The Backpack Hostel in Cape Town

The Backpackers in Cape Town – Charity Swimming pool and Mountains View

The Backpackers Cape Town is an award-winning hostel, with everything and more you would expect from a 5 Star Hostel. In addition to the amenities and contemporary design, the hostel is passionate about sustainability. A full review of one of the coolest hostels in Cape Town.

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  • Hostel Location and Direction

    The Backpack Hostel is located in the city center of Cape Town, just 5 minutes away from Kloof Street and Long Street.

    From Johannesburg (N1) and Cape Town Airport (N2), continue past the entrance to the Waterfront along Buitengracht Street (M62), towards Table Mountain. On the corner of Buitengracht and Buitensingel the road becomes New Church. Immediately on your right you will see the building of The Backpack Hostel! Drive around the block and into our parking area.

    The Backpack, 74 New Church Street Gardens, Cape Town 8001
  • All room types at The Backpack

    Private Room Types available: Apartments, Single Rooms, Double Rooms, Twin Rooms

    Shared Room Types available: 3-Bed Dorm, 4-Bed Dorm, 8-bed Dorm

    Not sure what room to pick? Our guides will help you to decide:

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The Backpack in Cape Town – Review

The Backpack Cape Town Hostel sponsors a sports program based in a community riddled with drugs and gangsterism, and you can even join them for a day to visit their project.

Therefore, bring your old soccer boots with you.

Take a swim in their swimming pool with stunning views of Table Mountain, and relax in this stylish hostel with its contemporary design.

Take your pick of various rooms, ranging between dorms, private or family rooms, with or without private bathrooms.

Free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the hostel (we know you wanted to know this!), and you can even withdraw cash at their in-house ATM.

Alright, let us have a look with this is your Backpack Hostel Cape Town.

1. Sustainable, Green, Social

The Backpack is owned and managed by two South African females, Lee Harris and Toni Shina.

The Backpack Hostel constantly strives to reduce and reuse in all areas of the business and to uphold and improve their green practices.

The best and most geeky part (Hostelgeeks loves this!) of these green practices: They receive a monthly breakdown of what they have recycled, and the impact of it.

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Supporting Local Economy:

The Backpack contributes to the development of local businesses and employment opportunities by making use of local tour operators.

Where possible, they book ethical and responsible tours, with companies that are Fair Trade Tourism accredited or companies owned by previously disadvantaged individuals with tours that uplift communities.

They are one of the chosen establishments for the Fair Trade Travel Pass, an ethical tour in South Africa which benefits local communities and economies.

A prerequisite for being a provider of this tour is that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Community: The Backpack Hostel's project in Cape Town

Social Charity Projects:

This unique and cool hostel in Cape Town supports several different social charity projects such as Vallies Stitch and Bitch Program, The Rope Skipping Project, Bursary Scheme, and more.

And remember: if you have been traveling for a while and have a pile of unwanted clothes in your backpack, you can donate them at The Backpack’s Reception.

The team will sell them on your behalf, with the proceeds going to The Soccer and Jump Rope Project.

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2. Contemporary Design with South African Charme

The owners of The Backpack Cape Town wanted to keep the design aesthetic local and South African as possible.

Inspiration was drawn from the beautiful city of Cape Town and its fusion of cultures, colors, authentic fabrics, inspirational and imperfect street art.

Another inspiration was its rich biodiversity of indigenous animal and plant life.

All in harmony to create a space that breathes soul, creativity, positive energy and most importantly sustainability, which is the driving force behind all that The Backpack does.

Shelley, the designer from Space Solutions, works very closely in collaboration with the two owners Toni and Lee.

The aim was to create a welcoming and unique space for travelers that epitomizes the heart and soul of the beautiful city of Cape Town.

Check out the video below to get your own opinion.

We recommend visiting the on-site Community shop, where you can buy locally made handcrafts and artworks.

5 Star Hostel in Cape Town The Backpack Hostel

3. Unique? Social Responsibility

We love the luxurious comfort that comes with this 5 Star Hostel: the swimming pool, the clean and beautiful designed rooms, and the outstanding, welcoming staff.

Even more important than being a great a hostel, the people at The Backpack choose to make a difference.

The eco-friendly installations, the social projects plus the support of local economy, brings together all 3 pillars of sustainability.

Be part of The Backpack and leave your travel destination as a better place.

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4. Conscious and inviting – your social spot!

The atmosphere is inviting, and friendly.

Whether you want to take a swim in the swimming pool with great views of Table Mountain, or have a game of pool with your fellow travelers, The Backpackers Hostel is a social spot offering the cosines of a home and the luxury of a 5 Star Hostel.

Travelers of all ages are more than welcome.

After a long day of tours, excursions, and sports, this hostel is the best spot to end a fantastic day in Cape Town in an appropriate way.

And if you feel hungry, don’t worry.

Just get a delicious sandwich at the hostel’s bar.

Safes and Luggage Storage

Many great hostels offer this service of luggage storage and so does Backpackers Cape Town. The luggage storage comes with an extra fee. The cool part: If you are plan­ning to go out of town for a few days, you can store your lug­gage for R20 per day. Ask the reception!

All private rooms come with a safe with your own code (no keys needed here) and there are additional safes free of charge around the hostel.

Most dorms also have lockers for your luggage. As always we recommend to bring your own lock.

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5. 100% Local Tips and an own Travel Desk

The Reception and Travel Desk at Cape Town Backpackers is open daily from 7am until 10pm.

The friendly staff will arrange transport, book day tours, overland safari’s, car rentals, recommend excursions and restaurants.

Also, don’t be shy and ask anything you need to know about Cape Town – they will give you 100% local recommendations for their beautiful city.

Good to know: Ask The Backpack staff about the Bursary Fund and Community Projects.

You can even take part and donate your key deposit. Choose to make a difference!

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