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Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

The hostel is runned by a very nice family. There is a lot of outside space, a really cosy living room (with tables, couches and a television) and it's on the mainstreet of Oudtshoorn. We stayed in a double room with our own bathroom which was superb and really worth the money. Try to book in advance! You can get discount vouchers for a nearby ostrich farm and the Cango Caves.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I stayed in 6-bed-dorm for a night because the Garden Route Tour I joined arranged this backpacker. I am quite happy that they choose "Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides" in Oudtshoorn.

There are many restaurants within walking distance.
There is a bar in the backpackers, They do BBQ every night (If I am not wrong). There is a huge garden and a small swimming pool. There are 2 laptops for guests to use for free next to reception. wifi is available, though.

Bathroom is not equipped in the dorm we stayed but there are plenty of bathrooms, toilets and common space here and there, which is super convenient.
A/C is not equipped in the dorm but there is a fan instead. If you keep the door open, it is really cool, we didn't need A/C at all while sleeping. There are many Electrical sockets (outlets) in the dorm, so 6 of us didn't need to struggle to use any socket for recharging.
Kitchen is big but old milk someone left can be removed out of fridge :D
There is coffee and tea in the kitchen, which guests are welcome to drink for free.

Breakfast is not included. You can choose from 4 options, I had healthy breakfast for 30R(Muesli comes with yogurt and fruits), orange juice 10R and good quality of coffee 10R.
Staff is very helpful and willing to give us advice. Towel is supposed to be charged but they let me use it for free. As long as you bring the towel back upon check-out, it seems fine ;) How generous ! It is a huge backpacker, I believe that there are many types of rooms to choose from.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights and that was enough. Not much to do in the area but we talked to cango wildlife ranch and that was amazing. Accommodation good value for money and owners always willing to help and give advice. Would definitely recommend this hostel. Charlotte and Chris

Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Stayed here with a friend and loved it! From the moment we checked in the staff were friendly and helpful with any information we needed. The recommend restaurants which were fabulous and also provided discounts on local attractions. I like the option of having a menu to order from or being able to cook for myself. I found the rooms to be large and the beds comfortable. We had a detached bathroom and it was clean and had a hot shower. There always seemed to great activity going on in the lounge which made it nice to meet other travelers and exchange info.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 December 2013 via mobile

This is a great place, very friendly staff and the location is superb, when you book a trip you get discount vouchers for the cangoo coves (10%) and the ostrich farm (50%). Great biking trip can be taken and the bar with fire place is a nice area.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

The hostel reception is visually unique and the room was spacious and clean. It is a quiet place. Wifi Internet is slow and only works in reception. We were a little uncomfortable asking the owner questions as he did come off as rude and inpatient when it came to answering our questions.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed here for two nights and would have loved to stay longer. The people at reception were friendly and helpful, always giving little tips about where to go and what to do. The room was large and had a clean and had a comfortable double bed. Loved the choice of cooking for myself or ordering from the menu. Would love to return for another nights stay on my next trip!!

  • Stayed: November 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: £20 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Backpackers Paradise & Joyrides 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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