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Karma Backpackers

Hostelworld.comUS$31*
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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our stay at Karma Backpackers! Not only because of the beautiful Sentinel Hiking trail closeby, but mostly because of the conversations with Vera and other guests in the kitchen, her lovely jams, bread and muffins, and the amazing and delicious Ethiopian place she recommended!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Of many hostels we have already seen, not only in South Africa, but all over the world, we have never been to one that was so special, with so much love and with such a nice host! Placed close to some really wonderful hikes close to the northern Drakensberge, this hostel turned out to be the very best place we...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel is the best option to use as a base for the sentinel peak hike and others in northern drakensberg, as they're about 45 minutes away. The town of Kestell is actually really run down though so be sure to bring food to cook because there aren't any restaurants nearby. Nothing to really do in the evenings, but most...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were expecting a bit more after reading all the good reviews, but left a bit disappointed. Firstly, the biggest disappointment was that it is further from the North Drakensberg mountains than we hoped. It takes about an hour and a half to drive to the Amphitheatre Hike from Sentinel Car Park. If I could do it again I would...

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Thank Komodosam36
KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Im really sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We are the closest backpackers to the hike. But it isn't on our doorstop. The Ethiopian restaurant is completely safe but as explained it is a restaurant for the Ethiopian community in Qwa Qwa and perhaps might seem to some people to be dangerous, I'm very sorry they were rude...

Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 2 January 2017

My girlfriend and I visited back in November for 3 nights- we had the best time! Vera could not have been more accommodating, with a lovely kitchen and home to relax and talk with fellow travelers. We had such a great time talking about everything from traveling to gardening and to current events (thanks for talking us through that rough...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Micheal. For all the lovely comments you made about Karma. You review makes such a difference to us and we really appreciate it

Durban
Reviewed 22 December 2016

Stayed for 2 nights in this gem of a spot. Great as a base for hiking in the Northern berg, touring towns or golden gate. We did the famous sentinel hike and its was exhilarating. Very authentic farmhouse with plenty of fruit trees on site. Beds are comfy and you feel safe. Bathrooms are clean though the hot water pressure...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Shaun for your kind products we will look into the pressure in the outside ablution block. Hope you have a wonderful 2017

Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Karma is a pleasant home base for hiking in the northern Drakensburg mountains. Situated in the tiny town of Kestell, it's only an hour drive to the Sentinel Trail Head, where you can start hiking up to Tegula Falls. The hike was one of the best we'd ever down and we could not have done it without our gracious hosts....

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Karma Backpackers is the perfect stop for visiting the Drakensberg. Vera, the owner, is beyond helpful with information about walks in the area and she ensured our stay was very comfortable. The backpackers has a relaxed vibe, rooms are cosy and clean, and the kitchen is extremely well resourced. Its the most welcoming stop in South Africa.

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Im so glad you enjoyed your sty with us and thank you for the thumbs up we appreciate your compliments.

Haifa, Israel
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Good and budget place for stay for track to Sentinel and visit Golden Gate area Nice hosts. Rooms are basic and old, but house has it magic :) Stayed 2 nights, has shared bath and kitchen . has nice common area with books and games. Hosts helped a lot to plan the day and give recommendation

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us we alwayse appreciate reviews from our guests

Reviewed 4 September 2016

The best hostel we lived in for this time. Very helpful chief (wifi starting, directions, Etiopean Reastaurant in Phuthaditjhaba...) . Kitchen maximally equiped. Nice showers. Confortable beds, not cold (we have slept 2 nights in 6dormitory), for more delicate is electric heating by the door. Lovely dogs and big cat. Not at least Vera Ann jams. Family with 3 children...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

I'm so glad you appreciated our new wall heaters we alwayse thought hot water bottles was enough for cold nights but we were wrong and by next winter all the rooms will have wall heaters thank you for your review

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A charming Backpacker Lodge in the small village of Kestell, with very friendly hosts. We are the closest backpackers to the famous Amphitheatre/Tugela Falls hike, with Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the tourist town of Clarens and San rock paintings also within easy driving distance. Additionally, this is an ideal base from which to explore Lesotho. Award-winning homemade jams, yoghurts & other goodies are for sale. We offer accommodation in large double rooms & in dorms for up to 17 people. Our kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering, and a light breakfast is an optional extra. Country-style restaurant & pub nearby. We have a lovely outdoor barbeque area and a coffee-gazebo. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Karma Backpackers

Address: 2 Piet Retief Street, Kestell 9860, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Kestell
Price Range: $38 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Go with the indoor showers rather than the out-house”
BrendanKil, 14 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Rooms in the main house”
Marion-Billy, 23 Jan 2015 | Read review
“We had a four bed dorm - which was perfekt!”
JLeo07, 8 Nov 2013 | Read review
“You can't lose- they are all awesome rooms and beds!”
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“Double rooms are very big, a recommendation.”
Karina_Erh, 17 Apr 2013 | Read review
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