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“Why this place is Number One is beyond me...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Base

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The Base
Alexandria, Kentucky
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“Why this place is Number One is beyond me...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2013

I get it, Mozambique and Maputo especially is expensive. But walking downstairs through a ill kept storage room then through a "dorm" (really, it was a hallway with bunk beds) to get to our private room in the basement was, quite simply, depressing. Perhaps if you stayed in one of the dorms upstairs, you wouldn't be as disillusioned with your stay.

There were only two toilets and three showers to service the entire building. I had to wait in line for fifteen minutes just to take a wee in the morning. My partner didn't have any cold water by the time he was able to shower.

We bought groceries and big water bottles at the store and discovered one of our bottles of water was missing the next morning. Furthermore, we couldn't really enjoy our breakfast in the dining area because there seemed to be a business meeting going on that involved using all of the chairs. Obviously this isn't completely The Base's fault, but there seemed to be no awareness or enforcement of sharing the space at prime breakfast time.

There is no wi-fi and if you want to use the internet, the only connection is through a very slow desktop computer at the front desk. I wouldn't bother. First you have to wait for whoever is on duty to get off of Facebook, and then for how slow it is, it isn't worth paying the fee involved.

Also we were told we would have to wake up around 8:00AM for the cleaning women. This boggled my mind. I had just gotten off of a long bus ride, I was going to be getting on another the next night, I was paying to stay- to sleep in a bed- and I had to wake up before check out time? Ridiculous. The cleaning women were there ALL DAY LONG too! So when I was out of my room, I felt I was constantly in the way of someone trying to sweep a floor or clean the kitchen or... It was annoying.

Why this place is Number One is beyond me... it's not that nice. the people weren't overly friendly (except the guard, who seemed very pleasant) and I did not feel like I got my money's worth. at. all.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Alcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2013

Having been put off by less than favourable reviews of Fatima's Place - the other Lonely Planet-listed backpackers in Maputo - my boyfriend and I stayed at Base Backpackers for two nights in February 2013; one night in a mixed dorm, and one night in the basement double room. Having come from Sabie Backpackers in SA, which was run down, neglected and somewhat unwelcoming, our pleasing first impression of Base was that this was a 'proper' backpackers - a great place to meet people, with friendly, helpful staff, and basic but comfortable accommodation.
Despite the fact that we didn't have a reservation, we were warmly greeted on arrival and given a tour of the hostel. The staff provided us with lots of useful information about the local area, particularly sights and attractions, recommended places to eat, and details about the safety precautions we should take.
The dorm room we stayed in was a 6 person mixed dorm, and though it was rather hot (no fan or AC), the bunks were comfortable and the windows were covered with mozzie screens. The showers and toilets were clean and tidy, and the kitchen was relatively well equipped. The honesty fridge is a great idea - cold beer is always welcome in hot and humid Mozambique!
For our second night we stayed in the basement double which had a large, comfy bed with mosquito net. The basement itself was a bit strange - to get to the double room you have to go down some steep steps, through an area which doubles as the cleaners' common room and staff laundry, and walk through a dorm. There are also no toilets or showers downstairs, however it was worth it for the big fan in our room!
Through the hostel, we booked a place on the "backpacker's" bus to Tofo. The 'backpacker's' moniker is a tad misleading - it's not just for backpackers, but it does pick you up from your hostel and saves you having to go to the dodgy bus station early in the morning. It's also very good value for money considering the length of journey (6 hours). Once the bus has done its rounds of the various accommodations in Maputo, it goes to the bus station and gets packed to the rafters with local people to fill all available space (even when you think there couldn't possibly be any space left!) - if this is your first time on a Mozambican bus you might be surprised, but you'll get used to it!!

Room Tip: Given the choice, I would try to avoid the basement dorm, as you might be disturbed by staff, or peo...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

i've been all over southern africa and stayed in all sorts of accommodation on a shoestring budget. the caveat here is that this was my first time to mozambique. comparatively, i felt this backpackers was on the low end of the scale. it had a lot of potential (great location, nice building) but lacked the appeal of the majority of hostels in the region (southern africa, that is).

we stayed in the room in the basement. it was very basic and reeked of urine, but at least there was a fan that worked. you had to walk through a hallway that was a makeshift bunk room (prob not the most ideal situation for those folks).

overall, this is ok for those just in transit and needed a place to sleep. if you want to be a just a bit more comfortable, i would look into a b&b.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2012

We were ending our 2 ½ week trip through Mozambique and stayed at The Base for 2 nights. The place is located on a very safe and quiet street. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable about what there is to do in Maputo and in Mozambique. The rooms are clean and there is a small common area with couches and a little deck overlooking the bay. The communal kitchen is well stocked and clean. There is a wall dedicated to information about Kruger Park and the coast of Mozambique. I would highly recommend staying here to meet other travelers and get information.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2012

It's a backpackers, so its simple and no thrills. But it's much better than the terrible service at Fatima's, and it's the only backpackers in Maputo that is in a good location. Would be better if they were more efficient replying to emails, or if they had a website! But other then than that it's an easy choice if backpacking in Moz.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

This was the cheapest option we could find in Maputo, something like 350Mets for a dorm. There was a mouse in our room both nights, but the staff was super friendly and everything was decently clean. The place is situated in a safe enough area where you can walk to restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2012

Stayed here a while back and had a wonderful experience. Sebastian at Reception was unbelievably friendly and helpful. Beds were fine, excellent price and Bathroom facilities were better than most.
Please do take into consideration you are staying in a Hostel and an African one at that. Dont expect anything fancy or Hotel like. The communal areas have enough space for all guests to Dine or watch some TV. The hostel is also around the corner from some really nice dining areas of the city and is not too far away from any amenities. They also offer a bus pick up an drop off service from right outside the Hostel. Take in the Easy Vibe the hostel offers, day and night and enjoy.
Im heading back to Moz soon and will definitely be staying here again.
Looking Forward to coming back. Thanks BASE!!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: The Base
Address: Avenue Patrice Lumumba 545, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Maputo Province > Maputo
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Ranked #8 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Maputo
Number of rooms: 18

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