Billy Bongo Backpackers, Sabie

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Billy Bongo Backpackers Reviews

Recently reopened after a two-year absence, Billy Bongo Backpackers fills the gap left by the closure of another backpackers, but is so much more than just a gap-filler.

The Location

The hostel is located on Old Lydenburg Road, about two kilometers northwest of central Sabie. Billy Bongo sits on the road to three waterfalls -- The Bridal Veil, The Horse Shoe, and Lone Creek Falls.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a couple of double rooms, a family room, and a six-bed dorm. The dorm has four bunks and two single beds. The bathroom has its own toilet and solar-powered hot-water shower. The small kitchenette includes a kettle, toaster, microwave, and fridge. There is also a TV in the room, so it doubles as a group or family room, with plenty of space. The beds have duvets and good mattresses, and there are two desks for unpacking. It's a little dark as two windows have been boarded up. It's all very clean, as everything is almost new. The rooms share a common toilet and shower that are kept as clean as the rest of the house.

Common Spaces

In the house, there is a large kitchen for self-catering. There are no meals here, so the kitchen is very well equipped with a kettle, microwave, fridge, and an induction cooker. There is free tea and coffee all day. There is a pool table by the kitchen and a cozy sitting room with large couches, bean bags, and a TV. The walls are decorated with maps, posters, and laminated flyers from other hostels around the region, and there's a small library. A small, wooden sitting area with table football has been added in the back garden, which will become a bar. The owner is making the whole place off-grid; all power will come from the sun and other green sources. There is a tiny bathing pool in the back garden by the bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided.


Everything here is brand new, and this place is clean, comfortable, and run by an excellent owner. The owner is both friendly and informative, with many years' experience running the hostel. It's in a secure, gated compound and there is CCTV by the gate. This is a great place to stay, and it promises to get even better, as finishing touches are still being provided by the owner.
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Sitting Room
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Common Kitchen
Dorm Kitchenette
Dorm Toilet & Shower
Londonroad Staff Reviewer
Published on 2016-10-19


This is truly a home from home backpackers with free internet and wi-fi.
There is a large fully equipped self catering kitchen, a tv lounge with dvd collection, pool table, soccer table, plunge pool next to the bar, barbeque and fireplace, undercover camping and a stream and dams with ducks and geese at the bottom of the garden.

There is also parking / camping space for overland trucks. Secure off-street parking for guests.
We also do bookings for all activities and adventures in the area from tubing down the Sabie River , jumping of the Big Swing, Quad Biking, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Fishing and Blyde River Canyon Tours. Pick ups from Nelspruit can be arranged.

Location and Contact


• Travel through Sabie towards Graskop direction. As you are leaving Sabie turn left into Lydenburg Road towards Lone Creek Waterfall. 1km. Pass first stop and the venue is on the right hand side.
• GPS: S 25* 05' 44.89''
• E 30* 46' 08.46''



Address: 173 Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Website Billy Bongo Backpackers Sabie
Phone Number: 072 370 7219
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


City Tours



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Luggage Storage

BBQ Grill


Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking


Gym/Fitness Room

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Credit Card Payments

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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