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About Elalini Backpackers

Elalini Backpackers is set in the beautiful Knysna located on the Garden Route. Guests are central to various restaurants, the harbour, and the beach.There are five houses on the property. Two of the houses are used for the backpackers. Each of these houses has three rooms which can accommodate 12 guests each. There is also a communal lounge, a dining room, and a braai area. The other three houses are available on a bed and breakfast meal basis and have double rooms with shared bathrooms. These guests also share a lounge area.During their stay guests should drive out to

Family friendly: We have three family rooms on the property. We are also self catering and the on site restaurant also caters for children. Kiddies under 2 years stay for free and children always love all the free roaming animals.

 Sleeps 42
Type: Backpacker
Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Reviews: 9 reviews
 Minimum stay: 1 Days

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Important Information

All our rates includes breakfast.

Dorms and tents: Cereal and standard coffee, or toast with jam and butter and standard coffee.

Double Rooms: Cooked breakfast, options are available on our menu.

We do not have any rooms with its own private en-suit. Our dorm rooms are also not private. The rooms as well as the living space and bathroom facilities are shared.

Our double rooms are private but the living space and the bathroom facilities are shared, should there be anyone else booked in the other rooms.

We provide clean linen on all our beds for the duration of your stay.

Kindly bring your own towels as we do not provide this.

We are not a camping site but can accommodate a few tents should we not be busy.

Guest Reviews

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emily yang
January 2019
Loved our stay at Elalini! Location is a little out of Knysna (5min drive) but in such a lovely quiet place we couldn’t complain. Alex was super lovely, our room was comfy, breakfast was great. Shower wasn’t amazing (hot water was not consistent. But other than that, wish we couldn’t stayed for longer
kate kvalsvig
July 2018
Elalini is cute and beautiful, quiet and friendly. The heater in the lounge was potent so I was cosy even on my own on a freezing night. The bed was big and comfortable and I had a great night's sleep. Definitely on my list of places to return to!
rodolfo salemi
April 2018
I loved the breakfast, the dogs and the atmosphere. I didn’t like the dirty and intermittent shower. The room was too small for 5 people, I really didn’t know where to put my backpack
lee-ann whitehead
July 2017
Thank you very much for a great stay!
angelique luabeya
July 2017
Staff was great and very friendly


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
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Elalini Backpackers location

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Elalini Backpackers is 0.1km from the centre of Knysna , the nearest airport 74km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
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