The Backpack

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74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa

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1banshee 1banshee
2 reviews
fun and clean Jul 02, 2011
It's just a good hostel! The shared bathrooms were very clean, the showers were always hot, and the beds in the dorms were fairly comfortable. The hostel has a very open common area in the lobby with a computer lab, they also have a really cool bar area in the entrance with sliding windows great for watching the rain, and catching a breeze and completely open to the public in the evening, the friendly staff make it easy to met other people and excellent location
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Vagabondatheart Vagabond…
3 reviews
Jun 09, 2007
Voted the best backpack in Africa and it's easy to see how they've earned their reputation. It's just called, "The Backpack" and it's centrally located within "the bowl" close to Long Street in Cape Town. I always stayed at the Backpack when I was in Cape Town for several reasons. First, the friendly staff really extend themselves and go out of their way to make sure you're taken care of and they really enjoy partaking on some of your adventures around the city with you as well.

At one point during my stay, a Swede who rode his motorcycle down to South Africa contracted malaria. I'll never forget the kindness and the attention the staff gave in making sure he received proper medical assistance and constantly following up to make sure he was recovering well. It's just one of the many examples I've seen the staff, few who became good friends, going beyond the call of their duties!

There are several options in accomodations: shared bunks...up to eight per room (about $9 per night), single, double, four person shared bath, and the ambiance to the backpack is such that it's very conducive to meeting other travelers. They have a swimming pool with a fantastic view of Table Mountain, a wonderful bar/restaurant area, and plenty of places to either socialize in the open air or find a peaceful retreat. They also offer African drum night each week and a fantastic barbecue (braai) at a bargain price!

The Backpack also has a well established tour booking facility (I rented my car and scheduled many events through them and they're very good at keeping the outfitters/tour companys honest). Table Mountain and Lion's head is an easy five minutes by car or you can walk to both places if you like. I hiked up Lion's head several times from the Backpack by foot. Clifton beach is about 15 min. by taxi as is the waterfront. You can walk to the waterfront in about 30 min. and for nightlife, Long street is a short skip and couple hops. Camps bay is a perfect place to wind down at one of their wonderful restaurants with sunset views, but get there early as everyone jockeys into position to have the best view of the sunset with their dinner. Leave the driving to the taxi driver as it's tough finding parking especially on weekends.

As for security, the Backpack has a coded entry into the premis and there's always a 24 hour security looking after the establishment including your rental vehicle.

I'll definitely be returning to Cape Town, easily the most scenic city I've seen during my travels, and will stay at the Backpack again.
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adventurexpeditions says:
i think i have a good reason to go to Cape town and to stay at the back pack particularly. If am travelling alone, it is a good place to meet other travellers?
Posted on: Jun 03, 2011
globalodyssey says:
wholehearted agreement
Posted on: May 28, 2009
wild_rover says:
Awwww, Sung, you write so beautifully, you should write travel books....I see a new career for you ahead!!
Posted on: Jun 12, 2007

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