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Durban Hostel - Gibela Backpackers Lodge

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The owner of the Gibela Backpackers Lodge hostel gives the guest an orientation of the area on arrival. There are no tours run out of this hostel, but the owner has good advice on where to go and what to see, making this more a hostel for travellers who like to get around and sightsee independently.

This hostel is in a safe area, close to Florida Road with all the bars and cafes there. There is a Spar supermarket less than five minutes' walk along the same road. It is approximately a thirty minute walk into Durban city, and around twenty minutes' walk to the Botanical Gardens. It is also only a few minutes' walk from the minibus stop which goes into town, or uphill to the Musgrave shopping centre. It has secure off road parking behind a wall which separates the grounds from the road. It is also a Baz Bus stop.

There are dorms and private rooms. In the dorms are new bunk beds with fresh clean linen and warm duvets. The general feel of the place is new and clean, with even the floor tiles being clean and unbroken. The shower room is modern with three sinks and three showers which do not clog and have clean shower trays. This is a unisex shower room, but there is a lock on the door. There is a separate WC next to it and a further WC and sink on the other side of the building.

There is a relaxed open plan lounge and diner between the rooms, although no TV. Down a side corridor is a small room for internet access and a book exchange. By the main door at the back is a small kitchen which is well equipped. Outside is a large covered living area with tables and chairs which is well done with fairy lights and wall hangings. It is outside where the free breakfast is set up, which consists of a wide selection of cereal, toast and fruit.

This hostel is laid back, very clean and well run in a fantastic position. It is not a party hostel and has no bar, but it is close to the bars, cafes and restaurants of Florida Road. The owner does not have the facilities to do pick-ups but is helpful in advising how to get around and where to go. It has a quiet atmosphere and is a great place to stay.

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5   One of the best A very impressive hostel. It's very clean and comfortable, and in a safe part of town. The owner is very helpful, and there's a good breakfast included in the price.  , UK ()
5   Excellent hostel Visited in April 2012. Beautifully decorated, very clean, very safe. Walking distance from Florida Street and all the fun over there. The owner gives an orientation when you check in that is supremely helpful; he has lots of information on how to make the most of your Durban trip. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at.  , USA ()
4   What a good choice! Actually one of the best hostels in South Africa. Tasteful decoration, impeccably clean, really safe, and helpful staff. Even if it was maybe too tranquil. The price include the breakfast so what else can you ask for?  , Spanish ()
5   A great place to stay I've been traveling the world off and on for a great many years. I can honestly say this is one of the best places i've ever stayed, in any country. It was like staying in a comfortable, clean home, with all the facilities you'd expect being in top condition. Has a good kitchen and the included breakfast has lots of variety to choose from. Good restaurants and bars are very close. The owner was exceptionally helpful too.  , New Zealand ()
5   Excellent! Totally recommended. Very good location. Clean, friendly and comfortable hostel. Nice and flashy decoration. We strongly advise this place.  , Spanish ()
5  Not more to say!  , German ()
4   Very good I had the pleasure to stop at the Gibela Backpackers Lodge during my solo backpacking trip to South Africa, and I have to admit it was one of the best places I stayed at. Clean, quiet, friendly, and perfectly located to grab a bite or catch a bus. I have already recommended it!  , Canada ()
4  Good management. clean and tidy-up, good facilities in kitchen and room, more choice of breakfast, and helping hand in case of need.  , Canadian ()

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