Aardwolf Backpackers

Aardwolf Backpackers

22 Doctor Nelson Mandela Drive, Upington 8801 South Africa

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Aardwolf Backpackers, is situated in the heart of the Kalahari in Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa. We offer safe, clean, affordable accommodation and we pride ourselves on our friendly service and hospitality. We offer dorm, double and twin room facilities, our communal kitchen is fully equipped and our under cover barbeque area allows you to enjoy the African evenings next to a roaring fire.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Breakfast in the room
Golf course
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Secured parking
Shuttle bus service
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
Washing machine
Room features
Air conditioning
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Room types
Family rooms
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22 Doctor Nelson Mandela Drive, Upington 8801 South Africa
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Daniel H wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best accommodation for travellers on a budget!

The lodgings were clean, safe and well-furnished with a fully equipped kitchen. Aardwolf Backpackers is also located near most important features within Upington.

Our host and her family were extremely accommodating and definitely made our trip to Upington easy and pleasurable.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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lonealbatross wrote a review Feb 2015
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions22 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a 3-night stay at Aardwolf in early December 2014. I found the facilities to be basic, but satisfactory. The owner Liesl is an absolute gem and really went out of her way to make me feel at home during my stay an Aardwolf. At R150 per night for a private room this has definitely been the best value backpackers I’ve stayed at in South Africa. Good location too – just a 5 minute walk to the ‘Kalahari Mall’ where you will find supermarkets, a pharmacy, eateries, clothing stores etc. etc.

Liesl and her husband are in the process of doing the place up and she was fretting about increasing the rates to cover costs. Seems to me a price-rise is long overdue! All the best to Liesl with your endeavour – Aardwolf may be the only backpackers in Upington, but it has character and my stay there far outstripped subsequent stays in newer, fancier hostels in some of the bigger urban centres in S.A.
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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KincsZoltan wrote a review Aug 2013
Cape Town Central, South Africa159 contributions224 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was welcomed warmly at Liesl's guesthouse and enjoyed meeting her, her husband and son and chatting about life in Upington. Liesl was kind enough to take a last minute reservation by phone and gave me the last room available. It was very clean and had loads of character, wooden floors, nice pastel grey walls, and just across from the clean bathroom facilities. Other guests staying there were an eclectic mix of people from all over. Safe parking for my car on the premises. Right on the main street, convenient to everything in town, and just perfect as a stopping off point between the Northern Cape and Johannesburg. I would most definitely come back. And thanks, Liesl, for offering to help with tips for my next trip - to Kgalagadi, which is 100+ km away, so Aardwolf would most definitely be the perfect stop on the way there. A great option for those looking for clean, friendly, affordable accomodations in Upington.
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Date of stay: March 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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SabrinaCercle wrote a review Jan 2013
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Aardowlf Backpackers in Dec 2012 and would absolutely recommend it to everyone.
Liesl Neethling was not only very friendly, welcoming and helpful but the place was clean, inviting and diverse (e.g: age group, nationality...etc). If you are on the road and going toward the Green Kalahari, Aardowlf Backpackers is the perfect place to stop.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kevania wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our stay at the backpackers. It was clean, comfortable and we had no complaints. Our host was wonderfully generous and kind.

I definitely recommend this backpackers as a great place to stay in Upington.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Henry wrote a review Sept 2019
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very perfect for the budget and central to needs
More things to do closer
the vibe is natural
Restaurants in the vicinity
Transport very accessible to the airport
Very much informative about things to do.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Hanna wrote a review Mar 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I arrived delayed to Upington and had missed my pickup so I was stranded in Upington and had no place booked for staying over night. I was recommended to contact Liesl at Aardwolf and she replied fast and offered me a room and a lift from the airport. She and her family was ever so kind and made me feel very welcome. The place is close walk to the mall, exceptionally clean and the backyard is very cosy.

Wifi worked really well and the place is of high value! Liesl helped me with all I could ever ask for and is the ultimate host. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: February 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Flokiii wrote a review Dec 2016
16 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here only one night camping, however in that time Liesl the owner went above and beyond her duties as a owner of a backpackers. Offering other guests including ourselves free pickups and drop-off's to and from the bus station and airport. She is extremely helpful and accommodating. Every question or request we had, she had a solution
The lodging is simple and clean. Not too far from the airport by car and walking distance to the mall.
Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CallHomeSometimes wrote a review Dec 2016
Bangkok, Thailand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a positive experience staying here! Liesl the owner goes above and beyond to help you with anything and everything whole heartedly.

I've been on the road for 14 months now, this is by far, the most anyone has shown so much care and assistance.

Liesl and her family really make this place wonderful!

Great backpacker price, super clean and enough space to have privacy yet feel apart of things. Location is 5 min walk to the main shops and fairly central to the rest of town.

Can't recommend enough!!

Thank you!
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hazel L wrote a review Mar 2016
Perth, Australia65 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent value for money. The room was clean and neat. Liesl is the perfect host. Very caring and accommodating. Provided a lovely breakfast and lunch. Takes people to the airport for no extra charge.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aardwolf Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Aardwolf Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include The Murray House (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Aardwolf Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and a golf course.
What food & drink options are available at Aardwolf Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Aardwolf Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aardwolf Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Desert Wolf Spur Steak Ranch, Dros Upington, and Das Grün Coffee Restaurant.
Does Aardwolf Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Aardwolf Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Aardwolf Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Aardwolf Backpackers?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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