- 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.
- 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.
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.
A good place to stop off on the way to Cape Point
Simon's Town is a quaint little villagewhich is close to Cape Point and home to the famous Jackass Penguins who are listed in the Red Data Book as an Endangered Species.
It's also home to the South African Navy and its antiquated floating museum of battle ships and submarines, so there's a lot of interesting history dotted all over the place.
Cobbles streets and postcard views.
Nestled between the mountain range and the sea, the Simon's Town has attractive, winding streets, a yacht basin and a smattering of restaurants and shops. It's also where we live. Yeeehah!
There is a fantastic backpacker lodge in town and it also has some fine restaurants and bars.
A bit of History avbout Simon's Town
Home to the South African Navy, Simon's Town is steeped in Naval history.
In 1671 the Dutch East India vessel "Isselsteijn" found the bay to be so excellent a harbour that the governor, Simon van der Stel, founded the port which was named in his honour. The town that grew up around the harbour was distinctly nautical in atmosphere.
Many celebrated naval personalities visited or were based in Simon's Town and the epitaphs on tombstones in the churchyard record a colourful history of sea fights and other misadventure.
Even Nelson came ashore here....
Places to Stay
- Simons Town Boutique Backpackers
Simon’s Town Boutique Backpackers is close to Simon's Town station and the beach, the backpackers is well situated for access to the best of the peninsula.
- Topsail House
Topsail House is a perfect place to stay in the centre of Simon's Town.
What to do
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Ride from Khotso backpackers in the Southern Drakensberg over the mountains and into Lesotho.
Loerie Guest Farm is a peaceful country haven
An awesome hiking trail.
A true African paradise with Ivory coloured beaches framed by green hills
(Mthatha Eastern Cape,Wild Coast)
Glass blowing, arts, crafts and refreshment all under one roof.
Fly with the birds.
Ikhayalam Lodge is on the beachfront and has lots to offer backpackers plus guided tours
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)
This Stellenbosch backpackers is an easy going place in the centre of Stellenbosch with lots of upbeat energy.
Backed by a nature reserve and not far from the lagoon and sea, this is a great spot for some time out.
(Betty's Bay,Overberg )
Stop a while and soak up the sun.