Again and again, Cape Town proves itself to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world for both local and international holiday-goers. Just ask Bloomberg, the Robben Island Museum and property owners along the Atlantic Seaboard.
But such an increase in visitors to the Mother City means an inevitable surge in prices. And if you’re particularly money-conscious or strapped for cash, then accommodation costs might prevent you making your own journey to the Cape. That’s why we’ve rounded up five of the most affordable backpackers in and around Cape Town.
1 33 South Boutique Backpackers, Observatory
The central and vibey suburb of Observatory boasts numerous backpackers ideal for visitors to Cape Town. But our pick? 33 South Boutique Backpackers, a colourful hostel in close proximity to Lower Main Road, the primary strip for shopping and socialising in Obs. But the experience of one suburb is not 33 South’s only claim to fame. Each of its six rooms is themed according to a different suburb in Cape Town. You can choose between rooms inspired by Tygerberg, BoKaap, Kalk Bay, De Waterkant, District Six and Khayelitsha.
2 Big Blue Backpackers, Green Point
Located in the buzzing Green Point area, not too far from the CBD, Big Blue offers a bevvy of awesome in-house facilities. The lodge is a short walk from The Waterfront and near numerous nightlife hotspots. It also has its own bar, pool table, common room and games room, just in case you feel like a chilled evening indoors. And if you’re feeling clueless as to what you should get up to during your stay in Cape Town, Big Blue’s Travel Centre will give you the lowdown on the tours that are available.
3 Lighthouse Farm Lodge & Backpackers, Pinelands
The Lighthouse Farm Backpackers is located in the Oude Molen Eco Village, part of the last remaining farmland in Central Cape Town. If you’re looking for peaceful, farm-style living then this is the place for you. There are open fields to look upon, as well as astounding views of Table Mountain. There’s also a great sense of community and plenty of spots located in the Eco Village if you prefer staying close to home – have breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at The Millstone, Farm Stall & Tea Garden or visit Jets to get some shopping in.
Where A1, Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Road, Pinelands
Cost Dorm rooms R140 pp per night, family and twin rooms R340 per night
Contact +27 82 744 2504/+27 21 447 9165, [email protected],
4 SaltyCrax Backpackers, Table View
If you’re travelling to the Mother City for some fun at the beach, then you should organise accommodation at SaltyCrax Backpackers. It’s located near various beaches in the Blouberg area that are perfect for swimming, surfing, kite surfing and sunbathing. And whether you’re in the mood for fine dining or a shopping spree, it’s perfect location is in walking distance of numerous commercial hotspots. The backpackers itself is perfect for relaxation with a jacuzzi and an entertainment area. Services include a two-day Cape Town Orientation, three days of kitesurfing lessons, a five-day foodie cultural tour, and a week-long extreme sports package.
5 Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge, CBD
In the midst of Long Street’s awesome vibe is the charming Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge. The 18th-century building boasts quirky décor, a communal lounge and a lovely private courtyard with a splash pool. And if you get cabin fever, you can simply step out and walk to one of the various restaurants, bars and pubs located in Long Street and that are busy all hours of the day and night.