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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)
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  • 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 continental breakfast every morning and our bar stays open until late every night, including some evening hostel activities. Free Fibre Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel. There is also a self-catering kitchen, swimming pool and garden, pool table, gift shop, luggage storage, laundry service and vending machine.
Private rooms include towels AND free Continental Buffet Breakfast. For those in dorms, breakfast can be bought on the day and towels are available for rental.

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 9.3

  • Security 9.6

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 9.2


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    05 Oct 2019
    The backpack is the best hostel I've stayed at for a long time! It's a great place to meet people in the common areas, the facilities are amazing and clean, and it's very centrally located. I also love their vision of sustainability and giving back to the local community. Will definitely be back!
    Netherlands, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    01 Oct 2019
    Great location, staff are super friendly and helpful, hostel is squeaky clean and atmosphere is chilled.
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0

    Superb

    26 Sep 2019
    Location is in a great spot, walking distance to a few shops and restaurants near by. Everything was super clean, the bed would be made everyday. Breakfast in the morning had tons of variety. The hostel is really big and there were so many little areas to explore. Loved the hostel cat, great addition to the atmosphere!
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    26 Sep 2019
    Wonderful! That``````````````````````` is how my stay was in the Backpack. The location is perfect in the city centre. So close to restaurants, bars, supermarkets, shops and all the must sees in Cape Town. The staff is super friendly and helpful. The hostel has a cool vibe and pleasant activities to do. The braai on tuesday was a lot of fun! The rooms were tidy and comfortable. It is a safe place. I` have met a lot of fun people at the hostel bar in the evening. Recommended and will book again!
    Belgium, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    20 Sep 2019
    Loved this place! Super clean, friendly staff, tasty breakfast, great atmosphere and decorations, very safe.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Sep 2019
    Excellent.Environmentally conscious,very helpful staff,beautiful grounds, centrally located, warm breakfast and very clean. I highly recommend Backpack cPe town.
    Canada, Female, 41+
  • 9.7

    Superb

    03 Sep 2019
    Loved the quirky house and my room was clean and neat. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed and the location was convenient. Felt safe and happy as a solo female traveler.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    12 Sep 2019
    Great location, fantastic people (working and guests) good rates, clean, secure, and a fun happy hour. The "Tandi" room I stayed in is subject to all kinds of foot traffic and dorm bathroom/shower noise. Ear plugs required if even a moderately light sleeper. I would definitely stay again if in a more remote room.
    USA, Male, 41+
  • 9.1

    Superb

    04 Sep 2019
    Awesome place with amazing staff. A block from lots of restaurants and shops. As a solo woman traveller felt very safe here and met a lot of cool people!
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 8.0

    Fabulous

    08 Oct 2019
    The hostel is in a good location with easy access to the Table Mountain Cable car station (take bus 106 or 107 and then the free shuttle) and to the Company Gardens. The staff were helpful and emphasised the importance of using Uber taxes after dark, when Cape Town is not safe.
    Scotland, Male, 41+
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • 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
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2013

    2nd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2012

    3rd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2011

    2nd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners South Africa

  • 2010

    3rd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2009

    3rd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2008

    2nd, Continent Winners Africa

  • 2006

    1st, Continent Winners Africa

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