Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel, Port Elizabeth

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Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel Reviews

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.
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Outside of Building
Sitting Room
Back Garden
Double Chalet
Double Room
4-Sleeper Family Room
Garden 6-Bed Dorm
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-07-23

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.



"JIKELEZA LODGE" is an International Backpackers Hostel. You'll find the hostel safe, clean and comfortable offering a true African experience and South African hospitality. It has been designed by travelers for travelers to meet in a home away from home atmosphere. The hostel has a reputation for making you feel welcome and are enthusiastically run by the owners and their manager. The old buildings with all the gleaming wood and warm, atmospheric charm are a stones throw or a quick stomp away from inexpensive and traditional African restaurants, night spots, jazz clubs, pubs, post office, banks, antique shops, 24 hour grocery shopping and flea markets. The owners are fanatical about cleanliness and all the staff are friendly and go out of their way to help you. They offer you a variety of accommodation.

There are single rooms, double rooms (Double bed) and twin rooms (2 single beds), 3, 4 and 5 bed family/group rooms, dorms and camping. The hostel is never crowded and their dorms only have a maximum of 7 beds and at times are smaller. The dorms are mixed, both male and female, and may not be suitable for some local holiday makers who are not conversant with traveling etiquette. You will need a VIP, Bacpac, HI or other backpacker card, a ISIC or student card to stay in the dorms. The kitchen is fully fitted so that you can whip up a quick meal or cook up a storm.

JIKELEZA LODGE are set right in the heart of the old historical Port Elizabeth city and right on the Donkin Heritage walking trail. Here you can walk amongst the many old buildings of yesteryear marveling at the fine architecture and history of the time. If traveling is getting you down then you can relax in their gardens. Grab a beer from their self service refreshment bar and have a braai or eat your breakfast under the cathedral style shady trees. Share your experience with the visiting birds, who frequent the garden often. Our prices vary from 6/7 bed dorms at R115-00pppn, R290-00 for a double/twin (max 2 people), R390-00 for a 3 bed room, R500-00 for a 4 bed room and R195-00 for a single room per night. Limited camping is available at R80-00 pppn.

• FREE Wi-Fi
• FREE tea and coffee
• FREE half hour internet
• FREE seventh night OR 4th night half price
• FREE advance booking of accommodation
• FREE booking of tours and safaris
• Range of videos to view at no cost
• Drop off’s at departure points or any place in PE can be arranged
• Hot Showers and bubble baths
• Safe for valuables
• Communal TV lounge
• Large garden with bar-b-que/braai facilities
• Fully equipped warm, Cosy Kitchen
• Full travel/adventure booking facility for anything in Africa
• Internet facilities
• Restaurants on the doorstep
• Serviced and agents for the Baz Bus and Intercape Mainliner Coach
• Close to the worlds fifth oldest test cricket grounds – St Georges Cricket Ground
• Baz Bus drop off/pick up
• Five minutes walk from a 14km nature trail
• Right on the famous Donkin Heritage City Centre Trail
• Special prices on taxis and car hire
• Tours to Addo Elephant National Park, Schotia Lion Safari’s, Amakhala, Kwantu, Seaview and Kragga Kamma Game Parks
• City and Township experiences organized.
• Excellent snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing
• Sandboarding down some of the most exciting and highest sand dunes
• Museums and art galleries with yesteryear and contemporary adventures
• Oceanarium and museum complex

They can organise just about everything for you. From finding out what time of day it is to a five year journey through Africa. We know South Africa better than most South Africans. We are also not bound to any one tour operator, bus or car hire company so we can give you unbiased genuine assistance. We care for You! The travelers say so and the locals say so. Why not give them the opportunity to make your travels a remarkable experience at a great saving." (Coast to Coast magazine)

Location and Contact




Address: 44 Cuyler Street, Central, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel Port Elizabeth www.jikelezalodge.co.za
Phone Number: +27 (0) 41 586 3721
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

City Tours


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7 AM - 10 PM (07:00-22:00)

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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