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Hippo Hide Backpackers

2 Jesmond Road, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #19 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015
Nkanyiso888 Pretoria, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Hi, my sister and our lil boys were 2years old by then, we stayed at happy hippo, nice place, clean, friendly staff, big kichen, lots of hot water. 5mins to Ushaka marine, closer to reasturants, easy access for transport. We love the place and we going back in May again..😍😍😍😘 try to install wifi please.

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Nkanyiso888 Many thanks for taking the time out to write such a wonderful review! I see that you have reviewed us on Hippo Hide's site rather than the Happy Hippo's? We are not worried as they both belong to us! Anyway, all is good and we are glad to know that you will be back! When you are here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I stayed in Hippo Hide for 2 1/2 months while volunteering in Durban city. The staff were very accommodating and helpful to myself and the team whenever we needed taxis, extra blankets, queries about what to do in the city and general day to day enquiries. It was a fun way to meet new people as there were always backpackers... More 

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Hannah M, Such superb reviews can only help us in our vision of making Durban the no.1 holiday destination in South Africa. We are genuinely proud and excited when we have guests who have had such a great stay with us. Please be sure to visit s again if you are ever in Durban. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've stayed hear at least half a dozen times and I love it more each time. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the decor and rooms are lovely, great kitchen you can actually cook in and the location, while quiet is pretty ideal to explore Durban. If you want a good hostel for a good price I couldn't recommend... More 

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Katrina426, What can we say to such a great review other thank you very much for your kind words. The staff were especially proud that they are doing such a great job and making our guests feel welcome. Lets hope that's not the last time you stay with us as we look forward to hosting you again. Thanks again,... More 

Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Very friendly Staff and outside area as well as Rooms and kitchen. They organized our next days and perfekt time in Durban!! Clean, safe parking and very close to City center \ supermarket. They make you feel linke home instantly

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Inessa l, Thank you very much for your great review, the girls are very proud of themselves that could make your stay so enjoyable in Durban. We look forward to hosting you again if you are ever in Durban. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

UK
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Hippo Hide is a great haven in Durban. I stayed here for 9 weeks and had a fantastic time. The staff were helpful and really friendly, they spent a lot of time taking with us and solving all our problems! I stayed in one of the huts and it was beautiful! A little chilly in the middle of winter, but... More 

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Laura and Graham, Thank you so much for your superb review, We are extremely happy that our staff are responding to this type of review as it inspires them to provide the service that our guests require. They have worked very hard at this and it seems that they are succeeding in their endeavours. It goes without saying that... More 

Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This place is amazing, everything is available. The staff have been very good. There are great views and a pool and a place to work or study. All the guests treat each other with respect and we even got to meet the owner Michellle, who was really friendly and helpful. Love Thandeka and Nonhlanhla

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Thandeka and Nonhlanhla, We are very happy to hear that you had a great stay and our staff were friendly. We look forward to hosting again. Thank you, Michael Brooks More 

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Better than it's sister hostel Happy Hippo. In a gated house, with dorms and rooms in the garden, and communal areas. Not close to much, and a very long walk to the beach. No lockers for valuables, you had to leave them with reception. I only stayed one night so not much else I can comment on.

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Victoria K, We obviously failed to meet your expectations with both our lodges, and that is a shame. I am not quite sure what you expect from a backpackers lodge, you were at Happy Hippo which 500 mts from the beach yet you leave that and go to our other lodge and complain that it is too far from... More 

Tbilisi, Dushet'is Raioni, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were only here for one night, but it was a good night. The dorm is very spacious and clean. Their wifi wasn't working when we were there but I am sure it is going to be fixed soon. I think there are a lot of people living there on a slightly longer term so we sort of felt a... More 

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Brijerydoo, Thank you for taking the time out to review or lodge, it always great to have some positive feedback on how the lodge is running. The wifi is now totally free for our guests and is running okay again. Long terms guests can become too comfortable sometimes, especially when there is a large group. This is something we... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The "campsite" here is a tiny patch of grass inbetween the pool and rooms with absolutely NO PRIVACY whatsoever and no space for more than one tent or two small ones literally side by side. So we opted to stay in a "private" double which was anything but - right next to the car spaces, we heard car doors slamming... More 

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emmafu, Thank you for pointing out our problem with camping. We have at no time in eighteen years of trading claimed or advertised that we have a campsite. The service is only there for people trying to stretch their budgets. Your claim that you can only get two small ones side by side is fantastical at best as we... More 

Richards Bay, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

the dorms are neat and tidy. comfortable and neat bedding. cool dorm with fan.bathroom and toilet en suite.. kitchen is neat and hygenic with lovely utensils.tea coffee sugar and milk free. microwave and clean fridge available. easy access to taxi and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. shops for provisions within walking distance from lodge.i reccomend this... More 

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Vijay D, Thanks for the superb review, I'm happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and that my staff made you feel comfortable. Look forward to you staying with us again. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

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