Shepherd's Tree Backpackers

61 Waterfront Drive, 6571 Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
+27 680 854 566

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Shepherd's Tree Backpackers - Knysna, South Africa
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Value for money 8.4
Distance to city center 0.5 mi
Location rating 8.2


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  • Good
    Feb 2020

    Incredibly friendly host, Philamine, within 5 mins of our stay she offered to take us to the local supermarket and went above and beyond throughout our stay. Nice small hostel with a family vibe. Short walk into town, local supermarkets and lagoons.

    Old building that could do with a lick of paint.

  • Excellent
    Feb 2020

    Place with Heart. Ive met great people there. Very Good location - close to quay, only 15 min walk from center and You can walk to The Heads too(1h walk). Philomena is great person.:) Thank You for everythink:)

  • Good
    Jan 2020

    Philomene very welcoming and enthusiastic and provided good advice re local eateries. It's just a little out of town, which was my preference The view from the common area over the lagoon is really nice There is free tea and coffee There is space for car parking

    Mosquitoes were a problem the night I stayed. Solution would have been to close the windows, however it was a stifling hot night ie too hot to close the windows. Solution could be having fans in the room (with windows closed) and/or mosquito nets over beds Sign outside indicating that you are at the backpackers is not so easy to see at night when arriving by car. Given the proximity of the entrance to the traffic lights the signage should be clearer to see at night to avoid any hesitation/uncertainty when turning in from the main road.

  • Good
    Jan 2020

    Super friendly host! Gave us good tips for the surrounding and some restaurants. Charming old house with character! Good location, really close to the main road.

  • Mediocre
    Jan 2020

    only the WIFI... I used it to watch the Liverpool game and I did not have any issues. other than it is easily the worst place I have been to … if "filthy" is the look that they are going for then they are half way there. I do not want to bash the place or the owners but there is a lot of work for them to do... I wish this review will be a wake up call... I would not book this place again even if I was offered accommodation for free.

    The kitchen... its a mess.. everything is everywhere … the zinc is always full... kitchen furniture is like something I wouldn't have in my garage... One Toilet and one bathroom to serve 10 people... There is another toilet downstairs as well ..just one though... pray that you never get food poisoning while you are there There is no effort whatsoever on cleanliness … guests experience … sleeping arrangements.. The place is dark outside lights at all outside and it is surrounded by trees so you can guess how dark and creepy it can be.. the building is old and it shows no effort to improve it... I am very sorry but the owners must just close shop and revamp this place inside out... show EFFORT nothing least show effort to improve.. there is absolutely none at all... Last thing... shower and stoves use gas cylinders .. which is understandable and thoughtful in case there is no electricity.. but cant they be caged outside... they are there in the open and those things can be dangerous... especially considering they are used by at least 10 different people every day.. a malfunction might happen.

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Attractively located in the Knysna Central district of Knysna, Shepherd's Tree Backpackers is situated 2.9 km from Bollard Bay Beach, 7 km from Knysna Heads and 8 km from Knysna Forest. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel has a garden and features a children's playground. At the hostel the rooms include a shared bathroom with a shower. Pledge Nature Reserve is 3.2 km from Shepherd's Tree Backpackers, while Knysna National Lake Area is 16 km from the property. The nearest airport is Plettenberg Bay Airport, 33 km from the accommodation.



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly

8.3 Excellent

based on 63 reviews








Value for money

Check in

2:00 PM

Check out

10:00 AM


Policies vary by room type and provider.


Meeting/Banquet facilities
Free parking
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Free Wi-Fi
Non-smoking rooms available

FAQs when booking at Shepherd's Tree Backpackers

Where is Shepherd's Tree Backpackers located?

Shepherd's Tree Backpackers is located at 61 Waterfront Drive, 0.5 miles from the center of Knysna. Knysna Quays is the closest landmark to Shepherd's Tree Backpackers.

When is check-in time and check-out time at Shepherd's Tree Backpackers?

Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 10:00 AM at Shepherd's Tree Backpackers.

Does Shepherd's Tree Backpackers offer free Wi-Fi?

Yes, Shepherd's Tree Backpackers offers free Wi-Fi.

Does Shepherd's Tree Backpackers offer free parking?

Yes, Shepherd's Tree Backpackers offers free parking.

Does Shepherd's Tree Backpackers offer free airport shuttle service?

No, Shepherd's Tree Backpackers does not offer free airport shuttle service.

How far is Shepherd's Tree Backpackers from the airport?

Shepherd's Tree Backpackers is 16 miles from Plettenberg Bay. Shepherd's Tree Backpackers is 38.8 miles from George.

Does Shepherd's Tree Backpackers have a pool?

No, Shepherd's Tree Backpackers does not have a pool onsite.


Most Popular Landmarks

  • Knysna Quays 0.7 mi
  • Knysna-Amatole Montane Forests 1.2 mi
  • Knysna Elephant Park 1.3 mi
  • Knysna Golf Club 1.9 mi
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve 2.1 mi
  • Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve 6.7 mi

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Plettenberg Bay 16 mi
George 38.8 mi

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