Durban Elephant

Durban Elephant

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#23 of 100 guest houses in Durban
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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With panoramic views of the harbor, bluff, and Indian Ocean, this grand old Edwardian property, set in lush tropical gardens (often visited by monkeys), offers the best-value stay in Durban. Durban Elephant is a comfortable and homely guest house with an eclectic sense of style. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable and all have their own outside entrance leading out either into the garden or own veranda. The neighborhood has many good restaurants and a great art gallery (NSA), and three shopping centers are within walking distance.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Hidden Gem

Location

330 Cato Rd, Durban 4001 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 36 out of 100
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King Shaka Intl Airport
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Trek560630 wrote a review Jun 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a large, beautiful room upstairs. Breakfast was delicious and very filling. The gardens a beautiful and I enjoyed relaxing in the backyard by the pool. Howard is delightful and very informative about Durban. His place is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. From our balcony, we had a great view overlooking the town out onto the harbor. I highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: the upstairs balcony room is beautiful and quiet.
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Rob S wrote a review May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely guesthouse in very pleasant, quiet and secure surroundings. Beautiful gardens and swimming pool and it was a pleasure chatting with the owner Howard during our stay. The breakfast is fantastic. Rooms spacious and comfortable with quality bed linen. Secure parking is a plus too! Would definitely stay again next time passing through Durban.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Howard Roberts, Owner at Durban Elephant
Responded 21 May 2021
What a wonderful review - thank you. I am more than pleased that all the boxes were ticked and that you enjoyed the stay and definitely look forward to your next visit
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Nisreen K wrote a review May 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this guesthouse for the majority of three months. Having travelled around South Africa for over a year this was one of the best places I stayed in and I would highly recommend this place.

Despite being in a city, the guesthouse with its beautiful garden and trees makes you feel like you are in a peaceful oasis with an amazing view of the ocean by day, skyline at night. The rooms are cleaned daily, there is a good sized pool and the breakfasts are delicious witha wide variety of fruit, cooked breakfasts and coffee every morning on the outdoor terrace. The location is also good- lots of cool cafes and restaurants nearby. Most importantly, the owner Howard is very kind and warm and always happy to help and give advice on Durban and SA. I loved my time in Durban Elephant and would happily go back!
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Date of stay: April 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Taelki wrote a review Feb 2017
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a nice accommodation!
First of all - Howard is a great host, every morning we had a delicious breakfast with fresh fruits together with him.
Our room was lovely. A big cosy bed and a little sofa at the side. Everything was clean and so many little details to fall in love with!

We can recommend dURBAN ELEPHANT 100 % !!!
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Revdarth wrote a review Jun 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful stopover in Durban. The guest house is wonderfully unique and beautiful. All was very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious. Howard was a wonderfully gracious host who sat with us for breakfast and gave some wonderful pointers about what to do in the days ahead. Highly recommended!!!
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Date of stay: June 2015
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Response from Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant
Responded 22 Jun 2015
Thank you for a great review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the facilities wonderful. I see it as part of the experience of staying here to point visitors in the right direction as to what they may enjoy doing not only in Durban and the Province of KwaZulu-Natal but also in the rest of South Africa. Once again Thank You for the good review.
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robertampower wrote a review Mar 2015
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the Durban Elephant for about a month, and it was great! Howard, the owner, is very friendly and extremely helpful (both with recommendations of local things to do, and in my case of setting up life in Durban). The rooms are great, very clean and spacious, with good internet. The place itself is has a really nice atmosphere, with lots of areas within the house and gardens to relax usually with a stunning view of the city. Overall I'd definitely recommend stay again and recommend it entirely!
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant
Responded 16 Mar 2015
Thank you for the informative review which will let others know what to expect by staying here. I am also pleased that I was able to assist you with things to do and to also help you set up your new permanent home in Durban. It was our pleasure.
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David W wrote a review Dec 2014
South Burlington, Vermont
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Durban elephant was exactly what we wanted: a small guest house in a quiet and safe location,nice architecture and furnishings, gardens, pool, and access to kitchen and library. The owner, Howard Roberts was incredibly generous with his knowledge of the city and insights into the society and economics of the country. He was a very gracious host and an interesting person.
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Date of stay: December 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Any room would be great.
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Response from Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant
Responded 29 Dec 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review and i am pleased that your stay was a positive one and met your requirements. Thank you also for the personal comments - it is nice to know that I can assist guests on things other than the immediate B&B requirements. I look forward to your next stay here. Kind regards
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Bleurussie wrote a review Aug 2014
Toronto, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can honestly say that the Durban Elephant, and its owner and staff, provide a really fabulous experience for guests. From the courteous, thoughtful service to the spacious, elegant rooms and surroundings and the very yummy breakfast spread, I felt completely taken care of and quickly began to adopt The Elephant as my new 'home away from home' (a process greatly aided by Howard, the staff, and the Elephant's resident feline host, the inimitable KitKat).

I spent several mornings and evenings in the gorgeous gardens overlooking the city skyline, chatting with a clutch of interesting people about all manner of fascinating topics. When not talking up a storm, I could easily stroll down to the end of the street to the Coffee Tree (try the cappuccino with almond milk - they make the milk themselves and it's soooo good) or onto Berea to visit any number of shops and coffee spots. In other words, the location is excellent, particularly for those visiting DUT.

If you've read any of my other posts, you'll know that a major concern of mine is food allergies. At the Elephant, this was not a problem. The breakfast includes (among other items) fresh fruit and made to order eggs.

I'm not the only one who fell in love with this beautiful place (and Mr. KitKat). My husband has been heard to say several times that he's looking forward to going back. In fact, upon quizzing him about the idea of eventually buying a pied-a-terre in Durban, he responded, "why bother? We'll stay with Howard."
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Howard R, Owner at Durban Elephant
Responded 30 Aug 2014
This wonderful review coming from a well seasoned (and regular contributor to TripAdvisor) traveler is much appreciated by all of us here (especially Mr KitKat!). The information and praise given in the review I am sure will assist other visitors in their decision as to where to stay in Durban - The Durban Elephant. Once again Thank You for this review and we hope to see you both again.
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Msafiri68 wrote a review Aug 2013
Durham, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Elephant is quite simply the best guest house I have ever stayed at. The hosts are two fantastic, charming and extremely hospitable Durbanites who know all there is to know about their city and country, and are happy to share it with you. The staff are top-notch and extremely respectful and provide exceptional service. The location is superb, close to shops, the university and plenty of restaurants, bars, parks and galleries. Best of all, the other guests that stay at the house provide fascinating breakfast conversation as many are researchers or doctors doing important work in the area and happy to share their experiences with you or be travel companions. While most guests come for short stints, I stayed here for a long-term stay of 5 months and couldn't have been more pleased with my experience. You won't regret your stay at the Elephant!
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Date of stay: August 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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JCMB_NYC wrote a review Jun 2013
New York City, New York
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Durban Elephant is a gem. A large house, situated high on the Berea Ridge in a beautiful residential (and safe) area of Durban. There are nearby restaurants, cafes and grocery stores. The B&B has a pool, a large garden and is frequented by monkeys and all number of birds. Free WiFi and a delicious hot and cold breakfast are included. The house is eccentrically decorated—with sculptures and paintings by local artists, hand chosen by the owners, giving the place a warmth that feels more like a home rather than a hotel. More important than the setting and infrastructure, however, is the company you keep when you stay here. The owners, Howard and Marleen, are kind, funny, and exceedingly helpful. What’s more, they draw a large number of American and European academics in disparate fields. Over breakfast or sitting out on the veranda with a laptop, one is likely to meet a professor of linguistics, a climate change scientist, an opera singer, an employee for an NGO, or any number of medical researchers. Marleen typically joins the group for breakfast and makes a point of introducing the guests. The folks who stay here have eschewed the sterility and anonymity of the Hilton, and as a result, conversations are lively. Some who have come on business return months later with spouse and small children for vacation. I have stayed here several times and am always thrilled to return. When I’m not off at meetings, the house and grounds have the quiet feel of an oasis where I can relax or work any time of day. It’s a wonderful place and has come to feel like home—very highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Trek560630 wrote a tip Jun 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"the upstairs balcony room is beautiful and quiet."
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AuntSiwa wrote a tip Apr 2017
Tucson, Arizona16 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for an upstairs room."
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Devika47 wrote a tip Jun 2016
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India20 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask if the room on the top floor - breathtaking view of Durban!"
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Herman1200 wrote a tip Jun 2016
Paternoster, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Loved our cottage in the back with a view!"
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Patrick101215 wrote a tip Aug 2015
Castle Cary, United Kingdom51 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I think that all the rooms are probably good ones but some at least have good views over Durban"
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South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDurban
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Durban Elephant
Which popular attractions are close to Durban Elephant?
Nearby attractions include KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (0.8 km) and wtf! (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Durban Elephant?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Durban Elephant?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Durban Elephant?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Durban Elephant?
Conveniently located restaurants include Olive & Oil, Savior Café, and Glenwood Bakery.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Durban Elephant?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Durban Elephant?
Many travellers enjoy visiting The Old Fort (3.8 km).
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