Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge




The Review

One of a handful of backpacker hostels along the coast between Durban and Port Shepstone, Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge is particularly handy for Durban, if you don’t want to stay in the city, as transport is pretty good between Warner Beach and Durban.

The Location

Located at the top of a ridiculously steep, but mercifully short hill, overlooking the ocean, Blue Sky Mining is just ten minutes' walk from anywhere in Warner Beach town. It's easily accessible from Durban by Metrorail and by minibus taxi. The beach is just a five-minute walk away.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Blue Sky Mining has a labyrinth of stairs and corridors leading to a rich assortment of rooms. There are two four-bed dorms. One, "Turtle," has bunks, the other, "Dorado," has single beds. The bunks are sturdy and the mattresses very comfortable. There are bedside tables and lamps and power points. As with everything here at Blue Sky Mining, they are scrupulously clean. All the rooms here are fan-cooled and the private rooms are of a very high standard as far as decoration and neatness are concerned. The shared bathrooms are large and there is twenty-four-hour hot water. Towels can be rented from reception.

Common Spaces

There are quite a lot of common spaces at Blue Sky Mining. Inside seating is provided in the corridor from the dorms to the bar area in two rooms. The second having a fireplace and all having cushioned seating. Outside, you’ll find a sundeck and a plunge pool, and further round the building, there’s a large grassed garden area, also with a plunge pool, populated with tables and chairs. These sit outside the bar and restaurant area. There is a TV room and a café here. As you enter the property through the security gate, you’ll also see a pool room. Curiously, the free Wi-Fi cannot be accessed in any of the common areas except the pool room and the common kitchen, which are close to reception. The common kitchen has a microwave, kettle, toaster, and fridge, but no cooker. There is also next to no cutlery, crockery, and pots and pans, as these have to be rented from reception.


You can’t fault Blue Sky Mining for cleanliness, and everything about this place has been well conceived and is easy on the eye. A bug-bear for us is that almost everything has a price -- there are no freebies here except the Wi-Fi. No free tea and coffee and no free breakfast, and deposits are asked for everything, including kitchen utensils and towels. This is unusual in Southern Africa. The room key deposit is higher than the price of the bed, in some cases! They have an on-site bar and restaurant, so they clearly want to encourage you to use them, but some people want to self-cater, and there are plenty of shops in Warner Beach to enable that, but you have to pay to cook here and you have to keep walking up and down that steep hill, if you go out!

Blue Sky Mining is more of a tour agent that has accommodation. The accommodation seems to come second to their dive, surf, and other tours. The place was empty when we stayed there, so there was no real atmosphere, although it has plenty of the ingredients to be a fun place. It feels a little sterile to us, but it is professionally run. It rents out surf boards, fishing tackle, bicycles, and kayaks, so that has almost all the activity bases covered.
by Londonroad Staff Reviewer
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Front Gate
Pool Room
Outside Seating
Inside Seating
Double En Suite Room
Twin Room


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge" at 5 Nelson Palmer Road.)


5 Nelson Palmer Road, Warner Beach, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
-30.085138, 30.864529 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+27 (031) 916 5394
+27 (031) 9167007
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88% Guest Reviews

Nice place
we were there for long weekend, we booked 7 doubles rooms, 10 august 2013, i liked the place, very clean, and the staff are very friendly. and the breakfast it was nice, also the view of the ocean is beautiful.
Arthur Milondzo
Age 27, South African
Very Good
Booked this resort through the internet. Response was very fast. Met by very friendly staff and shown around. Room was very neat and what made it was the shower. Grounds were kept to a high standard and the staff were very polite and friendly. Two complaints. 1 -- Price of the food was a bit over the top (but they have facilities if you want to cook for yourself) and found it annoying that one could not drink ones morning coffee in the room. 2 -- Very far from the airport, close to 80ks away, but with respect this is not the fault of the owners since the airport has been moved to the other side of Durban. This fact should be mentioned in their website. I can highly recommend this place to stay.
Neal Jones
(South Africa)
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 it's busy it can get difficult. The parking at this hostel is also very limited. There is also a second parking area down the street, but we're not sure how big or safe that is. If you do not have a vehicle, you can jump on the Baz Bus that stops here. This is a shuttle service in South Africa that goes from backpacker to backpacker and you can hop on and off where you want to stay. This hostel also offers free airport pickup. The hostel is close to the beach and a main street with restaurants, pubs, and shops, so once you are there it's easy to get around on foot (as long as you don't want to venture too far). Rooms and Bathrooms The double ensuite rooms are spacious and have an air con and fan. The ensuite bathroom is big, clean, and has a shower and bath! There is also a safe in the room, and the locks to the door are secure. This room and bathroom are very clean. The hostel also provides free towels. The facilities are clean and well maintained. Common Spaces The hostel's main building is rather old, but they have put in lots of work to renovate and make it funky and fun. There is also quite a few outside buildings next to the main house that houses the communal kitchen, the pool table, outside bar, and more rooms. The lounge area is right in the middle of the house, with the rooms next to it. This is noisy when there are a lot of people and if the TV is on, but it has great sofas and sports some funky color lights in the room. In the office there is a DSL internet connection. The kitchen in the main house is off limits to guests (used by staff only), and the communal kitchen is rather small. The outside bar is relaxed, and the front eating area is rustic and has great sea views. The garden is green with a clean pool. As this is a great spot for surfing, a lot of visitors come for the surf. At night it is great talking about surfing with your mates, having a cold one, and enjoying the other travelers that have come to stay -- such a relaxed atmosphere. Summary The location of this backpacker is great, but parking was a bit of a nightmare. Initially it was noisy, since our room was next to the lounge, but this subsided not too late. They also serve food here, but it is rather expensive for a backpacker. The staff is friendly. Overall, Blue Sky Mining Backpackers is a haven for surfers. The atmosphere is relaxed, and it's a great place to meet people.
Beverley Malmskog
(Mozambique, Africa)
  A couple of friends and I stayed at Blue Sky for the Easter holiday. The atmosphere was great and the hosts were excellent. We enjoyed our stay so much that we didn't want to leave. Thank you for a wonderful weekend!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!! You'll be seeing us again!!!
Cindy Language
  Brilliant place--would recommend it to anyone! It has a great atmosphere, and an excellent host! We will definitely be back soon!
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