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Gibela Backpackers Lodge - Durban Hostel
"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
"I love hippos and I loved this lodge. There are tiny, medium and large hippos, pictures, engravings, and photos of hippos everywhere... It's fun." … "Lovely spot. Cozy and quiet. Also, the manager Themba handles everything with grace and style even under pressure." … "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...
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...
Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge
"Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge is a stone's throw away from the beach, and has great ocean views. Then you can surf well known spots with free boogie and surfboards. The Location If you have a vehicle it's not too difficult to find your way to this hostel with the directions mentioned, but the streets in this town are small and narrow, and the hostel is situated on a hill, so if you are not used to driving on the left side or if...
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...
HI - Durban - Happy Hippo International Backpackers Hostel
"A Dive - The owner is the most rude woman on the face of the earth, I would not recommend any of the hippo hostels to anybody, stay well clear." … "there is wireless broadband internet cafe for laptop user blogging their way way around and the global village .there is also booking agent desk. truck-load of indoor parking.super kitchen.super duper rooms and the durban super beach is only 500m away........Hey shoo wow.no restrictions."...
Irie Lodge Warner Beach
"… ocean-based 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...
"… we can then refill the booking we can return 90% of all deposit less the bank / credit card charges we incurred. 15 - 29+ days before date of arrival – visitor forfeits 50% of deposit value 7 - 14 days before the date of arrival - visitor forfeits 100% of the deposit value 7 days or less before date of arrival - visitor forfeits 100% of booking value. Please note that where we can refill the booking we will refund you accordingly....
""Housed in a stylish haystack-coloured 1950s building with a Tuscan feel, this place takes a lot of beating. It has tasteful ethnic decor throughout, shower heads the size of dinner plates, bathroom floors you could eat off, and a friendly, personable feel in a secure location, close to Florida Road OH, and did we say anything about the delicious breakfast?"" … 119 Ninth Avenue
"After staying in Botswana for three months doing my internship at a hospice, I decided to spend my last week in Durban. I had the best time with Pat and Keith -- wonderful people. I enjoyed every day I spent at Smith's Cottage and when I go back to South Africa, I will definitely stay with them again." … "well well. this place is cool and nice. we were treated like family. had a very nice time. good info, clean place, cold beer. here...
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...
Township Vibe Backpackers
"… you!Be 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...
Surf & the City
"… form of electric fencing, electric gates, panic buttons linked to our security service, secure windows and at peak times a night security guard to ensure the safety of our guests and their property at all times.Transfers can be arranged from airport at a fee of R200 for 1 - 4 people (4 people max). Durban Station drop-offs are also available at R30 per person. Please note:Cancellation Policy: 1 day before arrivalCheck In: 12.00 pm...
Durban Beach Youth Hostel
"We had booked the hostel on the internet and when we arrived, the receptionist didn't know we were coming, so made us wait in the lounge for and hour while he found someone that spoke English. The prices on the wall were half what we were to be charged and when we eventually shown to the rooms they were disgusting. They stunk of urine, the locks didn't work on several rooms, and the street guy lying half naked on the couch was enough. We...
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." … "Everything is quality at this place. Owners and employees are kind and helpful and competent. It's clean. It's right near the beach. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat." … "One more great review for Ansteys! The location is choice, the staff is friendly, and the "honeymoon hut" rocks! The shared bathrooms are clean...
"I moved here after one night in another hostel and ended up staying a week. They paid for our taxi from the other one too. It is so chilled out and all the staff are really friendly and helpful. The beds are really comfy, the whole place is spotlessly clean (which is good as Durban does have a problem with cockroaches) and it is in a really nice neighbourhood. It's just a short local bus into town (costs 1 Rand)." … "Charlie misses...
Angle Rock Backpackers
"This place is PRIMO. Stay here if you like to surf (beginners, too), eat well, drink well, or play pool. Rob, the host, is of the highest caliber of people, along with his gorgeous Swiss, Mrs. Nadine. Keep it up, guys." … "I think I was there about two years ago and ever since I have been dreaming about going back. Rob really knows how to make his guests feel at home. I have been working in the hospitality industry for year with many...
Mitchell Park Budget Travellers Haven
"When I stayed there it was probably the cheapest hostel in the area, but it was very crummy and dirty and disorganised. The rooms were tiny and only a few of the rooms had balcony views. The most annoying thing was there was a neverending supply of people who wanted to borrow money. One of the guys there stole money from me and then had the cheek to ask me to take him to the airport." … "I stayed at this place in December 2003. It was...
"… 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...
The Crescent Guest House
"… Tennis court and club on doorstep 4. Access to ½ Olympic size swimming pool on doorstep 5. Office facilites 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...
"… artists and foreign students. Serviced rooms, laundry service, safe secure parking, pool, self catering, and coffee on the house. Uncapped high speed Wi-Fi Internet! Proximity to the university campus makes it perfect for students! Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice Late cancellation or noshow, one night charge Payment upon arrival by xash preferred. Eft and Paypal is also accepted. Debit Cards and...
Hotel on the park
"… Mall is a short distance away and at weekends, directly opposite Hotel on the Park, sees the extremely popular Essenwood 'Craft' market, with its wide selection of stalls, blossom into a hive of activity. The area is punctuated with small retail outlets and restaurants to suit most gourmet preferences. Unique to the hotel is the interactive restaurant “Urban Spoon” where guests and the public can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner...
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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