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Bangalore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our weekend getaway. Have been to many backpackers in SA and generally each one has their own unique features. This is quite a huge property. And lot of options to choose from. We were a group of 7 and stayed in three chalets. Quite reasonable costs. The ambience is great. The view is refreshing. We had no problems...

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very nice place to backpack, i was alone and went for the Tugela falls trek (Although the falls didnt have any water due to the draught in SA that year), the guide was really entertaining. Inspite of being with so many people, he gave us a really nice and entertaining trek! I forgot my credit card the previous night...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Yeah ! We love it when everything turns out well !We hope you'll be back one day soon, and get to see the waterfall in full flow. The rainy season came back this year, so guests have been swimming in the large rock pools on the summit, and enjoying the sight of the waterfall. Thank you for a lovely review.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They make a big deal of being a 5 star backpackers, we stayed in backpackers from Cape Town to Joburg and this place is OK, a long way off being the best, but not the worst either! We booked a room with a view...not worth the extra money at all!! They've planted trees in the way of the view,which is...

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Ahus, Sweden
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed for two nights camping this time and have earlier stayed in the backpackers and I must say that its few places that I've stayed that can offer as much as this one! There's a bar, restaurant, pool, nice views, ATM, nice camping area etc. The facilities are well kept and clean and the staff is helpful and friendly. The...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Fredrick for this lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, and no doubt we will see you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for 1 night in our 2 week holiday and wouldn't return to this place. The setting is beautiful but our stay totally ruined by the pushiness of the owner selling tours. We are 2 very independent travellers and experienced hikers/climbers, yet we were almost forced to book on a tour. We were treated with no respect for our...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Jenna, I'm sure the intention was to give you the information and for you to use it as you will. No-one can force you to do what you don't want to do, especially as you have good experience in hiking and an above average intelligence. We are almost obliged to tell people of the dangers of the mountain when...

Clarens, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

this was a great surprise, nice accommodation, great views and great walks with great breakfast and lovely smoothies.... Loved the Sauna and Jaquzi...the atmosphere was great, need a new mattress though..

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hey Aaltjie, Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We replace mattresses regularly, so wish I knew which bed you are referring to! The mattress is king in this industry, as we are selling you a good night's sleep... thanks for enjoying everything else. See you another time.

Muenster, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel should be regarded as a hotel! Everything totally amazed me (maybe except the whirlpool)... The view from the hostel which is surrounded by the Drakensberge, the rooms, the great food (a 3-meal course) and the offered tours. You should definitely do the guided hike, at least if you're fit enough and not afraid of heights. The tour to...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for writing this wonderful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and have recommended our lodge for the views, room, food and hikes. The whirlpool is cleaned and filled with fresh water everyday. It gets serviced once a week as well. Perhaps the rock pool was more to your liking. Hopefully you will come back on another...

Bergville, South Africa
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When i thought i had seen it all then came this shock.I was at backpackers having a few drinks with my friend oh wait lots and lots of drinks with my friend as we were celebrating his birthday.The music they played just suited the occasion and we had just enjoyed the traditional live Zulu music from Inkonjane. The night was...

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amphibackpackers, Owner at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

We are going to print this Trip Advisor review and wear it on a T-Shirt!! This is the nicest review we have ever received, and reconfirms our reason for working in the Hospitality Industry. We really hope the Birthday Boy will be back for more fun and laughter, and perhaps even join in a swimming gala !! or maybe just...

Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We stayed with Amphitheatre Backpackers last year novembre. We had a great time and enjoyed the beautiful landscape. Unfortunately we checked the bill in detail when we already continued our journey. Amphitheatre Backpackers had booked a tour we did twice, so we asked them in several emails to give us the money back. No one answered to the emails so...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the great words about our lodge, so glad that you enjoyed it so much also so glad that you enjoyed the tours they are very popular. In terms of the doubling up of an item on the bill, of course it is an error and certainly is not in the benefit of the teller ( why would...

Reviewed 31 January 2017

For the past 5 years we've spend every New Years at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge for the Smoking Dragon New Years Festival. We really enjoy the scenery, the lush green grass, the awesome owners and staff. To see how this backpackers has grown over the years and how they invest back into the property is just beautiful. This place has so...

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amphibackpackers, General Manager at Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

You are so right. We just keep on putting back into this place, because we love it as much as you do!! Thanks for these lovely words of praise and encouragement. It's great to see them written.

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  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The venue is really amazing. The lodge is found on a stunning 300 hectares of land near the foot of the Amphitheatre (Royal Natal National Park) and Cathedral Peak. The Mpande River weaves through the lands. There are buck, small mammals and a fantastic array of wild birds near the 2 dams and a picture postcard view from the lawn, a 360 degree panorama that takes in the entire Northern range from the Amphitheatre all the way to Cathkin Peak. The lodge is a base from which you can explore different sections and all the highlights of the Drakensberg Park each day. Built from stone, thatch and wood, the place is like an artist's sculpture with stained glass, metal and wooden carvings, mosaics and beautiful indigenous rockeries. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge

Address: R74, Jagersrust 3354, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Jagersrust
Hotel Class:5 star — Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 34
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“Get any room, but do as much as possible while there.”
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“Our room was pretty basic, but that was part of the charm of the place”
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