Hostels in Durban, South Africa

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Get to know Durban (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Durban. To help you make friends with Durban before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Moses Mabidha Stadium and Durban City

Durban, South Africa, is the third-largest city in South Africa and the largest in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. English and Zulu are the most common languages. Around six hundred thousand people live in this beach city by the Indian Ocean. Durban is on the list of fast-growing cities in Africa; the city has the largest port in Africa, a well-developed road network, and it is an attractive location for international companies. Well-known brands such as Unilever, Toyota, and Samsung invest in this location. Additionally, tourism is also on the rise. The numbers of international visitors grow year by year. The subtropical climate with lots of sunshine and attractive beaches are very convincing reasons to check out Durban.

If you decide to spend some days in Durban, you have a plentiful offering of accommodations. Durban, South Africa hostels, hotels, and guesthouses are spread out in the city centre and along the coastline. It is up to you whether you want an urban vibe or to stay in a Durban, South Africa hostel by the beach. Most hostels in Durban, South Africa have facilities of good quality, providing all the services that you would expect, such as free Wi-Fi.

Durban Botanical Gardens are a perfect spot to relax. Nature lovers can find various kind of plants, flowers, and trees. The grounds host numerous social gatherings such as concerts. The nature reserve, Burman Bush, is located only eight kilometres from the centre of Durban. Since the mid-nineteenth century, not much has changed in the area. The reserve is very popular with different species of birds and numerous walking trails are available to discover the wildlife. The so-called Golden Mile is made up of the famous beaches near the city centre. The white, sandy beaches are impressive and provide an inviting atmosphere. The conditions for surfing are excellent in Durban and the sport is very popular among locals and tourists. Especially during the Christmas holiday period, the beaches can become very busy.

Written by local enthusiast for Durban hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Durban hostels Flo

FAQ about Durban Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Durban. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Durban. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Durban costs on average $16 for a dorm. A hostel in Durban with private rooms costs on average $55. shows all 11 Hostels in Durban. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Durban Backpackers is the best hostel in Durban for families. compares prices for 11 hostels in Durban, South Africa. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Durban such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Durban.

Smith's Cottage is the best rated hostel for partying in Durban.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Durban

Your Packing List for Durban

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Durban and South Africa.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Durban Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Durban, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
11 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$55 Average private room price
$13 Cheapest hostel in Durban
Aweh Africa Backpackers is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Durban
Smith's Cottage is the best rated
Most Durban hostels are located in
Morningside, Durban North, Bluff
7.5 Average rating of all hostels

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Travel Tips for Durban - from the Community

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