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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
"Nice but far away from the center city - Nice but far away from the center city." … "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." … "Doesn't compare to others in the area - Lazy, unhelpful, uninformed...
Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
"The hostel clean inside/outside, staff excellent! the area where the hostel is is safe and tidy! My original plan it was only 3 days but I spend 2 extra one because l was very happy with service and accommodation." … "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...
"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...
"Thanks, Smiths - Kieth is an absolute star! He was ready and willing to always bend his back for my comfort even though it was against his schedule. Likewise with Garry and his wife. Pat was also always willing to offer comfort in terms of meals as i'm not very good with cooking. The ambiance was mint and save for a few monkeys from the neighbors who nonetheless provided entertainment, I would recommend Smiths cottage to anyone in need of...
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...
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...
"… find the Royal Natal Yacht Club where many travellers can find a well earned meal at the end of the day. We are also a stone throw away from Wilson’s Wharf, which sees an array of different restaurants suited to all tastes, as well as a local Catalina Theatre where there is always a good show on. For the adventure seeking folk, you can make your way to uShaka, which is a close 15 minute drive from the us, enter the shark cage,...
Hadeda House Backpackers
"… of restaurants, bars, shopping malls and popular beaches and it is a short ten/fifteen minute drive away. We offer four bed dorms, twin bed rooms, three bed rooms and two large family rooms. All linen is provided in all rooms. Rooms have cupboards, lamps, ceiling fans and tables. Bathrooms facilities are shared. The family rooms have an en-suite toilet and shower, a bar fridge, kettle and toaster. Hadeda House Backpackers'...
Ansteys Beach Backpackers
"Good time - it is great, we had a very good time & you get to meet people across the globe, wow nice place." … "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." … "Everything is quality at this place. Owners and employees are kind and helpful and competent. It's clean....
The Crescent Guest House
"… semi final. Our place is within viewing distance of the Comrades Marathon route. Or why not try swimming with Sharks at the uShaka Marine World located down the road. International Divers are amazed also by the world renowned Aliwal Shoal on the Natal South Coast and captivated by the worlds unique and greatest marine spectacle, the Annual Sardine Migration followed by feeding frenzy of birds, dolphins, whales and sharks. "Please...
Umzumbe Surf House
"… surf trips are available daily. The staff and owners are a breath of fresh air providing the most friendly customer service and hospitality. Waking-up early has never been easier with the sound of crashing waves on your doorstep. If the surf is mellow, there are plenty of quiet, shady hammocks scattered around the yard, for you to kick up your feet and relax. We share the property with many friendly animals; including the elusive...
"… 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...
"… note the following: During the World Cup cancellation policy will be applicable on the booking value and not just the deposit. Therefore a person who made a booking and does not show up or cancel at least 15 days in advance will forfeit 100% of the booking value. If we manage to fill the beds left empty by the guest's cancellation the guest will be refunded accordingly. CANCELLATION POLICY: WAVECREST B&B: Wavecrest B&B requires a...
"… –Double and Twin – which all have en suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin a ceiling fan and colour TV with local channels Standard Rooms- Double ,Twin and Triple-which all have en suite bathrooms with either shower or bathtub toilet and basin are air-conditioned and have either flat screen or LED TVs with selected local and satellite channels Double rooms have 1 double bed, Twin rooms have 2 single beds and Triple rooms...
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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