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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 two weeks at GE and i found it lovely 'cause i had everything i wanted. Bet on GE." … "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...
Backpackers on Castle
"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. Despite mgmt interest no follow-up on review of security cameras. Be very wary of security at this hostel." … "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...
Lighthouse Farm Lodge
Oude Molen Village
"… seating, shade, secure parking for cars all the way up to buses. 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...
Long Street Backpackers
"The Location Long Street Backpackers hostel is, as the name suggests, located on Long Street in Cape Town. Long Street is the main tourist thoroughfare, packed with hostels, travel centres, and tourist offices, as well as bars, restaurants, and cafes. The hostel is close to a small supermarket where groceries and alcohol can be purchased. Long Street is also in one of the safest areas of Cape Town, and is monitored by CCTV cameras. From...
Mountain Manor Back Packers Lodge
"i've been around the world for seventeen years, ninety-four-odd countries, and i came to the lodge first time in 1994. It was just starting of then, the place became magic after all that hard work and sweat throughout the years from all the travelers that got stuck there. I lived there for months, made friends, and we all rebuilt the place and had the best times on this planet. i visit throughout the years up to 2000, from all the places and...
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." … "… home away from home - a place to meet interesting local and international visitors, many of whom stay...
A Sunflower Stop Backpackers Hostel - Cape Town
"Amazing! - I booked into this hostel for three days and stayed for a week! An amazing oasis in the city, this place is a gold mine. The staff are friendly and helpful and their knowledge on the tours was so helpful and made life easy! The place is clean and homely and I miss it already! I will be going back there. Well done to the greatest place in Cape Town!" … "The place is excellent. The staff were really friendly and were more than...
"… with flat screen televisions with DSTV, a swimming pool and braai / bbq area. Our pride and joy is our restaurant situated in one of the coaches. Here you can experience our delicious food from our a la carte menu. Rooms at African Train Lodge are situated in eight vintage railway coaches. Each coach has been given a name that symbolizes the majesty and beauty of South Africa. Accommodation is in 2- and 4-berth compartments...
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." … "Great place - Awesome experience. Great locations to all the restaurants and bars. Nice terrace." … "Credit card stolen! - This backpackers was in an awesome location and Martine...
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!" … "… major shopping centers, transport terminals, beach, restaurants and bars. Facilities included are a fully furnished house and kitchen, bedding, jacuzzi, entertainment area, television and a laundry service that operates daily. Our establishment has Private rooms as well as a 10 sleeper dormitory. We also offer a shuttle service from...
Blue Mountain Backpackers
"… 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. Beaches or Table mountain are within easy reach via public transport. Here you can enjoy your holiday without having to hire a car. Drinks and...
The B.I.G Backpackers
"… 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....
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 comforts. In...
33 South Boutique Backpackers
"… THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Observatory (Affectionately called 'OBS' by it's locals) is the student neighbourhood of Cape Town. It is characterized by cheap beer and good food topped off with an array of artists and musicians that leave you begging for more. It has been compared to Fitzroy in Melbourne, or Palermo in Buenos Aires. There are daily specials available - and you can discover OBS on our DAILY FREE TOUR! TRAVEL DESK: At...
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...
Ashanti Lodge Green Point
"… are equipped with fluffy white duvets, 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...
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...
"… 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 definitely at the right spot in Milnerton: Start your day with hiking in the Paarl Mountains, have lunch at a wine estate, come back to Big Bay for an afternoon surf session and have a Sundowner Cocktail at our beautiful...
Cape Surf Hostel
"… 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. We the owners reside in the Cape Surf Hostel together with you! We have the necessary facilities available should your require to send and receive emails, faxes or make phone calls. If you require airport transfers or car hire, we will be...
Amber Tree Lodge Backpackers
"… We are a mere 10 minutes walk 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...
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." … "… area. Our hostel stylishly combines playful designs to awaken your senses. Our modern lodge has been built and furnished to the highest standard that caters for your every need. Come meet Tim and his friendly staff! Be prepared for the most relaxed and enjoyable...
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." … "… care to cater for our guests needs. You will find a well catered for environment to make your stay hassle free. We have a snack bar, FREE internet access...
"… accommodation options are twin rooms, 6 & 8 bed dormitories, all boasting brand new steel frame beds with comfortable mattresses, pillows and duvets included. Each bed has a stand up single locker for your use and ample storage area. All rooms have a wash basin and near by toilet and shower facilities. Our showers are 5 star, always powerful and hot, you would not want to get out!! The fully appointed kitchen allows you to cook...
Colors of Cape Town
"… offering a homely atmosphere. Colors of Cape Town is neither a backpackers nor a traditional guest house, but something special. Guests are offered a variety of room options on a pay as you go basis. Accommodation options include: 1.1 self catering apartment (sleep 3); 2.1 double en suite (sleep 2); 3.3 standard rooms with bathroom to share (sleep 2 each); 4.1 dormitory room with shared bathroom (sleep 4, 2 bunk beds); 5.1 family...
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...
"… 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." … "… as well as some private family/friends rooms. Our communal room has an unbeatable view for watching the lines roll in, or the sunrise (if you’re up for it). We’ve got an awesome cafe...
St. Georges Lodge
"… 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 boast modern en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchenettes, ample storage, top quality linen and beautiful views in centrally located and vibrant Woodstock Please note:...
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...
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...
The Surf Shack House & Backpackers
"… The Surf Shack – Luxury Surf House & Backpackers, which is different than all the places around. A Luxury Surf House & Backpackers, the ultimate place for extreme sports enthusiasts, travelers, holiday goers and people who are young at heart & chasing the thrill of living free. To make it even more perfect we are rated the No’1 Surf House & Backpackers in Blouberg. The Surf Shack is Satisfaction Guaranteed! So, come book your spot...
Never at Home - Cape Town
"… bar and restaurant overlooks the property waterhole (swimming pool and sundeck to those in the know). Randy hosts parties and events most days of the week, including traditional braai’s (barbeque in South African). Additional property facilities include a communal kitchen, TV room, internet zone and bicycle hire for those with a little more energy. never@home Policies and Conditions: Cancellation policy: 7 days before...
Obviouzly Armchair Backpackers & Pub
"… sport you 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...
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