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“Jewel of Knysna!”

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Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Knysna
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Jewel of Knysna!”
Reviewed 9 April 2013

Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge is a centrally located backpackers with legendary staff, who was extremely helpful and assisted us in organizing our further travel route, providing us with valuable advice. Knysna itself has a lot to explore, and your activities can be booked for you at the lodge for no cost. Please say hi to Karl and his gorgeous partner and lovely Fraser the dog for us and enjoy your stay :)

Room Tip: The private room was clean, quiet and just right for us, whereas dorms are close to the bathroom and...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2013 via mobile

the owners are truly kind, patient and generous. we're staying here In a huge group including small children and they're happy to let us have the run of the mill, they treat the kids with the upmost kindness and even let us walk their sweet little dog this evening. They're also extremely helpful with helping you find things to do!
The rooms are ultra clean and comfy, it's possibly the safest place we've stayed in South Africa and you feel so at home. thank you Mandy!

  • Stayed April 2013
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san jose
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

There isn't a more hospitable, friendly, comfortable to stay on the Garden Route than Jembjo's Knysna Lodge. The price and location can't be beat and The Waterfront, with cafe's, shops, and restaurants are just a short stroll away. Cozy duvets on comfy beds, a hammock to rest in, nightly braai, and complementary self-serve breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, and eggs make Jembjo's a cut above the rest. The owners Karl and Mandy are incredibly generous. They assisted with bookings and suggested activities and itineraries nearby and along the Garden Route and made us feel like family. It's the best backpackers we have ever stayed in!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2013

Great experience, beds are comfortable and hosts are very friendly offering great tips. Breakfast included though you have to cook eggs yourself. They have full kitchen facilities and the use of their new Brai.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Additional Information about Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

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 103 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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