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Ubuntu Backpackers
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

We enjoyed Ubuntu.. it was laid back and clean. The shared bathrooms were always available too. Lots of thought in decoration style with recycling projects going and staff that was very helpful and attentive.

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  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Daryn11, Manager at Ubuntu Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

So glad you guys enjoyed your stay! WE loved having you!!!!!!! Until next time :)

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

We chose Ubuntu carefully based on reviews and photos, but were very disappointed. Having backpacked all around the world, I know a good hostel when I see one... and this isn't one. The place has a friendly vibe and some nice features, but everything feels grubby and tired.

We'd booked a private twin room. It was so dingy and dirty that we avoided putting any of our stuff in cupboards or on the floor. The room was situated between the main bathroom, the kitchen area and the lounge, so hoping for any quiet was ridiculously optimistic. The corridor directly outside our door was also apparently the perfect spot for people to stop and chat loudly in the early hours, so that was nice. You always get inconsiderate people in hostels, but some of those who made the most noise were staff.

The kitchen counters were unpleasantly sticky, in keeping with the rest of the hostel, and I'd strongly suggest you travel with your own mug, as all of Ubuntu's are dirty, chipped or distinctly lacking in handles.

With a serious clean-up and some TLC, Ubuntu Backpackers could be great. And if it was, guests might be more inclined to keep it that way. As it is, I can't bring myself to recommend it unless you like your accommodation grimy/shabby/unloved, have a penchant for bad jazz music, and/or are too stoned to care.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Niki B
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Reviewed 6 December 2016

The staff was scattered and it was frequently unclear who was working at the hostel versus who was a guest just hanging out. The dorm beds were average and if you're tall, not convenient. I did not feel confident in the lockers provided, considering a lock didn't keep them closed properly.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed my stay here and can't add much more to the previous reviews. I only want to mention that it's a little further away from Main beach so if you're a beginner (relating to surfing ) you may find a more convenient place closer to that beach. If you have a car it wouldn't matter though.

Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
1  Thank Sa H
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

7 days of pure relaxation in a down to Earth artistic sanctuary, friendly staff and SA's No1 wave on view from the balcony, makes it hard to go wrong.

Where Ubuntu really makes it's Authentic mark is it's attention to detail, immaculately clean throughout, polite and chilled staff that are always on hand and happy to go the extra mile with a smile.

Well done to all who made it a week to never forget, a special thanks to Antonio who kept to his word and taught me to stand up on a surfboard in my first ever surf.

See you next year same time.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

African Ubuntu, you guys rock! Great Beach views, amazing staff, great community, Conscious living atmosphere, beautiful garden, walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. Great for surfing if that's your thing.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 1 night and were really impressed. The staff were super friendly, helpful and welcoming considering we did not even make a booking. The backpackers itself is awesome! It is colourful and clean. The bathrooms are very well maintained and they have 2 balconys and a stunning garden area for chilling. They also had braai facilities which we were welcomed to use. The price per person is also far better than other buisnesses and the offer free breakfast and free fast WiFi. The location is also top notch
1min walk to the beach and bottle store and about 5min to the closest shop. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 8 Cherry Street | Wavecrest Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay 6330, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Jeffreys Bay
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Jeffreys Bay
Price Range: C$33 - C$41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
African Ubuntu is situated in the heart of South African surf-country, Jeffrey's Bay, and caters to fun-loving people looking for an epic yet affordable base. Its a mere 100m to the beach & magical Supertubes, and there are great wave-views from around the house. Whether your dream be flying down the line in perrrfect surf at the point, watching lions on a game drive, or simply collecting seashells on our dolphin-rich coast, we aim to turn your dreams into treasured memories. ... more   less 
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