Tube 'n Axe Backpackers Lodge, Storms River

Storms River Village
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Tube 'n Axe Backpackers Lodge is one of the many backpackers hostels available here in the tiny village of Storms River, just of the N2 highway between Plettenberg Bay and Jeffreys Bay; it's a very popular stop for most tourists doing the coastal tour.

The Location

Nothing is very far from anything else in Storms River, so you'll have no trouble finding Tube 'n Axe -- or any other place, for that matter -- as there are enough signposts around to guide you.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There's quite a wide choice of accommodation at Tube 'n Axe, from a fourteen-bed dorm and a six-bed dorm right up to en suite twin, double, and family rooms; chalets; and luxury tents. The grounds are leafy and forested and there are boardwalks leading to the rooms and tents towards the rear of the property. The dorms are clean and roomy with good duvets and extra blankets, but the mattresses are thin and cheap. The beds in the six-person dorm have large drawers under the bottom bunk for storage and there are a couple of power points. None of the individual bedside lights were working when we stayed there, though.

The dorm has its own bush toilet and bathroom. The toilet is a composting one with buckets of sawdust provided. The shower isn't great, as the water is only lukewarm, and on a winter's day, not what you need!

The private rooms and the luxury tents are really lovely. If you're prepared to part with some extra cash, you'll be really comfortable in these. Most are en suites and they all have their own tea and coffee station, towels, and complimentary mints.

Common Spaces

Each room, including the dorms, has its own little sitting area outside. The main building houses the reception at the guesthouse shop, which sells wet suits and the other sports goods. Here, you'll find the dining room and social area. There's a bar, a kitchen from which you can order meals, table football, a pool table, dart board, flat-screen TV, and the tea and coffee station (the drinks are not free, however). Just off the social room is a sitting room with sofas and the guests' kitchen. They were installing a new cooker when we stayed here, so it was a bit of a mess, but we could see it has a kettle, toaster, microwave, and a fridge. It is a little light on pots and pans, but there is enough crockery and cutlery. Outside the social room, there is a braai (BBQ) and bonfire area, which is under cover, and a swimming pool and sun loungers. Considering we visited during the rainy winter months, they had kept the swimming pool remarkably clean. Free Wi-Fi is provided and the signal is pretty good around the reception and bar area, and reaches as far as the six-bed dorm.


This is a very professional place. It sells tours and activities and they are well advertised throughout the guesthouse. The restaurant serves good meals, but there are plenty of options elsewhere in the village. The local mini-market sells the basics, if you prefer to self-cater, though, the kitchen is tiny. The swimming pool area is extremely nice and relaxing to sit out in and kept immaculately. There were few people staying there when we were there, but we can see there would be a great atmosphere here when it's close to being full. Not an intimate place, but a good choice, particularly if you want to do a lot of activities around Storms River, as they can all be organized at Tube 'n Axe.
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Front Gate
Dining Room and Social Area
Braai and Bonfire Area
Swiming Pool
Sitting Room
Guests' Kitchen
Double En Suite Chalet
Twin En Suite Chalet
Londonroad Staff Reviewer
Published on 2018-07-29

The Location

Tube 'n Axe Backpackers Lodge is located in the small village of Stormsriver near the Tsitsikamma National Park. The hostel is close to a small supermarket where groceries and alcohol can be purchased, although this is a very small town. The town is surrounded by forests and mountains and has warm temperatures during the day but is cold at night. Warm duvets are provided in the bedrooms for cold temperatures.

The hostel staff are very helpful and can arrange all the activities on offer in the locality. The hostel has a good reception/bar area where a selection of meals can be ordered at meal times. There is an excellently serviced kitchen for guests who want to prepare their own meals. The bungee-jump-themed bar has table football and a pool table, and there is a bonfire lit outside nightly in the garden. There is also fast internet access, a book exchange, tour information stand. The hostel is on the Bazbus route with drop-offs and pick-ups early in the morning or late in the evening depending on the direction you travel. The hostel arranges shuttles to all of the activities on offer in the area for a fare, but is cheaper for groups than one person. The grassy garden is huge and great for spending time outdoors.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms offered are bunk bed dorms ranging in size from six to fourteen beds (they also have a couple double rooms and forest tents and camping are also available in the garden area). The rooms are spacious and the hostel provides clean bed linen and towels. Duvets are also provided as the temperature is cool at night. Rooms have individual-style bathrooms rather than communal and hot water is available all the time. There are no security lockers in the rooms but valuables can be left at reception.

Common Spaces

The bar area is very big and has plenty of tables and chairs for guests to use. There is another smaller common area with couches away from the bar.


This is an excellent hostel, with clean rooms and a good location with excellent hostel facilities. Most of the travelers staying are here to do the world's highest bungee jump located at Bloukrans Bridge, twenty minutes' drive away and as such only stay one or two nights before moving on.



It was an awesome place! Felt close to the nature. I love the tent in that small woods! The dorm was the biggest and most people. The food tasted a bit weird, though but good culinary experience! I was lucky to meet Marius and Brigitta randomly at J'bay! Unforgettable night at Tube N'Axe!


Tube N' Axe is a brilliant place to stay the people are incredibly friendly, and the place just has such a great vibe about it.

The only downside is the lack of bathrooms. There are also no laundry facilities available to guests.

You must have a bungee jump shooter there fantastic!

You'll definitely enjoy your time there, I think it'd be impossible not to.

Lara , Australian

Superb place. Yes, the bar is a little loud but not excessive. There's a great mural on the wall. It has fantastic and friendly staff, who instantly remember everyone's name. There is a lot to do in the area even if the weather is bad.


Tube n'Axe was definitely one of the highlights of South Africa. :o) (Alongside Isle Vibe, another amazing place). Maurius, Scott, Loui and Brigette made our stay unforgettable and even got our passports to Cape Town after we left them behind from partying so much on our last night. Thanks, guys. I would love to get back at some stage. This is one of the Top Hostels in the World!!

Dee & Av

Hey you all there in the bush, this is one of the coolest hostels in the whole wide world. Steve, Elsie says ahoy bro. The service is the best. The food is the juiciest, and the vibe is the sweetest. Thanks a lot for a cool stay, lads. I will be back at the end of 2005 to stay for all eternity.

Frensch Meyer,Ireland

There are no words to describe this hostel. "Perfect" is, I think the closest word you can use about the Tube 'n Axe. All the staff people were really friendly and they made me have an amazing time in Storm's River. Thank you to all my friends, sincerely "The Chilean guy" (Joaquin)


I visited the Tube n' Axe in September 2004. Tube n' Axe is a fantastic place to stay. I would jump at the chance to go back. Steve, Marius, Scott and Louie were excellent blokes, and I had an unforgettable stay. Without doubt it's the best backpackers in South Africa.


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Great place, very friendly staff!

Rami Rajakallio

The atmosphere and the staff were very helpful and friendly. I loved the logged fire where we sat and drank and chatted.......



Our lodge is a beautiful old Cape Dutch style building, with inviting double rooms and large dorm beds. A canopy of black-wood trees covers the property where you'll find our elevated bush camp, and plenty of secluded camp sites where you can pitch your tent or sleep under the stars...

There's a cozy open plan lounge with a jet master fireplace, internet facilities, a vibey African bush style entertainment and bar area equipped with big screen satellite TV, pool table, table soccer and bungee chords for those about to jump.

And we make Lekker Kos (delicious food)! We open our kitchen in the morning at seven and close again at nine at night so we guarantee to keep your tummy full with delicious food from bacon & blueberry pancakes in the morning to our rich sprinbok potjie at night with a selection of in-betweeners like hot soup and fresh home made bread, scrumptious sandwiches, creamy chicken & bacon pasta and zesty couscous salad.

We also have a fully equipped self-catering kitchen and braai facilities for those who prefer to whip up their own feast!

Our North facing lounge opens out onto a warm sunny verandah, which in turn opens out onto a large front lawn (perfect for volleyball, rugby, cricket, or for just soaking up the sun!) with two huge old oak trees pitted against a breath-taking view of the stunning Tsitsikamma mountain range.

Location and Contact


• On the corner of Saffron & Darnell Street, Storms River Village.
• Driving: From the N2 turn into Storm's River Village (NOT Storm's River Mouth), and at the Stop turn right on to the dirt road. The hostel is 50 meters ahead on the left.
• Mailiners (Intercape, Translux, Greyhound etc.) drop you off 5 kilometers away so call to be picked up.
• The Baz Bus drops you on our doorstep.



Address: On the corner of Saffron & Darnell Streets, Storms River Village, Storms River, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Phone Number: +27 42 2811 757
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: As long as the bar is open.

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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