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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #17 of 60 Specialty lodging in Durban
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3 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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Nairobi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
73 helpful votes 73 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
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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

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

One of the best hostels I visited. I was here for a weekend with friends and it's so convenient that the supermarket is just a walk away and that you can find a lot of restaurants and bars around the corner. Nice atmosphere with visitors from all over the world, who are all open for a conversation and a drink.... More

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

Thanks for the very kind words. I see you did ask for our quieter dorms and could choose whether to have a festive night or a quiet night. Mission accomplished. Fantastic! Hope to see you back again. More

Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Really fun place, met some cool people, but the rooms ( at least the one I was in) was small and cramped. It is reasonably priced for a hostel and as long as you don't expect to get too much sleep at night, you're going to have an awesome time! The staff are helpful and friendly, and they know a... More

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

Thanks for the review. Looks like you forgot to ask for the quieter more out of the way rooms. Also looks like you weren't too bothered and enjoyed your stay. Good stuff! More

Erlangen, Germany
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Tekweni is definitely one of my top 3 backpackers I visited in South Africa. Everybody is just chilled out, likes to have a little party and enjoys meeting other people. They offer a braai a few times a week (own meat, they have rolls and salad for free!). The rooms are comfortable (dorm) and clean, the location seems quiet and... More

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Fantastic. Stoked! What more can we say? Oh yeah. Thank you. More

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Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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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