Mbizi Backpackers Lodge Reviews
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I thought Patrick and his family were very welcoming, helpful and full of information. It was like a home away from home, loved every second.
Patrick is a very welcoming and hospitable host. The venue was perfect for my trip, thanks!
- Novice Nomad
- South Africa
- Male, 41+
- (1 review)
The thing that surprised me the most was the extremely poor location. Completely out there in the middle of nowhere, I guess it's a good place if you're going to the airport the next day. They should be much more clear on their website that this is not for you if you don't want to spend crazy money on cabs or don't have a car. Internet was down for all the time I was there, they could have offered a discount for the night or so.
This backpackers is fantastic in that it makes you feel like you are at home. Very relaxed atmosphere with all facilities you need - including a beautiful pool, bar, huge backyard and really good WiFi!! Electric blankets too for those cooler nights!!! Location is perfect and I felt safe the whole time with everything I needed within walking distance. It was a little out of town for those who want something more central/closer to the city but that personally made me feel safer.
Ok location for a stop-over in Johannesburg. Conveniently close to the airport, located in a residential safe area.
I honestly loved this place! I originally booked one night and it turned into 4. Patrick is so personable and will help you with whatever you need. His hostel is very nice and clean, I love the area and its safe. Everything you need is nearby. Its outside the city but who cares when you have a nice yard, a bar and a pool!
Accommodating. We came in the winter and he upgraded some of us to a more private room. The water was hot and they provided eggs, bread, and coffee for breakfast. Clean. The weather was very cold, there was no heating, and the electric sleeping/heating pads didn't work in one room. Even with 4 layers of clothes on, it was difficult to get comfortable. Patrick was kind enough to store our luggage for free when we went to Kruger. Our pillows were gone when we returned, hopefully by accident!
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 18-24
- (1 review)
The fencing is good but I think having someone around can be a relief or if the cars can park at the backyard or in car ports. The place is clean but I have not met any staff apart from the owner, that's why I haven't said anything about the staff. The only thing I did not like was the smell of cigarette that I met one day in the room when I was coming back from town. It was only for one day anyway.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 41+
- (1 review)
We only stayed here one night, but we really enjoyed ourselves. They have a great bar and backyard with a pool, and the inside is very welcoming. They have a nice tv area with lots of dvds to choose from which is a nice change. As everyone has said, Patrick is fantastic and makes you feel at home right away. We would definitely stay here again.
Patrick hosts in the house where he grew up. It's clean, quiet, well-equipped, safe, and friendly.
Warm beds and hot water. Close to the airport. Patrick was very helpful making arrangements for tours and very nice overall. Would stay here again if I come back through.
I didn't have a good experience at Mbizi, but I can see how it could be fun. It is not really a hostel, more like a house with a few extra rooms (there were 4 people there when I was). There are none of the usual hostel facilities. It is about 20 miles out of the city and there really isn't a good way to get from the house to the city. I think it would be fun in the summer if there are lots of people since he has a cool backyard bar and pool. I went in the winter and it was very cold - no heater
One of my favourite hostels I've stayed in. Safe, friendly and fun. Thanks Patrick!
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Patrick is Super friendly host. Very helpful and welcoming,airport pickup is perfect, Relaxed atmosphere. I love Mbizi ...
Received a room upgrade which was a pleasant surprise and much appreciated after a long flight. The room was comfortable, and electric blanket came in handy as it was colder than I expected. Patrick was easy to chat with and arranged airport pick up/drop off with one of his drivers which saved me the hassle of catching a taxi.
Had a great stay at Mbizi. Patrick is the man and runs such a chill ship - he upgraded me to a private room, which was so nice after a long train ride from Cape Town, and helped me arrange a township tour. The vibe is fantastic and there's a great bar area to meet other travelers. A couple other guys who I met at the bar hosted a braai my last night there. Would definitely return again.
This was an okay place to settle in for a couple of days after a 30 hour trip to get there. Patrick was accommodating and I was at ease in a room to myself for the first days until I didn't need to sleep forever and then went to the dorms. If I go back to SA, this will probably be where I end up after reversing my tour so I can see the Coast next time.
I love Mbizi! There is a great atmosphere at this hostel and it is super convenient for the BazBus, Safaris to Kruger and the airport. It was a great first stop for me on a month long trip, and I came back here, twice(!) when coming back through Jo'Burg. It is not in Central Jo'Burg, by any means, but ideal for me, especially as a single female traveller, as it is super easy to meet lots of awesome people and I would definitely stay again, great times.
Absolutely phenomenal place to stay. You meet some great people there and the atmosphere is so conducive to chatting at the bar about travel stories and meeting new people. Definitely recommend this place to anyone that wants to know how to travel around SA and meet come amazing people.
Very nice and peaceful place, especially friendly staff, exellent to relax and recreate, including a Swimmingpool and sunny garden.