Knysna Backpackers

42 QueenstreetKnysna6571South Africa
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About Knysna Backpackers

Set in a Victorian-style house in the town centre, Knysna Backpackers is a ten-minute walk of the Knysna Mall. The laid-back, hillside hostel features a private garden with braai(BBQ) facilities and outdoor seating areas.

The straightforward rooms have large windows and high ceilings. Dormitories and double rooms come with shared bathroom facilities, while the family room has an en-suite bathroom.

Knysna Backpackers has a guest laundry facility and a shared lounge with cable TV and Hi-Fi entertainment system. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi is provided throughout the house. A free-to-use parking area is also available on site.

Daily continental-inspired breakfast is served for free. Guests may also use the in-house farm-style kitchen for preparing lunch or dinner meals. Sailor Sam Restaurant, which serves decadent fish and chips, is only a five-minute stroll away.

The Waterfront-Knysna Quays shopping mall is just over a kilometre from the lodge. The walking trails and lookout points of Pledge Nature Reserve are within two kilometres.


42 Queenstreet, Knysna, 6571, South Africa
Telephone: +27(44)3822554 | Fax: +27(86)5161295 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Terrace
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Room safe
  • WiFi in rooms

Positive Reviews

Accommodating owners and staff

The owners and staff of this hostel are regarded as pleasant and friendly. They warmly welcome their guests and make sure that everyone feels comfortable and at home Their insightful advice and tips help guests to find places for dining as well as sightseeing, so that they can make the most of their stay in Knysna.

Cosy and spotless accommodations

Guests love the cosiness of the rooms. They praise the cleanliness and upkeep of the lodgings. The furniture are nicely arranged and the decorations are tastefully done. It is mentioned that the rooms are spacious and quiet, making them suitable for peaceful and relaxed stays.

Tasty complimentary breakfast

The complimentary meals are appreciated by guests, who note their pleasure and contentment. An array of toast, jam, eggs, muesli, yoghurt, milk, and fruits are said to be freshly prepared and kindly served. Along with the tasty breakfast, meals include tea and coffee being served all day.

Negative Reviews

Unsafe parking area

According to feedback, concerned guests worry about the safety of their vehicles. It is observed that the designated parking is located in an off-street but unfenced area in front of the property. Guests are apprehensive about their cars being broken into or stolen by strangers.

Few shared bathrooms

Reviewers indicate that there are only two bathrooms to be shared by guests staying in the dorm-type or hostel rooms. They find it a bit too long of a wait for their turn. They think it would be more convenient if the shower and the toilet were separated and not in the same room.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 84 reviews across the web
8.5 /10
  • hostelbookers
    9.2 /10
  • SafariNow
    9.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    8.3 /10
8.5 out of 10 based on 84 reviews