Burkes' Paradise

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We have some of the fastest WIFI between Jo'berg and Livingstone! We charge a $3 per day to connect to our wireless network.

Backpackers Paradise is a family run business that was founded in 1992 by Allen Burke. He didn't do any marketing but instead delivered a fantastic service and relied on word of mouth to slowly grow. The business is now run by Allen's son, Adam Burke, who is assisted by his wife Vicki and entertained by his sons Daniel and Johnny.

As the popularity of Burkes' Paradise has grown it has been listed in many travellers' guide books including Lonely Planet and Rough Guide (read their reviews here).

Although it was originally known as Backpackers Paradise it is now called Burkes' Paradise or Burkes' Backpackers to distinguish it from other establishments in Bulawayo who have mimicked the name.

Why Paradise?

Although this might not be some people's view of paradise, our guests have discovered why we've named this spot Paradise.

The tranquillity of the spacious gardens with their wide lawns and shady trees.

The soothing sound of cascading water as it trickles between the 2 large fish ponds.

The flitter and songs of the numerous birds that have made Paradise their home.

Why don't you come and share our piece of Paradise...

Features

Around the place
  • Airport shuttle costs extra
  • Beach chairs
  • Good access roads
  • Family friendly
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry service costs extra
  • Towel and linen service
  • Bar
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Driver costs extra
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Security guard
  • Tour guide costs extra
  • Suitable for events
  • Hot water
  • Parking
  • Internet costs extra
  • Mobile internet reception
  • Mobile phone reception
  • Fireplace
  • Pool

Reviews

Accuracy Value Cleanliness Location Service Check-in
Superb!
4.8 1
Paul Zimbabwe
Adam and his wife are very welcoming. They have a camping ground and rooms set in a garden full of large granite rocks, aloes, ponds and birdlife on their family property in the Burnside/Hillside suburb in south Bulawayo. There is also a common lounge/kitchen area with good wifi ($3 per day) and a self-service mini market where you can buy a few basics, and fridge full of beers ($2). We also got laundry done at about 40c per item. The dorm room was very comfortable and has an en-suite bathroom. Adam can call a taxi for you (about $6 into town). He can also advise you on trips to Matopos where you can do game viewing, see ancient rock art, and visit the famous gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes. A visit is highly recommended! It's also well worth wandering around the streets of Bulawayo; it's a quiet, old-fashioned city, very neat, clean and safe and the people are charming. You must visit the grand Bulawayo Club on the corner of Fort Street and 8th (central downtown). It was built in 1936 and has hosted royalty and feels like walking into a museum, except that they regularly host quiz nights, snooker tournaments and serve excellent fish and chips. It's a members club so be mindful of the dress code and protocol.
Stayed with host at Backpacker Dorm in Lush Gardens as a small group in July 2014

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