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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

super nice backpackers. we really appreciate the owner, cleaning, room and breakfast. the place was easy to be found, no issues with booking, a lot of explanation regarding activities in Durban and place to visit or not to go.

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Elisa Many thanx for writing your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found our facilities and services satisfactory. Hope to welcome you back in Durban again one day to further share what our city has to offer. Happy travels !!! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at Gibela for three nights in a single room. The place is beautiful, clean and situated in a nice area of Durban. I did however miss the friendliness, feeling of generosity and welcoming atmosphere that I highly value. I checked in early, but was not allowed to use the communal showers before check in time. Also, wifi is... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Halmanna Many thanx for the review. We do take care in the upkeep and cleanliness of our lodge and even during busy periods as New Year time things was spotless (as all guests commented) I think its a bit unfair to reprimand us for not being able to use facilities before check in time. You stayed in Durban the... More 

Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great ambiance, real feeling of calm, got some incredible siestas in, loved the little touches, the deco, the pool ... Just exactly what was needed. Loved the fact that Gibela was close to Florida Rd, but not right on top of all the bars etc so it was easy to go out but also still protected and quiet. Close. To... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello William WOW what feedback - a great big Siyabonga !! You experienced both dorm and private room accommodation and overall seem pleased. Even though it was over the busy Xmas holidays you still managed to get peace and quiet. We are fortunate that majority of our guest are able to respect fellow travellers space and requirements, but overall still... More 

Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My wife and I spent 6 days staying at the Gibela Backpackers Lodge. It was comfortable and hospitable. Our host, was always available to provide guidance and advice for our activities in Durban, a wealth of information. I noticed that he provided the same help to everyone who arrived at Gibela. The pool was extremely clean, the breakfast was available... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Greetings and wishing you many happy travel miles in 2015 !! Thanx for taking the time to write a review on Gibela. We appreciate the kind words and are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. As said in so many previous review responses it's the multiple nigh stayers that get to appreciate the small extras on offer at... More 

Zoersel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This lodge is very relaxing and very quiete. I really had good stays. The service is good en correct. I also appreciated that it was indicated on the card where it is save to go in Durban. It is very close to Florida road and not that far from Asuka Marine world. The Kitchen and bathroom are also fine. Really... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela. We try our utmost to make every travellers stay as rewarding and comfortable as possible. The orientation talk makes it very easy to explore Durban at ease either on foot or by public transport. It's encouraging to hear that the facilities were to your standard as we ongoingly try to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

My sister and her husband were looking for accomodation for my mother and myself when serendipity played its part.What a find!We were greeted by the very lovely Cyril at reception.A really humble friendly man.As soon as we put our bags down we felt relaxed,secure and thankful that we had been brought to the door of Gibela.My mother and I shared... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Many thanx for taking time to write a review on Gibela. It was GREAT hosting the extended family during your very exiting and rewarding weekend in Durban. We are very pleased that you had the time to explore and experience what Gibela has to offer and that you enjoyed the facilities. It's rewarding when guest take the time to explore... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The place was really really nice with a swimming pool that we did not use as we were in Winter. The dorms are nice, the common area as well. The kitchen really useful and the breakfast was perfect compared to many backpackers. The location as welI was good near to the restaurant and pub street, it was just a bit... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Floriane Many thanx for reviewing us. From your feedback you seem to have enjoyed and appreciated what Gibela offers. Our slightly higher price reflects in all the positives you pointed out. well equipped kitchen, above average hostel breakfast, clean facilities and a great pool ( we are in the process of converting it into a heated pool) At the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I really loved Gibela backpackers lodge. It was very clean and had lots of character. There was nothing I could fault and it really had everything I was looking for - clean, great location, good breakfast and a very knowledgable and professional owner, it even had its own gift shop which meant my suitcase was quite heavy at the end... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Nicola. Well not much more can be said. Thanx for the appreciative words. We don't offer it all but what we do offer we strive to deliver 100% and is very pleased that we were able to match your expectation. The world is like a bag of Liquorice All-Sorts all different colours, shapes, sizes and flavours. Once travellers bite... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Because it was pretty much fully booked we could only stay one night at Gibela, but we found it to be a very good place to stay in Durban. I agree, the owner is a bit cool, especially in the e-mail-conversation ahead of our stay (no greetings, set phrases or punctuation). After our arrival, however, he was very helpful. As... More 

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Sorry for the disappointment of having to have a short stay at Gibela, but leaving it to make bookings less than 18 hours before arrival (and it being a weekend) you not always gonna hit the jackpot. Nevertheless it sounds like you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the cleanliness and organization in general. We hope we can accommodate you for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved this "travelers lodge". It's clean and very cute. And it not about party party party. The staff was more than helpful with pointers about Durban. I would highly recommend this place if you are in your own and passing through Durban

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

You got that spot on - definitely not a party stop (suppose that's why you choose us). By the sounds of it you spent a few days in Durban - which it deserves. Definitely not a one night stop over destination. For our multiple night guests we do offer endless information to fill their day with activities and fill their... More 

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Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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