The Hippo Backpackers, Port Elizabeth

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We offer backpacking and hostel accommodation at affordable rates in Port Elizabeth that include FREE internet/Wifi access

We are located in the funky Richmond Hill area with a very popular Euro street cafe vibe which boasts a great selection of bars and restaurants...all within walking distance.

We are a small lodge offering a high quality standard of backpacker accommodation and facilities. We also off superior guest service, taking care of anything you need from booking adventures and onward travel to where to find the best local music, entertainment and food!
All this and a comfy, clean bed and hot showers!

Make use of our one night free special if you book the Addo/Schotia full day safari-2nd night free!

Located in arty ,trendy,original and local Richmond Hill with funky eateries to choose from,
wine and art galleries and specialist shops for every taste.
Easy to explore the city on foot and to enjoy the unique free Hippo walking tour
that takes guests along heritage trails, up a lighthouse, on art routes,
cathedral and the wonderful stretches of beaches that the city offers.
Easy access to main beaches,airport and shopping malls makes this
a great spot to put together a fantastic 48 hours in Port Elizabeth.

Location and Contact


• Directions to HIPPO Backpackers
• On N2 from Durbs or Cape Town, take the M4 off ramp "Settlersway" turn off (which goes along the coast line). Turn off on the "Russel Road" off ramp, go past 2 sets of traffic lights & at the 3rd turn right into "Westbourne Road" (Russel Road College will be on your right). Turn 1st right & 1st left into Somerset st, which becomes Glen Street. Go straight until you see a church and The HIPPO is right next door with another church on the other side. IF you come to a park reverse 5 mts.
• Address : 14 Glen Street
• Richmond Hill
• Port Elizabeth
• Tania: +27 82 593 1751
• Tel +27 41 585 6350
• GPS: -33.951249 25.60976

Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Safe Deposit Box

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup (R70)

City Tours


24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Cable TV

Concierge/Info Desk


Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool


Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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