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2 Piet Retief St, Free State, Kestell, Drakensberg, South Africa

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60 Total Reviews
  • 100%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 80%Location
  • 100%Staff
  • 100%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Owner hosted us really good, upgraded our room to bigger one for the same price. The room was big and comfy. Beds were good and you can spend your evening in the garden under the peach tree. Feels like you are at home. And you can get all the information you need about the hikes and some other places to visit.


The stay was very short but perfect for our requirements. It was worth the price and the hostess was very helpful. I would definitely go back there and had a very pleasant stay.

  • 21st Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We really enjoyed our stay by Vera (owner). It was like being at your grandmother. We feel directly so at home and in a comfort zone. As we arrived she was cooking cupcakes :) Vera has several brilliant homemade jams - tasted them for free at the breakfast and bought some of them to enjoy the taste at home. She helped us a lot to have a great stay next to the Drakensberg. We got printouts for hiking ways and many advices what we have to visit. Unfortunately we had only a stay of one night.thx


The athmosphere in the hostel is great. You really feel at home. The owner Vera Ann and Luther are very hospitable and have great knowledge of the area and recommendations which are off the besten track; e.g Ethiopean restaurant. We will definitely recommend this place to all our friends and family who will be visiting South Africa.

  • 30th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


A true home away from home. The owner made us feel so welcomed into her family farmhouse. Try some of her homemade (and award winning) jams and muffins, they're delicious! She knows all the local hikes and tours and can offer you advice and maps for these. A fresh hot water bottle was put in our beds every night- very much appreciated as it can get quite cold at night this time of year. Thank you karma backpackers, we'll be back.

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