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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cape Town, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When one reaches a certain age you stop associating yourself with the backpacker lifestyle despite it still being all you can afford. It it thus always a treat to find a backpackers that accommodates all walks of life. Congenial staff that accommodate you gracefully when you continue to add nights to your already extended stay. Attention to detail, clean kitchen,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I came on the Baz Bus just in time for a Braai night, delicious! The staff was very friendly and helpful, and I had a great time here. It was too cold for the pool but walking to the beach was lovely, and there is a grocery store 5 minutes away.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for 3 nights in a dorm room. This is a great place to stay if you don't require much sleep. If the hostel isn't playing loud music than the club across the street is. There was also a big fight at 5 am one morning which woke everyone up. The desk staff during the day were nice but the... More

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13 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We shared a dorm with some South Africans who were great fun! During our stay in Tekweni we hang around with them. The dorm itself is a bit old (matresses as well) but the bathroom is clean and warm water. A big supermarket is closeby and around the corner there is a street with bars to have a cocktail or... More

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9 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Arrived at Tekweni after a hectic start to my travels and immediately felt welcome and included. Great staff, good rooms, lovely location, fair prices. Braii nights, travel advice on site. Felt safe at all times. A fair walk into town and to the beach but worth it for the feeling of safety in the morning side area compared to other... More

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review. It just gives us that warm fluffy feeling. We hope to see you back again! More

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

If you are looking for having fun, meeting lots of young people and party a bit, Tekweni backpackers is truly one of the best backpackers I have stayed in in Africa. It's laid back place that is set in a typical Durban mansion just off the popular Florida road. The Checkers and Spar supermarkets and various restaurants, bars and other... More

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Now you have made our day. Thanks sooo much for the very kind words. Reviews like yours make it all worth while! We hope to see you back. More

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I had a bad experience at Tekweni Backpackers, which I found being the worst backpakers i have ever slept in South Africa. The place is really dirty (bra lying on the ground of the dorm, hair in the washbasin). I am not obsessed by cleanliness but this was too much. The staff was however helpful and I managed to arrange... More

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Ouch! We are a very busy backpackers so it is difficult to keep the place spotless but do we work hard at the cleaning. Do we really deserve this harsh a review? You are entitled to your opinion so we will look closer at that side of it to make sure our standards are kept up. You did have some... More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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37 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

This place is awesome. There are always people around and there is a great atmosphere and party vibe here, I really enjoyed it. I wish I stayed longer here but duty calls, flights/work etc. It is a baz bus stop which is useful and it is also situated near lots of shops and restaurants.

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We also wish you stayed longer and really hope you make it back! More

Eugene, Oregon
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Stay here if you want to party, but be fearful of the staff and those who hang out at the bar. My friend was sexually assaulted here (by the bartender) and the management was horribly insensitive about it. It was just horrible, and really jaded my time in Durban. The technicality of it all is fine. Rooms are clean, good... More

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

This incident was a year ago. I dealt with it personally with my manageress. The situation went as follows. There was an incident with your friend during the night after she came back from a night on the town. Our investigations found that she was intoxicated that night. She said there was a male intruder in her room but she... More

Singapore, Singapore
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Tekweni is a cool place to meet people. This place is very popular and packed during the three days I was there. The braai they organised three times a week (if I rem correctly) is awesome too. Free salad and bread rolls (BYO meat). Kitchen is well equipped, but if you are like me, lazy or simply not in the... More

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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the fantastic informative review. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the diving tips also. Hope to see you back. More

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Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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Tekweni is located in the centre of Durban's hippest entertainment area : pubs, clubs, restaurants and markets are on the doorstep. It is comprised of 3 neighbouring houses, the oldest and main house built in 1896. The hostel was established in 1992 making, it one of the first five hostels in the country and the longest established in Durban. We are close to everything, only two km to the beach and town. The various types of accommodation ramble across the 3 properties. You have the choice of staying right in the middle of the action or in one of our quieter more remote rooms away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated all with ceiling fans. ... more   less 
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