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Happy Hippo International Backpackers

222 Mahatma Ghandi Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa

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Overall Rating 93%

From 2 Reviews

Hostel rating (2)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 90%
Location 100%
Security 80%
Service 100%
Comfort 90%
Green rating 90%

Book your stay at Happy Hippo International Backpackers in Durban

  • Dorm
    From $13.59
  • Private
    From $31.20
10 or more people?

Durban Hostel

Hostel Durban

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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!


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room

Food & Drink

  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year


Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +27 (0) 31 368 7181

Fax. +27 (0) 31 368 7196



Lovely place!


Avatar for Iulia


Mon 19 Jun 2017

It is near to the beach


Avatar for Antal


Sat 04 Feb 2017

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

mon nom c'est transformer en chico et il y avait une dame a plus de 23 heures alors que lbazbus etait bien sur en tard ! de plus l'emplacement sur le prot c'est pas le top !


Avatar for pascal


Mon 04 Feb 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach
  • City Centre
  • Museums / Art Galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping area / Mall
Getting to us

Getting to us

Pick up airport shuttle for a door to door service. Ask at information where to get it.
Please call us for shuttle bus services
Please call us for taxi services
Follow uShaka Marine World signs on Mahatma Ghandi Road.Cross Bell Street. 2nd building on left next to Engen garage

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