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  • Towering building in a lushly vegetated neighbourhood gives a tree-house atmosphere
  • Great views of the neighbourhood from the top floor, with birds flitting about
  • Warm owner creates a homely and inviting ambiance

Glenview Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Durban


-29.76, 31.0369


Personable Glenview owner Michelle runs her intriguing guest house with a warmth and passion which has lured many past guests to return to this comfortable home-away-from-home in the Durban North suburbs. On arriving at the guest house, visitors will immediately be struck by the scale of the building, which towers three floors above a beautiful tropical garden with palm trees, cycads and ferns. Guests are assured a smiling welcome from Michelle, who goes out of her way to create a cheerful, homely atmosphere and ensure that service is customised to suit varying needs.

Scattered across the guest house’s three storeys, the accommodation covers all the bases, from cosy double rooms to spacious family suites, and guests have a choice between bed and breakfast or self-catering rooms. The considerable height of the building means that guests staying in the upper rooms have panoramic views over the suburb’s rooftops and trees.

Guests staying in the lower level rooms are still raised above the garden surrounded by the tree canopies, and large windows create the feel of living in a comfortable tree house.

In addition to housing King-size beds that can be converted to twins, the self-catering units accommodate extra guests in a variety of different ways, creating a spacious abode for families of up to five people.

Living and dining areas, along with a well-equipped kitchen, allow for a comfortable self-catering experience. Couples or overnighters can choose to rest their heads in one of the first or ground level King-rooms. In all the rooms, top-quality linen, air-conditioning, televisions, tea and coffee stations and modernised en-suite bathrooms add to the homeliness, with eco-friendly heat pumps used to heat the water and to reduce the carbon footprint.

Guests who have opted for the bed and breakfast accommodation will enjoy a lovely breakfast on the balcony overlooking the suburb, or at the large oregon pine table in the dining room.

The facilities at the guest house, including a dartboard, swing-ball set and a variety of board games, are conducive to a relaxing holiday for all members of the family, while the pool area is a particularly pretty place to cool off on summer’s days. When the weather isn’t conducive for outdoor fun, the guest lounge, with its comfy sofas and surround sound theatre system, is a perfect alternative.

If you’re looking to explore Durban, the guest house could not be better placed, being within easy driving distance of beaches, shopping malls, entertainment complexes, restaurants and the Durban beachfront. The region is packed with attractions, and as usual, Michelle will lend a cheerful helping hand to assist with the planning for your daily excursions.

Rates & Summary

2 First Level King Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Tree and garden views

2 Ground Level King Rooms

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Leads to communal braai area, deck and pool

King room with extra beds

First level room
Sleeps up to 5 in King-size and single beds
En-suite shower

Self-catering room with own entrance

Bedroom with King-size/twin beds
Double bed in open-plan living room
En-suite bath and shower

Self-catering room with sleeper couch 

Bedroom with King-size/twin beds
Single bed and sleeper couch in lounge
Living room and kitchen
En-suite bath and shower
Adjacent to communal braai area, deck and pool

Executive self-catering room

Bedroom with double bed
King-size/twin beds in open-plan living area
En-suite bath and shower
Adjacent to communal braai area, deck and pool


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Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner packs on request


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set within a magnificent tropical garden in a tranquil crescent of Durban North, Glenview Guest House boasts a flexible range of homely guest rooms and is a peaceful venue to unwind in after a busy day in and around Durban. Visitors will be intrigued by the style of this imposing multi-storey guest house, which offers cosy and affordable bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation. The lush garden is a tranquil companion, and guests staying in the upper rooms are on eye-level with the birds flitting around in the tree canopies.


  • Towering building in a lushly vegetated neighbourhood gives a tree-house atmosphere
  • Great views of the neighbourhood from the top floor, with birds flitting about
  • Warm owner creates a homely and inviting ambiance

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching/dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Nearby: beaches, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, Durban Beachfront, uShaka Marine World, golf courses, botanical gardens, bird park, horse trails, mountain biking, game reserves, urban adrenaline adventures, health club, entertainment and shopping complexes, Moses Mabhida Stadium, historical and cultural attractions.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Durban & Surrounds

KwaZulu Natal


Fun, sun, sand, surf, sea. Durban is the perfect example of big city life meeting the outdoors, thanks in part to the Indian Ocean that laps up against its and in part to the tropical weather that makes it an all-year-round holiday destination.

But Durban owes its existence and its success to the substantial natural bay that has been converted from a wild and lonely lagoon, home to huge numbers of fish, water birds, crocodiles and hippos, into Africa’s busiest port, and South Africa’s biggest. The bay was first entered by a ship, the Salisbury, by lieutenants James King and Francis Farewell in 1823. The following year, a trading house was established but it was only in 1835 that it was decided to establish a town here and to name it after Sir Benjamn D’Urban, then the governor of the Cape Colony. 

These days, Durban is the third-largest city in South Africa, with large industrial and commercial centres and a booming tourism industry. Every school holiday sees droves of local tourists flock to the city, while international visitors have come to recognise Durban both as a destination in its own right and as a convenient gateway to the Drakensberg, the big-five reserves of Zululand and everything else that KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

Durban might not be the de facto capital of KZN (Pietermaritzburg fills this role), but it certainly is in terms of commerce and population size. It is also something of a sporting hub, hosting the annual Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, provincial soccer, cricket and rugby matches, cycling races, surfing competitions and surf ski races, to mention just a few of the sporting codes represented here.

Every morning and evening, all year round, a stroll along the beachfront will reveal casual games of soccer, joggers running along the promenade, surfers, swimmers, and even a few souls doing yoga. 

Despite the city’s modern feel, history abounds. Museums, monuments, art galleries and theatres are all worth visiting, as are the botanical gardens and the various markets.

Those looking for something a little different should pop into the Victoria Street market for a spicy shopping interlude, or the muti (traditional medicine) market at Warwick Junction for the chance to consult a sangoma (witchdoctor) or an inyanga (traditional healer) or just browse the incredible items on sale. 

As with life in Durban, the hotel industry is centred on the beachfront, where there is a long line of international hotels. Smaller hotels, boutique hotels, bed & breakfasts, backpackers and even flats for hire are all available in Durban, catering for all tastes and budgets. 

Getting around Durban is easier than many South African cities thanks to the people-mover bus system, but hiring a car will be necessary to explore the outlying areas.

Look out for

Bunny chows are a unique Durban meal consisting of a piece of bread hollowed out and filled with curry, then eaten with your hands. Every year a competition is held to find the best “bunny”, as they are known, and there are dozens of places where a phenomenal bunny can be enjoyed.

uShaka Marine World features a world-class aquarium, water rides, dolphin shows, scuba diving in tanks, snorkelling and tube rides. It is simply not to be missed. 

Durban boasts kilometres of beaches just waiting to be enjoyed. You can surf, snorkel, hire a canoe, go for surfing or surf ski lessons, or just do the old-fashioned thing and laze on the beach and watch the world go by. 

Markets abound in the Durban area, from the curio market on the beachfront to the relaxed little Essenwood market, the Shongweni farmers’ market and the Victoria Street Market in the centre of town. The latter offers a particularly unique experience of Indian spices and culture. 

Mountain-bikers are well catered for in the Durban area. Giba Gorge is one of the best locations to test your skills and your fitness, and there is also a well-stocked bike shop and a charming restaurant. 

Those in search of a bit of culture can take in shows at one of the theatres in town. The Playhouse is the grand dame of the theatre world and brings the bigger shows to Durban, while other venues for music, theatre and poetry include the Bat Centre, the Catalina Theatre and the university’s theatre. 

Built for the 2010 Fifa soccer world cup, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a beautiful piece of functional architecture. Time your visit to catch a local soccer game or take a ride in a skycar to the top of the stadium for an unforgettable view of the city. The wild at heart can do the stadium swing from the top of the stadium’s arch. 

The Valley of a Thousand Hills is an area of great scenic beauty on Durban’s doorstep. A simple drive through the area is very enjoyable and there are all sorts of spots to stop to shop or eat. Traditional dancing and singing can also be experienced in the valley. 

Hire a bike and cruise the beachfront. Stop in at a coffee shop or restaurant, or cycle to the end of the pier at uShaka Marine World for a sundowner at Moyo restaurant, the waves crashing below you. Another option is to hire a rickshaw for a colourful ride along the promenade. 

Concerts are often organised for Sunday afternoons at the botanical gardens. Lounge on the lawns and listen to some of South Africa’s most popular bands. The orchid house is also worth visiting.

Watch rugby at Absa Stadium Kings Park, perhaps the most festive place in the world to do so. Supporters park their cars on the outlying fields, light a braai and party before and after the game. Live music entertains the crowd and the rugby players mingle after the game.

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