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Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Fab people, wonderful location and chilled atmosphere !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

This lodge is amazing, we fell upon it purely by accident but what a find. It ahs the best location out of all the lodges in Knysna as everywhere (I mean everywhere ) is within walking distance. Not only this but the lodge is disabled friendly. My husband is in a wheelchair and we atyed in two different kinds of rooms and both were great. Finding places to stay in Africa is a real nightmare, but this was amazing. To top it all the hosts are fantastic and cant do enough for their guests, they also have unrivalled knowledge of Knysna and the surrounding areas. Well done Karl n Mandy u are on to a winner. Also they have the most amazing cute dog called Fraser, I promise you will want to take him with you , we did !!

Room Tip: All rooms are good, but the en suites in the courtyard are lovely.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2013

Although we only stayed one night, we were made to feel welcome by Mandy and Karl. The room was as described, although it was a bit a squeeze compared to what we're used to, but you can't complain about the price.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: 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 100 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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