Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, Durban

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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel is the place to be if you want to party, meet people, and see a hostel as a place for socializing and maybe sleeping. Its within safe, easy walking distance to a supermarket, bars, and restaurants, but it's a long walk to the beach and a bus ride or drive to just about anywhere else you might go in Durban. As is common in South Africa, a numeric code is required to enter the gate and it appears to be well known to many local residents, as the crowd consists of both guests and non-guests. Free Wi-Fi is available, but the connection is slow and essentially unusable when more than two or three people try to connect. There are no lockers or personal storage areas.

The Location

Located just off Florida Road, Tekweni is easy to find by car and theres plenty of secure parking space. Its about a five-minute walk to a Myna city bus or a thirty-minute walk to a People Mover bus stop. The Baz Bus drops off and picks up at Tekweni. A large supermarket is less than ten minutes away on foot, as are multiple restaurants and bars. The area is safe to walk around by day and returning from the bars and restaurants after dark is also safe although safer in numbers.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorms are comfortably spacious but each room has only one electrical outlet for charging phones, devices. There are no lockers and although there are fans and windows, the rooms tend to be stuffy. Wi-Fi reaches some of the dorms, but the connection is weak. Although the dorms have locks, we found many rooms are often unlocked.

In the main building there are four bathrooms, and three of them can only be reached by walking through very common areas. Showers are hot but water pressure is poor. There are no hooks or baskets for toiletries in the showers and only one on the back of the door for hanging clothes or a towel. Two of the showers have windows, but the ventilation is poor in the other two.

We found that neither the dorms nor the bathrooms were cleaned with any regularity.

Common Spaces

Tekweni is well designed for socializing with multiple tables and seating areas outside near the pool and bar plus a TV room with couches. There are few outlets, but the Wi-Fi is strongest in the common areas near the bar and kitchen, so during the day its common to see people parking themselves at a table with access to both electricity and the internet. The kitchen is fairly small given the number of guests that flow through Tekweni but there are multiple burners; a large guest refrigerator; microwave; toaster; and a good supply of dishes, pots, pans. Tekweni fires up the braai twice a week and provides bread and salad for those who choose to grill their own meat those nights. Dishes tend to pile up in the sink, especially on braai nights, and staff members clean them and the kitchen each morning. Tea and coffee are available all day.


Tekweni is a party hostel with music pumping well into the night and guests buying beer at breakfast time. Its an easy place to meet other travelers, South Africans from all over the country, and Durban residents present for the never-ending party. Long term guests who rise early for work or volunteer positions are frequently in residence, so hallways and common areas get loud early. A tour and travel desk can help with booking just about anything in South Africa.

M. Sullivan
TV room reception and bar communal kitchen outside common area bar in the background standard dorm room

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.

Age 32 | Janosov

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 you are a person who avoids the high table then you will be considered worthy prey.

Missing my Canon HD camera
South Africa

We went as a group of lads to tekweni, had a great time.

Jake 'N' Luke

When I got here the staff were good and friendly, and they made me feel at home. They made me feel welcome in Africa.


Tekweni Backpackers Hostel Reviews from the Web

I was initially worried about there being too much noise since the website expresses visually like it would be a party place. It was not, maybe i was lucky but i did not experience much noise and i slept well. This backpackers is a funky place to stay, so close to everything and the staff are so nice and helpful. What also matters a lot is that it is clean.

Thank you Rima


Great place but all the visitors were very noisy,they showered for 30min each so it was difficult to use the bathroom,wooden floors and they walked up and down all day and night so would only recommend if you deaf and Nigerian


Pleasant stay. Friendly owner and super helpful staff. Awesome location.


It was in general a good stay, concerning the fact that Durban just faced the big natural catastrophe and severe floods.

One thing to add is that it's a bit tricky to find since there is no big logo/sign on the walls but trust google maps!


I had a pretty nice stay in Tekweni Hostel. Overall, everything went good.

The only thing I can say is that very often some of the staff (the ones who volunteer in the hostel) move the Wifi router to their rooms (outside rooms) so that they can have access to the internet and just don't give a sh*** if you're using the Wifi in the living room. They only think of themselves. Very often I had to guess where they could be in so that I could get closer in order for me to connect to the Wif.


A great clean and fun place!! Nice swimming pool. Nice staff!


Liked: great value and friendly stuff. excellent day trip to Zulu land. Didn't like: nothing


Liked: I liked the armosphere, the location and the staff. Didn't like: The showers were terrible and the wifi only worked in certain places.


Such friendly and helpful people! Thursdays braai was Awesome


Liked: There is a lot of other travellers here. Didn't like: The cleanliness was not up to standard. For instance, a pair of socks someone lost in the passage was still there after three days. There were no lockers in the room. The internet was dead slow.


Liked: Its amazing location where its residing and the lively people who comes in Didn't like: Cleanliness was the problem. They haven't cleaned the room once we moved out for some sight seeing. Rest looked good to me


Liked: The dorms are very neat and clean. The chilling areas are kept clean. Didn't like: There is very loud music playing everyday till midnight. The whole neighbourhood seem to know the password to the door so everyone can walk in and out. It's not very central but the area is very nice and safe.


Liked: The room and bed were very nice Didn't like: Little far from Port Elizabeth


Liked: Location, location, location! Tekweni is located just a block from the stretch of Florida Road where the concentration of cafes, bars, and shops is high and the area is safe at night. Our double room was located in a smaller building behind the main hostel. We shared the bathrooms and a small kitchen and lounge with the other residents of this house. Our room had a closet and hooks for our stuff but not much extra space. It was reasonably clean and had large windows. Between our house and the main building was a large patio with tables, a pool, and the bar. Inside was a large kitchen and lounge. The staff were friendly and helpful. We used Tekweni Tours to book our safari to Hluhluwe-Infolozi and St Lucia estuary which was easy and convenient. We enjoyed our stay and extended. Didn't like: The only downsides were the sporadic Wifi and the lack of towels. On chilly mornings, eating outside was daunting.


Liked: Really cool place and nice atmosphere. Good party vibe and beds were very comfy.I wish I stayed longer. Didn't like: Not near the beach and I arrived late so lots of places were closed to eat. But a pretty cool place.


Liked: Friendly staff, cheap cold beer Didn't like: The neighborhood was little too trendy for me, all loud bars and expensive restaurants, not a lot of local flavor. Lockers in the rooms would've been nice as well.



Tekweni is located in the center of Durban's hippest entertainment area: pubs, clubs, restaurants and markets are on the doorstep. We recently introduced FREE WIRELESS which is a huge winner with the guests. Tekweni is comprised of 3 neighboring houses the oldest and main house built in 1896. The backpacker's was established in 1992 making it one of the first five hostels in the country and the longest established in Durban. We are close to everything, only two km to the beach, town and the Moses Mabhida, Kings Park and Kingsmead stadium's.

The various types of accommodation ramble across the 3 properties. You have the choice of staying right in the middle of the action or in one of our quieter more remote rooms away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated all with ceiling fans. We also offer accommodation in our fully furnished flats on a longer term weekly basis on request.

Our fully equipped stainless steel kitchen is complete with all you need to whip up a great chow. Our numerous ablutions have been renovated to cater for the volumes and the needs of the backpacker. We have unlimited safe parking on the premises. We also have 24 hour security as well as security cameras. We have excellent fast internet access with our very popular FREE WIRELESS proving a huge winner. Our satellite provides all the current sports in our poolside sports bar as well as all the current movies and tv stuff in our lounge. The indoor outdoor feel is complete with numerous seating areas giving you the choice of the ambiance you desire at the time.

We built our reputation through our festive atmosphere and fun loving approach. You can PARTY ON at our poolside sports bar, catch some rays, groove to the tunes or 'kick some butt' around our pool table. Try and time your trip to coincide with our 'braai's' every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. We provide the salad and rolls and light the fire. A great way to meet other backpackers, you bring your own meat (or whatever) and cook and socialize together with our many guests from all over the world.

Our Travel Info Center is also based next to the pool (You guessed it; everything is next to the pool). The centralized set-up is what encourages our incredibly social atmosphere. Everything flows together in an area which is often described as the 'Bermuda Triangle' of Southern African Backpackers. Through our travel center you can book pretty much anything in the budget market in Southern Africa. This includes a variety of tours throughout KZN, all major overland tours, other tours throughout Southern Africa, Baz Bus, Greyhound, Intercape, the cheapest car hire, diving, sky diving, surfing, other adventure activities and much more. Drop us an e-mail and we can have it all sorted before you arrive or just come see us when you get here.

Please note that reception closes at 11pm, please arrive before failure to do so will result in disappointment.

'Frenzied pheromones' it is Durban's 'inn place'.

Tekweni goes off!!!

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Location and Contact


• If you are traveling by car, from the N2 highway you turn off at the N3 highway towards Durban. After about 5 minutes you take the Tollgate turnoff (next one after the Brickfield Rd turnoff). The turnoff goes straight and runs parallel with the highway. You turn left at your 4th traffic light which is Botanic Gardens Rd. You follow this road straight as far as you can go until you reach a T junction (the road changes names to Cowey Rd but it is one straight road and will take you about 7 minutes). You turn right at the T junction into Montpellier Rd. You then turn into your second left, which is our street, Ninth Ave. We are the second house on the left number169 which is a large maroon (purple) house with the Tekweni lizard on the front. You can't miss it. Ring the buzzer and our friendly reception person will let you in.
• From the other direction on Ninth Ave we are just off the famous Florida Rd with the�rocking Boulevard Nightclub on our corner and the Florida Park Hotel (which houses the popular�Butcher Boys restaurant and Keys on Florida pub) opposite.



Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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Website Tekweni Backpackers Hostel Durban www.tekwenibackpackers.co.za
Phone Number: +27 31 3031433
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Pool Table

Swimming Pool


Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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