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Penzance, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the cheetah tracking and addo elephant 3 night package trip which included tours, accommodation and food. We were completely looked after from pick-up to drop-off. John (the owner) restricts the cheetah tracking and addo tour to 2-4 people, and maximum of 6 people if there is a group. There was just the two of us (myself and...

Thank globetrotter648
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just don't spend your money at Orange Backpackers. I booked for 2 nights but left after one. This is why: - The entrance and the reception is disgusting. On the floor there is a carpet which is there for too many years without any cleaning. It is brownish but the question is if that's it's original color. Several dogs are...

Thank Guest2144
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As many others here I can definitely say that the hostel is over its best times and not worth its money. Don't be fooled by the pictures, the outdoor areas and the community kitchen do not look like that anymore at all. First, note that the claims on their website are simply wrong: no free breakfast, no safe, no transport...

Thank Julia K
Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Within 4 minutes of Addo Elephant Park, this backpackers is ideally situated! I stayed in one of the double rooms, which was spacious, clean and quiet. It is a little bit dated, but it added to the rustic appeal of the place! The garden is lovely, and the backpackers offers various activities. Two down sides: 1) there is no indoor...

2Thank a3meyer
Boca Chica, Panama
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Not sure how to sum up just how great this backpackers is in 200 words. I was looking for somewhere to study for a week on a break from Cape Town where I could relax, hang out with nice people, see some wildlife and the milky way... turns out this place fulfilled every box and more. It manages to be...

1Thank suzewanderer
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed two nights in a dorm located in a small hut just outside the main building. It is basic but clean, confortable and warm even in winter. The hostel offers a free and delicious breakfast, which is most enjoyable. I took the full day addo tour with Bryan. He is a young and passionate guide who cares a lot...

1Thank Julien R
Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Came here for two nights over my birthday weekend to go to addo elephant park and was a little disappointed. This place needs to be updated and have a good clean. Although the double room was huge with a double and two singles- the bathroom was pretty awful, cold and smelly. It was also low season so there were only...

Thank JulietteHodges
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

I stayed in the private room with my own bathroom attached for two nights. The accommodation that OE did for me made my trip as memorable as it was and couldn't of done it without them. I paid for the shuttle from the airport and even though the plane ran into a slight 10-15 min delay and was slightly late...

Thank Jason M
Canton of Zug, Switzerland
Reviewed 8 June 2016

I had a good time at this backpackers. I stayed with 2 friends and we had a little hut just to ourselves with a double and a single bed and with our own bathroom. the outside showers were great but the mechanism of switching on the gas etc took a little while to understand. the hostel is quite spread out...

Thank MirjCh
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

This place might look a bit old, and although I maybe would have prefered something a bit more modern, the countryside vibe this place has really got me. Above that, the staff is one of the best I've expierenced in hostels. John is a real friendly guy and his son Josh showed us around town on what seemed like a...

1Thank Leon v
OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Leon It was really awesome to host you folk and I am really glad you enjoyed the safari and the surrounds. I hope you folk come back sometime when the beer is on tap John

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Orange Elephant Backpackers is a short 8km from the main gate of Addo Elephant National park. Our property is on a working citrus farm and borders the national park. On site is a restuarant with pub where you are likely to meet up with local farmers, game rangers, researchers. We have a variety of rooms - en suite doubles, doubles and twins with shared bathrooms, family rooms and camping. We are not a B&B but a backpackers/youth hostel ... more   less 

Additional Information about Orange Elephant Backpackers

Address: R335, Addo, Sundays River Valley 6105, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Greater Addo > Sundays River Valley > Addo
Number of rooms: 13
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“Double rooms are spacious, while the dorms are basic and slightly cramped.”
 of 5 bubbles a3meyer, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Try to avoid the room opposite Reception as it can be noisy, and the smoking area is close by with smoke sometimes wafting into the room.”
 of 5 bubbles 588carolinet, 12 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Both private rooms and the dorm are really quiet and comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles AliceBuhagiar, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Gordons room in the back is a little bit more quiet.”
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 of 5 bubbles dubbelniles, 28 Feb 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay in the dorms if you can help it. Book the private rooms, it's worth the extra money.”
 of 5 bubbles michelles377, 16 Oct 2013 | Read review
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