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Durban - Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue, Morningside, Durban, 4001, South Africa

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Walking Distance to Durban's top restaurants and night life

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Durban Hostel

Hostel Durban

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Award winning 4 star graded backpackers lodge. Situated in Morningside, Durban. Gibela Backpackers Lodge is conveniently located in the hip, residential area of Morningside. Gibela is within walking distance to the centre of Durban's entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore., You're about to discover a contemporary-style backpackers, designed to provide you with a comfortable stay in the most cross–cultural city in South Africa. This stylish and tranquil lodge is owned and managed by a former guide and keen traveller. Fellow travellers will receive good insider tips and travel recommendations, as well as superior comfort, in a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere.

Facilities and cleanliness - what our guests say:
- 'If there are hostels in heaven – they are Gibela Lodge'
- 'Rooms, beds and showers are absolutely tops'
- 'Definitely a step up from the rest'
- 'Lovely warm décor & spotless facilities'
- 'The nicest and most well run hostel we stayed in during our time in South Africa'
- 'Thanks for a very relaxing and comfortable stay in the nicest dorm I've been so far.'
- '[It's] no problem to be far from home when you come to stay at this lovely place.'

We appreciate the importance of clean facilities; we ensure that everything is spotless. The hostel is a non-smoking establishment.

Gibela's facilities include:
- Free clean and fresh sheet, pillow and duvets (towels in private rooms)
- Free coffee and tea, all day
- Free breakfast (cereals, yoghurt, bread & spreads, tea, coffee, fruit juice and fruit)
- Free book exchange - heaps of books and magazines.
- Free Durban & KwaZulu-Natal maps and advice
- Free luggage storage
- Free safety deposit
- Free modern, clean & equipped self-catering kitchen
- Free car and bike parking
- Free access to guide books from all around the world
- Bright, clean “Zulu Zen” decorated rooms
- Spotless modern bathrooms with 24 hour running hot water
- Cosy, comfortable Bohemian Indian style courtyard
- Internet, computers with memory card readers and public phone
- Hair dryer and iron - on request
- No curfew, no lockout - enjoy your freedom!

Gibela has 4 twin rooms, 2 x 4 bed dorms and 2 x 6 bed dorms.
There are four bathrooms in the hostel consisting of 6 showers and 5 toilets.
Our rooms are neat and well equipped with comfortable beds, ceiling fans and ample pack space.

Get immersed in the country's culture, history and nature! We proved INFORMATION on every spot in South Africa:
What to see and do
- Where to stay – Accommodation bookings in National Parks
- How to get there
- Bus, train and flight ticket reservations
- Day and overnight trips
Our local staff can offer tips and advice on how best to navigate the city - including sightseeing, museums, restaurants and activity events.

Durban is a special place. We at Gibela want to help to share the experience of our city’s mixed cultural heritage and make sure your stay in our “Kingdom” is an enjoyable and memorable experience.


Prices are members' prices

Sorry, there is no availability for the dates you have chosen or the hostel is closed. Please refer to the hostel information for contact details and opening dates.

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 07:00 and 20:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after []
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • Children under the age of 13 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - 1 to 2km

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 20:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • The Beach - Indian Ocean - Durban Gold Mile (2 to 3km)
  • Moses Mabhida Soccer & Kings Park Rugby Stadium (2 to 3km)
  • Botanical Gardens (1 to 2km)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (5 to 10km)
  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (2 to 3km)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (500m - 1km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (More than 10km)
  • Local market (2 to 3km)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (2 to 3km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (2 to 3km)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (2 to 3km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (2 to 3km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Water park (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

45km from Durban International Airport.. Take taxi or Airport Shuttle.
Durban Bus Station - NMR Avenue +/- 3km from hostel.
By municipal bus 10 min ride cost is R 4-50 paid on the bus.
Alternate Transport
Gibela Backpackers Lodge is conveniently located in the safe residential area of Morningside. Gibela is within walking distance to the centre of Durban’s entertainment life Florida Road where there are restaurants cocktail bars clubs and coffee shops galore (check-out our what’s hot list). Only a few steps from Gibela's front gate is a grocery store auto-teller and post office. Guests can walk to the Botanical Gardens Golden Mile Beaches currency exchange and famous brand surf-gear factory shops. We are on both inner city transport networks which link you to the museums cinemas Indian Market and Juma Mosque in less than a 10-minute bus ride from the hostel. Off street parking.
off street parking available.
Durban Train Station - NMR Avenue +/- 3km from hostel.

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