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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #2 of 60 Specialty lodging in Durban
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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BERGVILLE
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

All the C's - Clean, Convenient, Caring, Central to amenities and city, and one big M - very well managed! I decided to try Gibela as an alternative to the usual B&B or hotel and was very pleasantly surprised.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Solo traveler, stayed three nights. Easy 5 minute walk to many restaurants on Florida Road including the lovely Vintage Indian restaurant. Delicious and healthy hot breakfast. Owner was very helpful and even provided me with water and fruit when I had to leave extra early for my tours. The hostel was very clean and you can tell care was taken... More

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

Greetings Siyabonga (thank-you) for your review. Durban definitely is not a one night stop and requires minimum 2 days to explore and experience what she has to offer. The same counts for Gibela. If you read fellow traveller reviews of Gibela its the "multi night stays" that get to really appreciate what we offer and "absorb" all the extras. (not... More

Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for two nights, what a Lovely host and good ambiance! When visiting durban again i definetly come back! Also a good guide for finding Lovely food, thnx for The tips!! What else to say......nice simple but good breakfast to start The day with!!

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

Hello Marjolijn Thank-you for taking the time to write your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Durban and more so that you explored our "hot tips" suggestions. We look forward in hosting you when you return to Durban. Will have to work on finding some new "hot spots" for you to visit. Take care and... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a lovely place to stay! Far more than I expected from a backpackers. I have stayed at guesthouses that have catered less well to my needs. Spotless, peaceful, stylish, friendly, organised, all the hot water you could want at any time of day or night, a delicious, healthy breakfast... A special thank you to Elmar, the proprieter, for... More

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

Morning Lynda Many thanx for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela. Our team strive to make each guests stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. You have summarised exactly what we strive to achieve and the clientele we reach out to. Hope to welcome you back again one day. More

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place, good location (right by the racecourse) and very friendly staff. Secure off-street parking, included breakfast and a swimming pool. On the expensive side for a backpackers, but worth it for all but the most shoe-string traveller.

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

Hello Chris Thx for the great review. Sure must have been cold in PMB after leaving sunny Durban after the races. Your review epitomize everything Gibela stands for and trying to achieve. More

Freiburg Im Breisgau, Germany
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

One of the best accommodations I have stayed at in recent years. Very clean, comfortable bed, nice room, friendly and helpful staff and no noise at all. Delicious breakfast and a very convenient neighbourhood.

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

Hello Chris Well done for winning SWC 2014!!! Yes we are very fortunate being in a great neighbourhood with everything in walking distance. We are glad you enjoyed your stay @ Gibela and hope Durban is on the revisit list. All the best. More

Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Beautiful courtyard and pool area to hang around, nice rooms, clean amenities, great and helpful host. Try out Jooo's Steakhouse across the street! Location is excellent 2min to supermarket, restaurant, laundry, bar. 15min by foot to the stadium, 20 to the beach!

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

Hello Chantal It seems you walked Durban flat - AMAZING. You even know the times by foot to all the points of attractions better than me (you 2 must be fast walkers or I'm just conservative) Our location is great and comfortable walking distance to everything that s on the to do list (or the bus is only 5 min... More

Trondheim, Norway
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I stayed at Gibela for a few nights in June, and it was really quiet with only me there for some of the time. But it was a quiet period, and the few others who stayed were great! The staff was super friendly and helpful, and the house, rooms and bathrooms were perfectly clean. The beds in the dorms are... More

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

Hello Mona Many thanx for taking the time to write your review on Gibela. It was unfortunate that you had to cut your visit to SA short and we do hope to see you back again. We do strive to meet our guests satisfaction on all levels - even with after stay customer care. We were fortunate to have you... More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I stayed here for a few days after spending a few days at a hotel near the beach. The area is calmer, which was appreciated. The hostel itself has very nice grounds, so it's a pleasant place to hang out. This is one of the cleanest hostels I have ever seen. I was in a double room, and it was... More

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

Many thanx for taking the time to write your review. It is very rewarding for the Gibela Team when guest appreciate what we put into the establishment. Time and time again it is proven that those who take the time to too explore and experience not just Gibela Lodge but also Durban in general are blown away on what is... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Overall a very good experience; Cyril as well as the owner took great care of us and were always willing to give recommendations or call a cab to get us around Durban. The rooms were very nice and clean, breakfasts were good and the grounds were very quaint. Lots of space to chill as well as meet fellow lodgers. And... More

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

Great to hear that you found both the staff and management top notch - thank-you !! Also rewarding to hear that our facilities, cleanliness and spacious surroundings get your approval. Home to welcome you back @ Gibela again. Thx Elmar More

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Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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TOP CHOICE - Lonely Planet 2012 "If this hostel (a tastefully converted 1950's Tuscan home) were a B&B, it would be described as 'boutique'. One of Durban's best hostels, it has sparkling surfaces and rooms neat enough to pass an army major's inspection. It even provides a continental breakfast- to be enjoyed in an attractive indoor-outdoor dining area." Gibela is conveniently located in the safe, residential area of Morningside and within walking distance to the center of Durban’s entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore. ... more   less 
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