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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Karma is a pleasant home base for hiking in the northern Drakensburg mountains. Situated in the tiny town of Kestell, it's only an hour drive to the Sentinel Trail Head, where you can start hiking up to Tegula Falls. The hike was one of the best we'd ever down and we could not have done it without our gracious hosts....

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. I'm glad you enjoyed your hike

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Karma Backpackers is the perfect stop for visiting the Drakensberg. Vera, the owner, is beyond helpful with information about walks in the area and she ensured our stay was very comfortable. The backpackers has a relaxed vibe, rooms are cosy and clean, and the kitchen is extremely well resourced. Its the most welcoming stop in South Africa.

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Im so glad you enjoyed your sty with us and thank you for the thumbs up we appreciate your compliments.

Haifa, Israel
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Good and budget place for stay for track to Sentinel and visit Golden Gate area Nice hosts. Rooms are basic and old, but house has it magic :) Stayed 2 nights, has shared bath and kitchen . has nice common area with books and games. Hosts helped a lot to plan the day and give recommendation

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us we alwayse appreciate reviews from our guests

Reviewed 4 September 2016

The best hostel we lived in for this time. Very helpful chief (wifi starting, directions, Etiopean Reastaurant in Phuthaditjhaba...) . Kitchen maximally equiped. Nice showers. Confortable beds, not cold (we have slept 2 nights in 6dormitory), for more delicate is electric heating by the door. Lovely dogs and big cat. Not at least Vera Ann jams. Family with 3 children...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

I'm so glad you appreciated our new wall heaters we alwayse thought hot water bottles was enough for cold nights but we were wrong and by next winter all the rooms will have wall heaters thank you for your review

Reviewed 21 August 2016

The house is so nice and so is the room we slept in, and its owner helped us in whatever we required from her. Jams were delicious! The only con: it has no heating, and it was quite cold at night. Wi-fi was free for the first 100 MB.

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

We heard you and now have heaters in the rooms we always have hot water bottles and extra blankets but decided to install heaters

Guangzhou, China
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We chose Karma backpackers because it had very good reviews compared to other places we were looking at near the Ampitheatre. We were not disappointed. It was in an old house with a beautiful graden, a couple adorable staffies (that my partner immediately fell in love with), a big, lazy cat and very friendly host - Vera. It was a...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

We have listened and now have wall heaters as well as hot water bottles. Thank you for the review

Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

I visited Karma for the first time over three nights and I was pleasantly surprised from the time I made my booking. When people write that they feel the host, Vera, is like their grandmother they are not joking. Vera is very friendly and polite. She phoned back immediately after I couldn't get through to her and makes every effort...

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had a lovely time and your little brother enjoyed the big big hike up the chain ladders

Midlands, UK
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Was recommended by another hostel owner and was not disappointed. Very homely place to stay for a few nights or longer, good location to the mountains, friendly owners and general nice vibe! The only downside was leaving! You must try the jams..... ...and Ethiopian restaurant....

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KarmaBackpackers, Owner at Karma Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi John thank you for leaving a book behind we all enjoyed it I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at karma

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Definetely one of the best places I have ever been to. I felt at home and had great conversation with the owners. I would come back just to spend a few more days there (and take another look at those beautiful mountains). Still miss those jams.

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You can come back anytime you want to thank you for the positive review

Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

A very beautiful homestay-style backpackers. very clean facilities. very friendly and kind owners! Here is the place for the worldwide best jam...home-made of course! good place to start hiking tours in the golden gate or royal np. enjoy it ;)

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  • Golf Course
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A charming Backpacker Lodge in the small village of Kestell, with very friendly hosts. We are the closest backpackers to the famous Amphitheatre/Tugela Falls hike, with Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the tourist town of Clarens and San rock paintings also within easy driving distance. Additionally, this is an ideal base from which to explore Lesotho. Award-winning homemade jams, yoghurts & other goodies are for sale. We offer accommodation in large double rooms & in dorms for up to 17 people. Our kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering, and a light breakfast is an optional extra. Country-style restaurant & pub nearby. We have a lovely outdoor barbeque area and a coffee-gazebo. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Karma Backpackers

Address: 2 Piet Retief Street, Kestell 9860, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Free State > Kestell
Price Range: ₹ 1,635 - ₹ 1,771 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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