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1 room, 2 adults

The Backpack - Hostel

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

Suburban hostel with outdoor pool, near Long Street
  • Free WiFi
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The Backpack - Hostel

from ZAR 950
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Single Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Studio, 2 Twin Beds (Self Catering)
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only, Private Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (4 Bed)
  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom (8 Bed)
  • Tent

What’s around The Backpack - Hostel


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Long Street - 4 min walk
  • Kloof Street - 5 min walk
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre - 25 min walk
  • Castle of Good Hope - 26 min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 40 min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 40 min walk
  • Cape Town Cruise Terminal - 43 min walk

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 22 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 23 min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 19 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 35 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.
24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours) *


  • Self parking *

Payment types at the property

  • Cash
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Billiards or pool table
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/banking
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Xhosa

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Partially open bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Fair Trade Tourism, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.

The Backpack - Hostel’s small print

Also known as

  • Backpack Cape Town
  • The Backpack - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • The Backpack - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cape Town
  • The Backpack Hostel
  • Backpack Hostel Cape Town
  • The Backpack Hostel Cape Town
  • The Backpack - Hostel Cape Town


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of 50 percent of room rate (subject to availability)

Self parking costs ZAR 50 per night

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 80 for adults and ZAR 60 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 350 per person (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Backpack - Hostel

  • Is parking offered at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes. Self parking costs ZAR 50 per night.
  • Is there a pool at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at The Backpack - Hostel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Backpack - Hostel?
    You can check in starting at 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late check-out is available for a 50% charge (subject to availability).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by The Backpack - Hostel?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 350 per person one-way.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8,8 From 29 reviews

Exceptional 10,0
great, really clean location with a fun vibe. very easy to meet other travelers. The breakfast was awesome!
Mary, us3 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10,0
Hotel is very close to all the bars and restaurants, has a cozy environment that’s easy to meet people. There’s also a lot of tour options. I would definitely stay here again. Only down size is it’s a bit more expensive than the other hostels.
Niki, us1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10,0
Fabulous friendly hostel
Fabulous friendly hostel across three converted neighbouring houses in the safe and walkable Gardens area of Cape Town, and worthy of their reviews and awards. Great location for bars, restaurants, supermarkets (KwikSpar and Woolworths 5min walk away on Kloof Street) and transport to the popular tourist spots. Friendly staff, who are able to recommend and arrange tours and car rentals for you. Affordably priced bar spread across an indoor and exterior covered terrace with TVs for sport, and pool tables. Private rooms are well appointed and away from the bar so noise is not an issue. Water cuts are not a problem and they have solar panels so you won't be affected by any power outages either.
Christopher, gbRomance trip
Good 6,0
Good central hostel
This is a good hostel in a central location. Pros: fair trade, with a social mission; spacious room (I had a private single); close to restaurants and bars; clean Cons: wifi didn't work several times, including once overnight; close to busy road (noise); noisy guests; hostel itself doesn't organize social events
Laura, usOther trip
Exceptional 10,0
Absolutely amazing place... the owner, staff, ideology and layout make this better than other hostels i’ve stayed at that seem to have higher ratings... by far a much better experience!! Book directly with The Backpack to save some money and help give a bigger percentage back to the community!
Alexander, ca2 night trip

The Backpack - Hostel

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