Jembjo's Backpackers

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We Warmly Welcome you to Relax & Enjoy

For a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket, our boutique backpacker/lodge offers exactly that. Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, here at Jembjo’s we take pride in making you feel at home. We are both experienced travellers with a wealth of knowledge in travel and tourism in Africa. As owner / operators we know how important a friendly face & a comfortable atmosphere are...

In our opinion, there is no better place to experience this than in Knysna.... simply, a little bit of paradise that is ‘South Africa’s best kept secret’. So, come check it out!

Jembjo’s has a range of accommodation to offer... from Dorm beds, twin/double/triple/family standard rooms that use shared bathrooms to en-suite rooms with their own private bathrooms. We offer 'basic' self-serve complimentary breakfasts throughout your stay, consisting of boiled eggs, toast, jams, fresh fruit & unlimited tea/coffee. There is a fully equipped self-catering kitchen, as well as a communal ‘BBQ/Braai’ area. We also offer free wi-fi and a premium DSTV package.

We are ideally located just a 5-minute walk from the Knysna ‘Waterfront’ & the bustling little town centre, so stow the car in our car park & go for a stroll.

We can arrange a number of activities and day trips with transportation in and around Knysna, or make use of our bicycle hire and navigate the area yourself. Be assured, we are at your service and will do our best to accommodate your requests to ensure that you have a fabulous stay in Knysna.

Rooms Types Available:

  • Double Rooms
  • Twin Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Twin En-Suite Rooms
  • Family En-Suite Rooms
  • Dorms




Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. Read More

Face Adrenalin Bungy

That pretty much sums up why we are doing what we do. How we do that is by keeping everyone safe, treating everyone with respect and helping people have fun! We do all this with a long bungy cord attached to Africa's largest bridge! The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below. Read More


Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 700 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. Read More

Knysna Scootours

A unique and true forest experience. Enjoy an exhilarating downhill on the Monster Mountain Scooter, descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and single track. A scenic minibus ride takes you into the heart of the forest to the best hills to start your descent in the Garden Route National Park. All of this while on the lookout for the our local wild life, the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck and wild boar. Read More

Rastafarian Township Tours

Judah Square is a Rastafari community situated in a small valley in Khayalethu South, a suburb of Knysna, a town in South Africa. It was an informal settlement which developed into a formal one. It’s began in 1993 when the municipality responded to a request by the local Rasta’s to allocate them their own area. As per the development plan happening in the area, the Rastas still had to apply individually for lots but they were accorded beside one another. Read More

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