Hostel Wilderness - Fairy Knowe Backpackers



Hostelz.com's Review

Throughout the travel circuit in South Africa, especially the ever-popular Garden Route, HI - Wilderness - Fairy Knowe Backpackers Hostel is enthusiastically mentioned by travelers who have been there, and although it can accommodate quite a large number of guests, especially if one brings a tent, it manages not to be too impersonal and is notable for its leafy surroundings.

The Location

Fairy Knowe Backpackers occupies a spacious, leafy property close to the Touws River and not far from the beach. There is plenty of scope for activities such as hiking in the nearby Wilderness National Park as well as canoeing and horse-riding. The Baz backpackers’ bus stops here, but otherwise private transportation is recommended. The hostel is easy to find when arriving by private motor vehicle, and there is ample free parking within the grounds.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The mixed-sex dormitories are located upstairs within what was originally the farmhouse, which has extensive views of the nearby Wilderness National Park, the downstairs accommodation being occupied by the kitchen and shared mixed-sex bathrooms. In addition, there are other buildings offering private accommodation dotted throughout the property, and there are further shared mixed-sex bathrooms close to the bar area, which is where the campsites are located. The bar area can be noisy at times, but this is only a problem for campers but not dorm occupants due to the distance of the old farmhouse from the bar area. However, silence is usually established by around 11 p.m. The dorms are not usually locked, but there are lockers, and management will store valuables on request. There is space to change in the shower area, and there are hooks for clothes and soap dishes.

Common Spaces

The kitchen in the old farmhouse is reasonably well equipped with plenty of storage for guests’ food, and there is a dining area outside. The old farmhouse has a veranda with comfortable seating, and there is a lounge adjacent to the office/reception area, which also has a pay-as-you-go Internet computer and a small library and book exchange. There is a well-stocked, thatched bar and restaurant surrounded by trees with a large amount of comfortable seating and a pool table. The property is clean and bright and appeals to a variety of age groups. Those who like to party and enjoy loud music can do so in the bar area without disturbing the occupants of the old farmhouse, where there are plenty of opportunities for quiet conversation. Smoking is not usually a problem.


Fairy Knowe Backpackers is a deservedly popular stop on a pleasant section of the Garden Route providing a range of moderately priced amenities and is therefore warmly recommended.
by John Steedman
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2010


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Hostel Wilderness - Fairy Knowe Backpackers" at Dumbleton Road.)


Dumbleton Road, Wilderness, Western Cape, South Africa
-33.992548, 22.600336
info@wildernessbackpackers.com, fairybp@mweb.co.za
+27 (0)44 877 1285
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

New Owners so beware
Booked under the old ownership and rang 4 days before to confirm. New owners had no record but said they could accommodate us with a slight change to booking. Arrived and was then told they had no room. Annoying to say the least, but owner seemed uninterested and said he couldn't remember if he had spoken to me. I have used many backpackers in the past and when things go wrong they are usually more than helpful, sadly not here.
Top out of ten We Stayed At
This place is a treasure, the bush pub is fun, beers cold, and paragliding out of this world. Worth a visit!
Drew Mitchell
  Beautiful place. I will always remember the strong smell of waxed wooden floor and the nice smell of fresh clean linen. The walk to the village along the lagoon is ever so romantic. The breakfast they served looked fantastic. I really have to go back there.
  A stunning setting and friendly staff made this a great stop over from the trials of the Baz Bus. The views in early morning from our room were breathtaking and made up for the rather basic showers. wonderful place to relax and unwind made our stay in SA all the more enjoyable.
Steve and Catherine
  Admitedly we were in a bad mood when we checked in here, having just left the best Backpackers on Earth and the best people on Earth along with it, but the staff were unfriendly and the kitchen had no facilities. We pitched our tent under a huge yellow wood and stayed there most of the night. The buildings were wonderful and it was full of potential, so maybe we were just too tired and grumpy to appreciate it.
  Landi is fabulous, and she made our stay there excellent. We only wanted to go for two nights, and we stayed five.
Candy and Rob
  Just remembering this hostel, wishing I was sitting in the big round chair relaxing, and walking down the boardwalk. I've visited Fairy Knowe twice, the first time in 2000 and then 2002. Always will have a place in my heart...
Tom Herzfeld

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