ZAR 200 per night
ZAR 200 per night
The Backpack, Cape Town, South Africa

The Backpack

Cape Town, South Africa - 74 New Church Street, Tamboerskloof

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  • Well-located
  • Notably safe
  • Noteworthy dining
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over rated ... expensive middle aged, i felt out of place

Description - Hostel

Voted as one of the Top Ten Best Value Stays for 2014 by Lonely Planet, South Africa's original award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply the best place to stay. With all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM.

Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live! By staying with us, you will be making a difference to the lives of many children.

Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzy Café / Bar.

Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre are all just a stone's throw away.

The Hostel has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism (a trade mark awarded to businesses that adhere to fair trade criteria, fair wages and working conditions, fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits, ethical business practices and respect for human rights, culture and the environment)

FREE Wi-Fi in communal areas
Cafe/Bar - delicious meals served from 7:30 till late
ATM machine on site
Meet and greet airport shuttle service available at an additional cost
Fully equipped self-catering kitchen
24-hour check-in
24-hour security
Satellite Sports Channel TV
All major credit cards, AMEX travellers' cheques and major foreign currencies accepted
Children welcome in private rooms and only those that can swim

Top Ten Best Value Stays for 2014 by Lonely Planet
Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008 by
Hostelworld customers
Awarded 2nd place for Best Hostel in South Africa 2012 by Hostelworld
Awarded 1st place for Best Hostel in Africa 2014
Awarded 2nd place for Best Hostel in Africa 2010, 2012 & 2013; and 3rd Best
Hostel in Africa 2009 & 2008 by Hostelworld Customers
Independent winner for Best Practice - Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011
Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste
Management - Imvelo Awards 2011
Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation Award - Backpackers
One of the Worlds Top 10 Coolest Hostels! Guardian August 2010
One of the Top 10 places to stay - Lonely Planet 2010
Winners of the Welcome Awards 2010, 2nd Place Welcome Awards 2011 - South
Africa's most prestigious award

We have a soccer and reading project which we run Monday to Thursdays. If you would like to play soccer or help children with their homework please contact us.
We sponsor a sports program in a community riddled with drugs and gangsterism. Join us for a day to see what we are up to. Bring your old soccer boots with you.
We keep a basket of wool in our café and lounge. Knit a square or two while you are here - we sew it up and with your help another orphaned baby will be warm. If you have some wool lying about your or your grandmother's house, bring it along!!

Not too laid back, not too loud, guests love The Backpack and it's easy to see why. For years it has stayed ahead of the crowd by constantly adapting, yet always offering top notch accommodation for the price and wonderfully clued-up service from its desk - Lonely Planet

'The most comfortable and best-run in town........ one of the best backpacker travel centres around. Recommended.' - Footprints

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The space
  • Property type: Hostel
  • Guest rooms/units: 39
  • Year built: 1990
  • Renovated: 2013
  • Public classification: 5
Hostel accommodations

Lowest price available: ZAR 200 (South African Rand)

8-bed Dorm Delux Dorm Double Double Ensuite Female Dorm King Mixed Dorm Quad Standard Studio Triple Twin double (1 bed) double (2 beds) female dorm mixed dorm quad (4 beds) single standard twin (2 beds)
  • Check-in: 2:00pm
  • Check-out: 10:00am

Hostel amenities

There are private safes and a large and well furnished kitchen for guests' use. All the rooms are named after animals and famous South Africans, the bathrooms are cleaned many times a day, and all have showers. There's a TV lounge, a book exchange shelf, and loads of pamphlets for activities in and out of South Africa.

24 hour check in 24 security Airport pickup Bar/lounge Bicycle rental Breakfast (extra charge) Breakfast available Car rental Children permitted Concierge Currency exchange Elevator/lift not available Gardens Gay friendly Gift shop Group services Internet wireless (charge) Laundry/valet service Linen included Meal plans Meeting facilities Multi-lingual staff Newspapers/magazines No curfew Open 24 Hours Parking (free) Parking (surcharge) Pets not allowed Pool (outdoor) Restaurant on site Room service Safe deposit box Taxi service Tour assistance Tour/sightseeing assistance Voltage converters WIFI (free) Wireless internet all you would expect from a great hotel! cafe and restaurant internet laundry parking travel centre

Room amenities

Stylishly decorated. Linen provided. Electronic safes in private rooms and 4-bed dorms. WiFi throughout the building

Backpacker facilities Coffee/tea maker Ensuite Lockers Maid service daily Mountain view rooms Non-smoking rooms Private bathroom Safe box in room Safe in room Shared bathroom Showers without bath Television not available Voltage converters WIFI Wake-up calls


One block away from trendy Kloof Street, buzzing with cafes and good restaurants. Long Street only 2 blocks away.

Points of interest
  • Table Mountain 3 kms
  • Waterfront 1. 5kms
  • Museums . 5 kms
  • Long Street 2 blocks
  • Kloof Street 1 block
  • Clifton Beach 4 kms
  • Camps Bay - 5 kms

Food and drink
Eating out
Ocean Basket
South african
Vida E Cafe
Nelson's Eye

Price details

ZAR 200 - 1,000 per night (South African Rand)

Per room dormitory rates R200.00 per person

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

Credit cards accepted on location: VisaVisa ElectronMasterCardMaestro UK

Available discounts

ISIC, VIP, winter specials

Location - Hostel

74 New Church Street, Tamboerskloof
Cape Town
Western Cape (Province of the Western Cape)
South Africa  8001

Latitude: -33.92715, Longitude: 18.41047

How to get there

The Backpackers bus from the airport or the Baz Bus would drop you at the hostel. Otherwise if you come from the train station (Intercape and Greyhound buses drop off there), walk up Riebeek Street, turn left to Long Street, and walk towards Table Mountain - when you see the 7-11 shop. Turn right walking uphill to the upper traffic light and then turn left again. The hostel is the big brown house in the middle of the road.

Railroad, bus terminal, airport, car

Nearest airport: Cape Town International - 25 kms