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“Really nice stay at Gibela Backpackers” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gibela Backpackers Lodge
Ranked #7 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Really nice stay at Gibela Backpackers”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

We were a group of 8 people: 4 of us slept in a dorm room and the other 4 in private double bed rooms. The guesthouse is well located as it is 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from restaurants and bars.
We really enjoyed our stay as it is really comfy and very clean. The breakfast is served close to the pool and the householder is very helpful. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Although the weather wasn't the best you still managed to keep yourselves busy all weekend long. Thank-you for your review and we look forward to welcoming the ones doing their internship back again. Happy travels !!
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Dundee, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Gibela is the perfect place to stay to explore Durban! It's a beautiful and quiet lodge, though very close to the center where everything happens! The owner is a very friendly and helpful man. I will certainly go back there!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Many thanx for your review. It's good to hear you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and your visit to Durban. It was a pleasure to welcome you back a second time and wish you all the best for your journey through SA !!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

Hey guys, this is a really great place to stay. They tell it is twin beds & so no one is misleading you & is that really important?
They "renew" the WiFi . . . again, is WiFi what you went to Durban for?
If so I feel sorry for you.
It is cheap, clean, incredibly convenient.
The notices help keep it clean.
So how about a sensible, fair review my friends.
Cheers from New Zealand

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lindsandjule
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Greetings from Durban.
Unfortunately not everyone are as lucky as you guys to have the winning formula when travelling.
For some it is more important to keep up with what's happening back home rather than enjoying the moment and the experience whilst on the road. And then when it's all over, frustration settles in, because of what they actually missed out on and need to find a scapegoat.
This is when most people start finding fault, not necessarily due to sub standard service but the inability to better plan their travels.
All the best and happy travels !!
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St. John's, Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

I highly recommend Gibela Travellers Lodge. Friendly staff, excellent service, very clean and beautifully maintained, great breakfast included in the price of the room! I will definitely stay here again if I happen to come back to Durban.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Manager at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Morning - many thanx for your review. It's great to hear that you enjoyed the GIBELA EXPERIENCE and that you appreciate the small extras that make a stay with us special. Looking forward to welcome you back to Gibela and share more on what's on offer in Durban.
Happy travels.
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Cape Town, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

I stayed at Gibela Lodge for 4 nights, with two friends in a private room. I absolutely loved it! It is a beautiful property and located in a very safe neighborhood. There is a wonderful breakfast in the morning and friendly people to share stories and advice with. I completely recommend this place, very clean and such a friendly owner who is always available to give advice. He even called the cheaper airport shuttle on our behalf and taxis when we needed them.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Many thanx for sharing your Gibela experience with fellow travellers.
We are very pleased that you had an enjoyable stay with us in Durban.
Live is all about give and take and not just take, take, take. What one put into life you will receive back and time and time again it shows with guests that take the time to "absorb" the Gibela surroundings and take the time to chat to fellow travellers. Not everyone is as fortunate to have the time to travel at a slower pace, but I have always said do less and in doing so explore, smell, taste the destination, get to feel the "gear of the system".
Happy travels and enjoy your time in South Africa!!
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Blantyre, Malawi
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

A lovely hostel, with homely touches and beautiful courtyard. Very helpful and accomodating place to stay. Also has a lovely little shop with local crafts and handy guidebooks to peruse. Highly recommended

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Great to see you made it back safe and sound in Malawi !! Thx for the positive review, It is always a pleasure to host guests on multiple night stays in Durban.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Gibela Backpackers in Durban is a very pleasant & very safe. We had a twin room with shared bathroom here.
There was off street secure parking for our rental car. Breakfast was included in the room price.\
Everything was clean & there was a small kitchenette available.
A supermarket plus a blissful bakery & a great patisserie were just a block's walk away.
Very handy for the Botanical Gardens & the Stadium.
Good pool & lovely communal areas. Lindsay

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
many thx for the review. It definitely show that those that spend multiple nights with us have a great experience. Definitely not a one night wonder stop over.
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Additional Information about Gibela Backpackers Lodge

Property: Gibela Backpackers Lodge
Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Gibela Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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