ZAR 100 per night
ZAR 100 per night
On a Shoestring Backpackers, Knysna, South Africa

On a Shoestring Backpackers

Knysna, South Africa - 146 Old Cape Rd

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Description - Hostel


We are situated a mere stone’s throw away from the Knysna Estuary. Take the Simola Golf Estate turn off
on your left hand side as you enter Knysna from Cape Town
. We are the only Backpackers with unbelievably breathtaking views.
We cater for all who are travelling on a budget.
Our accommodation consists of a dorm room with 24 beds stylishly divided into separate spaces consisting of four beds each. We have 2 double rooms which share a bathroom, and 2 family rooms which are en suite.
On site we also provided a internet cafe, guided tours, canoe rentals for those who would like to take a paddle out on the Knysna lagoon, and a bicycle or 2, we have them too!
Also a small shop, that holds all the little things you left behind, your toothbrush, shampoo, and other items that you might need. Only a two minute bike ride into central town. On a Shoestring is ideal for the quite traveller. We also aim to be the cheapest in town hence ON A SHOESTRING.

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The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 7
  • Year built: 1992
  • Renovated: 2009
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: ZAR 100 (South African Rand)

Family Mixed Dorm Quad Twin
  • Check-in: 12:00am
  • Check-out: 10:00am

Hostel amenities

With a warm welcome and the best views in town, your stay with us will be a truly awesome experience. All rooms are serviced daily with fresh linen and all bathrooms are kept spotless at all times. Enjoy a book, a game of chess in our cosy lounge with it's roaring fireplace or prepare a tasty dinner in the large, fully equipped kitchen, both with panoramic views over the pristine estuary and through the famous Knysna Heads. Our large peaceful garden consists of local trees and plants, with braai (bbq) facilities available, if you'd like to cook African style! With a wealth of local knowledge we can help you plan for any adventure big or small. And our in-house internet cafe will ensure that you can stay in contact with your loved ones back home.

24-hr front desk Airport pickup BBQ area Bicycle rental Childcare or babysitting Children permitted Elevator/lift not available Express checkout Gardens Gift shop Internet access Internet wireless (free) Laundry/valet service Linen included Meal plans Medical assistance on call Multi-lingual staff Newspapers/magazines No curfew Parking (free) Smoking permitted Tour/sightseeing assistance

Room amenities

En Suite Rooms: Two single beds (can be made into double). One double bunk bed. All beds' are fitted with clean linen daily.

En Suite Bathroom: Large Bath Basin Toilet Towels provided.

Double Rooms: Two single beds (can be made into double) One double bunk bed. All beds' are fitted with clean linen daily.

Communal Bathroom: Large Shower Basin Toilet Towels provided

Backpacker facilities Balconies Ensuite Maid service daily Mountain view rooms Non-smoking rooms Ocean view rooms Private bathroom Refrigerator Shared bathroom Showers without bath Television not available Wake-up calls


On A Shoestring is based in Knysna, also known as the heart of the Garden Route. We are situated next to the beautiful Knysna Estuary, on the Old Cape Road. On A Shoestring offers peace and quiet to the weary traveler and is only a 5 minute walk from Knysna's town center.

Points of interest
  • Simola Golf Course 5km
  • Knysna Lagoon 0. 5km
  • Salt river 100m
  • Featherbed Nature Res 1km to departure point
  • Fishing Charters (booking in-house)
  • Whale watching 2km to departure point
  • Township tours (booking in-house)
  • Knysna Heads 10km
  • Stunning views (in house)
  • Knysna Elephant park 15km
  • Raptors of Eden 20km
  • Mountain biking 5km

Food and drink
Eating out
Fire Fly
Spice House

Price details

ZAR 100 - 280 per night (South African Rand)

An additional deposit may be requested prior to arrival. If so, you will be contacted directly after you confirm your booking.

Credit cards: Not accepted on location

Booking and cancellation policy

Unless otherwise specified, booking payments are non-refundable.

50% deposit of booking. remaining amount to be paid on check-in

Location - Hostel

146 Old Cape Rd
Western Cape (Province of the Western Cape)
South Africa  6570

Latitude: -34.03594, Longitude: 23.02725

How to get there

Arriving from Cape Town side,
Turn left into Old Cape Rd (right if coming from Port Elizabeth). Look out for Simola Golf Estate Signs.
Follow the road for 200m and you will find us on the right hand side. (across from the Firefly restaurant).

Baz Bus. South African bus service. Airport in George (we will pick you up) car rental

Nearest airport: George (60km)