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The Backpack

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa


  • 89%Value For Money
  • 97%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 93%Atmosphere
  • 97%Cleanliness
  • 94%Facilities

Property Information:

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.

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 - Hostelworld.com – 2013

Rates for: 14th Oct 2015 - 17th Oct 2015

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  • Prices displayed per person per night in US Dollar (USD)

Room Type-
8 Bed Mixed Dorm
13th Tue 14th Wed 15th Thu 16th Fri 17th Sat
US$24.15 US$24.15 US$24.15 US$26.57 US$26.57
Your deposit is non-refundable if you decide to cancel your booking. Standard T&Cs apply.
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Special Event Booking - High Season Cancellation Policy

This property has a 30 day cancellation policy with the following terms · If cancelled up to 30 +days - no fee · If cancelled 7-29 days prior to arrival 50% · If cancelled 6 days or less prior to arrival 100%

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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Board games
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Vending Machines
  • Washing machine

Hostel Awards

  • 2015 Hoscar Winner
  • 2nd
  • Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 Hoscar Winner
  • 1st
  • Continent Winners Africa
  • 2015 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st Continent Winners Africa
  • 2014 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2013 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2013 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2012 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2011 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2011 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2010 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2010 1st Country Winners South Africa
  • 2009 3rd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2008 2nd Continent Winners Africa
  • 2006 1st Continent Winners Africa

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  • Child Friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Taxes Included

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 below (see 'Things to Note' information).

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.

The Backpack Located at 74 New Church Street, , Cape Town.
The Backpack
South Africa
Cape Town 8001 74 New Church Street
93% 1844
-33.9270348 18.4105753
The Backpack
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