We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Backpack

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 4 more sites!
Professional photos
The Backpack
The Backpack
Panoramas (10)
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

636 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for The Backpack
See the most recent reviews
Showing 535: English reviews
Reviewed 15 December 2016

The best hostel I've visited. I travel here twice yearly and stay with my university students at the start of our class. The location, service, and rooms are nearly always fantastic. The only complaint is the late night staff are not exactly friendly or professional if you arrive late.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Thomas L
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for bringing your students to us year in and out. We do apologise for the unprofessional staff at night and we assure you that this will be corrected immediately. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Mossel Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 9 December 2016

An amazing hostel with nearly perfect conditions in all aspects - surrounding, staff, rooms, equipment. We had 5 wonderful days in Cape Town and will definitely miss the wonderful breakfast every morning with Table Mountain in sight!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank falcaopedra
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there! Thank you for the positivity in your review and we hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Maroochydore, Australia
Reviewed 4 December 2016

A little more expensive than other backpackers, this establishment is more of a homestay at 500 Rand per night for a 3-bed share, lovely clean room, decorated beautifully. Fantastic transport\pick up\drop off service ... longer-term staff (which provides a nice stability), lovely breakfast included in a very comfortable dining\entertainment\bar area. Lots of other areas for more quiet solo times. Close...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Janette W
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there Janette. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and found your way around Cape Town easily and conveniently! We hope to see you again! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reviewed 29 November 2016

We opted to stay in their cool outdoor tent for 3 nights while traveling through Cape Town and it was a neat experience but not what we expected as the locking for the tent was terrible and there was no safe inside, so I wouldn't recommend it. Pros: Good breakfast spread, pool, cleanish bathrooms, friendly cleaning/cooking staff Cons: Loud heavy...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Chelsea B
Lee H, Owner at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi Chelsea Firstly I am so sorry about the way you were made to feel by our security guard and front desk staff. The office is supposed to be kept locked at all times after our Reception staff leave at 10 p.m. They do have to come inside for late check ins but it is supposed to be locked after...

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Backpack was just a brilliant place to stay. Very safe and well thought out a hostel. I had a fantastic time there. The people working at the hostel were just wonderful and warm. They're really trying to do good things for the community as well which was nice to see. You have to go here.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank vynesh
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there and thanks for the awesome feedback! We hope you will come back to visit. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Nelspruit, South Africa
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Thanks we had a wonderful night stay here at this awesome backpackers in heart of CapeTown. The rooms are clean well decorated,comfortable bedding. The staff are helpful . Breakfast is unbelievable for a Backpakers wow.Simple but delicious. The view at pool of the mountain make the early mornings worth while getting up and chilling before the rest of crowd wake...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank krugerandmore
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, and thank you for choosing to stay with us! We are so pleased that we made it one to remember for you! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Enjoyed my stay here. The rooms were fine, the guests all social and sociable. Close to cafes and restaurants and friendly personnel ready to help you. It helps you feel at home in cape town and is a good point to venture

 Report
Helpful?
Thank E S
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there! Thanks for the positive review and hope to see you again soon! Kind Regards, The Backpack Team

Reviewed 11 November 2016

Thanks to all the team, mostly women, who work so hard to make the Backpack a peaceful, clean and enjoyable place! It's well situated and there's a lot of differents space inside so event thought there's about one hundred people there, it feel all homy. See you next time!

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Iphigénie M
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey there, thanks for the positive words and we look forward to greeting you in the future. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Pittsburgh
Reviewed 8 November 2016

From someone who usually doesn't stay in hostels, this place was perfect! It was in a good location (close to Long St and all the bars) and had a very friendly staff. The rooms (I stayed in a 4 person co-ed dorm with a bathroom, and then another stay in a 4 person co-ed dorm without a bathroom) were clean,...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank amycD7797QP
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hey! Thanks for the review and for all the compliments. We are glad that you enjoyed staying with us; the cleanliness, friendliness and overall experience. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

Plouguerneau, France
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Very nice place. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. The room are very well decorated as well as the overall hostel. The continental breakfast is nice, with plenty of choice. You will spend a nice time.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sabineroussel
JadeCPT, Manager at The Backpack, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for the good review. We hope you will be back in the future to visit us and Cape Town again. Kind Regards, The Backpack Team.

378 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (165)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (29)
Viewed
Dining (14)
Viewed
Room/Suite (19)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (7)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
View from Room (10)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
1:48
Videos (5)
Viewed
Other (77)

TripAdvisor Photos: Professional photos exclusively commissioned by TripAdvisor

Viewed
All TripAdvisor Photos (182)
Viewed
Amenities (24)
Viewed
Pool (8)
Viewed
President's Suite (38)
Viewed
Private Room (27)
Viewed
Private Room with Shared Bathroom (20)
Viewed
Dining (24)
Viewed
The Hotel (41)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (31)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (17)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Dining (7)
Viewed
View from Room (1)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Cape Town Central
1.0 km away
Holiday Inn Express Cape Town City Centre
Holiday Inn Express Cape Town Ci...
#46 of 106 in Cape Town Central
691 reviews
2.3 km away
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape To...
#70 of 106 in Cape Town Central
286 reviews
0.9 km away
Taj Cape Town
Taj Cape Town
#15 of 106 in Cape Town Central
1,564 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
4.4 km away
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town - Upper Eastside
2.3 km away
Cape Grace
Cape Grace
#7 of 106 in Cape Town Central
1,847 reviews
1.0 km away
Parliament Hotel
Parliament Hotel
#36 of 106 in Cape Town Central
530 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Selected as best value stay in the world 2014 by Lonely Planet and Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by Hostelworld customers. Making a difference is more than just an initiative of The Backpack, it is the way we are, the way we work and the way we live. South Africa's original award-winning backpacker hostel and travel agency is simply the best place to make your travel arrangements, with all the facilities you can expect from a hip, urban hostel, such as stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms offering superior comfort and quality, with shared or en-suite bathrooms, private electronic safes and in-house ATM. Stay in touch in our internet cafe or use WiFi throughout the hostel; swim in the pool with a stunning view of Table Mountain, or meet like-minded international travellers in our buzzing Cafe or Bar. We offer a variety of rooms, ranging from 8- and 4-bed dorms, to singles, twins, doubles and family rooms. We have recently built a loft apartment with amazing views of Table Mountain featuring its own kitchen. The hostel has communal kitchen and dining facilities; lots of sociable and chill-out spots to relax in. A night on the town in Long Street, gorgeous Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront and the city centre is just a stone's throw away. Awards: Awarded Best Hostel in South Africa 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009 & 2008, Awarded Best Hostel in Africa 2014, Lonely Planet Top 10 Best Value Stays 2014. Independent winner for Best Practice Economic Impact - Imvelo Awards 2011, Independent winner for Best Single Resource Management Program in Waste Management - Imvelo Awards 2011, "One of the world's 10 coolest hostels" Guardian UK - 2010, Winner of 2011 AA Quality Assured Accommodation ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Backpack

Address: 74 New Church Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Price Range: RM116 - RM446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 38
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Travelocity, Priceline, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets and HostelWorld so you can book your The Backpack reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The Backpack Hotel Cape Town Central
The Backpack Cape Town, South Africa
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Backpack staff and other travellers.
5 questions
Ask a question
Johannesburg, South Africa
Tel Aviv, Israel

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from The Backpack staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Breakfast is amazing!”
 of 5 bubbles 422leandrar, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“book in advance”
 of 5 bubbles 114elisan, 26 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Centrally located”
 of 5 bubbles thomaslJ4042MY, 15 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Share rooms at the back have a view of Table Mountain.”
 of 5 bubbles 515janettew, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The rooms at the front of the building get early sun, so its a little harder to sleep in, but otherwise, they were all good!”
 of 5 bubbles amycD7797QP, 8 Nov 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay