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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

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119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A large group of us stayed at Gibela's for about 10 days and enjoyed our stay very much. The lodge is very beautiful, charming and welcoming. There are plenty of common areas both outdoors and indoors to sit, read, or relax. The rooms are more spacious than most backpackers' lodges and range from bunk beds to single twin beds. The... More 

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Poland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed two nights for the Comrades marathon, the owner was amazing. We were so happy to find how clean the property was, the pool was absolutely perfect (clean and nice hangout area). The owner was super helpful setting up breakfast before the race and I can't begin to name all the small things he did to make our race... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Fantastic place – excellent location and the bar and pool area are a fantastic spot to chill out. Its evident the owner takes a great deal of pride in this establishment – from his constant presence, to the general layout, decor and cleanliness of the backpackers. Hes also a great source of local knowledge for exploring the different sights Durban... More 

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Orleans, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a real friendly and quiet place to stay. First thing, the staff was very helpful. They gave us many advices about Durban, things to see and things to do, where to go or not. As we had to leave early in the morning, they managed to give us a take-away breakfast and to keep our luggages. The room... More 

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

Many thanx for your appreciative and kind words. It is rewarding when guests take our advise, read our notice board and experience and explore what Durban has to offer. We try to accommodate where and when we can. Thank - you for appreciating the effort we put in to create a little haven for guest to return to after a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

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 January 10, 2015

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 December 30, 2014

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 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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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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