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Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge

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178 Station Road, Umzumbe, Hibberdene 4225 South Africa
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#3 of 6 Specialty lodging in Umzumbe
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Welcome to Paradis! Get lost in the private jungle of Mantis and Moon, not even a 5 min walk from the blue flag beach, and experience the warm welcome of the Mantis and Moon family. At Mantis and Moon, our friendly dynamic, local and international volunteers can’t wait to meet you! We too are travelers, nomads, adventurists, dudes and dudettes who love the sun! By day, you may see us surf, paint, expand our knowledge, fix and build or cook up a big delicious meal. By night, we sip tea, juice or beer next to the exotic rock pool, while global story tellers share their adventures, lessons and tales of our own lives with people like you.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Diving
Game room
BBQ facilities
Hot bath
Outdoor pool
Yoga room
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Hiking
Horseback riding
Snorkelling
Darts
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Karaoke
Patio
Walking tours
Waterslide
Board games / puzzles
Concierge
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Room service
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Stephen wrote a review Dec 2021
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
We booked the glass tree house with the bath at the bottom of the unit. On arrival we 1st had to leave our car parked outside. Then we were shown a glass tree house without a bath. When I asked about our correct accommodation the lady said someone already checked in to that unit. We had to settle for second best during our stay.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Bianca Mantis and Moon Backpackers Lodge, General Manager at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Responded 19 Apr 2022
Hi Hippo, Thank you so much for your review, and we do understand you. Can you kindly forward us your reference booking number on email and we should look into it further. We would like to give you another experience in the jungle and wouldn't want you to settle down for our second best. Thank you.
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Claudia uffhaus wrote a review Dec 2021
4 contributions
I’ve been on the road for a month in a tent and was looking forward to a clean comfy bed. The staff were all very friendly! But the people left in charge of this place ( a bunch of students/travellers) do not understand maintenance or cleanliness. This place has so much potential to be excellent but it’s being neglected by the staff. The room we stayed in is extremely basic and the bedding scratchy and the mattress ok. Very underwhelming. For R640 per night I at least expected a nice room with clean windows to enjoy the plants outside and a comfy bed. The bathrooms and showers I didn’t go near as they looked very unsanitary. 2 stars for this place! ‘Please hire a full time cleaner!’
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Shaheed wrote a review Jun 2021
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This is the first time I been to a backpackers that this beautiful with nature.. Accommodation in amazing with in the tree and very clean.. Easy to find your peace of mind.. The Staff is very helpful and friendly.. I will definitely come again to this magical place
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Weltenbummlerin06 wrote a review Dec 2020
Hamburg, Germany110 contributions17 helpful votes
I must admit, I might be a bit too old for this backpackers now. Been here 10 years ago and loooooooved it. Been back now and nothing is has changed, except for a bit of renovations here and there. This is a party backpackers and I do think if I would have been 10 years younger I would have partied away any corona fears too. We got a free upgrade which i am very thankful for as I had my own single room which i shared with a huge snail and several geckos. However I didn't mind, because this is what you come here for: to live in the jungle. It's a small paradise for critters and I needed to get out of town for a few days and loved the complete change of scenery. All of the staff were extremely friendly and we enjoyed a free small walking tour to an abandoned monetary which was super interesting. Thank you for taking my kind of corona for a couple of days. I hope you as a backpackers survive the extremely difficult times we living in currently and I look forward coming back sometime, again to have a change of scenery and get out and away from society
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Annalyzing91 wrote a review Mar 2020
Grand Cayman23 contributions2 helpful votes
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My boyfriend and I spent a weekend in the Angel Treehouse and it was MAGICAL! Mantis and Moon is the perfect escape from city life and to be one with nature! It’s like a tropical jungle that you can get lost in! The volunteers and permanent staff members are exceptionally friendly and happy to help! They thrive on personalized service and mingle very well with their visitors! Highlights include the Yoga studio that’s in a glass treehouse for a very reasonable price, the fun slide into the pool, the bar with outdoor lounge and the bonfire pit where anyone is free to hangout and set alight. I advise bringing your own towels, but you can borrow theirs if need be. Also be warned the monkeys will swing, jump and play on the tin roof at 5:30am to wake you up... I loved it! We got to live like Tarzan and Jane for the weekend and will be back!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lon wrote a review Jan 2020
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Beautiful place, very nice and helpful staff, pool and jaccuzi near the sweet bar, lekker vegan meals, interesting activities and good restaurants around. And all that for a good price. You can spend a long time here without problems
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from TheMantisandMoon, The Mantis and Moon Team at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Responded 25 Jan 2020
Hi Ion244! Thank you for taking time to write this lovely review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mantis and we hope to welcome you again in the near future. We wish you all the best! Sending good vibes. The Mantis and Moon Team.
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Misscomfie wrote a review Jan 2020
Barranquilla, Colombia15 contributions6 helpful votes
I met my current husband here 12 years ago. Every time I return, I am overwhelmed by the positive and enthousiastic vibe of this place. If it is sleeping among the trees in the jungle; relaxing in the jacuzzi; enjoying the delicious food in the Yum Yum café (I didn't know that vegan food can be so delicious!!!); playing some pool in the cousy bar; ... With the ocean just around the corner; ... there is always something to do! I also love the fact that they are improving all the time. It is great to see that they are always open to receive feedback and that they always want to improve. For example my room was sometimes very warm because the middle part of the roof was transparent. Very nice to see the stars that way. But super hot in summer. After giving the staff my feedback, they will try to improve this issue. Another example: due to heavy rainfall and wind, a tree (at the entrance) broke off. Immidiately the staff was brainstorming for a solution. And now they working hard on creating a beautiful garden with herbs and a nice cute little waterfall. A playground for adults and children is also being built behind the tipi tents. Ideal for some work out. A special place with special people! Many thanks to the staff! It was lovely again!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from TheMantisandMoon, The Mantis and Moon Team at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Responded 24 Jan 2020
Hi Misscomfie! You are amazing! This place is special - a lot of special people met here in Mantis. Wow... we are super happy to hear that you had a great stay and that you notice the differences and hard work we put into this magical place - that means a lot to us. We are definitely going to keep up the good work, use feedback and keep giving this place our love. The vegan food is definitely a highlight :-) We look forward to seeing you again in the future! Sending love & light. The Mantis and Moon Team.
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Sarika P wrote a review Jan 2020
Kempton Park, South Africa1 contribution
I booked it seeing the photos on their website. Dorm room was so cramped. Small room with 10beds. Dark and no ventilation. Smelled of rotten eggs. Toilet and shower was also dirty and there were 2 dogs sits everywhere on the sofas. Their fur was in the sofas and it was smelly. Yoga lessons were expensive for what was taught. I could have spend the same money in London and could have had lessons. Bar was good.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kayla wrote a review Dec 2019
Amanzimtoti, South Africa66 contributions3 helpful votes
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The most amazing staff and relaxed vibe. You're surrounded by nature and wake up to the most amazing sounds in the morning 😁 The pool area is amazing for a day in the sun and the bar area is perfect for a few drinks with your friends. The glass treehouse is so exquisite. You definitely can't go wrong with Mantis and Moon.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from TheMantisandMoon, Manager at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Responded 23 Dec 2019
Hi kay_ler22! Thank you for your lovely review. We are happy to hear that you had an amazing time at Mantis. Oh yes, the Glass Treehouse is special :-) We hope to see you again at Mantis in the future. Sending you our best wishes and happy holidays :-) The Mantis and Moon Team.
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Ryan Moss wrote a review Oct 2019
Port Elizabeth, South Africa17 contributions2 helpful votes
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Probably one of the coolest looking Backpackers set in a Jungle vibe. Stayed in a Teepee, pretty rad just not alot of room, and def take mozzie repellent. Get lost in the jungle setting with a great looking bar, cafe, glass tree house and even a refreshing pool. Vibe **** Food *** Accomodation ****
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from TheMantisandMoon, Manager at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Responded 08 Nov 2019
Hi whatalotwegot! Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Mantis. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards. The Mantis and Moon Team.
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Jolly Roger Fun Park (5.3 km), Hibberdene Beach (6.4 km), and Southport Beach (7.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a mosquito net, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, a poolside bar, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Jolly Roger Fun Pub and Grub, Orca Bar & Restaurant, and Pitstop KZN.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Is Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Umzumbe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mantis & Moon Backpackers Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.