Jembjo's Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

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dormitory room
Double en-suite room
Twin en-suite room
Family room
Courtyard
Jembjo's
BBQ area
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Description

The Hostelz.com Review

Jembjo's Knysna Lodge & Backpackers is located in Knysna, which is a bit of a retirement town for wealthy South Africans. The waterfront area is crammed with new apartment developments; it's the gateway to some lovely forest excursions and there are a number of hostel options here, including Jembjo's, which ticks nearly all the boxes for backpackers.

The Location

Jembjo's is located down a quiet street, just ten minutes' walk from the waterfront and the same to the town centre.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This is a small place, so there are not too many beds -- a couple of double rooms plus a fourteen-bed dorm is what's on offer. The main room has ten beds (eight of them bunks), and the landing at the top of the stairs has four beds (two of them bunks). The dorm is a bit cramped, but there are small wooden lockers under the bottom bunk for luggage storage to free up some floor space. There are plenty of fans in the room, but we had a lot of problems with mosquitoes here. There are a couple of clean but very small toilets and hot-water showers up stairs by the dorm and the same downstairs by the private rooms.

Common Spaces

When you enter the premises, you come into the sitting room -- it's very cozy and comfortable with DSTV, and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the house. The common kitchen is likewise spotless and very well equipped with kettles, toasters, microwaves, electric cooker, and fridges. A free, help-yourself egg, toast, and fruit breakfast is included in the bed price, and there is free tea and coffee all day. There is a large, sunny, back garden patio where there is also a braai (BBQ). The house is access controlled via two security gates with an entry code.

Summary

It's very clean and neat and the owners are there every day. They can arrange many trips and tours for travelers and seem to be well informed about the area. One thing we feel is missing here is soul. The owners are very efficient and businesslike, but not particularly friendly. They don't look to engage their guests, so there is little atmosphere here. It's this engagement that sets the best of the many hostels in South Africa apart from the others, and while Jembjo's is very good in what it offers and cleanliness and maintenance is top notch, it's not fun! In fact, we found the atmosphere a little frosty.
by Londonroad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2016-12-09
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Jembjo's
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Location/Contact

Address
4 Queen Street, Lower Central, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
Coordinates
-34.039509, 23.050298 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Telephone
0027 44 382 2658
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(170 ratings)
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