Happy Hippo Accommodation

Accommodation  > Durban

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We are in Durban Central, 500m from South Beach,300m from uShaka Marine World and 1.5km from the city centre and serviced by a door-to-door airport shuttle. 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 free 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.

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222 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban
-29.867684, 31.041903899999966

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Affiliations & accreditations

Hostelling International

HI is the largest network of hostels in the world, with over 4000 hostels in over 90 countries and 4 million members. HI hostels meet assured standards and HI guarantees good quality and safe accommodation at affordable prices. Locations include city hubs, mountain retreats and beachside chillouts. Only a 5% deposit secures bookings, even multi-stage trips.

STA Travel South Africa Hostel Pass

This is a list of all hostels participating in the STA Travel South Africa Hostel Pass. Please try to book in advance, quoting the voucher number when you do. If you have any enquiries, please contact Tara at tara@saytc.co.za or call her on +27 (0)78 087 1180.

STA South Africa Hostel PassLebo’s Soweto Backpackers


A unique stay, interactive bicycle tours and tuk tuk tours in the Soweto township. Fair Trade accredited.

Tel: +27 (0)84 851 8681
Email: lebo@sowetobackpackers.com
Website: http://www.sowetobackpackers.com/

STA South Africa Hostel PassMoAfrika Lodge

Comfortable and stylish accommodation with spacious rooms decorated in a true African style.

Tel: +27 (0)82 506 9641
Email: info@moafrika.com
Website: http://www.moafrika.com/

STA South Africa Hostel PassJollyboys Backpackers & Camp
Livingstone/Victoria Falls, Zambia

The best place to base yourself for some crazy adrenalin or lazing in the hammocks under the mango trees.

Tel: +260 (213) 324229
Email: jollybs@zamnet.zm
Website: http://www.backpackzambia.com/

STA South Africa Hostel PassLidwala Backpacker Lodge

In a beautiful, convenient location with eco-friendly & socially responsible operations.

Tel: +268 7690 5865
Email: info@lidwala.co.sz
Website: http://www.lidwala.co.sz/

STA South Africa Hostel PassBudget Backpackers
St. Lucia

Clean, restful affordable accommodation centrally located in St. Lucia.

Tel: +27 (0)82 627 6208
Email: budget@budgetbackpackers.co.za
Website: http://www.budgetbackpackers.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassInkosana Lodge & Trekking

A retreat-like setting with views of the mountains. The perfect base to explore.

Tel: +27 (0)36 468 1202
Email: inkosana@inkosana.co.za
Website: http://www.inkosana.co.za

STA South Africa Hostel PassAnstey’s Beach Backpackers International

Owned and run by a surfing family and offers a real taste of the laid-back surfing and beach lifestyle. Breakfast included.

Tel: +27 (0)31 467 1192
Email: ansteysbeach@mweb.co.za
Website: http://ansteysbeach.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassHappy Hippo Backpackers

500m’s from the beach and on Ushaka Marine World’s doorstep.

Tel: +27 (0)82 040 3679
Email: info@happy-hippo.co.za
Website: http://www.happy-hippo.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassTekweni Backpackers

Known for the festive atmosphere around the poolside bar. Close to pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Tel: +27 (0)31 303 1433
Email: info@tekwenibackpackers.co.za
Website: http://www.tekwenibackpackers.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassBlue Sky Mining Backpackers
Warner Beach

An all year round oasis with awesome 180° sea views of the Indian Ocean and sandy beaches.

Tel: +27 (0)31 916 5394
Email: info@blueskymining.co.za
Website: http://www.blueskymining.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassAmapondo Backpackers Lodge
Wild Coast, Port St. Johns

On a hill overlooking the beach. Tours to rural villages and waterfalls, coastal hikes & horse rides. Breakfast included.

Tel: +27 (0)81 257 4504
Email: info@amapondo.co.za
Website: http://www.amapondo.co.za/

mdumbiMdumbi Backpackers
Wild Coast, Mdumbi

A community driven incentive overlooking an awesome beach on the idyllic Wild Coast.

Tel: +27 (0)47 575 0437
Email: mdumbi@mdumbi.co.za
Website: http://www.mdumbi.co.za/

coffeeshackCoffee Shack Backpackers
Wild Coast, Coffee Bay

A fun relaxed vibe. Surf lessons and amazing day trips; relaxing in the hammocks or on the beach.

Tel: +27 (0)47 575 2048
Email: happydays@coffeeshack.co.za
Website: http://www.coffeeshack.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassWild Lubanzi Backpackers
Wild Coast, Lubanzi

An owner-run backpackers lodge focused on community development and sustainability. Breakfast included.

Tel: +27 (0)78 530 8997
Email: wild@lubanzi.co.za
Website: http://www.lubanzi.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassBuccaneers Lodge & Backpackers
Wild Coast, Chintsa

Considered by many to be the best backpackers in South Africa.

Tel: +27 (0)43 734 3012
Email: buccaneers@cintsa.com
Website: http://www.cintsa.com/

awaywiththefairiesAway with the Fairies

Hikes to waterfalls, mountains and forest. Incredible nature combines with a vibey bar and superb food.

Tel: +27 (0)45 962 1031
Email: hogsback1@gmail.com
Website: http://awaywiththefairies.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassElundini Backpackers

Only 20 minutes away from Hogsback, high in the Amatola Mountains. A great Xhosa cultural experience.

Tel: +27 (0)78 357 3285
Email: info@elundinibackpackers.com
Website: www.elundinibackpackers.com

STA South Africa Hostel PassAardvark B&B and Backpackers

Eco friendly self-catering accommodation only 5 minutes from the Addo Elephant National Park.

Tel: +27 (0)42 233 1244
Email: theaardvarkaddo@telkomsa.net
Website: http://theaardvarkguesthouse.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassIsland Vibe Flashpackers
Port Elizabeth

A spacious house with a lush garden, huge swimming pool and a jacuzzi for relaxing.

Tel: +27 (0)41 583 1256
Email: pe@islandvibe.co.za
Website: http://www.islandvibe.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassIsland Vibe Backpackers Lodge
Jeffreys Bay

A “must” destination, the perfect place for all. Friendly staff, fun and adventure all the way.

Tel: +27 (0)42 293 1625
Email: jbay@islandvibe.co.za
Website: http://www.islandvibe.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassAmakaya Backpackers
Plettenberg Bay

A clean, up-market “home from home” with all the comforts and facilities to make your stay special.

Tel: +27 (0)44 533 4010
Email: amakaya@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.amakaya.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassIsland Vibe Knysna

All the smooth comforts travellers need. And awesome adventures and stunning places to visit too.

Tel: +27 (0)44 382 1728
Email: knysna@islandvibe.co.za
Website: http://www.islandvibe.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassOuteniqua Travellers Lodge

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Tel: +27 (0)44 874 7807
Email: stay@outeniqualodge.com
Website: http://www.outeniqualodge.com/

STA South Africa Hostel PassStep-Aside George

Get that tranquil and relaxing farm feeling, with ducks and a flock of geese watching over you.

Tel: +27 (0)44 870 8982
Email: info@step-aside.co.za
Website: http://www.step-aside.co.za/home/

STA South Africa Hostel PassMossel Bay Backpackers
Mossel Bay

A friendly hostel with a lovely swimming pool and all necessary facilities available.

Tel: +27 (0)44 691 3182
Email: mbbp@telkomsa.net
Website: http://www.mosselbaybackpackers.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassCape Agulhas Backpackers

Cape Agulhas

The place where the two oceans meet and the most southern experience in Africa. Breakfast included.

Tel: +27 (0)82 372 3354
Email: capeagulhasb@mweb.co.za
Website: http://www.capeagulhasbackpackers.com/


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Email: greenele@iafrica.com
Website: http://greenelephant.co.za/

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Nestled just 20m from the beach and within walking distance to activities and top restaurants.

Tel: +27 (0)21 790 0427
Email: info@houtbaybackpackers.co.za
Website: http://www.houtbaybackpackers.co.za/

STA South Africa Hostel PassSaltycrax Backpackers
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Tel: +27 (0)21 556 9369
Email: info@saltycrax.com
Website: http://saltycrax.com/