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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We were a couple from Joburg wanting to backpack around Sabie and Hazyview earlier this year close to the Easter break. We came across this property on the net and after a few email interactions with Dennis - we were all set. On reaching we were directed to our cozy little camp site. We fell in love with the place...

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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with a tour group and camped here The shower and toilet facilities were pretty basic and no one enjoys see through shower curtains! The dinner and dance we had in the evening though was really good and a great way to finish our trip. The food was average but the entertainment around the fire was great. Good to experience...

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anjab7266, Owner at Gecko Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Rachel, Thank you very much for your review and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and especially the Cultural Dance and late night :-) Thank you for the Tipp with the Shower Curtains! we went today and bought new, non see through Curtains! Kind Regards Anja Gecko Backpackers

New York
Reviewed 21 August 2016

The facilities include an upscale lodge offering ensuite rooms and meals and a basic backpacker accommodation with dorm beds (R 165) and camp sites (R 100). At the backpackers is large well equipped communal kitchen, an outdoor braai area and a small bar. The biggest drawback is the lack of any kind of transport even to/from the bus station in...

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anjab7266, Owner at Gecko Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and we hope you enjoyed your stay. We do agree that the Public Transport is a problem, but we can always organise a transfer if requested! Unfortunately we as the owners / managers are not allowed to transfer Guests :-( ( it is not that we don't want...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 20 August 2016

In Mpumalang, near the Kruger Park, this is the place to stay when on budget. The staff are fantastic and look after one without any trouble. I had to be up at 4am and the Manager came personally and made sure I was up and ready for my transport.. It is set in a beautiful forest just outside Hazyview, surrounded...

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anjab7266, Manager at Gecko Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Mark What a pleasant surprise to hear back from you again. Thank you so much for your review. I myself just fell in love with our surrounds all over again just by reading your review. We are super lucky with our location, and would love to keep sharing it with as many people as possible. 'm glad you enjoyed...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Had a group of 16 visit here for 2 nights. Well managed and nothing was to much of a bother when asking assistance. Large load of washing was done timoursly and effieciently. We camped and utilised the dorms neat and clean. Hot water no problem. Staff friendly !

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anjab7266, Manager at Gecko Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Williiam Thank you for your review! I'm glad we could make a plan with the washing. We hope to see you guys again soon and please send my regards to Billy as well when you seem hm again! Best Regards Dennis

Bengaluru, India
Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Gecko Backpackers offers good hospitality along with affordable accommodation despite being just 40-50 km away from Kruger National Park and Graskop like tourist destinations. If you are someone who is not looking for luxury rather need an accommodation for the couple of hours after tiring day with common Kitchen like facility then it's a great place. Amid forest like area...

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Very nice hostel with perfect location if you are going early to the Kruger park or if you are going to Blyde River Canyon. Boss is very nice guy with huge information about the surroundings.Thanks a lot!

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Liberec, Czech Republic
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Great backpackers with amazing service - even for the latecomers (we arrived in late night). A little bit tricky path to get there - that was the only tricky part. We were actually camping, when the great storm came - and guy in charge let us move into dorm without any charge! Nice and friendly - recommended!

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Reviewed 25 November 2015

I arrived late, tired and in a rainstorm to Gecko Backpackers in November 2015... but soon I was feeling 100% better with 'new friends' -- both travelers and the manager Dennis --all enjoying an evening playing a game of 4-2-1. Dennis goes above-and-beyond to make travelers feel comfortable, and to be sure their next leg of their journey is all...

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Pretoria
Reviewed 23 November 2015

We stayed here three nights and it was a super convenient location. Close to Kruger gate, close to town for shopping and restaurants, close to Induna Adventures, gateway to Blyde River Canyon panorama route. Manager Dennis spent a lot of time answering our questions and helping us plan our adventures.

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Additional Information about Gecko Backpackers

Address: R536 Plot S13, Sabie Road | Kiepersol, Hazyview 1242, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Hazyview
Price Range: $16 - $16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Choose a room outside the main building for better value”
 of 5 bubbles anonn256, 21 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a dormitory or singe, depending on budget. They even have a camp site”
 of 5 bubbles 42markbriggs, 20 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Our room were outside - 8 bed dorm with private toilet and basin in our room.”
  • 8 Bed Dorm seperate from main house.
  • 8 Bed Dorm with private  toilet and basin.
 of 5 bubbles mimivanzyl, 29 Jul 2015 | Read review
“We camped so didn't stay in the rooms, but they looked clean and well-kept (a thousand times better than some of the the gross places I've stayed in overseas!)”
 of 5 bubbles 27lindsayw, 11 Feb 2014 | Read review
“The fam room for 5 is next to the biliart/outside terras. When we said that we wanted to sleep at 22.00 hrs they killed the music and told other guests to be quiet, what more do you want ?”
 of 5 bubbles Blubd, 6 May 2012 | Read review
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