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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Our stay in Jikeleza and Port Elizabeth were one of the stranger parts of our trip across SA. We were given a happy welcoming to the hostel as we arrived off the Baz Bus and were shown our rooms and were pleased with them. We were recommended to do the Addo - Schotia safari double pack by the hostel as...

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Reviewed 30 July 2016

Being one of the most affordable places to stay in PE, the hostel gives everything you need when traveling on a budget. The kitchen is big, the garden has a braai and a beautiful view over the valley. The people who reside there are very friendly. Special thumbs up for staff member Jason for doing remarkable job at making me...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Where to start... The senior manager is very pushy - if you have a plan yourself, they will try and make you change to a alternative of one of their partners since they have their own traveldesk, even if you repeatedly indicate not to want/need their help or involvement. The junior manager seems to not want to work at all...

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jikolodge, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Emma and Lara, my staff were shocked at your comments after all they did for you. I am sorry we came across as pushy. We run a travel desk to give visitors the best experience we can at the best prices. We have negotiated with suppliers and have organized discounted tours, car hire etc. This was evidenced when we...

Erlangen, Germany
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

This hostel in the city center is quiet and their double beds were comfy. Apparently, their neighborhood is considered dangerous, so you should rather take a car at night and only carry minimal valuable stuff with you during the day, but we never felt threatened at any moment. But because it is a dangerous place, we were asked to clear...

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Robert L, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

It is a pleasure to see a well written review by a fellow traveller. iIam am sorry my manager gave you the impression that the area is dangerous, as it is no more dangerous than anywhere else in the world, but we would rather be safe than sorry. It just takes one incident to spoil your travels. Sorry about the...

Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 3 October 2015

We stayed here one night. We requested a room with two beds, and we got a room with one double, which we turned out to be grateful for because the room was very cold. They provided a space heater, which was only minimally helpful. To get to the bathroom, we had to walk outside. The room was right next to...

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Robert L, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Lizzie, I am so sorry you had a bad experience at our Backpackers. I have investigated your complaints and have dealt with all the relative people regarding the load noise and partying. Our policy is that after 23h30 there should be quiet. I will look into your booking to see why you were given a double room instead of...

Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

What a stunning spot, central to the entire Port Elizabeth. The staff are so much fun they even threw a party for us. Made so many international travelers :) They even have a bar and full communion kitchen!!! Friendliest staff, I will use Jikeleza every time I'm looking for a break from stress. #bestbackpackerspe #happinessfoundationSA

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Robert L, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure having you stay with us. Hope to see you again in the near future.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Not a great backpackers. Staff are a little creepy, seem to be underage and are extremely unhelpful. Rooms are freezing and the sheets didn't feel clean. Bathrooms are gross. Area is a little dodgy. Didn't feel safe.

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Robert L, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Sam, I am sorry you did not have a good experience with us. However, I am confused. On the night you stayed with us, 18 July 2015 one of our senior managers (28 years old) was on duty and he said he got on very well with you. With him were two tourism interns (19 and 22 years old),...

France
Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

I stayed for only one night in Jikeleza, so I can only juge the accommodation, which is great! Dorms and bathroom are very clean and airy. It looks like a small, comfy, familial backpackers in the center of the city. And staff seems to be cool too.

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Robert L, Owner at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Louise, it was a pity you could only stay one night. Port Elizabeth has so much to offer, you will definitely have to come back.

Reviewed 8 January 2015

we were very happy with the way that we were received the guy welcomed us with a smile and made us feel at home the children enjoyed the backyard and the braai area rooms were nice and clean thanks for the great stay

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jikolodge, Manager at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Traveller Thank you for your positive feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back at Jikeleza backpacker Lodge. Kindest Regards The Jikeleza Team

Durban
Reviewed 28 November 2014

Jikeleza was a great place to stay. It's very close to everything you need and he main attractions. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It's a cosy place, old but still pretty clean. It's also a baz bus pick up and drop off which is handy.

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jikolodge, Manager at Jikeleza Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Traveller Thank you for your positive feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back at Jikeleza backpacker Lodge. Kindest Regards The Jikeleza Team

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Family Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Come and explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza is just a few streets away from the buzzing nightlife that will swallow you in and take you on a true local ride. The clubs in the area range from hip hop to African house to classic mainstream radio funk. Parliament & Stanley Streets have become the local hang outs, so who really needs a club anyway! Let's party in the street! Have a lazy cocktail at one of the cafes while you lounge in their on street couches or chow down on huge chip rolls. Visit live music and theatre shows, banks, post office, pubs and 24 hour shops. Whatever you fancy, it is only a brisk walk away and our door is open all day and all night, so come home when you want to. Or relax with the other guests around the evening fire and enjoy a local Braai. There is always something to do. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jikeleza Lodge

Address: 44 Cuyler Street | Central, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Price Range: $18 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Stay in a room on entrance level for convenience to kitchen and bathroom. Stay in a garden cabin for comfort and privacy.”
 of 5 bubbles gardengirlafrica, 3 Dec 2013 | Read review
“Garden sheds at the back”
 of 5 bubbles Jay3991, 28 Jun 2013 | Read review
“The second floor, where I stayed, is closest to the kitchen, which is a plus. Outside are private cabins for couples--these might be a bit quieter, plus the morning view of Port Elizabeth is fantastic.”
 of 5 bubbles AlinaD478, 18 Oct 2011 | Read review
“Make sure you don't have the double in the shed! Dorms looked like a better standard for a lower price!”
 of 5 bubbles Anna598, 21 Sep 2011 | Read review
“Make sure you don't get a "garden unit".”
 of 5 bubbles Mandy01_90, 11 Sep 2011 | Read review
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