Welcome to the happiest, hippest, friendliest self-catering ‘backpackers’ in all of Africa. A place to enjoy all that the modern African city of Durban has to offer.

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 flavor. Whenever a new guest arrives, they always experience that wow factor!

Everything on our premises pertains to the culture of this vibrant nation! 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 also offer free wireless & 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, safari’s and car hire at our reception, all in the name of making your stay an unforgettable one.

Durban’s world class beaches on our doorstep

Our location is unrivaled 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.

 Please remember that the top things to do in Durban, which are synonymous, are, trying a bunny chow, catching a rickshaw ride, Indian market, Ushaka Marine World, walk the golden mile, World’s highest swing, blue flag beaches, Warwick Triangle, We have the wonderful Indian Ocean so swimming all year round is possible! #warmwinters

Amazing Facilities


Rooms that offer style, comfort and great value.


Venue hire: Have a rooftop party under the beautiful Durban skies.


Click to read a fascinating 2016 take on Durban.


Also, the convenience of getting off a plane at the new King Shaka International Airport, the Airport Shuttle Co (Tel no: 0314655573) has a door to door drop off hourly at a fraction of the price of a taxi! Please remember that our efficient & friendly staff, are always on call to help.

222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road) Durban Central 4001

Our check-out time is 10.00a.m. & Our check-in time is 14.00 p.m.

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