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
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
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 OFFER INTERNSHIPS TO HOTEL & TOURISM STUDENTS
OUR COMMUNITY PROJECT
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