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Fairy Knowe Backpackers Lodge
Somerset West, South Africa
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219 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Too many guests, not enough of anything”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Being hikers, we're used to roughing it but the Backpackers Lodge at Fairy Knowe was appalling. It's run by a father and son combo and they obviously need a woman around to organise the chaos. There were FAR too many campers for the facilities, so the kitchen fridges were over flowing, we had to queue for ablutions and toilets, and campers even put their tents in the parking lots. Although the braai area under millkwoods was appealing, there were only two small braai places which we also had to queue for because no fires were allowed outside the designated area. A beautiful setting but completely spoiled by the owners trying to make a quick buck. Never again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

A group of us recently stayed at this backpackers and were all disappointed. Compared to other backpackers we have stayed at, it just doesn't compare. Admittingly it was the busiest time of the year, but that shouldn't be an excuse. The rooms were dirty - skirting boards, carpets and under furniture had not been dusted in months, the kitchen was filthy, there were not enough rubbish bins - those that were there were overflowing. The lodge badly needs an organized person to be in charge, to control and restrict the number of campers and to control the cleaning staff. The ablution facilities were dismal to put it mildly and insufficient for the number of guests. They were all in need of a good clean and paint job. So I cannot recommend this lodge to anyone until they put a bit of work into maintenance and organization.

Room Tip: The 2 outside en-suite rooms are probably your best bet if they have been cleaned.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Global African
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We went to the Fairy Knowe Backpackers to do some bird watching. They are very welcoming and quite relaxed about people hanging out on the property. Helful too with info about the area.
We had some coffee & muffins - both freshly made.
If you are birding, also ask for the key to the hide - they look after one of the hides belonging to the Wilderness National Park.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2013

A wonderful place with a great atmosphere, fantastic service, delicious food and run by professionals! Don't even bother going to Wild Farm, Fairy Know is cheaper, cleaner, better set up, friendlier, with better service, food and facilities. I'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Arrived to probably one of the most down to earth places with awesome staff and vibe to. The rooms were lovely and the bar/entertainment area was homely and relaxing spent many an hour playing pool and cards under a beautiful tree where the bar is located.

Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

beautiful surroundings, friendly staff with free coffee/tea in a building that is almost 200 years old :) a great place to camp out even in the rain! clean bathrooms and a nice bar/lounge area. many outdoor activities allow for great day trips and a cool way to see the beauty of wilderness

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

this place is very big so you have alot of space in the compound and it has it all...
it is very well located not far from the beach and kagoon and many activeties to offer

above all, the owner is very nice and helpfull, will help you with information and any other thing...

defenatly a place to stay for a couple of days!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Fairy Knowe Backpackers Lodge
Address: Dumbleton Road, Wilderness, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
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Ranked #11 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Wilderness
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Number of rooms: 12
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