Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel


Guests in our kitchen
Jikeleza Lodge
Double Room
Our Lounge
Meal under in the tree in our backyard
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The Hostelz.com Review

The friendly Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel is very central and is a good choice in Port Elizabeth, which is a bit of a way station for international travelers. It's a place where you'll have to change transport whether traveling east or west along the south coast and most people overnight here. Port Elizabeth has some (mostly historical) sites of interest to keep tourists happy for a day or two.

The Location

Located a ten-minute walk from the Donkin Reserve and a further five minutes down to the Govan Mbeki Street shopping area, Jikeleza is very handily placed, either for sightseeing or shopping. It's also just fifteen minutes' walk from the Norwich area coach and minibus taxi station for long-distance travel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This neat little place has eleven rooms including two dorms. The main house has two small single rooms, a double, a twin, and a six-bed dorm. Down the steps to the back garden, there is a double room, a twin room, a four-sleeper family room, two double chalets, and another six-bed dorm. The dorms are spacious and have plenty of power points, but the mattresses and duvets are rather thin.

All the rooms, including the private rooms, share bathrooms. There is one on the ground floor of the main house, with a shower and a bath, plus two toilets and, in the back garden, the lower rooms and chalets share a shower over a bathtub and two toilets. Everything is clean and you can rent towels for a very small charge. Laundry can also be done here for a charge.

Common Spaces

As you enter the house through the security gate, there are two cushioned seats on the front patio and then you're at the reception desk. Behind you, you will find the sitting room that has two sofas and two easy chairs and a flat-screen TV. On the walls, there are four display shelves full of flyers for other backpackers' and travel agents around South Africa and a book exchange. The guests' kitchen is small, but clean and has a kettle, two toasters, a grill, a microwave, four-ring gas cooker, and two fridges. There aren't many pots and pans, but there's plenty of crockery and cutlery. The kitchen also holds a soft-drinks fridge and a cigarette machine. Free tea, coffee, sugar, and creamer are provided free of charge all day. The back garden has an expanse of grass on which camping is allowed. That does mean however, that there could potentially be a lot of people all using the very few shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available at Jikeleza, with the best signal in the rooms around the reception area and in the sitting room.


This is very friendly place and it's convenient for the center and the historic Donkin Reserve, but in a quiet area. It's clean and comfortable and you'll meet a cross-section of people here, from international tourists to southern African students.
by Londonroad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Outside of Building
Sitting Room
Back Garden
Double Chalet
Double Room
4-Sleeper Family Room
Garden 6-Bed Dorm


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel" at 44 Cuyler Street.)


44 Cuyler Street, Central, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
-33.966220, 25.614430 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+27 (0) 41 586 3721
+27 (0) 41 585 6686
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Good stay
Jikeleza B/P was a good choice for us. The staff was very friendly, competent, and very helpful. Jikeleza is close enough to the city centre so that one can easily walk it. We enjoyed our stay and received good advice from other travelers.
Age 73, German
Great place to crash
Just stayed overnight, for mandatory Baz Bus stop, even though our bus arrived late, a staff member was there to greet us, no time to explore, but the place seemed close to everything, with loads of information for PE and North & South. Room spacious, bed comfy, plenty of outlets to power up, had a good nights sleep, thanks for letting me crash!
Age 40, Australian
Good location & friendly helpful staff
A good location 5 mins from the centre. Staff are friendly and helpful and the tour to Addo and safari was excellent.
Age 46, England
  Stayed in many hostels during my visit to S.A. and this was by far the worst (and in fact, my only bad experience). Upon arrival, the manager refused to leave his living room to speak to me because he "wasn't on duty" as I had booked a double but they gave me three singles and a bunk bed -- was told to push two beds together (fine for two sharing, not so good for one person!). Was also told I would still have to pay for a double! Uncomfortable beds, awful garden, dodgy kitchen (two out of five for cleanliness), three of four windows in my room were nailed shut (not nice during the humid spell. I won't be back here!
SA traveller
  A very nice place — but you get the feeling you are not very welcome if you only want to spend a night and not go on one of the various tours they offer. And the owner does not stop talking — you cannot get a word in. This was really annoying everyone in the living room!!! Nevertheless, it's a nice, safe place. If you travel on your own and want to hang out for a while — go to Jikeleza!
Bosse & Mats
  I stayed here after a frightening experience in the neighborhood where I had been staying, and they were very kind and took me in and took wonderful care of me. The place is gorgeous and in a perfect location, with good accessibility to the waterfront and lots of places to eat and explore. It's very safe, too.

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