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Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers

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4.5 out of 5from 23 reviews for Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers
Cleanliness
4.4/5
Service
4.5/5
Location
4.5/5
Safety
4.8/5
Value for money
4.5/5
Bobby D - Jan 2024
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Bobby D
With spouse/partner

Friendly reception, peaceful and tranquil.

Very organised. The room was spotless as was the garden area.

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Alice T - Jul 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
2/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Alice T
Individual traveler

It was ok, but very cold.

The kitchen and living areas are outdoors and not sheltered from the wind. Their place is ok but there is no view, you just look onto a mielie field on the one side and a grove of mostly alien invasive trees on the other.

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Sean D - May 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
3/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
5/5
Sean D
With friends

Perfect for adventure motorcycle riders to stop over.

We will be back but this time we will remember to bring some food! After a long day riding, it's always nice to know you can look forward to a hot shower and a comfy bed.

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Dineo M - Apr 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Dineo M
With friends

If you want a quiet place to relax. Kid-friendly, the yard is big.

It was a wonderful stay antique style the have you need from dishes and spoons we didn't struggle the only challenge was the iron but we did ask them to borrow us even though they first told us the iron for the lodge is broken. The only challenge when going there is you must have everything you need to use food as the place it's far from shops and no restaurants around. Nevertheless, the place is a cool place, though it's antique, it needs a bit of TLC. I don't think they cleaned the place before our arrival. It seems like it was cleaned long ago after the previous visitors.

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Fanie D - Mar 2023
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Fanie D

Ons het net een aand daar geslaap en was baie tevrede met waarde vir geld.

Regtig die verblyf en rustigheid geniet. Almal het ons baie vriendelik ontvang. Ek sal regtig weer van hulle gebruik maak en ook aanbeveel as blyplek.

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We only slept there one night and were very satisfied with value for money.

Really enjoyed the stay and tranquility. Everyone received us very kindly. I would definitely use them again and also recommend them as a place to stay.

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Kobus V - Nov 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
3/5
Kobus V
Individual traveler

Ek het net plekkie gesoek om te oornag.

Ek kon egter geen werk doen nie a.g.v. swak tot geen internet. Nou nie rerig hul skuld nie. Ek het egter gedink teen premie wat ek betaal dit darem lugverkoeling sou insluit. Mooi area, rustig en stil. Geen Vodacom opvangs, en WiFi was bitter stadig.

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I was just looking for a place to spend the night.

However, I could not do any work due to poor to no internet. Now not fixing their debt. However, I thought at the premium I pay it would at least include air cooling. Nice area, peaceful and quiet. No Vodacom reception, and WiFi was very slow.

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Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers 's response

Baie dankie vir die goeie stêrre, die kommentaar sien ek as positiewe kritiek en waardeer die eerlikheid. Dit is partymaal bietjie moeilik met internet en ons sein word net swakker, ek kan dit regstel maar ongelukkig gaan dit nie op die stadium finansieel sin maak nie, veral in ons area is dit ongelooflik duur, agv. die infrastruktuur in die area wat mens nie eers optiese kabels het nie. Ek glo in die era moet dit op hoë standaard wees en wat ek voor uitsien is “Starlink” wat ek vooraf bestel het wat voorspel is om teen, Okt. 2023 in Suid- Afrika beskikbaar te wees.
Ek stem saam oor die lugverkoeling, tans is ons in onderhandeling met die IDC vir ‘n sonkrag toestaan vir toerisme bedryf, wat ons krag “grid- tied” sal wees en dan kostes spaar om ons toelaat om te opgradeer, ek besef ook die prys is hoog indien net een persoon, ‘n prys per kamer betaal, dus sal ek in die toekoms oorweeg on my pryse op die spesifieke kamers na per persoon gedeel aanpas.

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Trix H - Aug 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Trix H
With spouse/partner

Heerlik gekuier. Emile en sy span is baie behulpsaam en vriendelik!

Sal die plek aanbeveel ook vir familiegroepe. Lekker baie ruimte vir kinders om hulself uit te leef!

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Had a great time. Emile and his team are very helpful and friendly!

Would recommend the place also for family groups. Plenty of space for children to express themselves!

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Andrew H - Aug 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Andrew H
With spouse/partner

Quiet and tranquil.

Absolutely peaceful and tranquil.

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Marike K - Jul 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Marike K
With friends

Heerlike rustigheid in pragtige omgewing.

Ons het die vriendelikheid en behulpsaamheid baie waardeer. Ons het heeltemal veilig gevoel en het die pragtige uitsig en atmosfeer so tussen die berge baie geniet. Die ligging so naby Winterton is ideaal vir nodige inkopies, asook die pragtige plekke wat ons binne trefafstand kon besoek. Baie dankie nogmaals.

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Wonderful tranquility in beautiful surroundings.

We really appreciated the kindness and helpfulness. We felt completely safe and really enjoyed the beautiful view and atmosphere between the mountains. The location so close to Winterton is ideal for necessary shopping, as well as the beautiful places we could visit within striking distance. Thank you very much again.

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Stephan K - Jun 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Stephan K
Individual traveler

Mooi omgewing. Waarde vir geld.

Skoon en netjies. Emile het my vriendelik ontvang. Veilig en goeie ligging.

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Nice environment. Value for money.

Clean and tidy. Emile received me kindly. Safe and good location.

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Petro M - Mar 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Petro M
Family with teenagers

Baie mooi omgewing, en akkommodasie gemaklik.

Omgewing baie mooi, stil en privaat. Akkommodasie was gemaklik, skoon. Die gasheer en vrou baie aangenaam, vriendelik en baie akkommoderend. Sal enige tyd weer teruggaan.

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Very nice surroundings, and comfortable accommodation.

Environment very beautiful, quiet and private. Accommodation was comfortable, clean. The host and wife very pleasant, friendly and very accommodating. Will go back again anytime.

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Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers 's response

Baie dankie vir die resensie.
Dit word opreg waardeur julle eerlikheid in die stêr toediening, ons is besig met verbetering en positiewe kritiek is altyd welkom en ons hou van uitdagings om soveel as moontlik aandag aan enige terugvoer te gee mits die net 0.4 onder 5 stêr is.
Sal julle graag weer wil verwelkom.

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Jos N - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Jos N
With spouse/partner

Mooie selfsorg.

Mooie verzorgde selfsorg. rustig. netjes. Alles wat je nodig hebt.

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Beautiful self-catering.

Beautifully maintained self-catering. restful. neat. Everything you need.

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Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers 's response

Thank you for your review.
It was great seeing our international guest visiting our beautiful area again and a bonus choosing our accommdation, we are always trying to make your stay as comfortable as possible and strive for excellence in all aspects of the experience.

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Sanet F - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Sanet F
With spouse/partner

Pragtige stil omgewing, mooiste sterre, heerlik onder bome in koelte gekuier. Sal weer kom.

Baie vriendelik ontvang, alles skoon en netjies. Die gesamentlike kombuis het alles wat nodig is en is baie gerieflik en gesellig. Was so lekker om vroeg te gaan kyk hoe die lugballonne opstyg. Sal die pragtige plekkie vir enige iemand aanbeveel.

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Beautiful quiet surroundings, the most beautiful stars, a wonderful time under the trees in the cool. Will come again.

Very friendly welcome, everything clean and tidy. The shared kitchen has everything you need and is very comfortable and cosy. Was so nice to go early to watch the hot air balloons take off. Would recommend the beautiful place to anyone.

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Baie dankie vir die terugvoer.
Om eerlik te wees ek is altyd paranois om ons eie landsburgers te verwelkom want ek weet nie almal het al in reisegersak akkomdasie gebly nie, en my eerste vraag vir alle Suid Afrikaners: "Het julle in 'n "backpackers"gebly," maar soos die resensie vir homself praat was dit tog hoogs aanbeveel en iets wat ek hoop julle sal weer doen, ons pragtige land het nog baie plekke om te sien en dit maak my bly dat mense nuwe dinge probeer as om net na 'n kommersiële hotel te gaan, ek glo dat julle verder Suid-Afrika sal verken en rugsakreisegers akkommodasie darem een van julle keuses sal wees.

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Carol H - Feb 2022
Overall rating
Cleanliness
2/5
Service
4/5
Location
2/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
2/5
Carol H
With friends

We are not good at back packing.

We girls got a bladder infection from the pool. Single bed was average, double bed was dipped on one side had to sleep on the inside. I suggested if No. 1 was always used to swap out one of the not-so-used beds, he said only get changed end of the year. The towels were rough and scratchy. It looked very nice and the kitchen was great. We did have a laugh, but we needed to get better accommodation, the price was ok for a backpacker. It was an experience. The sheets and towel were nothing like the photos. Ours were old.

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Thank you for your review.
Fortunately this is not a true reflection of what our unique property has to offer, as your title basically describes yourself and not the property "We are not good at backpacking" Our family owned business pride ourselves in customer excellence. Not sure if you have read the description in your first message after you booked with us. Guest: "We will bring a small puppy on a harness at all times." This already raised a red flag for me as one of the owners, my response. Me: "As per our house rules we do not allow any pets on the property, I would strongly advise to find more suitable accommodation elsewhere" Thankfully you decided not to bring your pet, which I was very grateful for. Don't get me wrong we love animals, just not in our beds.
Firstly we would like to thank you for taking the time for writing a review. Nevertheless I feel your unkind review deserves a kind response. I am truly sorry for the bladder infection that you had to endure, highly unlikely that it was caused by our swimming pool or any of the water sources on the property. Offering my personal pool was a kind gesture to the guests as the impact of the pandemic leaving the industry in turmoil, not allowing us to build a pool exclusively for our loyal guests, FYI the swimming pool gets backwashed once a week, ph levels always in safe ranges and chlorine content normal. No signs of Algae or any breeding place for bacteria. I aggree on the beds, they are average, but it is a backpacker accommodation and you shouldn't be expecting a brand name mattrass. Linen and Towels is a luxury in most backpacker establishments. Thank you for pointing out the towels and mattrasses, as I mentioned in my WhatsApp that all the matrasses are going to be replaced at the end of the year, I don't feel it is worthwhile in swapping with less occupied rooms, the old but still good mattrasses will be donated to the less fortunate, so will linen and towels. I am glad that you had a new experience and exploring the rest of what our wonderful area has to offer.

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Andrew D - Dec 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
2/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Andrew D
With spouse/partner

Mooi omgewing, skoon en netjies.

Skoon beddegoed, toilette, uitstekende ligging.

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Nice environment, clean and tidy.

Clean bedding, toilets, excellent location.

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Johan O - Oct 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Johan O
With friends

Wat jy sien is wat jy kry hier. Goeie eerlike diens met baie ekstras.

Baie aangename verblyf met goeie diens en baie ekstras. Kan selfs van die verblyf gebruik maak al is jy nie daar vir 'n vakansie nie maar vir kontakteurswerk omdat die ligging so sentraal is vir die omgewing.

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What you see is what you get here. Good honest service with lots of extras.

Very pleasant stay with good service and many extras. Can even use the accommodation even if you are not there for a holiday but for contactor work because the location is so central to the area.

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Andre O - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Andre O
Family with young children

Excellent

Most helpful and friendy staff.

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Werner V - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Werner V
With spouse/partner

Baie rustig en mooi, sal weer gaan.

Het die tyd daar baie geniet, baie rustig en besonders mooi.

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Very peaceful and beautiful, will go again.

Enjoyed the time there a lot, very peaceful and very beautiful.

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Ek is bly julle het dit geniet. Kom weer.

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Cornelius M - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
4/5
Cornelius M
With spouse/partner

Gerieflik, vriendelik, sal weer besoek.

Het die tyd baie geniet. Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers was 'n netjiese stil plek wat ek graag weer sal besoek.

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Comfortable, friendly, will visit again.

Enjoyed the time very much. Drakensberg Bush Lodge and Backpackers was a neat quiet place that I would love to visit again.

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Gary D - Sep 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Gary D
With spouse/partner

Really enjoyed our stay. It was comfortable and relaxing.

Very convient for balloning, as well as other activities and sightseeing.

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Ben V - Apr 2021
Overall rating
Cleanliness
4/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
4/5
Value for money
4/5
Ben V
With spouse/partner

Lekker gebly.

Ons het baie lekker gebly en dit was baie aangenaam om by Linieta te kon bly.

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Nice stay.

We had a great time and it was very pleasant to be able to stay with Linieta.

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Richard P - Oct 2020
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
4/5
Location
4/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Richard P
With friends

Lovely location and had a pleasant stay there.

Lovely location and had a pleasant stay there.

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Len M - Feb 2019
Overall rating
Cleanliness
5/5
Service
5/5
Location
5/5
Safety
5/5
Value for money
5/5
Len M
With spouse/partner

Rustig, skoon en volledig toegerus vir 'n voortreflike verblyf.

Sien sterre.

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Peaceful, clean, fully equipped for an excellent stay.

See stars.

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  • Capacity: 36 people
  • Check-in: 14:00 to 18:00
    Check-out: 09:00
  • Address: Drakensberg Bush Lodge, Glen Gray Farm, Winterton, 3340, KwaZulu-Natal
  • No children under 6
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