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You'll find JIKELEZA LODGE safe clean &comfortable with true South African hospitality & a reputation for making you feel welcome. The old building with it’s gleaming wood and charm is a quick stomp away from inexpensive & traditional African restaurants, night spots, jazz clubs, pubs, post office, banks, antique shops, 24 hour grocery shopping & flea markets. Best p[ace to get advice for anything
JIKELEZA LODGE 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 travelers for travelers 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 it’s gleaming wood and warm, atmospheric charm is a stones throw or a quick stomp away from inexpensive and traditional African restaurants, Brand New Art Film Theatre, night spots, jazz clubs, pubs, post office, banks, antique shops, 24 hour grocery shopping and flea markets. The owners are fanatical about cleanliness and all the staff are friendly and go out of their way to help you.

JIKELEZA LODGE offers you a variety of accommodation. There are single rooms, double rooms (Double bed) and twin rooms (2 single beds), 3, 4 and 5 bed family/group rooms, dorms and camping. The hostel is never crowded and their dorms only have a maximum of 7 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 LODGE is set right in the heart of the old historical Port Elizabeth city and right on the Donkin Heritage walking trail. Here you can walk amongst the many old buildings of yesteryear marveling at the fine architecture and history of the time. If traveling is getting you down then you can relax in their gardens. Grab a beer from their self service refreshment bar and have a braai or eat your breakfast under the cathedral style shady trees. Share your experience with the visiting birds and dassies who frequent the garden often.

JIKELEZA LODGE has it’s 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.

For the South African holiday maker who wants to get away from it all this may not be your scene. Interaction between guests is encouraged and all the facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and TV rooms are shared. A Backpackers has nothing to do with hiking and is a unique way of traveling. So if it is your first time, check the scene out before booking, we don’t want you to be disappointed.

• Free tea and coffee
• Free videos
• FREE seventh night OR 4th night half price
• Drop off’s at departure points or any place in PE can be arranged
• Hot Showers and bubble baths
• Safe for valuables
• Two TV lounges
• Large garden with bar-b-que/braai facilities
• Two fully equipped warm, cosy Kitchens
• Full travel/adventure booking facility for anything in Africa
• Coin Phone and Internet facilities
• Baz Bus drop off/pick up
• Port Elizabeth Central is now the place to be – Pavement Cafés, Meet the artists in their studios, Art Galleries, Live Theatre, Pubs, 24 hour shops, night clubs – feel the vibe
• Brand New Art Film Theatre around the corner
• Close to the worlds fifth oldest test cricket grounds – St Georges Cricket Ground
• Five minutes walk from a 14km nature trail
• Right on the famous Donkin Heritage City Centre Trail
• Serviced and agents for the Baz Bus and Intercape Mainliner Coach
• Special prices on taxis and car hire
• Tours to Addo Elephant National Park, Schotia Lion Safari’s, Amakhala, Kwantu, Seaview and Kragga Kamma Game Parks
• City and Township experiences organized.
• Excellent snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing
• Sandboarding down some of the most exciting and highest sand dunes
• Museums and art galleries with yesteryear and contemporary adventures
• Dolphinarium, oceanarium and museum complex
Contact / ReservationsJikeleza Lodge Backpackers

Alternatively contact the TOURISM call centre on +27 (0) 41 582 2575

Type :
Backpackers, Booking Agency, Hostels, Self-Catering


Latitude : -33° 57' 58.43" S | Longitude : 25° 36' 51.98" E

How to get to JIKELEZA LODGE (GPS: 33˚ 57’ 558” S, 25˚ 36’ 52” E)

From the N2 take the M4/Settlersway (Exit 751B) into the city. Take the Russell Rd off-ramp (Exit 5), and bear right under the freeway. Drive up the hill. Turn left into Rink Street at Engen Petrol Station. Travel straight until forced left into Bird Street. First road right into Deare Street and ride into our door if you dare. We are at the T junction of Deare and Cuyler Street.

The Baz Bus drops you right at our door. If you are arriving by bus, train or airline, give us a call when you arrive and if we have a car and a driver available we will collect you from anywhere in Port Elizabeth.


Groups Accepted Yes
Max Group Size 12
Smoking Areas Yes
Disabled Access Yes
Disabled Facility Detail Disabled persons with assistance



Booking Agency


Braai facilities
Breakfast provided at additional cost

American Express
Master Card
Visa Card

Arranged activities / programs
Big Five game viewing
Dolphin watching
Game fishing
Game viewing
Game walks
Guided tours
Hiking trails
Horse riding
Lounge for Guest use
Nature walks
Owners do not live on premisis
Television in Lounge
Whale watching

Room Attributes
Electrical points

Airport service / transfers
Baggage holdings
Courier facilities
Daily cleaning service – no charge
Linen at no charge
Pay phone - coins


South African