No longer in the old jail, Whethu is a bit out of downtown Grahamstown. The facilities are pretty basic, but this is a developing country. Rooms are tidy and decent, Paul is a great cook and has plenty of stories to share. Actually, all of the "lost boys" are characters, and that's probably what makes this place interesting and worth staying at. Our room was right next to the lounge, and that is a bit annoying when people talk all night or keep the TV on, sound carries very well. The "kitchen" looks a bit rough, but is more than functional.
The tours are reasonable, you'll probably have a more interesting tour with these guys then with a more official looking bunch. particularly if you get chased by a Rhino. This isn't a place for people wanting luxury accomodation, but if you want to meet interesting and funny people, experience a more chilled out perspective on life, stay with these guys.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cosy backpackers in historic Grahamstown. We also organize trips to Addo Elephant Park and excursions to find the endangered Black Rhino. ... more less