Best Hostels in Cape Town, South Africa - the complete guide and overview for backpackers and solo travellersNo doubt you are planning your trip to South Africa if you happened upon this guide to the 3 best hostels in Cape Town.

In this first-hand experience guide, we share with you only 3 top Cape Town hostels – and why they stand out.

Your Shortcut:

  1. The B.I.G Backpackers – top pick for solo travellers
  2. The Backpack – great for female solo travellers
  3. Atlantic Point Backpackers – one for backpackers

Is it Table Mountain that entices you? Or perhaps you’re simply excited to discover the best backpackers places to stay.

This is the only guide you need!

Get ready for swimming pools, female solo traveller havens and that all important sociable space.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Let’s go!

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Quick Introduction to Cape Town, South Africa

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Cape Town cost 9€ – 16€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 21€ up to 68€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

Let’s jump right into the boutique and backpacker hostels in Cape Town.

Quick overview:

  1. The B.I.G Backpackers
  2. The Backpack5 Star Hostel
  3. Atlantic Point Backpackers

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. The B.I.G Backpackers

The Backpackers in Green Point (B.I.G for short) is a beautiful boutique hostel with a pool.

For sure solo travellers of every kind will love the friendly ambience and home-from-home social spaces.

What does this modern, squeaky clean and highly rated hostel offer?

  • An outdoor swimming pool
  • Shaded garden space
  • Three fully-fitted kitchens
  • Free continental brekky
  • Two games rooms
  • Library/book swap
  • Travel desk w/ advice + booking

Phewph!

The real question should be, what does B.I.G Backpackers Hostel Cape Town NOT offer?! It’s no wonder it’s our chosen best hostel in Cape Town.

It doesn’t stop there.

Let’s talk a little bit about the gorgeous rooms.

You can choose between doubles, triples, family, mixed and female dorms – something for everyone.

The pictures say it all really. The beds are solid and the decor cosy yet modern.

Oh and each room has its very own en-suite which is a bonus!

Although it’s easy to claim, the staff at B.I.G really stand out as caring and social. That’s important, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Located on a peaceful street, it is easy to access the CBD and top bars and restaurants should you want to venture out. Table Mountain and the vibrant V&A waterfront are only a short taxi ride away.

So, Cape Town backpackers, get ready to book a room at Big Backpackers Cape Town Hostel right away.

A fantastic place for:

  • Solo travellers
  • Older Travellers
Book The B.I.G Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. The Backpack Hostel – Swimming Pool

Rolling in close behind is the fabulous award winning hostel that cares about sustainability, contemporary design and awesome amenities.

The Backpack Hostel Cape Town is a 5 Star Hostel in Cape Town.

It’s in the heart of the city and one we’re sure you’re going to love.

I mean, did you expect to find a hostel that has a swimming pool with Table Mountain views? Probably not, but here you are!

Alongside that, their very own bar is open ’til late each night, and often there are cool evening activities to join.

If you’re not into that, relax in the garden after a swim and upload your photos using the Fibre Wi-Fi – it’s free, after all.

Backpack Cape Town Hostel can accommodate 108 people at one time in 11 room types. These are:

  • Single, twin + double rooms
  • 4 + 8-bed mixed dorms
  • 4-bed female dorms
  • Family rooms
  • Self-catering apartment

It’s so nice to see colour on the walls and big windows letting in tons of light. Each room is unique, spread over four 100-year old Victorian houses.

Forget boring high-rise buildings. Many of the dorms have single (not bunk) beds and their own courtyard and garden. Fancy pants!

To top it off there is a free continental breakfast and the hostel has its own water supply. If you’re keen to hear more about the sustainability efforts, check out our full review to The Backpack here.

This is one of the best hostels in Cape Town for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Couples
Book The Backpack here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

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3. Atlantic Point Backpackers

Have we managed to find a third hostel with great style, fun amenities and consistently high ratings?

You’re damn right we have (how could you doubt the Hostelgeeks)!

Atlantic Point Backpackers is a short walk from the waterfront and even closer to the Green Point Stadium.

The variety of rooms here – private, single, mixed and female dorms – almost all come with an en-suite for added comfort.

One thing we can guarantee is that breakfast is included for everyone.

To bring people together, this backpackers has created some wonderful social spaces such as:

  • Swimming pool + garden
  • Lounge w/ TV
  • BBQ area
  • Entertainment area w/ pool table
  • On-site bar

Unlike the first two hostels, this one likes to arrange group events to help break the ice.

Helpful, smiling staff make the whole experience easier.

What makes this hostel unique is that they give back to the community by supporting local programms and charities. Alongside going green, you know your money is going towards great causes by staying here.

A fun place for cool people like:

  • Backpackers
  • Sociable travellers
Book Atlantic Point Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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More Cape Town Hostels worth a mention

Backpackers in Cape Town, you ready?

We suggest that if you found the place for you, it is time to check availability right away and book it now!

We have given you our personal favorites and we wish that you won’t need to look to other sites. But if our favorites are not good enough for you and you are still looking for more, here’s more Cape Town hostels worth a mention.

  • Never@Home Cape Town
  • Ashanti Lodge Gardens
  • Bohemian Lofts Backpackers
  • Zebra Crossing
  • Urban Hive Backpackers
  • A Sunflower Stop Backpackers
  • Long Street Backpackers Hostel

In this list, you will see other hostels that we think you might consider. You will see variety of hostels Cape Town South Africa has to offer from cheap accommodation in Cape Town to party hostels. It is all here.

So, check it out.

Never@Home Cape Town

Never@Home Cape Town is a 5 star hostel. They offer modern, private rooms or dormitory accommodation. Great for couples and solo travellers.

All the staff are helpful and friendly. It will make your stay extra special. The bar and the swimming pool area is the best place to make new friend and chill out.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking
  • Private parking
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Located in the trendy suburb of Green Point, Never@Home is a 5-star hostel situated within 800 m of the Cape Town Stadium and 1 km from the V&A Waterfront. City Cape Town centre is 2.5 km from the property.

Book Never@Home Cape Town here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

never@home Cape Town

Ashanti Lodge Gardens

If your goal is to meet new people in your travel, Ashanti Lodge Gardens is the place for you. Common areas and the pool area will allow you to meet new people.

The backpackers accommodation in Cape Town is perfect so expect the same in this hostel.

This hostel is ideally located for getting out and about. There  are bars, restaurants and shops near the area. Excellent value for money.

Beds are super comfy and bathrooms are modern and completely spotless. Staff are very attentive and helpful.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi available in all areas
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast

Location: Located close to the foot of Table Mountain. Longstreet with various restaurants, day and nightlife is about a 10 minute walk away.  Cape Town International Airport  is 17.4 km away.

Book Ashanti Lodge Gardens here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Ashanti Lodge Backpackers

Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

What about Bohemian Lofts Backpackers? It is in the vibrant and lively part of Cape Town which is Observatory.

This hostel is quite nice. Their dorm rooms are spacious with large lockers that you can use to store your luggage.

There’s a cool balcony to chill out on with a beer and watch the street life. Perfect place to be after a long tiring day.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Location: The Rhodes Memorial on the University of Cape Town campus at the foot of Table Mountain is a 9-minute drive away. Central Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront are less than 7 km from the hostel. A shuttle is available to and from Cape Town International Airport, 15 km away.

Book Bohemian Lofts Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing Backpacker offers basic accommodation. The space is a bit small but their services is superb! The staff are amazing.

They have common areas inside and outside of the hostel where you can meet travellers. Backpackers in Cape Town CBD will truly enjoy their stay here.

Since the location is set in Cape Town, there are restaurants and shops nearby that you could visit to experience the city centre.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Garden
  • Bar
  • Free Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Luggage Storage

Location: Set in Cape Town, 2.5 km from Broken Bath Beach. The property is situated 2.5 km from Milton Beach, 2.8 km from Sunset Beach and 3.2 km from Robben Island Ferry. The nearest airport is Cape Town International, 20 km from Zebra Crossing Backpacker.

Book Zebra Crossing here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Zebra Crossing Backpacker

Urban Hive Backpackers

I bet that it will be easy for you to find Urban Hive Backpackers when you are in the area because of its Victorian style architecture.

They have a nice balcony where you can enjoy your drinks. They have an adventure tour desk where they help guests plan once in a lifetime experience in Cape Town.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • BBQ facilities
  • Bar
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • ATM

Location: Urban Hive Backpackers is set on buzzing Long Street in central Cape Town. Long Street offers a variety of restaurants, bars and nightlife options. The Company’s Garden is within 5 minutes’ walk and Greenmarket Square is 550 m away.

Book Urban Hive Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Urban Hive Backpackers

A Sunflower Stop Backpackers

The atmosphere in A Sunflower Stop Backpackers is good. If you are travelling alone, this place is great because it will allow you to meet new friends.

If you want a little privacy, they have private rooms but if you want to experience sleeping with other travellers they have dormitories of course!

Rooms are comfortable and the beds are very nice. Guests think that it is value for money!

Hostel Highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free parking
  • Room service
  • Bar
  • Good breakfast
  • Tours/Travel Desk

Location: Nestled between Table Mountain and Three Anchor Bay, A Sunflower Stop is next to Cape Town’s Green Point Common. A Sunflower Stop is a 20 minute walk from Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and is 6 km from both Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. It is 3.5 km away from Cape Town So Africa.

Book A Sunflower Stop Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

A Sunflower Stop Backpackers

Long Street Backpackers Hostel

Long Street Backpackers Hostel is known as The Soul of Long Street. Sounds fancy, isn’t it?

The hostel can accommodate 80 guests with their dormitory style accommodation, as well as single, twin, and double private rooms, all with shared bathrooms.

Staff are very friendly and super duper helpful. They believe in laid-back fun and adventure. There is no dull moment when you are in this hostel. There are plenty of things to do around Cape Town.

Hostel Highlights:

  • Airport shuttle
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • BBQ facilities
  • Terrace
  • Bar
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Bicycle Hire

Location: Located on bustling Long Street in the Cape Town City Centre. The Company’s Garden is 300 m from Longstreet Backpackers, while Long Street Supermarket is 77 m away. The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport, 21 km from Longstreet Backpackers. It is 13 minute walk to  South Cape South Africa.

Book Long Street Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Long Street Backpackers Hostel

What about cheapest hostels in Cape Town?

If you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheap hostels in Cape Town.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Cape Town
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

There are plenty of affordable backpackers accommodation Cape Town South Africa has to offer but always remember to choose the one that is legit.

Read: Smart guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”.

Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Cape Town for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Cape Town for solo-travellers?

We’re always keen to point out the best hostel(s) for solo travellers in every destination we cover. Cape Town is no exception!

With this in mind, we often stick by our top 3 chosen hostels, and for good reason. So you guessed it, we recommend:

If, by chance, you happen to be a solo traveller looking to socialise we recommend Atlantic Point Backpackers.

The organised events and entertainment area make meeting people super easy.

Party Hostels in Cape Town

Fancy some partying hostels in CP?

You should believe us when we tell you that Cape Town has done well to produce a super cool party hostel called ONCE in Cape Town. We have read hundreds of Hostelworld ONCE in Cape Town reviews and they are saying the same thing. This is the best when it comes to party!

It’s a clever hostel name that you’ll no doubt be using a lot to tell stories of your experience at this fun place.

You’ll be saying, ONCE in Cape Town Hostel I enjoyed the…

  • Close proximity to Longstreet where the party scene is at
  • 3 in-house restaurants (each with a different vibe)
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Meditation area
  • Bar open until 11pm

Book your stay in a dorm or a private. Either way you’ll be treated to a private bathroom and no curfew.

Book ONCE in Cape Town here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

ONCE in Cape Town is one of the best party hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

But wait, we have a second party hostel in Cape Town!

Let’s go back and check Never@Home again before you decide.

From beer pong to board games, it’s all about fun fun fun and winning prizes here.

Stay in and enjoy the restaurant, bar and swimming pool. The bar opens at 12:00 and serves cocktails, so why would you venture further?

Having said that, the best bars on offer are just a 5-minute stroll away along the V&A waterfront.

Enjoy 24-hour reception, no curfew and clean, spacious private and shared dorm rooms.

Book Never@Home here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Never@Home is one of the best party hostels in Cape Town, South Africa

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is super safe and the biggest booking platform for hostels.

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. The B.I.G Backpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. The Backpack: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Atlantic Point Backpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Cape Town. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Cape Town hostels on a map.

This map helps you to plan your travels easier.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Table Mountain
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Boudlers Beach
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Bo-Kaap
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Cape Town Stadium
  • Robben Island

Looking for fun activities? We have found some great options:

Most certainly the best way get around is with the Cape Town City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off bus.

FAQ

Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Cape Town for solo travellers?

Are hostels in Cape Town safe?

Not all hostels in Cape Town are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Cape Town. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

It is true that prices in Cape Town varies and remember that it is not always okay to stay at a budget or cheap backpackers in Cape Town because of security reasons.

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

What are the best hostels in Cape Town?

You can find the best Cape Town hostels in this article!

  1. The B.I.G Backpackers – top pick for solo travellers
  2. The Backpack – great for female solo travellers
  3. Atlantic Point Backpackers – one for backpackers

What is Cape Town best known for?

Here are the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Table Mountain
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Boudlers Beach
  • V&A Waterfront
  • Bo-Kaap
  • Castle of Good Hope
  • Cape Town Stadium
  • Robben Island

How much are hostels in Cape Town?

According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Cape Town costs $18 per night.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

We are doing our best to deliver the best hostels to you. Check out the best hostels in the world guides; from Paris to Tokyo.

You can also have a look at Hostelworld.

5 Secret Tips for Cape Town

We have prepared a little extra for you; so do not run away already.

Personally, we are no experts when it comes to actual secrets Cape Town. So? How can we have here any recommendations?!

Easy: Our friend Annika from Midnightblueelephant.com used to live in the most southern city in Africa. She knows Cape Town inside out plus we enjoy her travel style! This is the perfect mix to bring you this unique secret guide.

Therefore, let us proudly introduce you the 5 secret tips for Cape Town.

With these recommendations you can enjoy Cape Town in a local way. Together with Annika we show you great activities, where to enjoy the local art scene, and where you can get the best burger in town.

  1. A place where you can drink while doing good.
  2. Want the best burger in Cape Town? We will take you there!
  3. The all-in-one stop for your weekend shopping.
  4. Cape Town’s monthly get together – a city crawl of a different kind.
  5. Where to find new friends to chase the waves with – great activity!

1. Bar: The Orphanage Cocktail Emporium

Of course, you can just order a beer here, but it would be a pity because the Orphanage makes some of the best and most innovative cocktails in town.

Don’t be put off by the lines at the door or their prices, it will all be worth it once you are dancing the night away with a ‘Daddy Warbucks’.

If you prefer to do good with your cocktail, have a ‘More Tea Vicar?’ which includes a donation to the orphanage that used to be housed on the corner.

Good to know: This bar is located right around the corner of the The Backpack.

2. Yummy: The Dog’s Bollocks (50 Burger per night)

Get yourself the self-proclaimed biggest most badass burger of Cape Town at The Dog’s Bollocks.

The atmosphere oozes New York back-alley charm and the burgers are really all they promise to be.

Write your order on the chalkboard and most importantly get here early, chef Nigel only makes 50 burgers per night.

Yummy: The Dog's Bollocks

Yummy: The Dog’s Bollocks

3. Channel your inner Warhol at First Thursdays

It’s art & socializing – join the cool Capetonians every first Thursday for a gallery crawl of note.

Galleries stay open late, admission is free, and it is a great chance to explore the inner city on foot. See the best of the local art & event scene and, of course, don’t forget to stop on the way for a drink in one of the many participating bars!

For details about the art, events, and the current map of galleries visit the official website first-thursdays.co.za.

Channel your inner Warhol at First Thursdays

Channel your inner Warhol at First Thursdays

4. Catch a perfect wave with Stoked School of Surf

Cape Town’s one and only mobile surf school will take you to the beaches with the ideal wind and swell conditions each day for your lesson.

And if you already know how to surf, but are new to town they offer surf guiding to show you the best spots.

Check out their website for details about lessons and surf trips at stokedsurfschool.com.

Catch a perfect wave with Stoked School of Surf

Catch a perfect wave with Stoked School of Surf

5. To market, to market – Neighbourgoods Market

By now a Cape Town classic, the weekly Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill still draws local hipsters and tourists alike.

Get there early for chef’s Luke Dale Roberts famous poached egg rösti and a seat on a bale of straw with a side of craft beer.

This well-nourished you can roam the stalls for local fashion, produce and fresh flowers.

Website: neighbourgoodsmarket.co.za

To market, to market - Neighbourgoods Market

To market, to market – Neighbourgoods Market

More interesting travel guides to check out:

Flights to Cape Town?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Africa and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

Cheap Flights around the world

More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Cape Town.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Cape Town hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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