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Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 107 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Mandy and Karl have achieved a friendly welcoming hostel. It is not too large with just one dorm room and they are really considerate in splitting up groups when they are not busy. We had a great 2 night stay and Mandy even cooked a curry on the second night which was a feast for just 40 Rand per person!

Great place to stay with great advice. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

We stayed in Jembjos for one night in a double room with en suite. The hostel has a lovely laid back vibe and a very cute little dog called Fraser (not a noisy dog so don't let that put you off!). The rate included free breakfast and wifi, and we felt our stay was great value for money. Karl was very friendly and helpful on check in - he gave us a lot of useful info in order for us to make best use of our short stay. Our room was quite small but very cosy and the bed was ridiculously comfortable. The room looked out onto the garden area and the other guests were very considerate of others, with noise being kept to a minimum after 10pm. The property is in a safe street with parking area outside, and is within a 5 min walk of restaurants etc. Recommended!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank LM82
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

Karl and Mandy run a really nice, personal lodge. They're always ready to help you out with things to do in the neighbourhood. At first, when we arrived, we were looking for a place to camp and Karl gave us a map with all the camping places in Knysna. We ended up coming back to Jembjos, because we didn't really like the campsites. I am glad we did, because Karl and Mandy are very nice people to stay with, always asking if you need any help. Their free breakfast is the best we've had in South Africa. No stale bread and one jam, no, free eggs and fruit, great!
I recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The dorm is great if you're on a budget, otherwise the garden rooms seem really nice.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andries M
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at Jembjo’s. The room we had was nice, comfortable & spacious although it could be a little bit noisy as it was next to the door, the reception and shared bathrooms. Mandy wasn’t around but Karl & Fraser (the friendly dog!) were really welcoming and even organised a braai for us one night. He really went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed our stay and gave us lots of advice on things to do. This place is great value and even includes secure parking, breakfast & wifi!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

When my partner and I arrived we were greeted by Karl and Mandy, owners of the backpackers, they were incredibly welcoming and friendly. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable, we couldn't wish for any better. In fact, of all the backpackers we stayed in, jembjos was without doubt the best! Thank you Karl and Mandy for a really great time in Knysna and for making us feel soo welcome.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

We booked three nights in Jembjos, but ended up staying there for a week. It's a great place and the owners are amazing. We had a nice double room; very spacious, bright and clean. The kitchen is huge, breakfast is nice, bathrooms are very clean and there's free wi-fi. The owners are extremely friendly and gave us great advice about the best places to visit. We loved every moment of our stay in Knysna.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Claudia v
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Reviewed 5 June 2012

Great location with quick safe walk to town, restaurants and bars. Double room with en suite was perfect, comfortable, clean and new. We were made to feel welcome by Carl and Mandy whose local knowledge helped us in our travels. They advised us of some great places to go and booked us into restaurants and day activities. The lounge, garden and kitchen areas were well equiped and allowed us to feel relaxed and at home without feeling intrusive. Easily to find and accesible with parking available.
Highly recommneded and will definitely go back! Do stop by on your travels through Knysna!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank James H
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Additional Information about Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 4 Queen Street | Lower Central, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 107 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range: £16 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, we warmly welcome you to relax & enjoy Jembjo's of Knysna. Our boutique backpackers/lodge, is a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket & we take pride in making sure you feel at 'home'. We have a range of accommodation to suit every budget, from Dorm beds to de-luxe family en-suite rooms. We are perfectly located in the heart of lower-central Knysna & are just a 2 minute walk away from both the 'Waterfront' & town. - Knysna is South Africa's best kept secret - so come check it out... Book directly with us - 3 nights or more for 10% discount. ... more   less 
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