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Knysna Backpackers
Ranked #24 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
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Kolda, Senegal
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

The woman at the front desk was extremely friendly and answered all of our questions about things to do and where to eat. There was a kitchen with tea and coffee for us to use and all of the cooking materials you need to prepare your own food if you choose. The room was pretty cold though because it's winter and there was no heating, but that was my experience in all of the hostels I stayed at in South Africa.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Laarne, België
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Knysna Backpacker is situated in a beautiful house. The rooms and bathrooms are spacious and clean, in the kitchen you find everything you need for a perfect braai, and the owners are very friendly! We planned to stay 1 night in Knysna Backpackers, but when we arrived, we immediately decided to stay one more night because of the nice atmosphere. Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

My partner and I spent a night at Knysna Backpackers in May this year. Their website boasts the following statement:

"We offer the discerned traveller peace and tranquility in this beautiful town on the Garden Route."

Peace and tranquility - the Knysna version of these terms is probably unlike what most of us would describe as a "peaceful" experience:
A loud banging noise woke us up at approximately 3.30AM in the morning. My partner got up to investigate, only to discover three men attempting to break in through the bathroom window. He was threatened with a knife, at which point we got hold of the emergency services.

We of course reported this the following morning, at which the manager (a better term would be "mismanager") of the establishment, accused us of lying. She refused to believe what had happened and instead of offering an apology, abuse was hurled at us over the phone.

As far as the lodging itself goes, we of course were not expecting "Hilton" standards. The room was clean, although extremely basic. The prominent signs warning all guests to not leave ANY valuables in their cars, should perhaps have given us an inkling as to the unsavoury area that this backpackers is located in.

Reception only opens at 8AM in the morning, so attempting to check out any earlier and get back any relevant deposits for room keys (yes, you pay a deposit for your key, as I assume it is only natural for tourists gracing backpacker type establishments to run off with the room keys), is virtually impossible.

If you are after affordable accommodation, in an unsafe area, with an early morning knife attack and abuse by the establishment's manager thrown in for free, then by all means ... book a room at Knysna Backpackers. Enjoy your stay!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed here in march 2013 and just loved everything about our stay! Rooms were modern and clean. Bathrooms spacious and also very clean! Kitchen was very well equiped and breakfast super! Eggs which you can cook to yout liking, fruit, cereal, bread with different spreads and yoghurt.
In the communal area there is also a computer with internet which you can use freely. The owner is very friendly and enthousiastic! But by far the best part about this place are the views from the veranda! We would definetly stay here again. Good value for money!

  • Stayed March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

This place felt like a home not a backpackers, immaculately clean, friendly helpful staff. There are more things to do in and around town than people seem to think, so please differ to staff knowledge. Whether you choose to come to do the activities or chill for a couple days and revel in small town life, you'll enjoy and appreciate your time here.

Room Tip: Just come and see for yourself And try some oysters!
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

Muriel makes this hostel what it is. It felt warm, friendly, relaxed and welcoming during my stay. Muriel looks out for every single guest there and ensures that they get the most out of their time in Knysna. The rooms were immaculate and a great selection of food is available for the free breakfast. It is so much more than just a backpackers or a place to rest your head for the night. Muriel went out of her way for me during my stay and I can't thank her enough! This is definitely the only option for accommodation in Knysna in my opinion.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

If you're tired of the Bob Marley/Jack Johnson backpacker scene this is a great place to stay. Laid back, friendly, and very helpful. Rooms are really nice in old house and DIY breaky is good too. Good choice for families too.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Additional Information about Knysna Backpackers

Property: Knysna Backpackers
Address: 42 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
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Ranked #24 of 104 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Hotel Class:3 star — Knysna Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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