POOL COTTAGE (1 UNIT) Sleep Max 5 People
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ENSUIT CABINS (2 UNITS) Sleep Max 2 People
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DORMITORY (1 ROOM) Sleep Max 10 People
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Smith’s Cottage based in Durban on the sub-tropical East Coast of South Africa offers Self Catering and Backpacking accommodation at a budget price.

Who we Are

The cottage is run by Keith and Pat Smith, ex Brits living in South Africa since 1982. The family welcomes you with open arms and makes your stay at Smith’s Cottage an unforgettable experience. We offer a “family” like atmosphere with great service at affordable prices.

We offer various types of cottages to suit all needs and requirements accompanied by a sparkling pool in a tropical garden setting with a pool bar and braai (B.B.Q) facilities. We offer shuttle services on request and a cleaning service daily.



Smiths Cottage received a Durban Backpackers Best Value Award

Smith’s Cottage is an upmarket home situated in a quite suburb in Umgeni Heights, Durban North. We offer a warm, homely environment and outstanding hospitality. We are located in a security boomed area with CCTV cameras for your peace of mind and safety.

One can rest next to a beautiful pool, in an immaculately kept tropical garden setting, or venture out to explore Durban’s many attractions. We are 5 minutes’ walk away from the Umgeni River Bird Park and a short dive away from a variety of other popular attractions, shopping centres, restaurants and beaches.

There are facilities for those who love a good braai, or an outdoor breakfast, in an undercover braai/barbeque area with an outdoor television to watch your sports.

We offer a variety of accommodation options suitable for both international and local guests.

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Voted # 1 Hostel out of 136 hostels in Durban since 2007

Certificate of Excellence – Trip Advisor (2014 & 2018)

Highly Recommended Certificate – Trip Advisor (UK)

Certificate of Excellence – Traveller’s Choice

Best Value Certificate – Afristay (2019)

Customers & Guest Testimonials

Smiths Cottage has warm and friendly hosts, would definitely go back. Very clean excellent service. Thank you Keith and Pat.
Cindy Landsberg, 12 August 2019
This place was perfect for my needs! It was close to the airport, super clean and very safe. Keith and Pat are also amazing and very hospitable.
Novice Nomad, 10 April 2019
The best hostel I’ve ever stayed in. I stayed for a month in Durban whilst working and I couldn’t imagine better hosts than Pat and Keith. They went above and beyond at every opportunity and truly made me feel like one of the family. Smith’s cottage is a home away from home. 10/10
Danie Coetzee, 15 March 2019

We had a fabulous weekend at Smith Cottage, everyone was so friendly and welcoming, their rooms were neat, bedding was perfect and we had everything that we needed in the kitchen.

Virginia Vayisi, 26 November 2018