- Cape Town City Bowl
Some of Cape Town's best backpackers are nestled here which is just above the Cape Town city centre on the slopes of Table Mountain and overlooking Cape Town and the harbour, these residential suburbs are fairly laid-back, quiet and surrounded by plenty of greenery, lush gardens and parks.
- Cape Town Bo Kaap
This area lies just above the city centre and is also known as the Malay quarter. Today it is a colourful kaleidoscope with hints of Cape Town's yesteryear peeping through the architecture. There are no backpackers here.
- Green Point
Neighbouring the busy suburb of Sea Point, Green Point has much the same setting and vibe as Sea Point, overlooking the icy Atlantic seaboard and backing up against the mountain. Many backpackers make Green Point their home whilst visiting the Mother City.
- Sea Point
Situated on the icy Atlantic seaboard close to the Cape Town beaches Sea Point stretches along the beachfront and up against the mountain. It is densely populated with apartments, peppered with restaurants and bars and has a thriving nightlife.
The heartbeat of student life in Cape Town, spunky Observatory has an excellent local atmosphere and a lively vibe. It's jam-packed with snappy music and pool venues and has a gob-smacking choice of restaurants.
This is one of Cape Town's older suburbs which has a well developed entertainment and shopping infrastructure. There are no backpackers here.
- Northern Beaches
Along the Atlantic coastline, heading northwards towards the West Coast and Namibia you'll find miles of beach…There's Google map here.
- Muizenberg and Kalk Bay
Muizenberg beach is a surfer's paradise, with the best learner surf waves in the Cape.
You'll find the Google map to the Southern Peninsula on this page.
- Cape Town City
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Table Mountain which dominates the skyline at all times, the Mother City is Southern Africa's most beautiful, and most visited city.
- Gordons Bay
Cape Town Airport is about half an hour away and the joys of the wine route begin once you cross the highway and head for the mountains.
- Simon's Town
This is where we've chosen to live, so it's gotta be groovy. It's the last village before Cape Point on the eastern side of the peninsula and very quaint. Not to mention romantic with its panoramic views over the Simon's Town navy and picturesque yacht basin.
- Scarborough and Kommetjie
Scarborough is one of the last suburbs you’ll find before Cape Point. It's a very quiet with wonderful stretches of wild beaches, incredible mountain walks and an oddly shaped landmark known as Camel Rock. It takes about 45 minutes to drive into Cape Town from here.
- Camps Bay
This is the perfect place from which to watch the sun go down - whether it's from the white sandy beach or one of the many bars or restuarants that line the beach front. There are no backpackers here.
- Hout Bay
It's about 15km from town and the entry point to the famous Chapman's Peak Drive. It's a little self-contained village with everything you need - restaurants, shops, auto banks and is close to plenty of good hikes and sunset drink slurping spots. There are no backpackers here.
Cape Town City Centre
Cape Town city centre is filled with backpacking lodges and if you are after the heart beat of Cape Town city centre then look no further and find a Backpackers in Cape Town city centre. Most places are a quick stagger to pubs, clubs and happenings.....
The Heart Beat Of the Mother City -Cape Town city centre
Cape Town’s city centre is small compared to any other city centre – especially considering it’s one of the main cities in South Africa and the country’s parliament capital. But small often equals charming, and the city centre certainly has enough charm to have you visiting her on a regular basis. Cape Town is fast becoming dominated by a crowd of innovative and imaginative young adults and funky bars, night clubs and spectacular restuarants spring up constantly – so if you’re into the social scene there’s more than enough to keep you occupied. There’s also plenty of backpackers, interesting museums and a happening art scene for the more civilised. And shop-till-you-droppers will have no problem running their credit cards into the ground what with all the yummy (often distinctly African) wares on offer.
The backpackers in Cape Town city centre are cool places to hang out if you enjoy city life. If you're after quieter, greener areas with less hecticness, however, we suggest you stay elsewhere in Cape Town.
Places to Stay
- Anzac Backpackers
This centrally located Cape Town hostel is close to all the nightime action, Table Mountain and the Waterfront.
- Carnival Court Backpackers
A grand backpacking hostel in midst of Cape Town city centre, within waltzing distance of almost everything a Cape Town Backpacker could need.
- Cat and Moose Backpackers
The Cape Town backpackers which is located at the top end of Long Street, next to the Long Street Baths and all the action.
What to do
- Africa Travel Co
20 years of experience in running overland trips from east to west to Southern Africa.
- Global Car Rental
This Cape Town based car rental agency offers great deals on car hire in Cape Town.
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Hang out in the mountains for a while.
A holiday by the sea.
(Saldanha Bay,West Coast)
Satvik in Tzaneen is a wonderful laid-back and rustic backpackers farm where time holds its breath and fish eagles are framed by seablue skies.
A Pretoria backpackers which has a koi pond and an adventure company
This Port Edward backpackers is elegantly at one with nature. A lovely stop.
(Port Edward,South Coast)
The Southernmost Backpackers in Africa....
(Cape Agulhas,Overberg )
Giving you mo'Afrika for your moolah from shark-cage diving to spa packages.
Khotso backpackers are in the Drakensberg and offer backpackers peace, horses, cows and adventure sports for nature lovers.
(Southern Drakensberg,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)
Enjoy simple living...
(Hogsback,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
A great backpacking hostel near all the attractions in Swaziland.