This was one of the best backpackers we have been in south afrika. Pappa G and his staff are very friendly and helpful. We wanted to stay for one night but as soon as we got there we decided to stay another night. It was a great place to stay. Thank you so much. We would always come back!!
Took ten hours & five combis to get down from Lesotho before sunset. That ice cold Castle was one of the most refreshing ever. Anelly - if I got his name right - is a cool dude too. Well designed two-storey rustic wooden oasis, pretty much completely reconstructed after being gutted by fire. Lovely outlook and atmospheric open common areas, upstairs balcony seating, lawn area round a pool, well wooded gardens, and an easy stroll from practicalities. Food pretty good & well-priced. Dorm has seen way better days, but I had it to myself, and it was nice & quiet round the back. Diverse characters to strike up conversation with, such as Leon & Papa G. All in all, a relaxing fun spot. Glad I moved on before strike unrest in the village, roadblocks with burning tyres, violent threats to local businesses - there are precedents in Port SJ unfortunately. Can't be as relaxing as I had it for folks who are residents.…
The plan was to stay only for 2 days in this hostel, but we ended at staying more than 5 days. Port St. John’s is a really interesting and beautiful place. You can call it a raw diamond! The nature is so nice, but there is still a lot of trash in this city.. this is because of strikes and problems with the government. But look better, and you will so much enjoy it here! We slept in the safari tent, this was so nice with a great view! Staff and the owner “papa G” are also very helpful and friendly.
I had a disappointing stay here, and my impression was that they are more interested in running a bar than running a backpackers hostel. When i booked, i was told by the manager that she had booked me a shuttle to collect me from Umtata. This never arrived, and eventually they sent a shared taxi to collect me. No apologies. The dorm room was very basic and there is absolutely no security - no lock on door no lockers. I upgraded to a better room the next night. The food is decent and you will see jungle monkeys in their back garden. I also appreciated the tour that i took with Ronald. Most of the time though, i felt that i was in the way, and the staff were more interested in partying.
We booked a double room through booking.com, but when we arrived it turned out that they did not have our booking, nevertheless they managed to fix the problem. So, i guess you guys have some problem with your booking system, from reading other similar reviews as well...Room itself is clean, very-very basic and small. Common bathrooms and toilets are not so clean, could be better maintained. There are many locals hanging around, which I do not mind when they could only stay in the bar/common area, but it is not okay when they are free to come to the backpackers area. In that sense you should improve you security. In general the place would be really nice if it wasn't open for public and if there wasn't parties.