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The Backpack Cape Town

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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvelous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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  • Perfect Location
  • Marvelous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

We are South Africa's original backpacker, established in 1990. We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people and communities, giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences.

The Backpack is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town. We are within walking distance of many bars, restaurants and popular attractions like Green Market Square, Company's Gardens and the Bo-Kaap. We're a 5 minute taxi or bus ride from V&A Waterfront, and 10 minutes from the Table Mountain Cable Car Station.

We accommodate 100 people in 16 room types – 8 bed, 4 bed, 3 bed and 2 bed mixed dorms, single rooms, twin and double rooms with shared or private bathrooms, family rooms and even a self-catering loft apartment! All of our rooms boast a fresh and funky style, which you can expect from a trendy city hostel. Children can only be accommodated in a private room or in the Family Room and must be accompanied by an adult.

We have a community craft shop and also travel desk at the reception so that you can experience Cape Town to the fullest! We offer a free continental breakfast every morning and our café/bar stays open until late every night, including some evening hostel activities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hostel. There is also a self-catering kitchen, swimming pool and garden, pool table, gift shop, luggage storage, laundry service, ATM and vending machine. Towels are available for hire for those in Dorms. Private rooms include towels.

We buy biodegradable cleaning products, LED lights, have recycling bins for glass, tins, plastic and batteries, and solar panels to provide hot water plus 3500kWs of electricity. We choose to make a difference and so can you by joining us for a day at our community project; gardening or tutoring children.


Green Accommodation Initiative – Global Youth Travel Award - 2015

Best Social Responsibility - Global Youth Travel Award - 2015

Award for Excellence - Best for Families - Hostelbookers - 2014

Top 10 Best Value Stays for 2014 - Lonely Planet - 2014

1st Place - Best Hostel in South Africa - – 2013
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The Backpack Cape Town Located at 74 New Church Street, , Cape Town.
The Backpack Cape Town
South Africa
Cape Town 8001 74 New Church Street
89% 2004
-33.9270348 18.4105753
The Backpack Cape Town
    Rooms available Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom Double Bed Private Ensuite 3 Bed Private Ensuite 8 Bed Mixed Dorm 4 Bed Female Dorm Ensuite Twin Private Ensuite 3 Bed Mixed Dorm Twin Private Shared Bathroom 4 Bed Private Ensuite 4 Bed Mixed Dorm Ensuite Single Private Shared Bathroom Single Private Ensuite 4 Bed Mixed Dorm Deluxe Twin Private Ensuite Standard Twin Private Ensuite Standard 3 Bed Private Ensuite Standard Twin Private Shared Bathroom 3 Bed Female Dorm

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Sat 29 Oct 2016 - Tue 1 Nov 2016 Change

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Latest Review

" Really nice stay, awesome breakfast, good beds. We felt comfortable and secure all the time. Good parking situation. Thank you "

- Anonymous
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  • Free

    Free Breakfast Linen Included Free Parking Free City Maps Towels Included Free WiFi Free Internet Access

  • General

    Security Lockers Swimming Pool Common Room BBQ Air Conditioning Meeting Rooms Adaptors Book Exchange Hot Showers Self-Catering Facilities Cable TV Outdoor Terrace Reading Light Hair Dryers For Hire Parking Outdoor Swimming Pool Hair Dryers Ceiling Fan Safe Deposit Box Washing Machine Steam Room

  • Services

    Internet Access Laundry Facilities Airport Transfers Bicycle Hire Towels for hire Luggage Storage Fax Service 24 Hour Reception Tours/Travel Desk Currency Exchange ATM Postal Service 24 Hour Security Housekeeping

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Meals Available Vending Machines Cafe Tea & Coffee Making Facilities

  • Entertainment

    Board Games Pool Table



Child Friendly Credit Cards Accepted No Curfew Taxes Included

Things to Note

Please note: Check in is from 14.00 and check out is before 10.00

We have a 24-hour check in service. Breakfast is included in our rates.

We will require a key deposit of R100 per key in cash which will be refunded on check out.

If you would like to make a booking of over 8 people, please contact us directly.

Please Note: South Africans will only be accommodated in private rooms unless by prior arrangement.

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 7 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated above (see 'Things to Note' information).


  • 2015 2nd, Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st, Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st, Country Winners South Africa
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  • 2011 1st, Country Winners South Africa
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  • 2010 1st, Country Winners South Africa
  • 2009 3rd, Continent Winners Africa
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  • 2006 1st, Continent Winners Africa
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