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The Backpack is South Africa’s original backpacker established in 1990.   We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people and communities, giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences.

We empower our employees with life changing skills, they become stakeholders in our business and actively play a bigger role in rolling out our vision and are accountable in keeping the values alive that are the trademark of our business, as well as taking part in our community projects.

The Backpack accommodates 100 people in 15 room types which are all individually styled.  We have all the facilities you can expect from an urban hip hostel.  We offer free continental breakfasts & Fibre Optic WiFi throughout the hostel.

We offer our guests excellent service and support through a wide range of tour operators; offering our guests the opportunity to practice responsible tourism in Cape Town and South Africa.

Making a difference is the way we work , the way we live and the way we are.

There is no better location in Cape Town

Ease into your holiday in style

South Africa’s original, multi award-winning hostel and travel centre is simply Cape Town’s hottest, most social spot to stay.

Situated in the heart of Cape Town, it offers all the facilities you can expect from a great hotel; with stylishly decorated Afro-chic rooms, a travel desk and a fully licensed restaurant and bar.


Our designer rooms offer superior accommodation suited for any budget. Ranging from dorms, single, double, twin and family rooms, we offer private or shared bathroom facilities, with your own safe and a personal touch to make you feel at home.



A wide range of services and amenities, including a Cafe, Bar and fully equipped self-catering kitchen;  laundry facilities, ATM, pool table, luggage storage and free unlimited Wi-Fi will ensure that your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable.


Travel Centre

Let our friendly Travel Desk staff help you plan your adventures. Diving with the sharks, jumping off a plane, an African safari, wine tasting, car rental, volunteer tours, sightseeing … whatever your fancy, we will point you in the right direction.

Making a difference

Responsible Tourism

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!


Community Projects

Visit our Community Project, knit a square for our Vallies Stitch & Bitch program or support our Community Shop.

Fair Trade Label

Fair Trade and Tourism

The Backpack has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism since 2006. We adhere to fair trade criteria, fair wages and working conditions, fair operations, purchasing and distribution of benefits, ethical business practices and respect for human rights, culture and the environment.

The Backpack Worm Farm

Green Traveller

We are trying to make a difference to our planet at The Backpack. You can rest assured that by choosing to stay with us, you are making a difference as well.