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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a miserable experience in all respects ! Made to feel very unwelcome . This is not a reflection of true Backpacker travel and tradition . Too many insulting signs all over on the do's and don'ts !! Please invest in some equipment for your guests to prepare their meals as this is what happens in a real Backpackers !

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Comfortable, clean rooms. Lacks that welcoming backpacking atmosphere. Too many rules makes one feel like a child in someone else's home. Kitchen is available but one is not allowed to cook fatty meat!? So forget about your bacon and eggs. Kitchen equipment could do with an upgrade. When we inquired, we were made to feel that the wifi not reaching...

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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

The venue itself is beautiful and the rooms are lovely, but the woman who received us was unfriendly and rude. It advertises a bar and lounge but this area has been marked off as a family room and all guests are banned. We got a horrible scalding from the rude woman for walking through it, they make the guests pass...

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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We stayed for 3 nights and loved it! Stephanie and Kirk who run the place are brilliant; so helpful and friendly, highly recommend staying here. The rooms are comfortable and the bathroom fittings are really cool. The whole setting is great, the big garden is peaceful and plenty of places to relax. Swellendam is a really nice place, very quite...

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Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The owner is exceptionally unfriendly and unhelpful, it ruined the whole feeling of our stay. Addtionally, although room and facilities clean and nice - this place is NOT a backpackers. The atmosphere is stiff and formal and one gets issued with 'rules' upon arrival in a patronising and rude tone. I would not recommend this place to anyone, whether they're...

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Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

I have been travelling all over SA for where is and this is joint 1st accommodation. No idea what others were thinking with negative reviews? Beautiful location, spotlessly clean and well run, unlike some I have stayed at. Swellendam is a delightful town with 2 great pubs. Highly recommended.

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Thank SteveRobson
Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Wasn't a good experience. Owner not friendly at all. Cooking utensils dramatic. The non-stick coating in the pans were loose, if you would use those pans you will probably eat burned coating. You're not allowed to fry meat in the pans. With other words, I would NOT recommend this one.

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Thank arthur0180
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived here on Saturday November 5th around 9pm. Upon arrival The owners were not very welcoming or friendly. It felt like they were just doing it for the money. The price for a double bedroom was considerably high too: around R550, excl breakfast. At 09.50 PM we were told to leave the common room because they wanted to close...

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Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The rooms here are fairly functional, and the bathroom was rather sparse and didn't really dry out. It was very cold at night when we stayed, and the heater on the wall didn't provide much warmth. Very early one morning a large group of people ate breakfast outside our room on the veranda, which woke us up. I think the...

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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Easy to find and the owner is friendly and personal. Rooms are very quaint and comfortable with a lovely garden and patio area. All rooms are ensuite. No dorm rooms available. But it's worth the visit. Near the hiking trails and horse riding.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cosy wooden cabins and luxury en suite rooms lie in a lush bird filled garden fringed by its own gurgling mountain stream and the Marloth Nature Reserve. Halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route it is ideally situated to hike or horse ride through indigenous forests or wander through the picturesque village. Beneath the most spectacular peaks of the Langeberg Mountains Swellendam is the 3rd oldest magisterial district in South Africa with plenty of inspiring and peaceful experiences. Sit around our welcome fire under starry skies and enjoy the countryside. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Swellendam Backpackers Adventure Lodge

Address: 5 Lichtenstein Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Price Range: $53 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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“Book any, make a fire, have a drink and enjoy”
 of 5 bubbles Furbrain2015, 29 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Garden cabins give you privacy but you have to cross the garden to get to the ablution facilities.”
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 of 5 bubbles Mina-Vianne, 5 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Definitely ask for one of the new rooms especially Room 6.”
 of 5 bubbles Mauveen350, 10 May 2013 | Read review
“check out the prices of local b&b's, you might get more for your money”
 of 5 bubbles XJJC, 22 Nov 2012 | Read review
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