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  • Colourful, comfortable accommodation overlooking a verdant park
  • Friendly staff will help you get the most out of the area from this central base
  • Variety of rooms cater for all needs, and dinner can be requested

Mackaya Bella Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Durban


-29.8736, 30.9847


Based on a well-executed philosophy of outstanding service and attention to detail, Mackaya Bella has gained high praise from the local and international visitors who have passed through its doors. The guest house offers sophisticated accommodation in a range of double, single and self-catering rooms equipped with air conditioning, wireless internet, satellite television, safes, hairdryers, bar fridges and hospitality trays. Throughout their stay, guests are pampered by indulgences such as extra-length beds fitted with the finest percale linen, as well as fluffy towels in the bathrooms. Work spaces are a convenience for those who have to catch up on business.

The beds in the six elegant double rooms can be converted to twins, and guests will enjoy pretty garden views and modern bathrooms with spacious en-suite showers. The two cosy single rooms are ideal for overnighters or solo travellers looking for an affordable but comfortable place to rest their heads after a busy day in and around Durban. A microwave and stove allow for basic self-catering.

A beautifully decorated Family room is available for self-caterers who want something more spacious, offering all the amenities needed to prepare meals and enjoy a relaxing, independent stay. In addition to sleeping two adults, arrangements can be made to accommodate one or possibly two children on stretcher beds in the living room. From the patio, guests can enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the totally indigenous garden, which is home to birds and a variety of harmless insects.

A varied breakfast is served daily in the sleek dining room or on the covered deck overlooking a pretty park. With advance notice, the guest house can prepare delicious dinners to round off a day spent swimming in the pool, relaxing in the lounge or exploring the surrounding areas. Laundry and airport shuttle services are there for those who need them.

Glenwood is a tranquil and trendy suburb, but is still conveniently close to the attractions of Durban and the Indian Ocean coastline. The area presents boundless opportunities for guests of all leanings. Visitors can head to one of the pristine beaches and take full advantage of the warm ocean water by swimming, surfing or scuba diving, while boat cruises and deep sea fishing are also on the cards.

In the thriving metropolis, there are a variety of historical and cultural attractions to experience, along with modernistic developments such as shopping malls and entertainment complexes.

Nature lovers can visit one of several Big Five game reserves within comfortable driving distance, or head to the spectacular Drakenberg Mountains. Sports enthusiasts can watch provincial and international sporting events at the Moses Mabhida, Kingsmead and Kings Park stadiums or swing a golf club at one of the top-notch golf courses. There is plenty of family fun to be had at places like uShaka Marine World, which has a water park, aquarium and adjoining beach. Ask the friendly Mackaya Bella staff for suggestions to make the most of your time in the area.

Rates & Summary

6 Luxury Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower
Garden views

Family Room

Sleeps 2 adults in double/twin beds
Can accommodate up to 2 kids
En-suite shower
Full kitchen
Patio with pool and garden views

2 Budget Single Rooms

Each sleeps 1 in single bed
Large writing desk
En-suite shower


  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above


Continental and English breakfast included
Dinner on request
Self-catering in Family room and Budget single rooms


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the quiet Durban suburb of Glenwood, Mackaya Bella Guest House is an efficiently run establishment which offers well-appointed accommodation with all the modern comforts needed for a hassle-free stay. The guest house provides discreet but warm service and a perfectly peaceful setting in which to unwind, while still being in touching distance of Durban. Guests will particularly enjoy relaxing on the covered deck, which overlooks a lush park.


  • Colourful, comfortable accommodation overlooking a verdant park
  • Friendly staff will help you get the most out of the area from this central base
  • Variety of rooms cater for all needs, and dinner can be requested

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

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Stove
  • Fridge or minibar


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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




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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