- 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.
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.
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.
Observatory is the backpacking Mecca of Cape Town
Observatory is a suburb of Cape Town and has a fine mixture of students from all over the world and local talent which includes people who were born and will probably die here.
It’s friendly, laid back and well supplied with the ingredients for having a good time. In the space of a couple of blocks there are restaurants, pool bars, live music and late night pubs. Something is always happening in Observatory and the streets have watched a couple of generations of late night revellers find their way home after far too much fun. (Is such a thing is possible?)
The Obs Festival happens at the beginning of December and the Holistic Life Style Fair is on the first Sunday of every month.
Nocturnal Activities in Observatory.
Get into a serious pool challenge at the Stones, tap your toes to the tunes of live jazz bands at venues in Lower main Road, hit one of the bars (just follow your nose), or try Cool Runnings for a dose of reggae. Observatory or more fondly Ob's is the place for fun, good food and sexy backpacking lodges.
Earn cash in your spare time - blackmail your friends.
Places to Stay
- Green Elephant
This is the oldest lodge in Observatory and is the play ground of students....put your party shoes on!
- Cape Town Travel Centre
When it comes to planning a trip through southern Africa, Cape Town Travel Centre offers a nifty service
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Get over your tent blues here.
Volunteer and help rural children.
Stokkiesdraai backpackers in St Lucia is centrally situated in the main street and opposite a convenience stores, a bank and an Internet café.
Happy Hippo is Durban's latest backpacker is a glam big sister to the Hippo Hide.
Sundowners is a place with plenty of chill, sleep, party and shake-off-your-road-dust space.
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
Easy access to the North West and to the Plilanesberg National Park.
(Hartbeespoort and surrounds,North West Province)
Cape Town backpackers says it all in the name......
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)
Kimberley Backpackers Hotel is an historic building set in the heart of Cape Town.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
A good overnight stop in Mpumalanga, centrally situated on all the main routes.