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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

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Maputo, Mozambique
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Calm, organized, clean, useful guide on where more safe to walk in Durban and where less safe. Great breakfast. Convenient to supermarket and restaurants. Recommended. Internet available during specified hours. Quiet. Worth staying there when on Durban.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

It was great! Thanks Elmar. clean and quiet. I have never stayed in a backpacker before and so was quite nervous, however i felt very safe and had a good nights sleep in a very comfortable bed. Great that Gibela provided plug extensions etc as well!

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Elmar Owner G, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Morning Debbie Hopefully now that the ice is broken you will enjoy many more stays at backpackers. Thanx for highlighting what we strive in delivering - cleanliness, quiet peaceful surroundings, security and comfortable beds. It's the small things that makes a stay a pleasant experience and it's rewarding when guests pick up on this and appreciate what is on offer.... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This lodge is absolutely wonderful! The owner Elmar always gives a personal welcome and would go the extra mile for service. The lodge is well located (great proximity to beach and restaurants) and is beautifully decorated and offers a South African feel, and the owner is well versed about the area and its history. The place is Clean and very... More 

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Elmar Owner G, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Morning Tumi Thanx for taking the time to write such a "refreshing" review. We do try and stretch the limits to satisfy our guests requirements and needs, but as you can imagine it's not always to everyone's satisfaction. The Gibela Comrades family annual get together is a special time as the regulars catch up on a years happenings and the... More 

Frankfurt, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I had a really nice stay at this hostel. Cosy and safe place. The guy at the reception was very helpful. Supermarket 100 m away. They sell nice African Art at the reception. Small pool. It didn't like it that you cannot lock the dorm room.

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Elmar Owner G, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Nadine We are pleased that you enjoyed a cosy stay at Gibela. We are on top of the security issue and provide a safe, comfortable stay. Private rooms can be locked but with dorms we find it becomes a bit noisy with 6 people locking and unlocking and locking themselves either in or out of the dorm. Hence we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

I've been to a few backpackers in South Africa now and Gibela's is well-run. Elmar and Cyril are super helpful and friendly, and I had a great time chatting with Elmar and a couple other backpackers during my stay. The lodge is well-maintained and comfortable. Elmar's been running the place ~14 years now (is what I heard). All the information... More 

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

Morning Alex SPOT ON - it takes a few days to get to know Durban and Gibela and you managed to do it right. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and that you took the time to explore and experience Durban. We strive to make every travellers stay as comfortable and memorable as possible and achieve this... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

I stayed in Durban for six days all at Gibela Backpackers lodge. All the staff kew everything about Durban I wanted to know and gave me loads of advice on where to head next as i wasn't sure how to pick out the best stuff between here and Cape Town My bed was comfy enough, the people I shared the... More 

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

Hello Samin Thank you for taking the time to write such a rewarding review. It seems that you had a great onward journey and that the info and suggestions we made was to your satisfaction. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and that services and facilities we offer to your satisfaction. I do apologise for the... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

This hostel is very beautifully maintained, the beds are comfortable, and the facilities are fine. There is a small safe in the room for valuables. The dorm rooms do not lock, which I found to be strange. The staff at the hostel are very nice and attend to the maintenance of the grounds. The only problem is with the owner... More 

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

Hello Lauren I will start where you finished off. You should take a look in the mirror and see what strange all is about. I’ll start with your Tripadvisor name “lauentravelsalot”. With a name like this one would expect more than 3 reviews (us being your second) on your Tripadvisor profile which was created less than a month ago. Rather... More 

Warsaw, Poland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

If you are looking for something a little bit more quiet than a usual hostel then this place is a grate choice. It is not far away from the promenade and really not far away(4-5 min.) from the street with a lot of restaurants, bars and cafes(florida st.). To be honest I had the best sleep in this place from... More 

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

Hello Thomas I am very pleased that you rate our sleeping experience as tops during your travels in South Africa. Yes we are definitely not a party hostel and the travellers that stay at Gibela is mostly of the same mind set. Our location is ideal to explore and walk to most of what Durban has to offer. I explained... More 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

The place is well located, close to Florida road. The rooms are clean and safe and the staff is very helpful. They have a relaxing space at the back and the pool is really cool. The only thing I did not like was that the wifi only worked nearby the pool. I recommend Gibela Backpackers.

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

Thanx for the review. Good to hear that you would recommend GIBELA and that you enjoyed the recreation spaces we created for guests. The wi-fi is limited to reception / breakfast / pool area as we previously had complaints from guests that fellow travellers (especially in dorms) are inconsiderate and connect / talk / work till all hours of the... More 

Brooklyn, New York, United States
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

I stayed at Gibela Backpackers for 3 days and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a good 20 min walk to the beach, and literally minutes from Florida road. The lodge is clean (the cleanest I've been to) and the owner is very friendly. He's also very knowledgeable and will give you a map with detailed instructions on where to go, where... More 

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

Thank-you for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased that you had an enjoyable stay and appreciative of our facilities and service. Good to hear you were able to relax and look forward in welcoming you back at Gibela when you next visit Durban. Happy travels. More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 

Additional Information about Gibela Backpackers Lodge

Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $43 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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