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  • In order to make a group reservation on Hostelworld.com it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • Hostelworld.com are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card on arrival. Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

We will take a 50% non refundable deposit when the booking is made. If cancelled less than three weeks before the arrival date, the balance of accommodation will be deducted off the credit card.

If the numbers are reduced less than two weeks before arrival, then the originally booked numbers will be charged for the first half of the booked period and adjusted to the changed numbers from the second half of the booked period.

Additional Terms and Conditions

A refundable Entrance Tag/Key Deposit of R100 per person is required on check in,

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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The Backpack Cape Town

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

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

The Backpack is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town. We are one block from buzzy Kloof Street, Bree Street, Long Street, 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 108 people in 11 room types – 8 & 4 bed mixed dormitories and 4 bed female only dorms, single rooms, twin and double rooms with shared or private bathrooms, family rooms and even a self-catering 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 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 bar stays open until late every night, including some evening hostel activities. Free Fibre 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. Free Continental breakfast.

We have our own water supply, 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. Choose to make a difference and stay with us - it's the way we work, the way we live and the way we are!

AWARDS
Best African Responsible Tourism - Silver - 2017
Green Accommodation Initiative – Global Youth Travel Award - 2015
Best Social Responsibility - Global Youth Travel Award - 2015
2nd Place - Best Hostel in Africa - Hostelworld - 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 View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.8

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 9.2

  • Atmosphere 9.1

  • Cleanliness 9.1

  • Facilities 9.1


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 Mar 2019
    Fantastic stay. From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed by the friendly staff. This hostel has great facilities and a relaxed and very social environment. They offer a number of evening activities such as quiz night and BBQ. I was in a smaller dorm of four beds which was spacious and comfortable. The hostel is secure and the electronic lockers for valuables are very reassuring. Overall I have had a fantastic experience here and would highly recommend. Thanks
    England, Male, 41+
  • 10.0

    Superb

    20 Mar 2019
    The Backupack is an amazing place with amazing staff. Definetly recommend.
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    18 Mar 2019
    A really great place to stay! Not a big party hostel but perfect for meeting other travellers at the bar or decking area, or even at the braii! Great location too whilst not being in the hustle and bustle of central Cape Town. Would highly recommend.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    15 Mar 2019
    I strongly recommend it as a great place to stay in Cape Town with everything you could need to make the most of it. More relaxed than a typical party hostel, it offers a fun place to meet new friends with a great bar lounge and pool. Take care when leaving after sunset by always taking Uber and avoiding being alone outside. Especially take care around Long Street, where me and another tenant were robbed the same night. Grateful to the staff for helping me get back on my feet.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    13 Mar 2019
    We loved our stay at The Backpack. Locations is very good close to long street and also some other nice restaurants in the area. Breakfast was delicious, much better than any other hostel breakfast I have ever had. Will definitely reccomend to stay here.
    Brazil, Couple, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 Mar 2019
    What a place, what a time! This hostel has to be one of the greatest hostels I've ever stayed at. With a fully stocked bar, many private rooms and a swimming pool it is more like a 5 star hotel than a hostel. That being said, this hostel is far from boring, with people always wanting to head out for activities, or enjoy a beer at the bar. The reception staff are fantastic! I'm recommending the backpack to anyone on their way to Cape Town. Cheers
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    24 Feb 2019
    Easily the best hostel i have stayed in a city. Everything is cool- people, interns, atmosphere, dorms, location....Am sure everyone will miss this place when they have to move out
    India, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7

    Superb

    16 Apr 2019
    Very cool place. Great facilities. 10-15min walk to city centre/green market square and waterfront. Great layout and breakfast. 24hr security.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    27 Mar 2019
    Great option, location, staff, some of the private rooms have more features than others but really good option overall.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    29 Mar 2019
    Nice Hostel with good location. It is close to Kloof and Long St. so if you want to go out or just get something to eat you can be there in only a couple of minutes.
    Germany, Male, 18-24
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi

Awards

  • 2015

    2nd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2014

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2014

    1st, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2013

    2nd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2013

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2012

    3rd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2011

    2nd, Continent Winners 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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