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Reviewed 8 August 2017

We had a great stay at Lakeview Backpackers! Francois and Ronel made us feel very at home, and were unbelievably helpful.

We had none of the security or cleanliness concerns that other reviewers had. Not sure what the 1-star review was about... They most definitely have water and electricity, and were there, LOL. They also have free wifi, which may have been a more recent addition than the last reviews. Would definitely recommend staying here if you need to be near the airport, and want to have a welcoming place to stay. We got a taxi from the airport, but would recommend going with Uber as it's about half the price.

When we arrived, the owners took us around the corner (as it was too far to walk) for groceries and to get a few drinks. Upon hearing that we were going to buy camping supplies for our trip through South Africa, they insisted we borrow their sleeping bags and pillows. Saved us a bunch of money! They also made a braai for us one night, as we had just arrived, and a braai is a must! They even helped us push-start our rental car when we left the lights on all night (and barely even made fun of us). Overall, it was a great stay with great people, we felt right at home, and it was a wonderful welcome to South Africa.

We just met them in Cape Town to get breakfast and return the camping gear. Would stay with them again in a heartbeat if we're ever passing through Johannesburg.

Room Tip: Go with Uber or their transfer, not an airport taxi! Or rent a car.
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Brendan A
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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Ronel and Francois made us feel like we were staying at home... we've been on the road for a long time and it was the homiest place we've stayed. They took us for drinks, helped me book a haircut, watched TV and cooked with us, drew us maps, gave us millions of recommendations for the trip, and lent us pillows and sleeping bags for our trip. They had tons of advice and made phone calls for us too... it felt like they just wanted us to feel welcome in South Africa and it worked like a charm. Their place is super great and clean. Well-equipped kitchen, comfy lounge area, great outdoor space. Close to the airport too. Would recommend to anyone!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Ann K
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I stayed at this hostel for 4 days and I had a lovely time! The owners are so friendly and really make you feel at home, I was spoiled from the beginning till the end. They gave me alot more then I could've wished for. Thank you and keep on going like this!

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Rani B
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

10km from the airport and when we arrived were told that the hostel was closed. The owner had not paid her utility bills so the electricity and water were cut off. She then fled to Capetown and didn't inform anyone with confirmed bookings that the hostel was closed.
Unbelievably bad.
Thankfully still had our airport taxi. Unfortunately got hammered on the fare.
Stay at the shoestring if you want an overnight near the airport. Those guys aren't dicks.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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2  Thank younggraeme
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

We had this hostel as kind of a pit stop on our way to and from Krugerpark. We stayed there for 2 nights total, 1 night at a time. It was nice, the staff was kind and friendly. They also have three cute little dogs running around, spreading joy. The kitchen was not very clean, ants were crawling from the garbage bag up on the wall, but that did not bother us that much since we did not use the kitchen. But it probably would have bothered us if we were ti stay longer, so thats one thing to take in consideration. Its close to the airport, about 10 minutes with taxi. They also cook you breakfast for a good price. It's not superclean, but it worked for a couple of nights! Basically, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Johanna F
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