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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 9 November 2016

If you are looking for luxury this is not for you BUT if you are looking for a true 'African experience ' this is it ! Dave the owner will take great care of all your needs and he is a man that is filled with humour and amongst other things a deep understanding of all the wildlife , local...

Thank Graham S
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Let's get the positive stuff out of the way... it's in a great location, very close to memorial gate... Now here's our experience. Two days before arrival we booked enough beds for five people plus a 'brie' for each on arrival. After the three hour journey to the hostel we were greeted with 'we didn't know anyone was staying here...

Thank Adrian M
hluhluwebackpackers, Owner at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

It does sound like you had nègative outlook from your arrival which was late and in the middle of a storm. We will investigate to see why your booking which was booked through an onlinè system reflected the next night on our side. We do apologise for inconvenience caused however am sure you do appreciate that you were still provided...

Prague, Czech Republic
Reviewed 12 October 2016

While visiting the Game Reserve you can hardly find a better place to stay. Its greatest assest is the owner, Dave, a charming guy with outstanding knowledge of the surroundings. A licenced guide, too. You may opt to take a game tour with him. The place is cosy, tastefully decorated. Sure, it is not a 4 or 5 star lodge....

Thank Michael M
hluhluwebackpackers, Owner at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and it always pleases us to read that our guests are happy! We do hope to see you again soon! Best Regards Hluhluwe Backpackers

Reviewed 14 September 2016

We stayed at Dave's for 3 nights and had a great time. It is located a short drive from the park's Northern gate which was useful for the morning get up and go. The accomodation had everything we needed, it was clean, functional, fun and cosy. The safari was beyond expectations, just amazing to see all the wildlife in their...

Thank Arden R
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We stayed there for an evening only, The place was fully booked! Yet we had a wonderful time with a lovely host and lots of good talks with travelers from all over the world. Thank you Dave, we had a great time!!

Thank Mogis100
hluhluwebackpackers, Owner at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjpyed yoursekf at our place and always good to read that our guests had a great time.We look forward to having you stay with us again. Best Regards Hluhluwe Backpacker Team

Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

As a young women who usually prefers the luxury lifestyle and 4/5 star accommodation, I certainly love roughing it up every now and again. If you are expecting a 4 star, meals included, elite lifestyle experience all for R240/night/person sharing then you won't be satisfied. That being said- if you find this calibre of service for R240 pps then please...

1Thank malcal2016
Karlsruhe, Germany
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I stayed at the hostel for 3 nights. Dave, the host, gave me a very warm welcome and the personal talks made the stay at the hostel a very nice experience. I enjoyed the place and would recommend it to everyone who likes cozy and personal hostels. The entrance to Hluhluwe-iMfolosi-National-Park (Memorial gate) is very close. Daves Hostel is pretty...

1Thank pieeet
Rottweil, Germany
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Great and nice host with private braai cooking, interesting and private safari tour, friendly contact, furnishing quite minimalistic, no possibility to pay with credit card, less water to shower, shared shower (man / woman)

Thank AlexSC55
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed yourself at our place. We do have a borehole with crystal clear water however as you know South Africa and especially our region is experiencing an extreme drought therefore we are very conscious of conserving water where possible. We also assist our local zulu community where possible with water...

Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 January 2016

I was looking for accommodation as close as possible to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in Zululand. Asking for suggestions on social media and looking through a booking site I came across Hluhluwe Backpackers. Double checking and confirming it was so close to the northern Memorial I booked a room. I had not stayed in a backpackers for over twenty years and had...

1Thank SafariKZN-Mark
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Mark Thank you for your detailed wonderful review which describes our place and surroundings so clearly. We are truly blessed to be so close to the Main Memorial Gate of Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve with its amazing wildlife and our place reflects that with its peaceful setting in nature. Have a wonderful time with the rest of your travels in...

Bali, Indonesia
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

Dave the owner takes good care of you here. Tasty braai (bbq), comfortable beds and cool games room. Affordable 3 hour/6 hour/day/3 day tours into game reserve which is just 1-2km down the road. Highly recommend.

2Thank steve_killer
hluhluwebackpackers, General Manager at Hluhluwe Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Steve Thank you for your great review and it is always good to read that guests have enjoyed their stay with us. Enjoy the rest of your travels in South Africa and visit us soon again! Warm Regards Hluhluwe Backpacker Team

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We are the closest spot (1km) to the Hluhluwe/Imfolozi National Park. For the best 4x4 open vehicle game drives, visit Hluhluwe Backpackers!! We call the Big 5 our neighbours and enjoy a stunning 360 degree view onto the surrounding hills of Zululand and the mountains of the Park in the distance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hluhluwe Backpackers

Address: Cnr Memorial Gate & Hluhluwe Dam Rds | Hluhluwe Dam Road, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, Hluhluwe 3960, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Zululand > Hluhluwe
Number of rooms: 5
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Hluhluwe Backpackers South Africa - Zululand
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“Triples are fine”
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“Best place for Hluhluwe and Imfolozi Park entry!”
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“Dave will give you the best room available at the moment”
 of 5 bubbles Lot_Bakker, 18 Dec 2015 | Read review
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