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About Jikeleza Backpackers

Explore the revamped young heart of Port Elizabeth. Jikeleza Backpackers is just a few streets away from buzzing nightlife. Clubs range from hip hop, African house to radio funk. Lounge in on street couches at the Cafés, sip cocktails or chow down on local fare. Visit live music and theatre shows, banks, post office, pubs and 24 hour shops. All you fancy is a brisk walk away.

After a long day on the road, relax with a local movie, or chill in the tranquil shady garden and slap a steak on the braai. Sleep in sunny airy dorms/rooms or quaint wood units in the garden wander through the history of Olde Worlde Central, experience trendy art meccas and meet the locals. The friendly staff will help you book or get advice on anything to anywhere.

Jikeleza Backpackers is an International Backpackers Hostel. You'll find it safe clean and comfortable offering a true African experience and South African hospitality. It is designed by travellers for travellers to meet in a home away from home atmosphere. The hostel has a reputation for making you feel welcome and is enthusiastically run by the owners and their manager. The old building with all its gleaming wood and warm, atmospheric charm is a stone’s throw from everything. The owners are fanatical about cleanliness and all the staffs are friendly and go out of their way to help you. The Backpackers is set right in the heart of the old historical Port Elizabeth city and right on the Donkin Heritage walking trail.

Jikeleza Backpackers offers you a variety of accommodation. There are single rooms, double rooms with double bed and twin rooms with two single beds, three, four and five bed family/group rooms, dorms and camping. The hostel is never crowded and their dorms only have a maximum of seven beds and at times are smaller. The dorms are mixed, both male and female, and may not be suitable for some local holiday makers who are not conversant with traveling etiquette. The kitchen is fully fitted so that you can whip up a quick meal or cook up a storm.

Jikeleza Backpackers has its own in-house travel desk and is the best place to get advice on anything to anywhere. They can arrange day trips to Addo Elephant National Park, lion safaris to Schotia, city and township tours, Baz Bus and Intercape Inter City Bus tickets, historical and heritage tours, transfers and overland trips and tours anywhere in Southern Africa. They also have specially priced accommodation and tour packages for backpackers and you can save quite a lot if you take one of these.

GREAT NEWS - We now have 24 hour security. This means that even though you cars are parked on the street they will be safe. This does not indicate that the area is unsafe. On the contrary. However there are times, though not often, when someone sees an opportunity and breaks into a vehicle, which is an annoyance and a cost. Now this will not happen and you can enjoy your holiday or business trip.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 31
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 8 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • 24H. Security
  • Car rental service
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Iron and board
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Single rooms
  • Total number of rooms 1 - 50
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • Russian
* Please enquire for further details.

Jikeleza Backpackers Rooms

Reviews for Jikeleza Backpackers

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Chantel Steytler, South Africa
30 December 2015

VERY welcoming arrival. Enjoyed every moment of our stay. Very down to earth living. Just my style. Thanks so much.

thabo ndlovu, South Africa
06 January 2014

Not so great stay. The place overall is okay for short stay. We had our cars broken to..... therefore recommend that 24hr security be made available, as well cameras be installed and made visible so to discourage criminal activities. Will recommend the place to any, as long as this is put in place.

Gabrielle Leflaive, South Africa
20 September 2013

Nice living room with couch, TV, computer where every one can chat. Spacious kitchen with everything you might need to cook.The room was not beautiful nor very big but it was okay.The backpackers is located near the city center.

Nthabiseng Ngoasheng, South Africa
18 December 2012

Jikeleza was just perfect for a quick run-through of PE city living :) Our hosts were warm and welcoming. Our room pleasantly sized with a good view, plus cozy kitchen and bath facilities. Neat, secure and comfortable - we'll give it 4 stars, minus one for inconsistent hot water showers!Thanks guys! We'd visit again in the warm months.

Asinako Mkunqwana, South Africa
25 August 2012

It was an amazing experience being with the Jikeleza Lodge family. They made me feel welcome and safe, I actually felt like I was at home. Hospitality was 100 percent with very clean environment. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a place filled with love and peace. Thank you so much for making feel at home. I will be back for sure.

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Jikeleza Backpackers is 0.6km from the centre of Central , the nearest airport 2.2km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling