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About The Hippo Backpackers

The Hippo Backpackers is an owner-managed lodge situated on Richmond Hill in Port Elizabeth. Homely and hearty, the Hippo is located in a central area of town, within easy reach of trendy restaurants and pubs.

The Hippo Backpackers offers accommodation in three six-bed dormitory rooms, three twin rooms and two double rooms. The twin and double rooms contain en-suite bathrooms.

The Hippo Backpackers features braai facilities, a swimming pool, a pub and entertainment area with a pool table and DStv. We have a laundry service, and broadband Wi-Fi internet connection. Secure parking is also available.

  • Response Rate: 49%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 12 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 26
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

We do not accept guests under 18 without prior arrangement with management.
All rates include a free breakfast of toast with spreads, tea and coffee.
Please provide your expected time of arrival.
No single rooms available in high season.
No camping facilities.
No dogs please.

The Hippo Backpackers Rooms

Reviews for The Hippo Backpackers

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William Kawara, South Africa
24 April 2016

Comment reserved did enjoyed my stay

Michelle Gomes, South Africa
06 May 2015

Brilliant...stayed for 6 nights the staff, amazing. Will go back there

Gesina Nieuwoudt, South Africa
04 January 2013

Thanks for the hospitality was a good experence for us,did enjoy staying at your facilities you make us feel very welcome.Thanks for all.

Petrus Tyambetyu, South Africa
01 December 2011

Very good place to visit when with friends. Everyone stays together but with some sort of privacy. Great place.

Petrus Tyambetyu, South Africa
30 November 2011

Great place for friends to enjoy each other's company. It opened our minds towards backpackers! We will surely recommend it to friends and colleagues.

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The Hippo Backpackers is 0.7km from the centre of Richmond Hill , the nearest airport 3km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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