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Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We arrived in George by Baz Bus and the shuttle was there on time to pick us up on time. I wasn't sure what to expect, but when we arrived at Backpacker's Paradise, we were pleasantly surprised. It was really homey. The family running it was really nice and accommodating. They immediately arranged our tours for the next day and began grilling ostrich for our dinner that night - fantastic by the way. It was just a great place to relax. There isn't too much to do in Oudtshoorn (particularly during the time we were there - end of winter/early spring), so I'm glad we only stayed 2 nights - but if you wanted to just relax, you could stay much longer here. The room was exactly what you'd expect from a hostel - clean beds and a bathroom, but there were endless numbers of private areas you could sit and chill - lots of couches, benches, chairs, scattered throughout the property which was gated and felt 100% secure. At night, they'd keep the fire burning (which was near the bar) and we had a chance to socialize with all the other guests and the family. I had a great stay and would definitely do it again! The only confusing thing was the food situation - we weren't ever sure where or when to order breakfast or lunch... the kitchen always had people in it, but they hardly ever asked if we needed anything or really even looked at us when we walked up. Maybe consider putting a sign up "Order Here" - but the food was fantastic.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

I believe in modest places, specially when they give great experiences. Doing the "Garden Route", from 3 backpackings in different cities, it was the best I had enjoyed it with my friends.
The room was comfortable and big (enought space for 3 girls), the bed was just like "home".
Even at the small bar, it was good for making some friends from other countries, playing at the pool table.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

We had a great experience all around. The owner was so accommodating and helped us set up all the activities we wanted to do. Backpackers Paradise has their own daily bike trips that leave every morning where they drop you off at one of 3 spots on the way up a mountain and then you get bike back down. If you are wanting hardcore mountain biking on dirt trails, this isn't it; it was more of a leisurely ride down a nice paved road. This hostel gets you discounts at local attractions, so we took the bike shuttle up to the Cango caves and road down to the hostel from there, stopping at the Cango Ostrich Farms. And both of those stops were awesome!! The hostel had a big kitchen with lots of dishes and cooking space to use, parking in a locked gated area so it felt very secure, and a restaurant as well as a bar with wifi.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

Can't recommend staying here enough. The staff are fantastic and very friendly. The facilities are great, clean and fully equipped. We pitched our tent while we stayed here so can't commend in the rooms for cleanliness but the bathrooms bd kitchens were immaculate. The ostrich egg for breakfast was. Nice touch too. If you are staying here you must try the carrot cake also - tasty!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Oudtshoorn (said like “Goat’s Horn” with a silent ‘G’) is one of the stops on the BazBus route which requires a shuttle transfer from George (about a 45 minute drive), as well as a suggested minimum two-night stay – and so, whether it’s worth the time is an oft-heard debate. For my money, the George-to-Oudtshoorn drive alone, through the Outeniqua Mountain Range, is worth the time and the small amount charged by Backpackers Paradise for the transfer; which meets the BazBus (no waiting)! I loved Backpackers Paradise from the moment they collected me, to arriving in time for the every-evening fire-pit Ostrich Braai, until when I departed.

Paradise itself is a centrally located collection of buildings in a code-secured garden setting. Come and go as you please, no lock-out. The bar (with an indoor pool-table) skirts the fire-pit BBQ and outdoor garden areas, and is just a courtyard across from the combined dining/ lounge/reception (which has a fireplace, TV & free wifi) – making for an expansive common zone; perfect to either mingle or find your own space.

I stayed a self-contained street-front room – spacious and very clean. Didn’t experience the street-noise mentioned in other reviews, but there is overspill from the nearby dorm. Refundable deposit for a towel, but bed linen included. Credit cards accepted. There’s a blackboard system to signup for the paid activities on offer (all organised by Paradise), and is a great way to see who is doing what and who you might like to join. A fellow French traveller highly recommended the Swartberg Pass cycle, an approx. 50km one-way journey which you do at your own pace and stop along the way where you want (you get dropped at the mountain top on a bike at around 7am and finish depending on your choices). I loved the Cango Caves and a great tip is to ensure you get there at opening. A German traveller and I managed to be the first through and scored a group with just the two of us (much better than being one of anywhere between 15 and 35 – & having to wait for everyone to climb through the chambers). I skipped the Ostrich Farm but hear it’s good if you like that sort of thing. I, instead, whiled away an afternoon at the local “La Dolce Vita” pub, a great little spot with a small indoors and fabulous outdoors area, and with a fantastic music playlist. Seems a bit of a haunt for locals and is run by the very welcoming Christof and Lisa. Is stumbling distance back to Paradise.

My travelling timetable, and that of the BazBus, wouldn’t have allowed me to spend the suggested two nights in Oudtshoorn, but for a small extra fee, Petra and Marius (owners of Paradise), offered to drive me to Wilderness on the day the BazBus didn’t run. They were terrifically generous hosts and their establishment, Paradise (and Oudtshoorn, in which it is based) is each a worthwhile reason to make this stop. I loved every moment.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

School trip 28 students 15/16yrs, 5 Adults. Stayed Monday 29th July 2013. Our South Africa Tour Guide picked this up of the internet having never stayed himself. What an experience. Seven days into our visit one night at the Backpackers. Boys in two rooms, 12 girls in one large dorm . Adults in double rooms in house. Great atmosphere, very friendly people, students loved it. Fires lit and a lovely Ostrich braii. Clean warm accommodation, good breakfast. What more could you ask for. We will definitely be back. Feedback from students. BEST OF THE TRIP.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

The owners were very accommodating and helpful. My friend and I arrived after 2 in the morning and they went out of their way to make us feel at home.
the restaurant has great food, the fire place is the perfect thing during winter and the lounge is really relaxing.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: 148 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
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Ranked #15 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range: £17 - £29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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