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Riverlodge Backpackers
De Rust, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
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“A good place to stay.”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

A good place to stay easy to find and travel from. I enjoyed my stay, found the public transport good, and access to and from the main highways very easy. There is a train station near the backpackers so its very easy to go to Capetown

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Bischofswiesen, Germany
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

I spent here four nights during my jurney on the garden route.The rooms and the whole backpackers are very nice. There is a train station near the backpackers so its very easy to go to Capetown and back and a supermarket is only a ten minute walk away...!
I enjoyed my stay very much.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Pamplona, Spain
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Good hostel, reliable, sociable and well connected
We have been in Riverlodge Backpackers. Has a very good price for the room. Clean, very quiet and good atmosphere.
The large kitchen is very comfortable common for breakfast and dinner. With the train 50 meters from the hostel, get to the center of Cape Town in 10 minutes.We also conducted taxi services at a very good price. Also with the tranquility of being close and known people.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dresden, Deutschland
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

It's a pretty basic hostel, but very clean and has every facilities you need! The staff is very friendly, laid-back and helpful. The rooms are small but there are many spaces to hang out and it's very easy to meet other people and make new friends! It is not in the city center, but close (2 minutes walk) to the train station and they offer a shuttle service, so no worries, you are not lost in the middle of nowhere. There are security gards, for those who might feel unsafe in a suburb of Cape Town. I really enjoyed my 2 weeks stay there and would definitely chose this hostel again!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Sidney, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2012

My son and I enjoyed our stay here. Initially, I was a little concerned about the premise, but with the security and the knowledge of the people there, my stay turned out much better than expected. Cape Town is expensive so Riverlodge is a bargain. It's somewhat far from central Cape Town, but if you rent a car, it's really easy to get around and to city center. The rooms are clean and cheap. It's quiet at night but the kitchen is lively if you want to talk to people. Easy to get to supermarket by walking. You can take the train into the city during the day, avoid at night for safety. You won't find better value than Riverlodge.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Pleasantly surprised:-)

Lovely backpackers, great location ( close to Cape Town International Airport and Pinelands Train Station for easy access to the city and other suburbs )

A wonderful place with Friendly, helpful and accommodating staff !

Highly recommended *****

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

I orginially booked this place for a couple of nights and then decided o stay for another. Here are the reasons why:

1) Great location, easy to get to from the city centre (15 minutes on the train which is really cheap especially if you buy a weekly ticket);
2) Great mix of people both staff and residents, both long term and short term;
3) Great facilities (especially the kitchen and the showers);
4) Quiet (as in no noise from the street. This is difficult to find right inthe city centre;
5) Price: Well I think that speaks for itself;

I would go back there in a flash having been to other bakcpacckers in the city centre. Great staff, great facilites. Well run.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Riverlodge Backpackers

Property: Riverlodge Backpackers
Address: Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road, Pinelands 8000, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Pinelands
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Pinelands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverlodge Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riverlodge offers you Cape Town Backpacking at its best. Our backpacking lodge is based in the Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands, the closest backpacking hostel to the airport. Cape Town City center is only a 12 min drive away. We offer a convenient on site shuttle service and we are an accredited Baz Bus stop. WIFI, internet, office services and a travel desk are just some of the facilities available. River Lodge offers the best of both city and country living. An fantastic backpackers - self catering, clean & homely, high ceilings, wooden floors - cozy in winter, cool in summer. In our large spacious kitchen you can indulge in your favorite pastimes, chilling at the bar, lazing by the fireplace, prepare your favorite meal while watching DSTV, or enjoy our spacious BBQ facilities. You can relax on the enormous stoep or climb into a quiet hammock on one of our lawns. We boast of having one of the largest in city camp sites in Cape Town, catering for vehicle and tents, safe and secure. The Backpackers dorms are perfect for Volunteer Accommodation (60 pax), sporting groups, school groups, group stays, business and self drives -- we are regularly used by Volunteering Organizations. We offer a range of accommodation: 2 bed, 4 bed, double rooms and family room en-suite and a 10 bed dorm with it's own showers and toilets. Configuration of sleeping facilities can be adapted to specific needs. This is the place to base yourself and explore Cape Town as we are centrally situated, 12km away from both Cape Town International Airport and City Center, as well as a 2min walk from Pinelands railway station. A heartbeat away from the N1 and N2 highways. ... more   less 
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