Riverlodge Backpackers, Cape Town

Oude Molen Villagè
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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 of this backpackers is its close proximity to the airport, but with a large number of hostels located right in the middle of downtown Cape Town, there are few other reasons to visit this hostel that is distant from so much of the activity.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are small, straightforward accommodations that each house two to four beds. There is a larger dorm that sleeps six people, but other than that, most of the rooms are fairly small, which is good in terms of noise. There is also a decent-sized yard where overlanders can drive in and sleep, as well as those who want to pitch their tents for a reasonable price. Not many places in Cape Town allow you to pitch a tent. The bathrooms are a bit spread out, with only three bathrooms inside of the main building, and another two somewhat hidden outside. It can get a bit busy in the morning during the busy season, and finding a bathroom can be a bit tricky. As far as cleanliness goes, the toilets and the showers are cleaned daily, and the showers inside have good water pressure and good hot water.

Common Spaces

There are a number of common spaces located throughout the hostel. The first is the entrance, which is down a long, wide corridor lined with couches and chairs all the way up to reception. Once inside, there is another corridor with couches and tables, which feels like a large train car. There is also a large sitting area close to the kitchen, and a number of other tables outside for people to sit and eat. There is a communal kitchen with a couple of refrigerators as well, but unfortunately the place is plagued by flies. It is a bit difficult to sit in one place, since the flies are constantly buzzing around and landing on you, but once you get outside the kitchen area, it is not so bad.


In summary, Riverlodge Backpackers is a good place to stay for a night if you are planning on catching a flight early the next morning. It is also a decent alternative if everything is booked in Cape Town during the busy season; if not, there are tons of other good hostels located right in the center of everything and at the same price.

Richard Ballentine


I really enjoyed my stay here, was looking for a serene place on the outskirts of the heavy bustle of the city life and I found it. Can't wait to come to South Africa again!!



River Lodge offers the best of both city and country living. A fantastic backpackers – self catering, clean & homely, high ceilings, wooden floors – cozy in winter, cool in summer.
In our large spacious kitchen you can indulge in your favourite pastimes, chilling at the bar, lazing by the fireplace, prepare your favourite meal while watching DSTV, or enjoy our spacious braai facilities. You can relax on the enormous stoep or climb into a quiet hammock on one of our lawns. We boast of having one of the largest in city camp sites in Cape Town, catering for vehicle and tents, safe and secure.

The Backpackers dorms are perfect for Volunteer Accommodation (60 pax), sporting groups, school groups, group stays, business and self drives -- we are regularly used by Volunteering Organizations such as Habitat For Humanity, ect.
We offer a range of accommodation: 2 bed, 4 bed, doubles and family rooms.
Configuration of sleeping facilities can be adapted to specific needs.
Bazz / Backpackers bus route pickups
Our talented, resourceful, friendly staff will ensure that both your nights and days are filled with fun activities. Get them to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Sharkdiving anyone?

The Oude Molen Village
Need a reason to get to this happening, alternative village? Try these for starters!
It oozes Soul in its diverse, eclectic community who live on the old working farm and mill site.
It's Organic with bee-keeping courses, horse riding, organic gardens, farm stall and a wetland bird sanctuary.
It's "To-Do" list includes some unusual tidbits such as workshops (think belly dancing and art studios), volunteering options and a petting zoo.

Location and Contact




Address: Alexandra Road, Pinelands, Oude Molen Villagè, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Riverlodge Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

Hostelworld Booking.com Not listed at HostelsClub


Website Riverlodge Backpackers Cape Town www.riverlodge.co.za
Phone Number: +27 (0) 21 448 0526/cell 082 515 0407
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Airport Pickup

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking



Gym/Fitness Room

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool


Table Tennis

Wheelchair Accessible


Service Animals

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am till 9pm

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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