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The Backpack Shack

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Design Room | In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
Property grounds
African cuisine
Shower, free toiletries, towels
Theater show

Overview of The Backpack Shack

The Backpack Shack

2.0 star property
Mossel Bay hostel with outdoor pool and restaurant
8,0 out of 10 Very good
8,0/10 Very good

3 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
Alhof Drive, D'Almeida, Mossel Bay, Western Cape, 6506
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Front-desk safe
  • ATM/banking services
Feel at home
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

Room options

About this area

Getting around

  • George (GRJ) - 35 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Hennie’s - 19 min walk
  • KFC - 13 min walk
  • Checkers - 3 min drive
  • Wimpy - 18 min walk
  • Café Vintcent - 3 min drive

About this property

The Backpack Shack

A great choice for a stay in Mossel Bay, The Backpack Shack features an airport shuttle. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other features include a terrace and a garden.


Afrikaans, English, Xhosa

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 3 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 3 AM
  • Minimum check-in age: 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

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


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • Beach nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Satellite TV channels

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Buffet breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately ZAR 75.00 per person
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Backpack Shack Hostel Mossel Bay
Backpack Shack Hostel
Backpack Shack Mossel Bay
Backpack Shack
The Backpack Shack Mossel Bay
The Backpack Shack Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
The Backpack Shack Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Mossel Bay

Frequently asked questions

Does The Backpack Shack offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Backpack Shack does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at The Backpack Shack?
As of 01 June 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Backpack Shack on 12 June 2023 start from R750, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Backpack Shack?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Backpack Shack?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Backpack Shack?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Backpack Shack?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by The Backpack Shack?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Backpack Shack?
You can check in from 2 PM - 3 AM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at The Backpack Shack and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as scuba diving. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hostel's other amenities, which include a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near The Backpack Shack?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that offers African cuisine.



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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

I really liked the staaf, they were very helpfull and friendly. The room was basic but nice and clean. The area around the hostel felt really poor and insafe at night, so we stayed in the hostel during that time of the day.
1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Mitten in Afrika
The BackPackShack sind eigentlich einige Backpacker-Zimmer in einem Hotel. Die Zimmer sind einfach und im Stil der Townships gehalten, d.h. einfach und sauber, aber auch etwas bedrückend. Wir wurden jedoch nach 1 Nacht upgegradet auf ein Hotelzimmer, welches hervorragend war. Das Personal ist mehr als freundlich und hilfsbereit, Blommie, die Köchin erfüllt jeden Wunsch, wenn er ihr möglich ist. Man lebt Mitten in einem afrikanischen Vorort und kann so einen Eindruck vom echten Leben erhalten, dennoch ist man im Hotel absolut sicher. Von einem Spaziergang riet uns das Personal aber sehr klar und eindringlich ab!
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Very difficult to find (there are no signs to the Backpack Shack, its actually inside a hotel with another name), but great staff, a cool room and good breakfast made the stay in Mossel Bay a good experience.
Verified guest review