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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I spent a couple of nights at Howard's place, it has everything the weary traveller needs, my room was spacious and well appointed with a modern bathroom, comfy bed and lovely furniture. The house itself is located in a peaceful setting, with a great kitchen, delicious breakfast (eaten on the terrace with a view of the Durban harbour and skyline),... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for all the kind words about Durban Elephant. Your posting is very reminiscent of the inscription we have on the front door: "Think, in this batter'd Caravanserai Whose Doorways are alternate Night and Day How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp Abode his short Hour or two and went his way" (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan) More 

Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I stayed in this lovely home - yes, that's what it looks and feels like - in March 2016 for a conference. It is a wonderfully maintained property, with the beautiful greenery of Durban preserved intact. I especially loved the garden, which is not too closely tended or trimmed and therefore maintains its brooding beauty. My host was a wonderful,... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thanks for the thoughtful posting - I particularly like your description of the garden. Although not within shouting distance, a number of restaurants are about a 5 to 10 minute walk away - and if you want to eat in (using the B&B kitchen) there is a great deli style of shop also that distance away. I am pleased that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

This place is a relaxing respite from the city. Howard, the inn keeper, is a wonderful person and was very helpful in making my stay pleasant. We shared some great conversations and I'll definitely be back!

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Yes, although "in the city", the half acre property of Durban Elephant certainly provides a respite and a time to converse. Pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. More 

Paternoster, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We visited Durban for the Comrades 2016 event. We were referred to D'urban Elephant House by a friend. Easy to find, beautiful area and central location made it a breeze to travel to the event as well as general sight seeing. Warm hospitality, excellent breakfast by Howard and staff. Thank you Howard for making our first Comrades event a memorable... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review but even more congratulations must go to you with the excellent result in your first Comrades Marathon - it is no mean feat in running between Pietermaritzburg and Durban and enjoying it and then finding the time and energy to still write an informative and praising review about d'Urban Elephant. Hope to see you again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Stayed here for 10 days on business and will definitely be back! Superb property with stunning grounds that I couldn't stop photographing, it was everything I wanted from an African stay and photos just cannot do this property justice! Howard was unbelievably brilliant and his staff were lovely. Would highly recommend staying here and I can't wait to go back!

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thanks for a wonderful review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your African stay. Wonderful photos as well - these really help to let other guests get a "feel" of the place before they arrive. I look forward to your return visit. More 

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

From the outset, Howard the owner could not have been more helpful, organising a taxi to meet us at the airport and providing us with maps and ideas of things to do and where to eat. We were made so welcome. The house itself is a tranquil retreat from downtown Durban, with a lovely garden full of water features and... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for such a great and informative posting. I am also pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that we met your expectations. Thank you once again. More 

Berlin, Germany
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

...due to the wonderful host, Howard, who welcomed us as we would be long time friends. The rooms are beautiful and very well taken care of - it is a charming house full of character - nothing you want to chose if you go for a 5 star anonymous luxury hotel. But here, you get personal recommendations for restaurants in... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Wonderful review and Thank you for it. I also am pleased that we are able to exceed 5-star hotels - and that to well-traveled/ seasoned visitors like you. Your independent views are important to us as it gives future visitors a heads-up as well. I look forward to your next visit - also remember that although the weather is generally... More 

Castle Cary, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The Durban Elephant is a great place to spend time while in Durban. It is located in a lovely old house on the ridge overlooking the centre of the City. At night in particular the view of the lights of Durban is stunning. The house is large and airy, the bedrooms are comfortable and the gardens are a real feature.... More 

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for a stunning and informative review - it is much appreciated as it gives potential guests an informed view of what to expect. Word of mouth is the best endorsement a small business like mine can get. Thank you also for the positive feedback on the staff and especially on Cindy who does a sterling job. It is... More 

Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful stopover in Durban. The guest house is wonderfully unique and beautiful. All was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. Howard was a wonderfully gracious host who sat with us for breakfast and gave some wonderful pointers about what to do in the days ahead. Highly recommended!!!

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the facilities wonderful. I see it as part of the experience of staying here to point visitors in the right direction as to what they may enjoy doing not only in Durban and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal but also in the rest of... More 

Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I've spent nearly four weeks over the past year at the Durban Elephant. The views are great, atmosphere is relaxing, breakfast is excellent hot or cold, accommodations comfortable, and management is top notch! I will continue to recommend this gem to anyone visiting Durban.

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Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant, responded to this review

Thank you for your return visits - there could be no better endorsement than that. The good review is much appreciated especially from a well seasoned traveler. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
With panoramic views of the harbor, bluff, and Indian Ocean, this grand old Edwardian property, set in lush tropical gardens (often visited by monkeys), offers the best-value stay in Durban. Durban Elephant is a comfortable and homely guest house with an eclectic sense of style. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and all have their own outside entrance leading out either into the garden or own veranda. The neighborhood has many good restaurants and a great art gallery (NSA), and three shopping centers are within walking distance. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Durban Elephant

Address: 330 Cato Rd, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $99 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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