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.
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.
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.