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About Watkins Backpackers

Watkins Farm was established as a base from which to run adventure school camps and tailor-made beach, bush, berg and battle tour itineraries.


There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, depending on the size of the group and purpose of the stay. All accommodation is equipped with a small stove and clean bathroom facilities. Stay in one of the two dormitories, the servants quarters that had been refurbished to sleep six on bunk beds, or The Thatch Hatch, a small cottage that sleeps three people.

Set in a tranquil, natural valley in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the farm has over 600 km of mountain biking or hiking paths and offer activities like fly-fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

Watkins Farm have taken over 1000 kids on tour. We also cater for societies, photographers, retreats and outdoor clubs and groups of mates swimming the Midmar Mile, guests sweating away at mountain biking or golfing competitions, or perhaps even attending music festivals.

Bring your takkies, your dog, your bicycle and/or your horse!

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 69
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 9 Reviews


  • Garden
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French

Important Information

School groups pay a special rate per child per night and this rate include transport, food, lectures and accommodation all round KwaZulu-Natal. Please request a quote for a correct rate.

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Reviews for Watkins Backpackers

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Kim Barker
09 November 2020

It was lovely say, we really enjoy your short time there. It was a wonderful stay. My older Daughter love the horse and the boat ride, my younger Daughter love paddling in the dam. it was a beautiful area. Thank you so much

Terry Heaviside
25 February 2020

Warm friendly hosts, at bargain price. Could not have been made more welcome.

Giselle van Niekerk, South Africa
20 June 2016

Perfect little spot for young travelers, tranquil and beautiful, with an entertaining, charismatic, old-school British host, who just had enough time to straighten my fiancè's bow tie before we ran off to a wedding ! Stayed in the Thatch Hatch, with all the basics provided AND extra blankets, and left in the morning after a cuppa' with all the guests ! Best ! We will be back !! x

Sasha-lee Kok, South Africa
28 March 2016

Beautiful place BUT hygiene thrown out the window!!!

Deon van Niekerk, South Africa
11 February 2015

Hi. The friendliness was excellent!

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Watkins Backpackers is 17.5km from the centre of Nottingham Road , the nearest airport 118.9km (King Shaka International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling