Durban Hostel - Gibela Backpackers Lodge, Durban

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One of the best

A very impressive hostel. It's very clean and comfortable, and in a safe part of town. The owner is very helpful, and there's a good breakfast included in the price.


Excellent hostel

Visited in April 2012. Beautifully decorated, very clean, very safe. Walking distance from Florida Street and all the fun over there. The owner gives an orientation when you check in that is supremely helpful; he has lots of information on how to make the most of your Durban trip. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at.


What a good choice!

Actually one of the best hostels in South Africa. Tasteful decoration, impeccably clean, really safe, and helpful staff. Even if it was maybe too tranquil. The price include the breakfast so what else can you ask for?


A great place to stay

I've been traveling the world off and on for a great many years. I can honestly say this is one of the best places i've ever stayed, in any country. It was like staying in a comfortable, clean home, with all the facilities you'd expect being in top condition. Has a good kitchen and the included breakfast has lots of variety to choose from. Good restaurants and bars are very close. The owner was exceptionally helpful too.

New Zealand

Excellent! Totally recommended.

Very good location. Clean, friendly and comfortable hostel. Nice and flashy decoration. We strongly advise this place.

Jordi Muntaner

Not more to say!

Klaus Kopka

Very good

I had the pleasure to stop at the Gibela Backpackers Lodge during my solo backpacking trip to South Africa, and I have to admit it was one of the best places I stayed at. Clean, quiet, friendly, and perfectly located to grab a bite or catch a bus. I have already recommended it!


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' walk along the same road. It is approximately a thirty minute walk into Durban city, and around twenty minutes' walk to the Botanical Gardens. It is also only a few minutes' walk from the minibus stop which goes into town, or uphill to the Musgrave shopping centre. It has secure off road parking behind a wall which separates the grounds from the road. It is also a Baz Bus stop.

There are dorms and private rooms. In the dorms are new bunk beds with fresh clean linen and warm duvets. The general feel of the place is new and clean, with even the floor tiles being clean and unbroken. The shower room is modern with three sinks and three showers which do not clog and have clean shower trays. This is a unisex shower room, but there is a lock on the door. There is a separate WC next to it and a further WC and sink on the other side of the building.

There is a relaxed open plan lounge and diner between the rooms, although no TV. Down a side corridor is a small room for internet access and a book exchange. By the main door at the back is a small kitchen which is well equipped. Outside is a large covered living area with tables and chairs which is well done with fairy lights and wall hangings. It is outside where the free breakfast is set up, which consists of a wide selection of cereal, toast and fruit.

This hostel is laid back, very clean and well run in a fantastic position. It is not a party hostel and has no bar, but it is close to the bars, cafes and restaurants of Florida Road. The owner does not have the facilities to do pick-ups but is helpful in advising how to get around and where to go. It has a quiet atmosphere and is a great place to stay.

Helen Resuggan

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' Housed in a stylish terracotta-coloured 1950's 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? ' ( LONELY PLANET 2006)

You're about to discover a contemporary-style backpackers, designed to provide you with a comfortable stay in the most cross–cultural city in South Africa. This stylish and tranquil lodge is owned and managed by a former guide and keen traveller. Fellow travellers will receive good insider tips and travel recommendations, as well as superior comfort, in a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere.

Facilities and cleanliness - what our guests say:
- 'If there are hostels in heaven – they are Gibela Lodge'
- 'Rooms, beds and showers are absolutely tops'
- 'Definitely a step up from the rest'
- 'Lovely warm décor & spotless facilities'
- 'The nicest and most well run hostel we stayed in during our time in South Africa'
- 'Thanks for a very relaxing and comfortable stay in the nicest dorm I've been so far.'
- '[It's] no problem to be far from home when you come to stay at this lovely place.'

We appreciate the importance of clean facilities; we ensure that everything is spotless. The hostel is a non-smoking establishment.

Gibela's facilities include:
- Free clean and fresh sheet, pillow and duvets (towels in private rooms)
- Free coffee and tea, all day
- Free breakfast (cereals, yoghurt, bread & spreads, tea, coffee, fruit juice and fruit)
- Free book exchange - heaps of books and magazines.
- Free Durban & KwaZulu-Natal maps and advice
- Free luggage storage
- Free safety deposit
- Free modern, clean & equipped self-catering kitchen
- Free car and bike parking
- Free access to guide books from all around the world
- Bright, clean "Zulu Zen" decorated rooms
- Spotless modern bathrooms with 24 hour running hot water
- Cosy, comfortable Bohemian Indian style courtyard
- Internet, computers with memory card readers and public phone
- Hair dryer and iron - on request
- No curfew, no lockout - enjoy your freedom!

Gibela has 4 twin rooms, 2 x 4 bed dorms and 2 x 6 bed dorms.
There are four bathrooms in the hostel consisting of 6 showers and 5 toilets.
Our rooms are neat and well equipped with comfortable beds, ceiling fans and ample pack space.

Get immersed in the country's culture, history and nature! We proved INFORMATION on every spot in South Africa:
What to see and do
-Where to stay – Accommodation bookings in National Parks
-How to get there
-Bus, train and flight ticket reservations
-Day and overnight trips
Our local staff can offer tips and advice on how best to navigate the city - including sightseeing, museums, restaurants and activity events.

Durban is a special place. We at Gibela want to help to share the experience of our city's mixed cultural heritage and make sure your stay in our "Kingdom" is an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Location and Contact




Address: 119 Ninth Avenue (Off Cowey Road, between Argyle and Clarence Rd.), Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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Phone Number: (+27) (0)31 303 6291
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Facilities and Amenities

Female Solo Traveller

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby


BBQ Grill


Book Collection/Exchange

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Swimming Pool

Yoga Classes

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Genders: Males Only

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 07H00 - 21H00

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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