The Happy Hippo is decorated in a contemporary African Ethnic theme; utilizing the vibrant colours shown through the flag and the S.A. people, and tastefully finished off with an industrial flavour. Whenever a new guest arrives, they always experience that wow factor! Everything on our premises pertains to the culture of this vibrant nation! Our location is unrivalled as we are right next to Ushaka Marine World, the largest marine themed park in Africa, and so close to the beach for those wanting to enjoy the sea, whether it be surfing, kayaking, sailing or just sun-bathing! The Park offers an array of shops, restaurants and bars. The area has a few night clubs for those night owls.

Our rooms are all different and are named so one gets to learn about this exciting nation and what it has to offer. We have a roof-top bar called the Globe, as we get to meet people from all around the world! We offer an internet café or wireless and have a curio shop which only supports local crafts and small business. Local is Lekker! (great in Afrikaans). We offer our guests the convenience of booking all your day trips, safaris and car hire at our reception, all in the name of making your stay an unforgettable one.

Please remember that the top things to do in Durban, which are very synonymous, are, trying a bunny chow, catching a Rickshaw ride or visiting the famous Indian market. Since the 2010 World Cup, held in S.A., we now have a cable car ride to the top of the Moses Mabidha Stadium, which brags beautiful views of the city and its beaches! Also, the convenience of getting off a plane at the new King Shaka International airport which does door to door drop offs hourly at a fraction of the price of a taxi! Please remember that our efficient and friendly staff are always on call to help!

What travellers think


Location is great. Close to the beach and restaurants, you get good value for your money.


Avatar for Victor


Wed 04 Dec 2013

Alles gut. Waren nur für eine Nacht dort, dafür war es mehr als ausreichend. Betten bequem und die Gemeinschaftsräume sind riesig. Haben über hihostels eine Nacht im Dorm gebucht, das Hostel hatte in den Unterlagen 3 Nächte im Doppelzimmer stehen. Haben es dann aber so bekommen wie gebucht.


Avatar for Meike


Mon 11 Nov 2013