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Located at the southern end of St Lucia's main thoroughfare, McKenzie Street, Monzi Safaris Backpackers is close to all amenities, with a supermarket and restaurants just a five-minute walk.
The forest and the estuary are just a fifteen-minute walk away and local minibus taxis pass right outside.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel -- formerly known as Budget Backpackers -- is a tented camp near the middle of town and the backpackers' and budget accommodation is at the front, just behind the reception building. There are two dorms, one for men and one for women, in two large safari tents; the dome tents sit on a wooden platform above the dorms. At the back of the property are the double, twin, and family safari tents with their own balconies and individual wooden walkway. The dorms are six-bed rooms, all bunks, each with its own light and power point. There are ceiling fans and a standing fan for the lower bunks. The lockers are large and come with a key provided.
The bathrooms, also separated by gender, have private cubicles containing a shower, toilet, and hand basin, and have hot water. Everything is kept clean and serviced several times a day.
The common spaces set this place apart from its competitors -- it's actually quite posh! The open-plan lounge and kitchen area is huge and sits right by the pool. DSTV, a pool table, and table football is provided in the lounge and the kitchen is well kitted out with four gas hobs, two fridges, three gas kettles, a microwave, and a toaster. There is a "no washing up" rule for guests, as staff are assigned to clean up after you and do this regularly throughout the day. The clean water pool is surrounded by loungers and basket chairs sitting in tented gazebos and there is a large braai (BBQ) area. The posher safari tents at the back of the property also have their own pool, lounge, and kitchen. The free Wi-Fi is a good speed.
This is a step up from most backpacker accommodation around South Africa and it's so easy to while away day after day just relaxing by the pool. The only caveat is that the backpackers' section at the front can be a bit noisy. It's close to the lounge/kitchen area, and although there is a no noise after 10 p.m. policy, you might still be able to hear the comings and goings of other guests, particularly to the dome tents on the wooden platform that forms the dorms' ceilings. Monzi Safaris organize game drives in both nearby reserves using their own vehicles and drivers and can put you in touch with boating, birding, and hiking guides. This is a very professionally run and comfortable lodge.
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Published on 2017-07-21
Location and Contact
81 McKenzie Street, St Lucia, St. Lucia,
KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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