Stayed in 3 different hostels in Durban (2 near Florida Road) and the Happy Hippo. The Hippo was by far the best. Great open space for eating and socialising and a bar with terrace on the top floor. The rooms and facilities are well-maintained, which include an in-house laundry service. The staff at reception were particularly friendly and helpful, especially Bongani and Nmufundo (sorry, I'm pretty certain I have got both of those wrong but hope they are there or thereabouts). These guys were great on general hostel queries, as well as tours and onward travel and went out of their way to be helpful. They really made staying at the Happy Hippo a pleasure.
Oh and second best of all, the Hippo is 5 mins from the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Born from a passion for traveling, the legacy of the Hippo Hide has been passed on to this unique and amazing lodge. Situated approximately 500m from Durban’s best beaches and right next to uShaka Marine World, you couldn’t ask for a better location. Durban’s first purpose built backpackers hostel for the discerning budget traveller, welcomes you to come and enjoy state of the art facilities. These include the amazing roof top party and recreational area, known as “The Globe”, a wireless broadband internet café, travel desk with up to date information and the best deals. This is your one stop youth hostel with all your amenities close by. ... more less
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