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Happy Hippo International Backpackers Lodge Reviews

222 Mahatma Ghandi road, Durban Central, Durban, South Africa

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205 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 74%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 68%Facilities

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Very friendly staff (: Thank you!


Internet advertised as free but limited to 3hrs/day and only worked for 2hrs in our day stay. That's not okay. The roof top bar is very nice but somehow unfortunately empty.


I really liked the place it was comfortable and good for the money but they must not allowed guests to held parties on the lounge it disturbs other guests.They must use the bar.

  • 19th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Great place on a great locations. The furniture could maybe be updated and lighting sharpened

  • 18th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I had a private room with toilet. The room was clean and in fine condition. It is located just behind Shaka marine world but the street of this hotel feels rather unsafe. Two ladies at the reception didn't give any welcoming feeling. The one in long hair was really arrogant and unfriendly. One can hardly ask her questions without feeling like you are bothering her. The one in short hair was more professional and nicer.


Great atmosphere and vibe. Location close to bus routes (People Mover busses), Ushaka and a Fast Food place. Safe parking behind lock-up. There were a nice mix of travelers from Europe. Reception Staff could be more friendly.

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