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Jikeleza International Backpackers


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Backpacker Accommodation in central Port Elizabeth at Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge from ZAR120.00 per person sharing


Backpacker Accommodation in central Port Elizabeth at Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge from ZAR120.00 per person sharing

Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge in central Port Elizabeth is run by Robert and Marianah, both intrepid explorers of Southern Africa and veteran travellers.

They opened this lodge to share their knowledge and love for this country with others and to maintain contact with other travellers. It is designed by travellers for travellers, to meet in a home away from home atmosphere.  The atmosphere is laid back. You'll find Jikeleza Backpacker Lodge safe, clean and comfortable offering a true African experience and South African hospitality.

One of the older buildings in the Central area with the atmospheric charm of rich, warm, gleaming wood floors, windows and doors. Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge is set in the heart of the old historical heart of Port Elizabeth and right on the Donkin Heritage Walking Trail. Here you can walk amongst the many old buildings of yesteryear marvelling at the fine architecture and history of the time.

Or you can pull on your takkies( cross trainers) and trap (stomp) on down to nearby coffee shops, traditional African restaurants, pubs, banks, 24 hour grocery shops, antique shops, art museums and galleries, the local swimming pool, horticultural gardens, nightspots or jazz clubs, and the beach is only 10 minutes away by car. No Car? Then you can walk to the beach and on the way visit some of the older buildings, stop at the Arts and Curio centre, Wezandla, for a coffee, then onto the South End Museum, with its story of the forced evictions, and eventually reach the beachfront.

The bottom garden and most of the rooms overlook a green belt and guinea fowl, other birds and rock hyrax (dassies) visit regularly. The shaded garden with the cathedral atmosphere is a great place to chill, have breakfast in, start a fire in the evening, grab a beer from their self-service refreshment bar and have a braai with your new friends.

If outside is not for you, you could get your movie fix with the small screen DVD and normalise your heartbeat with their free coffee. They offer breakfast at the nearby coffee shop and are into recycling. Whether it's a quiet stay you need, having fun at the boat bar with lucky legs by your side or getting into rip roaring, thumping nightlife close by, then this IS it.

Jikeleza Backpacker Lodge has its own in-house travel desk and is the best place to get advice on anything to anywhere. They can arrange day trips to Addo Elephant National Park, lion safaris to Schotia, city and township tours, Baz Bus and Intercape Inter City Bus tickets, Car hire at great prices, historical and heritage tours, transfers and overland trips and tours anywhere in Southern Africa.

Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge offers you a variety of accommodation. There are single rooms, double rooms (Double bed) and twin rooms (2 single beds), 3, 4 and 5 bed family/group rooms, dorms and camping. Their dorms only have a maximum of 7 beds and the dorms are mixed, both male and female, and may not be suitable for some local holiday makers who are not conversant with traveling etiquette.

The kitchen is fully fitted so that you can whip up a quick meal or cook up a storm. The owners are fanatical about cleanliness and all the staff are friendly and go out of their way to help you.


Rates are as advised by Jikeleza International Backpacker Lodge

There are no additional costs when booking accommodation with Up And Go

The Rates Information above is a guide only and will be confirmed when making your reservation.

Rates are subject to change without notice.

Rates below are valid until 20 September 

ZAR120.00 per person per night – Dormitory (6 beds)

ZAR300.00 per room per night – Double room

ZAR300.00 per room per night – Twin Room

ZAR200.00 per room per night – Single Rooms

ZAR405.00 per room per night – 3 Bed Family Room

ZAR520.00 per room per night – 4 Bed Family Room

ZAR625.00 per room per night – 5 Bed Family Room

ZAR720.00 per room per night – 6 Bed Family Room





Braai (Barbeque) Area



Game Drives

Golf Course

Scuba Diving






Arts & Crafts


GPS Coordinates:

S33˚ 57’ 558”

E25˚ 36’ 52”

Specific details

Area Activities: Bar, Beach, Boat trips, Fishing, Game Drives, Golf, Hiking Trails, Jet Ski, Mountain Biking, Nightlife, Restaurant, Running Trails, Scuba / Snorkeling, Shopping / Markets, Surfing, Whale Watching
Facilities: DSTV, Television
Star Grading: Not Rated
Accommodation Type Backpackers, Bed & Breakfast, Guest House, Tented


Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
44 Cuyler Street, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

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