- 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.....
- 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.
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.
The crescent shaped beach of Hout Bay is framed by the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and the Sentinel Mountain. Once a fishing village isolated from Cape Town by the mountains, it’s now a thriving suburb with its own waterfront, yacht basin and Sunday craft market. Although Chapman’s Peak Drive is closed to through traffic, it’s still possible to drive up to the lookout point at the top of the road.
In June and July the Red Bull Surf Competition is held at the Dungeons, which is below the Sentinel. The surfers only go out when the swell is over 6 metres. Not for the faint hearted, but also probably one of the few surf comps that you can watch from a boat. If your stomach can handle the swell.
A picturesque place.
Hout Bay nestles behind Table Mountain in a beautiful valley that runs all the way down from the back of Table Mountain to Hout Bay Beach. Hout Bay Cape (Wood Bay) was named by Jan van Riebeek shortly after his arrival in Cape Town. It is one of Cape Town’s most picturesque areas especially when the fishing boats and their accompanying seagulls return to the harbour after a day's fishing.
The harbour is a large exporter of crayfish and fish and home to the first of the Cape's waterfronts.
A car is a good idea here as Hout Bay is not on the train line, although it is serviced by buses and taxis.
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Places to Stay
- Hout Bay Backpackers
Hout Bay Backpackers is a quiet and comfortable backpacker lodge in the beach-side suburb of Hout Bay. We have six bed dorms with great views over Hout bay and the harbour and we have four private en suite rooms. With easy access to Cape Town by public transport, the backpackers is ideal for exploring Hout Bay's restaurants, harbour, beach, seal island and world of birds as well as Table Mountain National Park, Chapman’s peak and Llandudno.
This Hout Bay backpackers offers local volunteer projects and language courses.
What to do
- The Boardroom Adventures
Try a unique, tailor-made mission with a "Live The Dream" local bucket list tour or pick your action activity. From bikes to sea kayaks to big waves, The Boardroom is designed to make you CEO of your own thrill-seeking life.
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This Tofo backpackers is on a tropical beach framed by sea and endless coconut palms swaying in the breeze. A great place from which to enjoy Tofo Beach and Inhambane in Mozambique.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)
Situated in a wing of the George Hotel, Zululand Backpackers offers comfortable good value for money accommodation.
These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket.
“Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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They are near the Blyde River Canyon and not far from the Kruger Park.
This Lesotho backpackers is set in the grounds of the original trading post and is a good base for exploring the beautiful Lesotho surroundings.
A classic wilderness experience in true Rider Haggard style.
(Shamwari,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
Sundowners is a place with plenty of chill, sleep, party and shake-off-your-road-dust space.
Enjoy a scenic flight over the bay, a 35-second freefall and enjoy the most awesome tandem skydive in South Africa.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)