drive with him! He is a great guide. The hostel have 6 double rooms, shared bathroom et kitchen, very comfy. The atmosphere is terrific! I truly recommend this place.

  • 14th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
It was wonderful to meet you and remember you clearly as you returned to visit us again a week later. We are pleased that you had a great time with us. Our location for easy access to Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the highlight with getting close to the wildlife in our beautiful region. and it is always great to read that our guests have enjoyed themselves. Hluhluwe Backpacker Team

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