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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

1 Thank a3meyer
Boca Chica, Panama
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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... More 

1 Thank suzewanderer
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

1 Thank Julien R
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 reviews
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... More 

Thank Jason M
Canton of Zug, Switzerland
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

Thank MirjCh
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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... More 

1 Thank 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 More 

Wurzburg, Germany
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55 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

We stayed here one night. The doorms are basic and kitchen is well equipped. Bathroom is average and clean. They do have a restaurant at the hostel. The special is a crafted beer which is really nice. There´s a italian restaurant in 5 min. walking distance. If you want to go to addo early in the morning than this is... More 

Thank Fabian A
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

This has been my favorite backpackers yet. The Orange Elephant has such great energy. Everyone working here is friendly and great to chat with. The double rooms are spacious and very clean. There is a wonderful pub on the premises and a great market within easy walking distance. I would recommend booking the Addo tour through the backpackers for several... More 

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OrangeEle, Owner at Orange Elephant Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Boots I am so glad you enjoyed the ellies as much as we do. Looking forward to hosting you folk again More 

Portland, Oregon, United States
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34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2016

I kind of found this place by accident. There aren't a lot of places with decent listings in this area. I used a booklet called Coast to Coast, which is a backpacker's guide to southern Africa. The staff was excellent and the facilities completely acceptable. The wifi at the pub next door was excellent and, as advertised, the pizza was... More 

1 Thank Sullivanscoffee

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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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