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About Gecko Backpackers

Owner managed, Gecko Backpackers is a quality international backpackers tucked away in one of the last indigenous forest along the Sabie Valley in the South African Lowveld. A good place to use as a base from which to explore the world famous Kruger National park and the Panorama route.

We offer accommodation in basic, but clean twin rooms (bathrooms are separate), mixed dormitories and a double en-suite room. Our campsite is located under large shady trees, with stunning open plan bush view showers and toilets.

A fully equipped self catering kitchen is available for guests' use. Alternatively, share the braai with our other guests and enjoy the international vibe. The fully stocked bar provides drinks to enjoy in our open patio with a full view of the stunning forests.

While the splash pool gives a welcome coolness on the hot lowveld days, there are plenty of other outdoor activities available in the area, with Big 5 safaris in Kruger and white river rafting as just some of the highlights.

With personal service and a relaxed atmosphere, Gecko Backpackers is the place to be for an affordable and pleasant stay.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 7 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 56
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 34 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Gecko Backpackers

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Ross Hawkins
22 May 2017

Very comfortable and an easy sense of being very welcome

Robin Cooper
03 March 2017

The room was clean and comfortable Andrew the shower worked well, but there was very poor lighting in the room, and it was down in a dip, thus dark. The shared kitchen was generally well provided

Gideon Brink, South Africa
07 October 2016

We were comfortable and had a lovely stay at Gecko backpackers. The atmosphere is friendly and informal. If you just need a bed, toilet and shower, this would be ideal. We were doing a ride through on the bike and this informal place was affordable and clean. Thank you for making our stay memorable. Loved the writings on the wall.

Annica Honiball, South Africa
26 June 2016

We had a great time at Gecko Backpackers, I didn't want to go back to the city. It is quiet and beautiful.The people and the vibe was awesome.

Jaco Erasmus, South Africa
17 December 2015

Very friendly and competent staff. Second stay at the backpackers, always clean and well looked after. Can really recommend staying here if you are looking for budget accommodation.

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Gecko Backpackers is 4.2km from the centre of Hazyview , the nearest airport 38.1km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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