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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 January 2013

Dear Fellow Travellers Please take this seriously!!! We are currently trying to get the R7000 we paid for this accommodation. We had paid for 12 days in total for 5 people. On arrival, the beds weren’t made, there was no electricity, the house was extremely filthy. About 8 drunk men in the premises(friends of the owner).We did nt stay there...

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3Thank Tumi26
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 10 October 2011

While the location is pretty nice for Johannesburg (within walking distance of the mall, Gautrain station, and bus), the backpackers itself is pretty dismal. There was no heat and the windows didn't close all the way, leading to nights sleeping under 5 duvets and still freezing! The rooms and bathrooms weren't filthy, but I wouldn't call them clean either. Kitchen...

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1Thank knrose29
Wokingham
Reviewed 3 April 2010

My daughter and her friend from London booked this dosshouse on a recent visit to SA. My husband and I were staying elsewhere and when we came to drop them off I was appalled and refused to allow them to stay. The showers were mouldy, the beds looked like several previous occupants had slept in them and they had not...

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3Thank GoJosi
Copenhagen
Reviewed 14 February 2010

I've booked and paid a deposit with my credit card in order to stay at Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers in June 2010. That was months ago now. However, it was a mistake and I lost the deposit. That's all fine and part of the conditions. But so is this: "In the event of a no show, your card will be...

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2Thank Finndk
Zoo L, Owner at Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Well Finndk, Do you know what rip off means. Please detail exactly what was ripped off.( IN YOUR CASE NOTHING.) I find your review the kind of knee jerk reaction that a little spoilt child will make when he does not get his way. Firstly, you never booked directly with the lodge but with Hostelworld. You paid Hostelworld a deposit...

Wimbeldon
Reviewed 2 June 2009

Thank you Tim Derek and Mike for a wonderful stay at your Lodge. The Kruger walking Safari and the Delta and Vic Falls where awesome. Friday night Braai (BBQ) where the best. I found Zoo Lodge to be very centrally located with taxis and bus routes avaiable on the road outside the lodge. Thanks again and keep it up.

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Thank Mr_D_Wimbeldon
Bournemouth
Reviewed 2 April 2008

Unfortunately we incurred constant problems staying at this hostel. To summarise the following happened - We constantly waiting for the manager to give us details off our tour after arranging a time to meet him but he failed to turn up. On one instance after 1.15 hour of waiting we went to find him and found him getting drunk in...

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Thank CheeseNoodle
london
Reviewed 29 May 2007

After staying at Zoo Lodge in November 2005 and returning this year in March, the improvements at this backpacker are awesome! Inside its tidy and clean and there is new bed linen in all the rooms including the dorms. The new manager is friendly, enthusiaistic and helpful and there's also a new stove, a new washing machine, a new microwave,...

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Thank robthesafa
S.A.
Reviewed 28 May 2007

We stayed at Zoo Lodge in March 2007 and were impressed by the level of service. The facilities are a bit basic, but the private rooms are very nice. The garden is exceptional. It being a small hostel, personal attention is guaranteed. The staff were very friendly and full of knowledge. I would stay here any time again.

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USA
Reviewed 1 August 2006

A truly awful experience. We booked several nights for a group while working on a project in one of the townships. We wanted someplace safe and not too rowdy, although members of our group are reasonably tolerant and some have traveled widely with primitive accomodations. The outside facilities are pretty, but inside there are unattached floorboards, rooms lit be a...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Zoo Lodge is the safest, friendliest backpacker in Jo'burg. We offer clean, comfortable accommodation for the budget traveler. We are located in the lush Northern Suburbs, 7km from the city centre and one of the safest suburbs in Jo'burg. The bus and train stations are only ten minutes away by car for those wishing to travel on. Jan Smuts Avenue is the main transport route running north-south through Jo'burg with buses that stop on our doorstep. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Africa's Zoo Lodge Backpackers

Address: 233a Jan Smuts Avenue | Parktown North, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Greater Johannesburg > Johannesburg
Price Range: RM49 - RM111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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Africa`s Zoo Lodge Backpackers & Guesthouse Hotel Johannesburg
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“All the rooms are good. If you like to party stay near the pool. If you like peace and quite stay at the top of the lodge.”
 of 5 bubbles leonidb939, 18 Oct 2013 | Read review
“The Friday night Braai's BBQ's are not to be missed. You will come back just for the braai.”
 of 5 bubbles isamq2013, 16 Oct 2013 | Read review
“Spurge on the double rooms. It is the same price as a lot of dorms accommodation in CPT.”
 of 5 bubbles knrose29, 10 Oct 2011 | Read review
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