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Review of Whethu Backpackers

Whethu Backpackers
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Whethu Backpackers
Reviewed 1 March 2012

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.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

Unique experience of spending a night in a 182 year old refurbished prison cell, complete with graffiti scratched into the cell walls--great fun. 3 bed room was small, but surprisingly warm and comfortable, even in winter. Also communal toilets and kitchen. The old gaol boasts a pub and is a watering-hole for students.

Very good prices and central location in Grahamstown. I would highly recommend to backpackers and budget travelers.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2014
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Whethu Backpackers

Address: 6 George Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa (Formerly Old Gaol Backpackers)
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Grahamstown
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Grahamstown
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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