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South Africa's original award-winning Fair Trade hostel and travel shop, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban designer hostel. Private or Shared rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, electronic safes and in-house ATM. FREE fibre WiFi through the hostel. Swim in the pool with a view of Table Mountain, meet like-minded international travelers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, singles, twins and family rooms. The hostel has communal kitchen and dining facilities; lots of sociable and chill-out spots to relax in. A night on the town in Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Shuttle Bus Service
Free Parking
Airport Transportation
Public Wifi
Breakfast included
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Non-Smoking Rooms
Family Rooms
Smoking rooms available
Air Conditioning
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Mountain View
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All reviews long street table mountain single room shared bathroom common areas felt very safe enjoyed my stay the location is perfect stay in cape town kloof street south africa home away from home hostel dorm safes pros cons
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Reviewed yesterday

Thanks to everyone at the Backpack for hosting us on our way to #saytc 2018 What a beautiful spot - run by awesome people! Everything from the accommodation to the food to the organisation of" things to do", was top notch! Will definitely be back!

Thank JaneneA7
Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded today

Thanks so much we loved having everyone here it was so festive and makes us realise what a great community our hostels in South Africa belong to. See you next time The Backpack Team

Reviewed 2 days ago

I really enjoyed staying at the hostel. Love the layout, with individual, spacious and quiet areas at the back and a fabulous pool and views in the garden. The rates are not the cheapest, but with breakfast and good WiFi plus really friendly staff..its hard...More

Thank Farnellster
Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded today

Thank you so much we are delighted you enjoyed our home away from home with the best views of Table Mountain especially from the pool and garden. See back here next time you are in town The Backpack Team

Reviewed 6 days ago

friendly informed staff who are always happy to help friendly informed staff who are always happy to help. ,great views of table mountain from the swimming pool,very clean with lots of parking, only a short walk from our favourite restaurant African Cafe.Set close to all...More

Thank David G
Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for coming back again we hope there will be many more visits in the future. We are so happy that your visit this time was just as good as last time and that you so enjoyed the views you loved from...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Backpack and Cape Town were my first stop on an extended world trip and it was a great place to start. The hostel is a bit pricey but IMO, worth it. There is good breakfast and wifi (although not outside of the main porch...More

Thank Bayjb
Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy your first stop was a great experience. Sorry about the noise you experienced its not always like that and we can only ask people to keep the noise down - we do have signs up. There is always a Duty Manager...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This excellent hostel makes you reflect on the visible injustices in the world both in terms of economic wealth and in terms of environmental resources. This hostel offers excellent and very pleasant rooms and facilities filled of plants, color and interesting architecture. The view of...More

Thank Explore40307992921
Response from Lee H, Owner at The BackpackResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your very gracious review of The Backpack. We always feel that we never do enough. Thank you for your recognition of what we do try in our own small way to do, to make our footprints on the planet a...More

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26 January 2016|
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Response from JaneMangnall | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but you can do better with Uber and get wifi at the airport.
Sioned J
20 July 2015|
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Response from tembi1 | Property representative |
our prices do change from time to time seasonally and we also run specials so please watch our web page for exciting specials.
18 February 2015|
Response from tembi1 | Property representative |
we do arrange airport transfers from R220
Room Tips
"If you have kids you need to book a family or private room"
2 days ago
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"All rooms are great"
4 weeks ago
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"Mixed dorms (8) are great, if you are female you can also go for the female dorm (4), then you have your..."
15 Oct 2018
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"surrounded by 2 main streets, so noisy anyway..."
14 Apr 2018
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US$22 - US$157 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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