Quality Affordable Accommodation

Quality Affordable Accommodation

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Ermelo Backpackers is centrally situated in Ermelo. 
It is a residential home converted into a hostel. 
Backpackers can accommodate 23pax in total.
It is hostel accommodation with shared bathroom, lounge and fully equipped kitchen. 
We offer dorm rooms and en suite rooms with crisp clean linen and extra blankets for chilly nights.
Secure parking.
In recognition of exceptional service Ermelo Backpackers is hereby awarded a Certificate of Excellence. 



Dorms / Rooms


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Room Types


Bedding is included and the dorms/rooms are serviced on a daily basis except weekends. 

Please note the dorms have single bed bunk beds.  If you or anyone in your group cannot sleep on a bunk bed please do not consider our establishment as a viable place of accommodation for your group. Especially if your guests are ladies.

Dorm 1

1 Single bed - Sleeps 1 person. Included: Linen, pillow, duvet  and blanket with locker.

Dorm 2

2 Bunk beds - Sleeps 4 people. Included:  Linen, pillow, duvet  and blanket with locker.

Dorm 3

2 Bunk beds - Sleeps 4 people. Included:  Linen, pillow, duvet  and blanket with locker.

Dorm 4

1 Single bed - Sleeps 1 person. Included:  Linen, pillow, duvet  and blanket with locker and chest of drawers.

Dorm 5

1 single bed and 1 bunk bed: Sleeps 3 people. Included: Linen, pillow, duvet and blanket with chest of drawers.

Dorm 6

4 bunk beds  - Sleeps 8 people. Included:  Linen, pillow, duvet  and blanket with lockers.

En suite

1 queen size extra length bed - Sleeps 2 people.  Included: Linen, towels, duvet, pillows and blanket. Tea and Coffee Station. Wardrobe.  Chest of Drawers. En-Suite open plan bathroom.  The bathroom is open plan so if you are shy this won't work for you. It is also separate from the other rooms/dorms.





Tea/coffee, milk and sugar is supplied daily
Wifi uncapped ADSL available 
Air Conditioning
Secure parking available
Safe available for storage of valuables




Lounge with DSTV large flat screen TV
Pool Table
Soccer Games
Bar Fridge
Braai facilities




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Key Deposit

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R100.00 per set
Your deposit will be returned upon check out when handing in the keys.


Dorm Rates

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R 140.00 per person per night single or sharing staying 1 night only

R120 per person per night single or sharing staying more than 2 nights & paid in advance



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En-suite (open plan bathroom):

  • R 195.00 per person per night single
  • R 160.00 per person per night sharing

Group Rates

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R 110.00 per person per night for a group of 2-3 staying a minimum of 2 nights or more

R 105.00 per person per night for a group of 4-5 staying a minimum of 2 nights or more

R 100.00 per person per night for a group of 6+ staying a minimum of 2 nights or more



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Children under 3 stay for free.


Cancellation Policy

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24 Hours notice for full refund is required with a R50.00 administration fee deducted.

Honesty policy: If you are not able to give us 24hours notice but we are able to sell the rooms we will refund for the beds we were able to sell for the period you booked.


Payment Methods

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EFT with confirmation of booking. 50% Deposit required to secure your booking.  No CREDIT CARDS / DEBIT CARDS facilities. No cheques accepted. We have a strict NO PAY NO STAY policy no exceptions will made


Directions / Map

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Please note Murray Street is split into 2 parts most GPS' will direct you to the wrong part of Murray Street we have found that Tom Tom is very accurate but the other GPS' need some help - not sure why...

GPS Co-ordinates:

-2631’ 33.4446”  2958’59.3286”

-26.525957 , 29.983147

6 Murray St, Ermelo, Ermelo, Mpumalanga


About Ermelo


Situated in the Grass and Wetlands region of the Mpumalanga province lies the town of Ermelo

Ermelo is the crossroads of three national highways, N2, N11and the N17, only Pretoria and Johannesburg are crossed by more. In other words we are situated en route to Kruger National Park from KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Swaziland and Southern Mozambique

If your watch is set right it’s the only town in Southern Africa where it is totally correct. GATEWAY BACKPACKERS and ERMELO is situated at exactly 30deg Eastern Longitude on the international map.  Longitude and latitude are the lines by which position, date, and most importantly, time is calculated. The significance of the 30deg eastern longitude line is that it depicts time for the African continent - Central African Time or CAT

The area is well known for its excellent horse breeders and small livestock.

Anthracite, coal and torbanite mining also takes place here. 

Ermelo boasts magical beauty as it is ideally situated amongst the grass and wetlands region of the Mpumalanga Province.

ERMELO is the Grass & Wetlands' principal city.

Warm to Hot in summer.  Mild to cold in winter, but can become very cold in the Highveld areas.  The Grass and Wetlands is a summer rainfall area, with occasional snowfalls in winter.  The typically cool nights on the grasslands and misty mornings are reminiscent of a European climate.  May to September: Ermelo is very chilly this time of year and temperatures can drop well below zero at night. 

Internet - Operates throughout the region

Cellphones - Major routes and all centres

Visitors will experience country living at its best with numerous restaurants. Well-positioned filling stations, with food courts, are available to travellers throughout the region.

Currency - SA Rand

Health - No malaria

Essential kit
Binoculars, camera and film, sunscreen, strong walking shoes, sun hat, light tropical clothing, warm coat or tracksuit for winter and evenings.


Tourist Attractions


“Mpumalanga’s Mysterious Abondond Village”  - Bonnefoi, Carolina Situated:  53km from Ermelo.

The Stone Village and Lake District of South Africa. 277 lakes of various sizes in 20km radius & historic little buildings as well as a bushman heritage site – Chrissiesmeer is a 20minute drive from Ermelo

Mysterious Stone Circles of the Komati  and The Komati river / Eye of the Vaal and murder rock originates west of Carolina, rising at an elevation of about 1,800 m near Breyten in the Ermelo district – Situated : 29km from Ermelo

Rock Art Routes – Contact: http://www.explore-mp.com

Goliath’s Footprint – Nu Scotland Area.  Situated:  75km From Ermelo

Ratural Erosion Bridge/ Natural Standstone Bridge.  Situated between Ermelo and Chrissiesmeer – Contact: http://www.explore-mp.com

The Giant Mushroom Rock – Breyten.  Situated:  Contact: http://www.explore-mp.com

McCorkindale Cave – Nu Scotland.  Situated:  75km  from Ermelo.  Contact Tereisa at 082 479 4048

Ebutsini for Swazi Cutural Village – Situated along the Swaziland & Oshoek Border post.  Contact: http://www.explore-mp.com

Songimvelo Nature Reserve – Situated along the Swaziland & Oshoek Border post  Contact: 011 463 3779 / 0724450637

Quad Bike and 4x4 route – Contact Rehan Wassermann 0825431511

Nkomazi Wildernes Cradle of life

Badplaas Contact: sean@cradleoflife.co.za  - Situated:   1hr 28min drive from Ermelo

Sandwiched between KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and Swaziland with its Wetlands Reserve and Clive Beck Bird Hide, Bird Life SA and more. Situated: 125km from Ermelo

Within +-100 km radius from Ermelo towards Gauteng is Secunda known for its Cosmos festival, yearly Potato festival and Lake Umuzi Waterfront.  Piet Retief has its own Cultural Village which also opened recently.  Towards the Lowveld the road passes by at the well known Badplaas & Hydro with its hot mineral springs. The Emanzana Game Reserve stretches from Buffels Spruit in the South to the Towering Hlumuhlumu Mountain range in the north. Home to no fewer than 32 mammal species ranging from petite Springbok to white rhino.  Not to be forgotten are the 152 bird species and entrancing topography. 

For those interested in visiting Swaziland the border to enter at would be Nerston via a lesser known town Amsterdam which is a  forestry/farming region. An initiative in 1867 as part of immigration scheme by A. McCorkindale as a  Scottish settlement;  by name of Roburnia (from Robert Burns).  Also known as New Scotland.

Township Tours
A newly established tour of the township near Ermelo introduces visitors to the cultures of the people.  For tours contact 0827867959




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Contact Us


6 Murray Street


Sean - 082 821 5722 (Owner), Karen - 082 781 7819 (Manager)

Tel - 017 819 7101 (08:00 - 16:00)


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