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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.


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Kids Stay Free
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  • District Dorm Bed District Dorm Bed Sleeps 1 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 8
    • Rooms Adults
      • Mountain Leopard Dorm Bed Mountain Leopard Dorm Bed Sleeps 1 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 6 This is a bed in a 6-bed dorm room with linen provided. The bathroom is shared it's a communal bathroom shared with othe... see more
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          • Umzi Dorm Bed Umzi Dorm Bed Sleeps 1 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 6
            • Rooms Adults
              • Family Room Family Room Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 This room has a 1 Double bed, 2 single beds. Shared bathroom (shared with the other family rooms) communal bathroom,... see more
                • Rooms Adults
                  • Double (En-Suite) Double (En-Suite) Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 2 The best of both worlds with views of the Touw River and Milkwood forest, en-suite bathroom and double bed. The room is... see more
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                      • Twin Room Twin Room Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only This room has two bunk beds, tea and coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and shared bathroom with other guests... see more
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                          • Family Room (En-suite) Family Room (En-suite) Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only Loose standing rondawel with 1 double bed and two single beds.Linen is provided. The unit also has an en-suite bathroom... see more
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                              • Second Twin Room Second Twin Room Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only 1 Double bed, and a single bed. Sharing bathroom and kitchen with other guests its a communal bathroom and kitchen. Line... see more
                                • Adults
                                  • 5 Sleeper 5 Sleeper Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering 1 Double bed, and 3 single beds. Sharing a bathroom and kitchen with other guests as its communal. Linen provided. There... see more
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                                      Reviews for Fairy Knowe Backpackers

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                                      Caroline Hayward
                                      02 May 2021

                                      Beautiful venue, and scenery.

                                      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

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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