Straddling the divide between guesthouse and homestay, Nelspruit Backpackers, this quaint, intimate little place is another addition to the high quality accommodation on offer in Nelspruit.
The long-running Nelspruit Backpackers is located on a quiet, residential side street about two kilometers or twenty minutes' walk southwest of the city centre. Backing onto the western edge of the Private Nelspruit Nature Reserve, which winds its way almost to the doorstep of one of the other backpackers' in Nelspruit, this place has the advantage of being less than ten minutes' walk from a large shopping mall, which has a number of restaurants and a Spar supermarket.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This is the owners' house too, so most of the rooms are in the house with a couple of cabins in the garden, housing double and twin beds. There are two bright six-bed dorms with fan, sharing common toilets and showers and one of four beds. The duvets are colourful and the mattresses comfortable. There are cupboards for luggage storage and power points in each room. There are two common showers -- one inside the house and one round the back -- that have twenty-four-hour hot water and three toilets, all scrupulously clean. The free Wi-Fi reaches all parts of the property.
There is a kitchen for guests' use which is shared with the family and has plenty of everything you might need, including lockers. There is free tea and coffee all day, but no food is available here, hence the convenience of having the shopping mall just ten minutes' walk away. The large sitting room, also shared with the family, has comfortable sofas and a flat screen DSTV. A swimming pool sits in the back garden and there is a sundeck, which looks out on the nature reserve. The house is in a gated compound watched over by two large but ultimately friendly dogs (and a puppy and two cats).
After running this place for twenty years, the owners know what backpackers want; while this is not a place for party animals, it has an intimacy that sets it apart from the competition. The owners live onsite, so they are always available should you need them, and budget tours can be arranged here with Mbombela safaris. This lovely little place and friendly family are warmly recommended.
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