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Durban Hostel - Gibela Backpackers Lodge
"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'...
"The Location Banana Backpackers is situated in the centre of Durban. It is close to beaches, shops, supermarkets, and banks. The area is fine during the day but taxis should be used at night, but this is the case all over Durban. The hostel is a Bazbus backpacker bus stop. Rooms and Bathrooms There are twin, single, double, and dorm rooms available. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. Men's and women's bathrooms are...
Hostel Durban - Hippo Hide Lodge & Backpackers
"Good staff - The staff were super cool, we struggled finding the place but she constantly kept on phoning us to make sure we were on the right direction, we really appreciated that, the hostel was nice, unique decor, quite and safe area, i would definitely come back again." … "This is my favourite hostel on the face of the planet! I spent 3 months in S.A. and went back to the Hippo Hide twice after my original visit when I found myself...
Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
"We went as a group of lads to tekweni, had a great time." … "When I got here the staff were good and friendly, and they made me feel at home. They made me feel welcome in Africa." … "Keep Valuables safe - Weekends are good fun, but don't forget to lock your bags and rooms. Certain travelers stay a long time because they are on the grift and certain other strangers arrive on weekend nights to take advantage of drunk travelers. If...
"This hostel is a popular one, previously with a loud party reputation but now a lot quieter as it is in a quiet residential area and neighbours have complained. Nomads is in the Musgrave area of Durban, a safe residential area, and less than five minutes' walk to the Musgrave shopping centre which has a supermarket, cinema, shops, cafes, ATMs and foreign exchange. It is also near the bus stop for goingin into town and the minibus taxi...
"Best Place I Stayed In - Keith and Pat could not have done more to make our stay better. We actually had a free apartment to stay in on the Bluff but after one night we moved back in to Smiths Cottage. Pat was always ready to offer advice if we wanted to do something and often drove us where we wanted to go. Keith is a legend. He often got dragged into the pub by us (sorry Pat). The accommodation is great with good food, a bar, and a lovely...
Surf n Dreams
"… and still expanding. Situated in the heart of the vibrant area of Morningside and just a short drive to our golden mile beach front, Suncoast casino and the beach, and is around the corner from the most exciting road in Durban "Florida Road!" Our friendly staff offers friendly service, clients are feeling welcome from the day of arrival till the day of departure, and our rooms have unique themes, comfortable bedding and air...
Hostel Happy Hippo International Backpackers
"Pretty cool place - Happy Hippo was pretty cool. We were approached by a local upon our arrival to Durban saying the area our hostel was at was not safe and the dodgy part of town ... It wasn't at all! The staff was friendly and the actual hostel was pretty spacious and cool! It was clean and close to a shopping center/water park/restaurants! I would definitely recommend this place!" … "A Dive - The owner is the most rude woman on the...
Irie Lodge Warner Beach
"… lifestyle we all dream of. Subtropical weather, warm Indian ocean, masses of banana palms and miles of idyllic sandy beaches make it difficult to take life too seriously. Easy access to scuba diving on Aliwal Shoal-world's top ten dive sites! We can also arrange deep-sea fishing trips, car hire,Surfing, Horse riding, Tala Game reserve and more. South of airport and buzz of Durban. Irie Lodge is 700m from the beach with...
The Crescent Guest House
"… including internet/telephone/fax/wireless/photocopy 6. Dstv /multichannel 7. Take away food delivery 8. 24/7 Security 9. On site manager 24/7 10. Laundry 11. Secure parking 12. Toiletries and towels 13. Student and Pensioner discounts 14. Braai/barbecue 15. Access to soccer and cricket sports grounds on doorstep (by prior arrangement) 16. Tea coffee facilities in room 17. DVD 18. Hair dryer 19.Some...
Durban Backpackers - On the Beach
"Stayed there for quite a few days in Feb. 2007 and i found it great. The place was very well run and clean at all times. I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone." … "… Situated in Durban North between the City Centre and Umhlanga Rocks, On The Beach is literally that - on the beach. Watch the waves break over the golden sand in your front yard, pop down for an early morning dip and search for shells as you...
Ansteys Beach Backpackers
"It was amazing. You get to meet a lot of people from all over the world." … "One more great review for Ansteys! The location is choice, the staff is friendly, and the "honeymoon hut" rocks! The shared bathrooms are clean and the beds are very comfortable. We'd go back in a heartbeat." … "Amazing." … "Everything is quality at this place. Owners and employees are kind and helpful and competent. It's clean. It's right near...
Township Vibe Backpackers
"… part of the African community, meet and greet the smiling local people and share in the amazing stories and folk legends of the colourful African culture. For a taste of a vibrant nation, traditional foods and drinks and all things inspired by awesome Africa, we offer the adventurer in you a treat like no other! At your whim, you can involve yourself in the community by volunteering to add value to people’s lives or arrive as a...
"… the Airport as you are going up the hill, you will find a turn-off called “Dickens rd / Umbogintwini”. The following turn-off is “Moss Kolnick Dr / Kwamakutha”. Take the following turn-off called “Adams rd” and proceed to the T-junction. Turn right at the stop sign. Turn right at the first robot. Go over the freeway and turn left at the first robot. Follow this road until you get to a T-junction. (Civic Center is on the left) Turn...
Neil's Backpacker's & Guest House
"Take note, students and musos, Neil is part of the local music scene and his pozzie* is close to the UKZN Howard College Campus and the School of Medicine. So spend your day at the pool, er, sorry, school, do sundowners on the rooftop terrace with its fab view, and jam the blues away, or just sit back and enjoy the sweet sounds. Oh, sorry, or studying backstage. Ha ha. As if... This intimate dorm-free venue has all the usual backpacker...
"… In addition to the deposit the guest will also forfeit: WORLD CUP/ PEAK SEASONS Cancellation before 1 June 2010 the visitor will forfeit 50% of the booking value or 100% of the deposit value If cancellation of your booking is not made at least by 1 June 2010 the following applies: Cancellation 15-28 days before date of arrival–visitor forfeits 75% of the booking value Fourteen days or less: 100% of booking value. Refunds will be...
Durban Travel Tips & Suggestions
I visited Durban and Commercial Road is dangerous. I got robbed there. I will never ever visit Durban again. The police are useless.
It all happens in Morningside, Florida Road Area. The city needs to be treated like any other big city -- be streetwise. Do not walk around the Point Road Ushaka Marine Area. The beachfront is safe to walk around, but do not leave valuables unattended on the beach. After hours, the city runs dry and the night owls head for Florida Road -- restaurants, coffee shops, clubs, and bars. A must is the Botanical Gardens (it's free).
When we went to Sea World we were followed most of the way there. It was very scary and we had to run most of the way. Not fun, but then again Sea World was great!
Be careful in the SeaWorld area. Take a taxi or bus directly to and from there as the area around it is very dangerous.
— Big Ben
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