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Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #32 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Erlangen, Germany
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106 reviews
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“One of the best!”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Tekweni is definitely one of my top 3 backpackers I visited in South Africa. Everybody is just chilled out, likes to have a little party and enjoys meeting other people. They offer a braai a few times a week (own meat, they have rolls and salad for free!). The rooms are comfortable (dorm) and clean, the location seems quiet and yeah.. They offer free WIFI and have a nice pool / -table. Definitely a nice place to stay if you are in Durban.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, December 18, 2013
Fantastic. Stoked! What more can we say? Oh yeah. Thank you.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Reviews here seem to swing the pendulum: either you’re a partier (great place) or you’re not (give it a swerve). I’m an "inbetweener" (of life more like, not same vein as the TV show/movie) … and … I really enjoyed my stay! I kind of think Tekweni is in need, and deserves, a shout-out from the “moderates” who fall into neither of the well-argued extremes here, and enjoyed it ne’re the less (I’m not noise-sensitive).

Tekweni bustled with people (who were not solely 20-somethings, far from it actually), had a great vibe (& contrary to other writings, not party-central; reception/bar closed at 10 and one night there was only two of us left, playing pool) and, the accoms matched the price (fair for what you get, which is clean, basic and does the job). The dining/communal area is covered, outdoor, and aside a small pool. Its setup allows for joining-in or breaking-away. Exactly what you want in a backpackers. There’s a small inside lounge area to chill and watch TV. Wifi here is free and has good reception. No in-hostel food catering but plenty of places nearby and a local Spar if you want to do your own thing in the kitchen.

Stayed a private room (small), shared bathroom, in the building adjacent the main house. There is noise from the main door opening and closing and you can definitely hear people coming and going from the bathrooms and cooking in the kitchen, same as you would living in a share-house.

Door drop-off and pick-up by the BazBus and, because, travelling in the Capetown to J’Burg direction, you don’t get in until around 10pm-ish, the bus stops on the way at a local joint for you to pick up a “bunny chow” – (a local speciality of scooped-out bread filled with lip-searing spicy curry). Mmmmm.

Did the Tekweni-organised Zulu Village Tour and, well, wouldn’t recommend. Not sure what others in this area are like, but this wasn’t great. Not sure if it’s the tour itself, no matter who you go with, or just this one organised through backpackers? Ask around.

If Martin still works there, spend a night perched at the bar/reception and pump-up-the-jam over some beers, listening to his super cool playlist/s.

Tekweni was probably the most “grown up” of all backpackers I stayed, in that it’s democratically adult – like a big, big, BIG share house. This is a backpackers, not the Hilton (you are not going to get sound-proof privacy), and yes, you have to be responsible for yourself, but the name of the game here is mingling, and whether yours is a cursory courtesy or full-on partying; each to their own as they say!

“Live and let live” is alive and well at Tekweni.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Patrick M, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Wow. We think we need to hire you to do marketing for us. What a fantastic analogy of what Tekweni is about. Will check into what tour you did though as our day trips are usually very good. Thanks so much for the kind words!
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Apart from the 'oh you've arrived at a bad time, I'm cashing up', and the room not being ready despite it being 3pm and no towels, the ambience was cool, it was good to speak to other travellers, and it's great value for money and in a good location.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Tekwenibackpack, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thanks for reviewing us. Very glad you had a good time at Tek's. It sounds like you arrived on the weekend as they were cashing up at 3. Really sorry about the lack of welcome and the room not being ready. That is certainly not in the Tekweni spirit and I am going to check it out cuz we take pride in our service. Besides that you rated us nicely. Cool! We hope to see you back.
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St. John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

A others have said, Tekweni is the place to go if you like to party, but not if you want to relax and enjoy a comfortable bed. I stayed in a dorm room, and the mattress and pillow were very old and uncomfortable. Other guests were coming and going from the room the whole night, I didn't get any sleep. No breakfast offered in the morning. I would suggest going a few blocks down the road to Gibela, if you can afford it. It is more expensive but worth it!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Tekwenibackpack, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Hi, Thanks for reviewing us. If you preferred Gibela to us then you are correct we are not the place for you. Our places are completely different and aim at totally different types of customers to each other. We have recently upgraded our rooms and linen and do aim for our guests to have both a comfortable sleep and a good time. I will check which room you were in to see what happened there. No we don't offer breakfast and never claimed to. We have a substantial kitchen for your use and dozens of shops, restaurants and takeaways on the door step. We are very upfront with what type of place we are and you said you had been told that. I just wonder why you did come to us in the first place if we were not the type of place you were looking for? Also is it really fair to rate us and do damage to our business if you made the wrong choice in place knowing what we were about?
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I stayed at Tekwenis for a month back in 2006 then have been back every time I have visited Durban. I love this place, friendly staff who make you feel welcome the moment you walk in. Owner and manager can't do enough for you. Love its location as your so close to everything. It is def a party hostel but does not claim to be anything other than that!! fun times that made my stay in Durban even more memorable! Thanks for everything x

Room Tip: Dorms upstairs at the back are quieter
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Tekwenibackpack, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Home from home. That was our goal when we started out 20 years ago. Love it every time we hear it. Thanks for the amazing review!
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Tekweni backpapers what can i say probably only the most awesome backpackers ever been to like wow I was there for matric vac in 2011 with my friends loved the place so much I mean there is a party street right infront of the place walking back home drunk and doing whatever we want (in control though) oh man most awesome place ever.
Now the sober part; like I love the bar there the pool tables accommodation is beyond amazing for that price I love it.

Everyday we would wake up make breakfast go out come back and start a massive pre drinking and cooking session then we go out for a night of fun only knowing that when we get back to tekweni there is still a party going on inside… In other words no sleep whatsoever.
Basically all I am saying and honest truth Tekweni is party place and a half don’t go there complaining about service the only service you need is booze and fun and tekweni provides all that. SO people craping on this place don’t know how to party

Room Tip: Doesn't matter if you drinking there you would not care. Its a house party where you can sleep
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Tekwenibackpack, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Wow you really are a fan. We are not worthy. Thanks for the fantastic review!
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

THE party spot in Durban. Fantastic staff full of local knowledge, friendly and helpful. Great location, close to all amenities and a short bus ride into town. I have stayed here several times over the years and It has never failed to meet expectations. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Tekwenibackpack, Owner at Tekweni Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Aaaah. You are making us blush. We were starting to get a complex from some of the other peeps that don't get us. Thanks for the great review!
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Property: Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Address: 169 Ninth Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tekweni is located in the centre of Durban's hippest entertainment area : pubs, clubs, restaurants and markets are on the doorstep. It is comprised of 3 neighbouring houses, the oldest and main house built in 1896. The hostel was established in 1992 making, it one of the first five hostels in the country and the longest established in Durban. We are close to everything, only two km to the beach and town. The various types of accommodation ramble across the 3 properties. You have the choice of staying right in the middle of the action or in one of our quieter more remote rooms away from the hustle and bustle. The rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated all with ceiling fans. ... more   less 
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