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Review of Township Vibe Backpackers

Township Vibe Backpackers
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Township Vibe Backpackers
2 reviews
“very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

This backpackers is perfect for people who want to experience the township. I only booked for 2 nights, but I wished I could stay longer. It was very nice to speak to the local people. Tourist and south Africans come together for a nice party.
When you look for luxury, this isn't the place to be. But it is certainly comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank miriam198
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2012

This backpackers will guarantee an unforgettable stay.
Many trips through a township promise to show the 'real' South Africa. Most of these trips only show a very touristic and unrealistic image. Prejudices between black/white/poor and rich are only confirmed and nothing real of people's lives in townships becomes visible.
The Township Vibe Backpackers is the place to be to experience what it is like to live in a township and become part of the hartwarming, friendly and loving family of the community for a short will. The excellent host will make you feel at home in a second and introduce you to others. If you want to be inspired by culture bridging conversations, meet young enthousiastic and idealistic people or just have a great party, you shouldn't miss this opportunity.
The authenticity of the place, the people, the initiative and the live performance of local musicans will make it an experience you will never forget!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Iris S
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Die, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2012

Township Vibe Backpackers is so much more than a backpackers - it's a place where strangers meet and leave as friends, where the community gathers in the evenings, where Amarula is as much part of the experience as the soccer game on sunday. It's a magical place filled with lots of love - TK and his friends will show you what it's like living in a township. It's not super-sized soft beds, it's not 5 course meals - but about sharing your cultural experiences and laughing at the differences, dancing until late at night and singing Bob Marley songs at the top of your lungs!! It's about sitting at a secret spot about the Valley of a Thousand Hills and reflecting your life and sharing the food you have. A wonderful experience I can only recommend!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank redemption_lady
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

...make sure to add this wonderful backpacker to your itinerary...fabulous host, tk will make you smile and show you the best township hospitality...people are friendly and helpful and you will very likely want to stay longer or return very shortly...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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1 Thank smiley_d_2003
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Sylt, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

South Africa is beautyfull in many ways. But if you want to understand the real beauty you have to get of the table mountain and garden route and experience its culture and lifestyle.

The Township Vibe takes you into the real life of the townships and Kwa-Zulu Natal taking away scary thoughts but leaving you with an amazing VIBE! supporting local artists and cultures.

It is not just a name but a concept to experience.

The local initiative is authentical and worth to support more than any commerical backpacker to be a part of the real zulu culture and south afrifcan life.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Birgit R
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

travellers who are interested in history and present of SA have to go there. To see that it´s works, to experience the hospitality of the township people, to talk to TK, to enjoy and learn and give. I subscribe the view of P. Bessi to 100% - it is not a place for comfortable holiday, it is a place for great experience. We won´t forget!!

Room Tip: Dorm rooms and a double. You can also just book a township experience trip.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank easi_12
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Kortrijk, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

Last summer (well, winter in South Africa) I've spent quite some time at Township Vibe Backpackers as I was doing voluntary work in a school nearby. Township Vibe is a special place, but special in a good way. Like the name says there is a good Township Vibe in this backpackers.
You will enjoy the livelyhood of the Township, hang around in the front yard and meet interesting people from the township, play with the children in the streets, enjoy the sweet music of King & Mbijana (two great singers), have a real South African braai (bbq), have a good time. TK (owner) does a great job at making this backpackers feel not like any other backpackers hostel, but more like a house where you feel at home.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lpvancraeynest
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Additional Information about Township Vibe Backpackers

Property: Township Vibe Backpackers
Address: 2145 Westrich | Newlands West, Newlands West 4037, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Newlands West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Newlands West
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Township Vibe Backpackers is the place to experience the township life. It is situated just 20 min outside Durban city centre. Mingle and Dingle with the locals or even volunteer for a day or more. Township Vibe Backpackers offers kitchen facilities but we also serve traditional food, if preferred. Chill at the bar and meet interesting people. Come and experience the VIBE! ... more   less 

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