I've been to Banana Backpackers and Happy Hippo, and this was just an overnight for NYE 2010. The reception was really easy and the receptionist was a really nice woman. The outdoor pool and lounge area was crowded but decent. Not being a college kid, I couldn't say much about the "vibe" except that there seemed to be no real rules about stuff. I definitely saw quite a few people smoking weed and later on walked into my dorm to see 2 random people having sex in plain view. Nobody seemed to be alarmed by this, even the staff seemed not to care too much. If you're looking for a place to crash on NYE, then Tekwini is probably fine, but for an extended stay, I'm probably going to stick with Happy Hippo. I don't need to be kept awake by late night sexual liasons thank you very much! This place is for the college budget crowd.
Unique Quality: The drinks were cheap at least, the pool is also small but nice. The rooms, while cramped, were clean and the bed was fairly comfortable.
Directions: Off of 9th avenue right next to Florida Rd
This place is cool, even if the climate isn't. Laid back, well equipped, secure and located in the best part of town for a quiet evening out.
Unique Quality: A very small pool - but cool.
My room was a little wooden hut with notches that glowed red in the morning sunlight.
Directions: Just off Windermere road with its resturants, pubs and clubs
Really familiar youth hostel, where you can chill out together with people just like you.
Tekweni is located in the centre of Durbans hippest entertainment area: pubs, clubs, retaurants and markets are on the doorstep. It is comprised of 3 neighbouring houses built in 1896.
PARTY ON at our poolside bar, catch some rays, groove to the tunes and 'kick some butt' around our pool table.
There is an excellent travel/info centre on the premises and plenty of single/double rooms. We are conveniently located on transportation routes, and just 2kms from both the beach and the town centre.
Unique Quality: Pool, swimming pool, bbq possibility, bar, travel desk, internet connection, TV room with DVD, separate corner for smokers. Brilliant funny crew.
Chill out at the center of Durban's hippest entertainment area - pubs, clubs and restaurants
Tekweni Backpackers Hostel was established in 1992 making it one of the first 5 hostels in south africa. Tekweni is located in a large colonial home (built in 1896) in the heart of the vibrant suburb of Morningside.we built our reputation on our festive atmosphere and fun loving approach.
Unique Quality: *Spacious sparkling new stainless steel kitchen area complete with all the things you need to whip up a chow
*Friendly high tech reception area also recently renovated
*Open air poolside bar area adjoining reception with a constant flow of groovy tunes and exotic "bevies"
*Festive sports bar with satellite hosting all the best stuff worldwide
*Sparkling swimming pool set in the lush tropical garden smack in the middle of all the action
*Pool table for fun right next to the swimming pool
*Communal braais ("barbies") on sundays, tuesdays and thursdays; salad and rolls provided; byo meat
*Regular parties and celebrations
*Comfy tv lounge complete with satellite as well
*Fast and cheap internet for guests
*Abundant private toilets and showers also newly renovated
*Sparkling wooden floors throughout
*Spacious clean comfortable rooms with high ceilings and ceiling fans
*Dorms, singles, doubles, twins, triples and camping
*Storage for those heading out on tour
*Shuttle service and tour company based on the premises
*Full travel information center set next to the pool
Directions: Off Florida Road - in the Morningside area of Durban
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