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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff was scattered and it was frequently unclear who was working at the hostel versus who was a guest just hanging out. The dorm beds were average and if you're tall, not convenient. I did not feel confident in the lockers provided, considering a lock didn't keep them closed properly.

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Munich, Germany
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed my stay here and can't add much more to the previous reviews. I only want to mention that it's a little further away from Main beach so if you're a beginner (relating to surfing ) you may find a more convenient place closer to that beach. If you have a car it wouldn't matter though.

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

7 days of pure relaxation in a down to Earth artistic sanctuary, friendly staff and SA's No1 wave on view from the balcony, makes it hard to go wrong. Where Ubuntu really makes it's Authentic mark is it's attention to detail, immaculately clean throughout, polite and chilled staff that are always on hand and happy to go the extra mile...

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

African Ubuntu, you guys rock! Great Beach views, amazing staff, great community, Conscious living atmosphere, beautiful garden, walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. Great for surfing if that's your thing.

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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 1 night and were really impressed. The staff were super friendly, helpful and welcoming considering we did not even make a booking. The backpackers itself is awesome! It is colourful and clean. The bathrooms are very well maintained and they have 2 balconys and a stunning garden area for chilling. They also had...

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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed in this backpackers for two nights. I can honestly say that this place really started to feel like home. It is quite small, everything is in one cool house, but it still has all the facilities needed: There is a nice view, a tv/ chill room, good Wi-Fi and a computer and very nice bathrooms....

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Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Ubuntu Backpackers felt like home. The staff and other patrons were so welcoming and like family! Daryn and the other members of the Ubuntu staff were helpful and assisted with every need and want! Ubuntu was an amazing place to stay, would recommend it to anyone, definitely made my trip to JBay the best it could have been! Thanks Daryn...

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Spent a week here on our way back down the coast from Durban and it felt so relaxed and a perfect spot in Jeffrey's to access surf! Rooms were fine but small but that didn't matter as we were barely in them. Bathroom was clean and kitchen had great facilities! Loads of different seating areas- some in the garden and...

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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Six stars Ubuntu. Always loving. NEVER changing family of friends. Feel at home every time I stay with you. Thanks for awesome hospitality and always caring for every guest the same way you would a family member .Blessings..Awe .Keep it up.!!

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Singapore, null, Singapore
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I love Ubuntu! I was there for a week, left for Transkei and back to Ubuntu again! Ubuntu gives off a great cosy homely positive vibes. Antonio and the volunteers(Em,Nina) are awesome, super helpful and funny. I was staying in a dorm room of 6, it is very clean, beds are comfortable. Toilets are surprisingly clean too. They are a...

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Amenities

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Laundry Service
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
African Ubuntu is situated in the heart of South African surf-country, Jeffrey's Bay, and caters to fun-loving people looking for an epic yet affordable base. Its a mere 100m to the beach & magical Supertubes, and there are great wave-views from around the house. Whether your dream be flying down the line in perrrfect surf at the point, watching lions on a game drive, or simply collecting seashells on our dolphin-rich coast, we aim to turn your dreams into treasured memories. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ubuntu Backpackers

Address: 8 Cherry Street | Wavecrest Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Jeffreys Bay
Price Range: £15 - £23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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“Bottom side is very nice and quite with a view of the garden G1g”
 of 5 bubbles , 26 May 2016 | Read review
“It is a hostel so the more people in your room the more likely it is someone snores or wakes up at 4am to go surf.”
 of 5 bubbles Gottfried_Steinen, 25 May 2016 | Read review
“spring for a double room or private room”
 of 5 bubbles kprugh13, 26 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Dorms are always fine but if you visit with your significant other, choose one of the individually designed private rooms for just a few extra Rands.”
 of 5 bubbles 951felixm, 9 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Their double room is great and have built in cupboards so if you are staying more than 1 night you can unpack and hang some stuff. The little things that count.”
 of 5 bubbles Wernz, 14 Dec 2014 | Read review
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