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About Watkins Backpackers

Watkins Farm was established as a base from which to run adventure school camps and tailor-made beach, bush, berg and battle tour itineraries.

There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, depending on the size of the group and purpose of the stay. All accommodation is equipped with a small stove and clean bathroom facilities. Stay in one of the two dormitories, the servants quarters that had been refurbished to sleep six on bunk beds, or The Thatch Hatch, a small cottage that sleeps three people.

Set in a tranquil, natural valley in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the farm has over 600 km of mountain biking or hiking paths and offer activities like fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

Watkins Farm have taken over 4000 kids on tour and are fully certified in all guiding aspects. We also cater for societies, photographers, retreats and outdoor clubs and groups of mates swimming the Midmar Mile, guests sweating away at mountain biking or golfing competitions, or perhaps even attending music festivals.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Response Time: 13 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 69
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews


  • Swimming Pool

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French

Important Information

School groups pay a special rate per child per night and this rate include transport, food, lectures and accommodation all round KwaZulu-Natal. Please request a quote for a correct rate.

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Reviews for Watkins Backpackers

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Deon van Niekerk, South Africa
11 February 2015

Hi. The friendliness was excellent!

Richard Cluver, South Africa
12 May 2014

Our son was getting married at Curries Post so we booked our staff into Watkins Backpackers and arranged for a friend to transport them there. What he saw when he arrived so appalled him that he immediately arranged alternative accommodation at another lodge. He told me that the cottage was filthy, the toilet broken and the accommodation was primitive. You should not be listing this place on your web site. I threw away R600 and caused major inconvenience by choosing this place.

Ronel , South Africa
06 February 2014

The setting is stunning and the welcome wonderful. We were however really disappointed in the accommodation (even for a backpackers). Firstly the place reeked of gas when we walked in; to such an extent that the gas had to be turned off and we had to air the dorm room before we could dare sleep in there. Secondly the beds certainly have bugs. I am not a fussy person, but had it not been for the terrible thunder/rain storm we had, I might have packed up and left. Thirdly, only one of us could have a hot shower in the morning because of the way the gas geyser is set. All-in-all not a place I...
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Allison Naidoo, South Africa
22 October 2012

Excellent value for money in a serene setting. Reggie was most helpful and accommodating. The only downside was the dirt roads in a small vehicle.

lerina marx, South Africa
26 January 2012

It was great! Thank you.

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Watkins Backpackers Map

Watkins Backpackers is 17.5km from the centre of Nottingham Road , the nearest airport 118.9km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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