Funky Monkeys Hostel



The Review

Sitting just a five-minute walk uphill from one of its main competitors, Funky Monkeys Hostel provides a good base for excursions further afield around the Kruger National Park area.

The Location

Funky Monkeys is in a quiet, residential suburb of Nelspruit. This place is slightly inconveniently situated if you don't have your own transportation; it's about a forty-five-minute walk south of the city center.

Rooms and Bathrooms

While a bit plainer than one of the other backpacker places in Nelspruit, it's clean and there are a lot more dorm beds here than elsewhere. Two ten-bed dorms, a six-bed and a four-bed dorm; all with bunks and all are en suite. The dorm down by the bar has a tendency to be a bit noisy quite late, there could be an issue with security also. The mattresses are good, the beds have duvets, and the fans work. No room is too cramped and there are lockers in the sitting room for valuables. A choice of double and single rooms are also offered; all are fairly plain but functional and most are en suite.

Common Spaces

There is a sitting room in the main house, where most of the rooms are, which has some soft sofas and there are sun loungers outside by the swimming pool. The water did look quite green when we stayed, though. By the bar there are plenty of chairs and tables for relaxing, as well as a pool table, which is popular with the locals. Wi-Fi is available, but you have to pay a per-day charge. There is a well-equipped kitchen (kettle, toaster, microwave, gas stove, and fridge for self-caterers); there is no food available here, so make use of the small grocery that sits opposite. There is ample parking space just inside the gate.


There have been issues with security here, as there is no guard and the gate is open all day until late to anyone who wants to come in and use the bar. There were no problems when we stayed, and we used one of the dorms up in the house away from the bar, which seems the best option for security, as well as peace and quiet. This place doesn't have the homey flourishes of its near neighbor, but is still a good deal.
by Londonroad Staff Reviewer
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Front Gate
Bar & Reception
Bar Pool Table
Swimming Pool
Communal Kitchen
Dining Room
Sitting Room
10-Bed Dorm
Dorm Toilet & Shower


102 Van Wijk Street, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
+27 (0)13 7441310 or 083 3104755
+27 (0)13 7441310
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Funky Monkeys Hostel is regarded by many as the best in Nelspruit city. The Location Funky Monkeys Backpackers is located at 102 Van Wijk Street, approximately two kilometers south of the center of Nelspruit, the capital city of Mpumalanga Province. It's approximately fifty kilometers from the nearest entrance to the internationally renowned Kruger National Park, generally regarded as the main attraction of the area. It is easy to find by private vehicle, especially with the aid of a Nelspruit street map, which is obtainable free from tourist information centers throughout Mpumalanga Province. There is ample secure parking within the hostel grounds, a gated compound. Guests are issued with a remote control device to open and close the main gate. The backpackers’ Baz bus stops at the hostel, and there is a variety of connections between Nelspruit and other locations in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland via train, long-distance bus, and shared minibus taxi, all of which stop in Nelspruit city center. Guests with heavy luggage but without their own transportation can try the local bus service or take a taxi to the hostel. There are also safaris of varying duration to Kruger National Park organized by the hostel, which has its own tented camp within the park. Rooms and Bathrooms There are several multi-bed, mixed-sex dorms -- all of them with with room locks and (exceptionally for South Africa) lockers -- private double rooms with shared bathrooms, and camping on the lawn for travelers with their own tents. There are ample mixed-sex bathrooms. There is space to change in the shower areas, and there are hooks for clothes and soap dishes. Common Spaces The self-catering kitchen is reasonably well equipped, except that it does not have a microwave oven. There is a dining area nearby, also used by guests who have ordered hostel meals and where the free simple breakfasts are served, and a lounge with comfortable seating, a television, a book exchange, and an ATM, which sometimes runs out of cash. Smoking is prohibited in all of these enclosed areas, but it can be difficult for nonsmokers to avoid cigarette smoke in the large expanse of other seating areas, which are either in the open air or merely roofed over -- especially in the area next to the well-stocked, inexpensive bar, which doubles as a reception area. There is also a games area with pool table, a “braai” (barbecue) area, and a swimming pool. All of these areas are clean, well maintained, and pleasant. The guests are friendly and mainly young. The hostel has a reputation for parties. Summary Funky Monkeys Backpackers is justly popular as a jumping-off point for Kruger National Park and other attractions of Mpumalanga Province such as the Drakensberg escarpment. The rates are moderate, the staff are friendly and helpful, and their Kruger Park tours provide a convenient and well-subscribed service.
John Steedman
  We stayed only one night in this excellent hostel but it's very friendly, comfortable and the lasagna is delicious!!
Tsany, Pico, and Bico from Uruguay

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