Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2010, 2009 & 2008 by Hostelworld customers
Awarded 2nd place for Best Hostel in Africa 2010; and 3rd Best Hostel in Africa 2009 & 2008 by Hostelworld Customers
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 - South Africa's most prestigious award
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)
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.
South Africa's original award-winning backpacker and travel agency is simply the best place to make your travel arrangements, with all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel, such as stylishly decorated rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM. Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzing Café or Bar.
Enquire about our off-peak specials and our en-suite Loft rooms with outstanding views of Table Mountain.
FREE Internet 10MB per guest per day WiFi or Broadband
Cafe/Bar - delicious meals served from 7:30 till late
ATM machine on site
Meet and greet airport shuttle service at additional cost
Fully equipped self-catering kitchen
Satellite Sports Channel TV
All major credit cards, travellers cheques and foreign currencies accepted
Children welcome in private rooms and only those that can swim
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
Tuesday Nights: Traditional BBQ
Saturday Nights: Build - A - Burger
Happy hour daily from 6 - 7pm
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 Toni (email available on your confirmation sheet).
We offer internships to Hotel & Tourism students.
Our Community Project: We sponsor a sports program in a community riddles with drugs and gangsterism. Join us for a day to see what we are up to. Bring your old soccer boots with you.
Knitting: We keep a basket of wool in our café and lounge. You can knit anything so long as it's a square or something like a square and then we sew it up and give the blankets to sick babies. You can knit a row or a square or whatever you have time to do - we just pick it up from where its left off and someone will finish it! Or if you have some wool lying about your house or your grandmothers house, bring it along!!
Travelling to Cape Town this year for the Cape Town Jazz Festival, Argus Cycling Tour, Two Oceans or Cape Town Carnival? Make sure to book ahead.