About 3km outside Hazyview, on the road to Sabie, lies the mid-range Gecko Lodge and the associated Gecko Backpackers. The backpackers has a number of dorm beds – some bunks, some singles – and is an easy-going place from which to venture into Kruger National Park or further locations afield. There are a few double and twin rooms plus camping space.
The house is brightly painted and backpackers are encouraged to leave behind a photo or message or two on their graffiti wall. The beds are comfortable, although a little tightly spaced. The common showers are clean but not all of them have hot water. The small sitting room in the main house also functions as the bar and reception. As the house is small, noise travels a little if the bar is busy and smoking is allowed indoors. The large common kitchen is well equipped but there is no food available here, except a help yourself continental breakfast at extra charge. The staff can order in – if you prefer – from a list of fast food shops in town. There is a flat screen TV behind the small bar and also there is free Wi-Fi. A tiny plunge pool sits outside the front door and there is an outside sitting area out the back by the barbecue.
Can be noisy
Dorms a bit cramped
Beds from R165
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