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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." … "Great people, and a great place to stay." … "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 name okay!). — Sabina and Gideon" … "It's a wonderfully eclectic place. The lodge is wholly unique. If you don't enter with an open mind, it may seem a bit strange. It's not a...
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." … "… is your home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of...
A Sunflower Stop Backpackers Hostel - Cape Town
"This is the nicest hostel in Cape Town. Hostels aren't that nice in general, but this one is an exception. The staff are really great. Shaba, the bartender, is really funny." … "The people who work there became great friends. I love this place! I wish I had never left! I miss you guys! The kitchen is large, and perfect for even the biggest of meals. The rooms are spotless. The bar is the best place to be in Cape Town, and the pool is...
"Monument Station, Old Marine Drive.Cape Town." … "… Bar – a full restaurant in two coaches and on the platform, consisting of dining car, bar car and central coffee shop. The X-pres is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a popular spot for sundowner drinks and just hanging out!. Nothing beats Casper’s yummie meals..! The Train Lodge allows you to experience a train station in a relaxed and warm environment. The...
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
"… in a tranquil street, nestling below Signal Hill, The B.I.G is within a 10 minute walk of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Stadium, local shops, restaurants, clubs and bars as well as a gym and fitness centre. Also within easy reach are beaches, promenades, the Mother City's Central Business District and convenient transport to the city bowl as well as Table Mountain, museums and galleries. Please note:...
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 Boutique Backpackers was developed especially for those individuals who have a taste for a real adventure but are not willing to give up their piping hot showers and fresh percale linen. Because Cape Town is such a great place, we decided to develop a Boutique Backpackers Lodge that is really special. Boutique? Boutique for us is everything stylish, unique and luxurious - and all this you'll find in the homely atmosphere at...
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." … "… you have the luck of being smack in the middle of Cape Towns entertainment and sights, you also have the luxury of being towards the lower end of Long Street where you can still enjoy some peace and get a good nights sleep. We have...
Penthouse on Long
"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...
Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers & Pub
"… can enjoy local dishes from our restaurant with your drinks or sit around the bar watching sport and chatting to the locals and travellers. We offer friendly service, a free drink on check in, internet access and international calls, 24 hour security, transport, great specials on must see tours and comfortable accomodation in the heart of Cape Town's true (hustling, bustling and loud) soul Obviouzly Observatory only a five...
"… with ensuite bathroom and small kitchen. And on top of everything there is so much space to chill and relax at Aloha...Our large self-catering kitchen ,our lounge with TV & pool table, our complete outdoor with bar, swimmingpool, terrace and braai. On Thursdays we come together for our pool competition...it's been going on for many years and became a vital part of Aloha Life. We also offer a small car rental service....
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
"… 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. With magnificent,...
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." … "… free. We have a snack bar, FREE internet access (including Wi-Fi), a Communal Lounge and Kitchen, laundry facilities and free tea and coffee. Forty8...
"… balcony with BBQ area and great views of table mountain. Internet and cable TV with all sports channels.Fully equipped kitchen.Free tea and coffee. Brand new blast showers always hot water. Basins and fans in all dorms.Brand new beds, linen and duvets provided. From our magnificent balcony and barbeque area with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, to our massive pool room (6 tables) and bars, we have an awesome party...
Fat Pony Backpackers
"… you to the Cape Winelands, stay in a rustic farmhouse with log fire. With shower ensuite dorms, rooms & camping- there's something for everyone & all are welcome!* 30 mins from Cape Town * Free airport shuttle * Free tea & coffee & Mieliepap Breakfasat * Free wifi in lobby, rooms & campsite * Guest farmhouse kitchen * Games room * Braai area * DStv * Laundry room * Child, Group & Biker friendly * Bedding provided * Towel hire *...
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...
"… no bigger than 8pax can make a booking. If you wish to make a group booking bigger than 8 pax please contact us directly 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. The...
"… an up to the minute travel desk who would be eager to help with all your travel needs. We offer a variety of accommodation for all types of travelers. We're excited to help make this place your home. Stop by or give us a call to come check us out! Free Wi Fi and internet. Airport transfers on request. Not a 24 hour check in so booking essential. Dstv. Communal kitchen has all the equipment one requires. We do offer longer stays at...
"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
"… 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. These spacious and relaxing spaces...
Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre
"… farmhouse Kitchen Lounge area with log fire Chill room with big screen DStv, Pool table & Table tennis 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 *Swimming *Beaches *Watersports *Table Mountain *Abseiling...
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: 24h advance notice...
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