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About Cape Town
Cape Town is one of Africa's most alluring and popular cities for tourists and there are numerous Cape Town hostels.
Cape towns landmark is the dominating Table Mountain which rises behind the beach and seafront areas to an impressive height.
There is a huge hostel backpacker scene in Cape Town. Some come for a week and many stay on and try to find work. There is huge concentration of hostels on and around Long Street in the Downtown area of the city. There are so many Cape Town hostels to choose form that i'ts a good idea to research ahead and get one that suit your needs as prices are pricey for South Africa and it's more expensive than anywhere outside Joberg. That said, by North America or European standard you can bed down at a fraction of the cost of home.
Long Street is also a vibrant area for bars and nightclubs so the hostel scene here might not be to everyone's taste due to the noise and beggars . There are plenty other hostels in nearby Claremont, Green Point, and Sea Point areas. There are pluses and minuses to staying in each area depending on what you are looking for. Green Point is close to the Waterfront development and is handy for tours to Robben Island and has cinemas, bars, and restaurants and so many facilities you would not even need to leave the area, Sea Point is convenient for those who want to access the beautiful beaches near Cape Town.
Cape Town from Platteklip Gorge with Robben Island in the background
Distant view of Cape Town from Robben Island
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The Backpack Cape Town Hostel
"HI - Cape Town -The Backpack Hostel is Fair Trade-recognised (a trademark awarded to businesses that adhere to fair trade criteria; fair wages and working conditions; fair operations; purchasing and distribution of benefits; ethical business practices; and respect for human rights, culture, and the environment). This is the perfect base for your stay in Cape Town. The bar and restaurant regularly puts on backpacker evenings and the breakfast...
Ashanti Lodge in Cape Town
"Ashanti Lodge hostel is located a 5-10 minute walk from Long Street, the centre of Cape Town. It takes about 45 minutes to walk to the Victoria & Albert waterfront, and 20 minutes to the train and bus stations. There is a security gate to enter the premises. At the entrance, the reception has three computers for internet access, two payphones, and a large travel information desk. The information desk is staffed on weekdays, which can book...
The Green Elephant Backpackers
"I spent one month at the Green Elephant, after bouncing around Cape Town looking for a safe, affordable place to stay. I absolutely loved living at the GE. The staff work hard to develop a sense of community around the hostel, but you can take or leave it as you please. The space is kept extremely clean and I always felt secure. I would definitely recommend the GE! Hi DEFA!" … "I spent two weeks at GE and i found it lovely 'cause i had...
Backpackers on Castle
"It's quiet, friendly, cozy, and an excellent place to relax. Greg is a great guy, and if you are tired of the busy and hectic pace of travelling, or Cape Town's nightlife, then this is the ideal place to lay your head!!" … "Security concern - Stayed here for 8 nights Nov 2012 in private room with keyed lock. Generally pleasant. Area very noisy. On last day laptop computer stolen while gone on tour. Door had been opened with key....
Lighthouse Farm Lodge
Oude Molen Village
"… Big groups also catered for. Clean and neat and a good base for to explore Cape Town, 10 minutes form downtown by Car or Train ( Train Station - Pinelands across the road from the property). Only 7 minutes from Capetown Airport ( Nearest Lodge to the Airport with Pickup's and drop offs catered for.) We have wonderful wetlands where you can go horse riding or take a stroll beside the duck ponds while admiring the superb view of The...
Mountain Manor Back Packers Lodge
"Great hostel. I would love to visit again." … "We tried three different backpackers in Cape Town and we ended in this cool place! It is certainly the best place to stay in Cape Town!! The old house is beautiful and the people extremely friendly and helpful! Don't hesitate!" … "This place had very nice people, and it's a wonderful place in the middle of everything. Special thanks to Johnathan for everything (I hope I spelled the...
Big Blue Backpackers Lodge
"Big Blue Backpackers used to be a hotel. Although the exterior makes it suit a hostel more, the interior is certainly higher end than most hostels, and it has even kept the hotel feature of laying out tea cups and saucers on the side of the dining area, with tea and coffee facilities. It is in a safe area and also has a locked gate and CCTV. The Big Blue Hostel is in a residential area just off the main road which goes from the city to...
Cape Town Deco Lodge
"I came to visit my sister who had been staying here for a number of weeks. The people were so amazingly friendly it was unbelievable. No place is like this in the way they welcome you almost like you'd been close friends for years. You have to check out the wall were people have left their own little stamp on the place." … "… your home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom...
A Sunflower Stop Backpackers Hostel - Cape Town
"The Sunflower Stop is the best of all the backpackers' hostels in Cape Town. I've been here more than four times and it was always the best stop. It is much fun, with nice people, safe, and very friendly and helpful staff. I am very pleased with this place. I will be there again in February and am looking forward to it." … "The rooms are nice with shared showers and toilets. The bar is great, YODA the manager is mad - great time -...
"Monument Station, Old Marine Drive.Cape Town." … "… functions. It is open to the public from 10am daily till late at night. However, if you wish to hire this venue for a party or function please feel free to contact us for a package that would suit you. We have great food specials available that coincides with all major sport events. The Swimming Pool area is ideal for groups, benevolent evening for up to 65 ppl. Pool bar...
Zebra Crossing Lodge
"The zebra crossing is an idyll in a hectic city. If you are wanting peace and quiet with friendly guests and staff, then this is the place to come to. Situated under the gaze of Table Mountain and Lion's Head, the hostel has a mixture of dorms, singles, family rooms, and doubles. They are basic but comfortable and spacious. Security is tight and because it is a quieter hostel, you get to meet everyone quickly. There is a TV lounge, a well...
Cat & Moose Backpackers Lodge
"The Cat & Moose is a very nice hostel located in a bright orange old house at the end of Long Street (meters away from its bars and locals but far enough not to hear the noise at night). There are many spacious common rooms, two TV lounges, chill out areas and a pool lounge. There is a sunny courtyard and a small in-house bar which serves eat-as-much-as-you-can continental breakfasts for only 5 rands. All the rooms are situated on the 1st...
Cape Town Backpackers
"STAY HERE - This place is amazing, great fun, friendly, the staff are the best in any hostel I've ever stayed in. I stayed in a dorm and you could see table mountain when you were brushing your teeth. Thanks guys for a great time and I will be back." … "We spent Christmas in this adorable place in a quiet part of Cape Town, WOW! After an exhausting 12 hour flight I was so happy to find this marvelous place! Our en-suite room was quite...
Oude Molen Villagè
"Riverlodge Backpackers is a fairly large backpackers that is standard as far as backpackers come. Unfortunately they don't have free Wi-Fi, but you can pay a reasonable amount to use it. The place has an eclectic taste in decoration and offers plenty of ideas for things to do in and around Cape Town. The Location Riverlodge Backpackers is located in Pinelands, about ten kilometers outside of the city bowl in Capetown. One of the draws...
Carnival Court Backpackers
"Best Hostel to Stay in At Cape Town - TWO THUMPS UP!!! I write reviews rarely. But my stay at the Carnival Court has compelled me to write of my great experience with the location, the staff, the facilities, and the people who stay there. I could not have felt more welcomed and pleasantly accommodated throughout my stay in Cape Town. I like to call this backpackers lodge "Hostel Chic." It was designed with style, love, and care. It is a new...
SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge
"Great place! Very nice place to stay. And cool staff!!! Would definitely book again!" … "We offer 4 star accomodation in a safe and easily accessible area. We have a variety of different rooms that cater to the budget traveler. We have all the facilities any traveler would need from an internet cafe to a jacuzzi to relax those traveling muscles. Saltycrax back packers is a five minute walk from the beach,shopping...
Blue Mountain Backpackers
"… night. Or lounge on the balcony with a cold drink and watch the happenings on the street. Friendly staff will look after your travel needs, whether it be booking day tours or overlands, car rental, BazBus tickets, or exchanging foreign currency or phoning a taxi or airport shuttle. Museums, Long Street Baths, restaurants, bars, city centre, Company Gardens are a few minutes' walk away and a 24-hour internet caf is below us....
The B.I.G Backpackers
"… share. Several cafés, restaurants and bars are a 5 minutes' walk away. B.I.G Backpackers has 2 furnished terraces and outdoor seating areas, indoors there are lounge areas, a library and a games room with a flat-screen TV. Cape Town Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away. Bicycle hire is available for guests to explore the area. Clifton's beaches, Camps Bay, Signal Hill and Lions Head Hiking Trail are all within a 10-minute cycle from...
Kimberley Hotel Backpackers
"The Kimberley Hotel Backpackers is a 115 year old landmark building situated 3 minutes from the city centre. Offering 11 bedrooms, Traditional English pub (3rd oldest in Cape Town) with a sunset wrap around balcony. Rooms are made up of dorms , private rooms and private en suite rooms The type of client who would appreciate the Kimberley Hotel Backpackers , is one who enjoys a great vibey atmosphere with all the necessary...
33 South Boutique Backpackers
"… (33 South, 18 East), it?s fitting that each of our rooms is themed after a different culturally rich ?Capetonian? neighbourhood. So, you don?t have to travel far to experience the magic of our city! Whether you choose to spend the night in an extra-sized bed in District 6, the colourful Bo-kaap, Khayalitsha Shack chic or the cool and breezy Kalk bay room (amongst others) Cindy, Kim and the rest of the friendly staff will make sure...
Bohemian Lofts Backpackers
"… of Observatory's hustle and bustle. Stylishly themed after Cape Town's different neighborhoods, the Bohemian Lofts are perched above the Lower Main Road - Obs' very own 'Brunswick street' - and is the perfect way to spend a morning soaking up the Cape Town sun and people-watching. The linen is soft, the beds are comfy and free breakfast is included - it's the perfect place to call home for a while. We have a balcony where...
Two Oceans Backpackers
"Cheap - One of the Cheapest Hostels on Long street in Capetown, nevertheless its not good either. Dorms were as small as they can be. The people working there were slow and unorganized." … "… to check you in All No shows will be charged for full accommodation cost Our Accommodation offers you •Hot showers •Fresh towels •Fresh bedding •Fully equipped kitchen •Inside bar & pool table •Deck bar on veranda •Lounge...
Ashanti Lodge Gardens Backpackers & Guest House
"Fun hostel - Visited in April 2012. Fun hostel, lots of colorful people passing through. In the heart of the night life on Long Street, but pretty quiet at night since it's up high. Staff doesn't seem super friendly but are actually very helpful if you have a question. Room was very clean and spacious for a dorm, and private bathrooms were very nice." … "… Once a dreary office, the entire level now provides an uber-cool living...
Ashanti Lodge Green Point
"… individual reading lights and personal safes. Private rooms also have plasma screen televisions. An inviting swimming pool, comfortable lounge/ TV room and friendly bar are some of the relaxing communal areas on offer. Breakfast can be served if you so desire, but a fully equipped kitchen is available for self-catering. You can even make use of the barbeque if you fancy cooking in a more South African style. Our reception/travel...
Backpackers District Six
Zonnebloem / District Six
"AMAZING! - Staff is super great, they take the time to make sure you're enjoying your trip and even help out with the booking of day tours (such as Safari, Wine Tours, Cheetah petting). There's a bar on the first level where very friendly locals often hang out, great opportunity for those wanting to get immersed in South African culture! Also very close to Long Street and V&A Waterfront (walking distance). You can't go wrong with the District...
"… holiday in Cape Town! You can smell the ocean from our doorstep and even hear the waves splashing down at the beach. Water enthusiasts like kite surfers, surfers, SUPpers and Windsurfers love staying in Milnerton. The beach and the Atlantic Ocean are so close and even Cape Town’s City Bowl is only a short drive away. If you want to combine beach-and city-life and the attractions of Cape Town and its surroundings you are...
Cape Surf Hostel
"… the is a maximum of 8 people per house. Each house has a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living and dinning room. Our summer is predominantly enjoyed outside and thus our pools, braai (barbeque) and chill-out areas are well situated between the houses. This location also includes our infamous pool bar, a braai (barbeque) corner, as well as enough green space for absorbing the sun. Braai's are big in South Africa and most...
Amber Tree Lodge Backpackers
"… away from the heart of Cape Town's business and shopping district, and if exploring the area on foot is not your thing, then other transport options are readily available. Amber Tree Lodge is close to the best restaurants and cafes Cape Town has to offer, as well as the centre of Cape Town's vibrant live music and entertainment venues. Cape Town's top destinations are all within a short travelling distance from our doorstep....
Atlantic Point Backpackers
"Just perfect - Amazing place, great and friendly people beautiful town. you haven't seen the last of me; we'll be back for sure!!! Thanks for an amazing time." … "… in our self-catering kitchen or grab a drink and play a game of pool in our funky entertainment area. Our hostel stylishly combines playful designs to awaken your senses. Our brand-new lodge has been built and furnished to the highest standard that caters for...
Forty8 Backpackers Hotel
"Best backpackers ever - stayed for 4 nights. great staff, clean full kitchen. hygiene is their first priority. close to long street and round the corner from greenmarket square. always ready to help with my transport or tours or just to call home from time time." … "… to accommodate up to 50 people. Our backpackers hotel is newly refurbished and modernized. We focus on great service, a clean space, safety and a friendly...
"… Shark Cage Diving, Whale Watching, Sky Diving, Pub Crawls plus much more all at rates better than you can find yourself. Welcome to the newest and funkiest Backpackers in Cape Town, but don’t expect to go to bed at 8pm! Vibey Friday night, 'club night" Free entry when showing your room key. Party, Party, Party. 4 am liqour licence. Our accommodation options are twin rooms, 6 & 8 bed dormitories, all boasting brand new steel frame...
Fat Pony Backpackers
"… Airport shuttle * Free WiFi * Free Backpacker Breakfast * 20 minutes from train station * 20 minutes from shopping area * 5 mins from Bush Pub * Ensuite heated dorms * Washer/ dryer & towel hire * Winetasting Township Tours * Table Tennis & Pool Table * Cycle Hire & Horse Riding * Shared Fridge & fully equipped kitchen with gas stove * Log Fire & Dover Stove * Garden Seating * Braai Garden & Sun Deck Activities nearby: *Golfing...
Eco Wave Lodge
"… advantage of the majestic views of the sea and the village. The house also has facilities for braais (barbeques) and a small garden to relax in. If you feel like cooking, a fully equipped kitchen is at the ready. In addition, the house offers a large living area fully equipped with TV, a pool table and comfortable couches. Unlimited internet usage is just 20 Rand per stay and a washing machine is available on request. The house...
"… a group booking bigger than 6 pax please contact us directly Please note: We have a maximum stay of 2 weeks policy at the BIG. The B.I.G has a sparkling pool and garden for comfort and relaxation. It has double, triple, dorm and family rooms available for those passing through as well as others who want to stay a while and just unwind. All dorm rooms have been fitted with extra plugs and hooks to ensure conveniece and comfort....
"… you want to head to a local bar for a drink, listen to live music, visit a trendy shop, or fire up the braii and relax at home, we've got it all here. We offer a variety of accommodation. Free Wi Fi and internet. Airport transfers on request. We have a 24 hour check in but bookings are essential. Dstv. Communal kitchen has all the equipment one requires. We do offer longer stays at favourable rates. This is done on a length of...
"The Best backpackers i've stayed in - The Backpackers is clean, not crowded and serviced daily. a lovely view from the communal area and a very welcoming environment. The beds are sturdy with proper bedding. an overall great experience." … "… friendly locals, fun nightlife, delicious food, and plenty of activities should the ocean go flat.” Stoked Backpackers’ three-storey building has spacious rooms – all en-suite! – and...
St. Georges Lodge
"… onsite parking. Views included are of the local park, business district and our very special Table Mountain and Devil’s peak. Promoting our local entrepreneurs we have provided curious and art work which is displayed and available for sale. St Georges Lodge offers a practical, fun and homely environment for travelers. St Georges Lodge offers Exclusive double volume apartment style lodging which caters for 6 pax. per room....
Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre
"… & heating provided # Camping with electricity, hot showers & ablutions # Fully equipped farmhouse Kitchen # Lounge area with log fire # BBQ facilitites # Laundry room with washer & dryer # Towel hire # Horseriding # Cheese, Wine & Brandy Tasting Routes- Stellenbosch,Wellington & Franschhoek- Tours available on request # Township tours by request # Local Pickups & Dropoffs # Nearby Activities: *Golfing...
Off The Wall Backpackers
"… Our chic decor will appease your senses, while free Wi-Fi, safes in the bedrooms and lockers in the dorms, will make your stay that much more comfortable. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will sort out all your travel and tour needs, including shark diving, sky diving, scuba diving, surf lessons, hiking Table Mountain, touring the peninsula and car rentals. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h advance notice...
Once in Cape Town
"Once in Cape Town is a fun and functional place to stay that works for travelers stopping by Cape Town for a night, tourists coming for a few days, and longer-term visitors. With excellent facilities and colorful, hip decor, Once in Cape Town has the feel of a trendy boutique hotel that is more expensive than it actually is. Staff are available at all times and are friendly, knowledgeable about the city, and can help with booking day trips...
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