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About Fairy Knowe Backpackers

Fairy Knowe Backpackers Lodge is well-positioned, with Wilderness being at the pivot of all that can be enjoyed on the Garden Route. The many adventure attractions of Wilderness are on the doorstep; from amazing hiking trails, to endless beach walks and stunning canoe trips through the Wilderness National Park, to the waterfalls.

The backpackers lodge is set on the Touw River, overlooking the Wilderness National Park Lakes. The old Victorian homestead, built in 1874, is equipped with all of the necessary modern conveniences in a secure beautiful setting, nestled beneath a milkwood forest.

Wilderness is surrounded by many rivers, natural lakes and lagoons, making it an aqua adventure paradise and a great spot for water sport enthusiasts. After a morning of bird and animal watching from a canoe in the Wilderness National Park, you can enjoy horse riding, abseiling, kloofing ,or take a tandem paragliding flight in one of the best locations in South Africa.

Wilderness lies in the middle of the Garden Route and is a great stopover for weary travellers taking a meander down the coast in a rental car, or The Baz Bus hop-on-hop-off backpacker’s bus service is a convenient flexible and safe way to visit Wilderness. Fairy Knowe is an official Baz Bus Stop so they will drop you off at the front door.

  • Response Rate: 90%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 14 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker, Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 103
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 14 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
* Please enquire for further details.

Fairy Knowe Backpackers Rooms

Reviews for Fairy Knowe Backpackers

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Debbi Meyer
16 January 2020

We booked a camp site thinking it would be like usual camp sites with braai facilities and electricity points. In fact when we arrived it just had a piece of grass next to the drive way. No electricity and you are not allowed to braai on the site. We were unable to stay and had to find ourselves another camp site on Xmas day.In saying that, Fairy Knowe did reimburse me my money and for that I am very grateful. However, please can they specify on their website and particularly on the SafariNow site that its not really a camp site and more just for Backpackers so that families don't book...
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Tiaan Lubbe
01 July 2019

I was looking for a place to overnight on our way to Cape Town. This suited our needs perfectly.There are a lot of activities, but did not have the chance to partake.

Pieter Erasmus
07 January 2019

We loved the easy going vibe at Fairy KnowMaybe improve the braai area as some evenings there were to little space for all to braai.Fridge space can also be improved and made more.

David Jenkins
02 May 2018

Something to stop the pillow slipping out the back of the dorm bunkSome bread or rolls to add to the value of the meals supplied

Nomboniso Jozi, South Africa
12 December 2016

Wilderness is beautifil but fairy knowe is dirty , even curtains in kingfisher room

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Fairy Knowe Backpackers is 1km from the centre of Wilderness , the nearest airport 24.3km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling