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The best budget accommodation options in Cape Town

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6 min read
· Posted on
November 20, 2020
by Lucie Hett

In our opinion, the place you choose to call home for the time you are in Cape Town will be one of the most impacting aspects of your trip.   It is crucial that you to feel safe, at ease and happy in your accommodation, whilst being able to independently appreciate the easy paced lifestyle Cape Town offers.

At Bridging Gaps our number one recommendation for accommodation in Cape Town is backpacking hostels.   In general you will find that most of the budget accommodation designed for travellers is comfortable, clean and certainly the best place to stay if you want to meet awesome like-minded people from around the world with whom you can share your experiences of Cape Town!

In most backpackers you will have a choice to stay in a dorm style room which is the most affordable option; however for only a small amount more there are also single and twin rooms available.  Although each of the backpackers in and around Cape Town are unique in style and vibe, you will find that most of them offer similar facilities; multiple communal areas for mingling with new friends, an on-site bar, a swimming pool, an array of room types, a travel centre, wifi facilities, braai areas, an on-site restaurant/café and a communal kitchen.

Here are our personal recommendations for the best backpackers in and around Cape Town:

Ashanti Lodge Backpackers

  • Where: Ashanti Lodge Gardens, Cape Town city centre
  • Cost:  Dorms from R190 pppn or private rooms from R650 per room.
  • Website:  Ashanti backpackers - Gardens

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? No On site café? Yes On site bar? Yes Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? Yes

Ashanti Lodge Gardens is one of the oldest backpackers in Cape Town, but you wouldn’t know it from it’s modern and vibrant appearance.   Ashanti is very centrally located and has beautiful views of Table Mountain and Lions head.  It has a stunning pool to relax by, multiple braai facilities and a bar/café which regularly hosts great parties where you can meet both travellers and local capetonians.  It is one of the friendliest hostels around and a place many travellers return to years after their first visit.

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The Backpack

  • Where:  The Backpack, Cape Town city centre
  • Cost:  Dorms from R200 pppn and private rooms from R710 per room.
  • Website:  The Backpack

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? Yes On site café? Yes On site bar? Yes Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? Yes

The Backpack is a wonderfully situated, modern hostel which really celebrates everything South African!  It has all the facilities you need including a swimming pool which boats amazing views of Table Mountain, a community craft shop and a great travel centre.  It is a relaxed and peaceful backpackers and the best part about it is the free breakfast it offers to all its guests!

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Once in Cape Town

  • Where:  Once in Cape Town, Cape Town city centre
  • Cost:  Dorms from R285 pppn and private rooms from R972 per room.
  • Website: Once in Cape Town

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? Yes On site café? Yes On site bar? Yes Pool? No Braai facilities? No Travel centre? No

Once in Cape Town is possibly the coolest spot in town.  It is situated right in the centre of Kloof street, one of the trendiest roads in the city, and next door to ‘Yours Truly’, a coffee shop/bar which is every hip Capetonian’s favourite place to hang out.   The backpackers itself is incredibly stylish and modern and has an amazing terrace bar which overlooks the city.  Although it tops all the other backpackers in terms of the food and drinks available, it does lack the serenity of a private pool and garden and there really is no escaping the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Cape Town Backpackers

  • Where:  Cape Town Backpackers, Cape Town city centre
  • Cost:  Dorms from R180 pppn and private rooms from R600 per room
  • Website:  Cape Town backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? Yes On site café? Yes On site bar? Yes Pool? No Braai facilities? No Travel centre? Yes

Cape Town Backpackers is situated between Table Mountain and the V&A Waterfront and only a short walking distance from great restaurants, bars and shops in the city bowl.   It is a relatively small hostel which is not as modern as some of the others in Cape Town, but you will certainly be impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms and the friendliness of the staff.  It has a homely feel to it and the fun bar is a great place to meet fellow travellers.

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Green Elephant Backpackers

  • Where:  Green Elephant Backpackers, Observatory
  • Cost:  Dorms from R185 pppn and private rooms from R450 per room.
  • Contact:  Green Elephant backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? No On site café? No On site bar? Yes Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? Yes

Green Elephant Backpackers is located in the student area of Observatory, about a 10 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town.  It is only a short walk from some wonderfully unique restaurants, bars and shops which host a range of weekly events such as quiz nights and open mike evenings.  The backpackers itself is contemporary, stylish and spotless and is home to a beautiful outside pool and bar area.  Green Elephant is offers great value for money accommodation and provides a little haven to escape the craziness of city life.

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33 Degrees South

  • Where:  33 Degrees South, Observatory
  • Cost:  Dorms from R180 pppn and private rooms from R620 per room
  • Website:  33 Degrees South backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? No On site café? No On site bar? Yes Pool? No Braai facilities? Limited Travel centre? Yes

33 Degrees South is a wonderfully peaceful and homely backpackers situated in the heart of Observatory.  The rooms are quirky and unique and you will be pleasantly surprised by the sprinkling of personal touches all around the hostel.  This backpackers provides an all inclusive experience of Cape Town offering its guests various free tours, and its the perfect place to relax after a busy day of exploring.

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African Heart Backpackers

  • Where:  African Heart Backpackers, Observatory
  • Cost:  Dorms from R140 pppn and private rooms from R460 per room.
  • Website:  African Heart backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? Yes On site café? No On site bar? No Pool? No Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre?Yes

Although African Heart Backpackers does not offer the same range of facilities as some of the other hostels in Cape Town, it is an incredibly unique, quirky and comfortable place to rest your head for the night.  It is set in a historical building with a lot of its original Victorian features still in place, and boats a vibrant Afro-chic interior design.  It is clean, comfortable and relaxing and the friendly staff will assist you in booking any tours and activities you want to enjoy during your time in Cape Town.

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Atlantic Point backpackers

  • Where:  Atlantic Point backpackers, Green Point
  • Cost:  Dorms from R225 pppn and private rooms from R820 per room
  • Website:  Atlantic Point backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking?Yes On site café? No On site bar? Yes Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? Yes

Atlantic Point Backpackers is situated in the lovely area of Green Point, close to the city centre, the Waterfront and the sea!  The backpackers cosy and comfortable and has some great entertainment facilities such as a small mini golf course, a pool and table tennis table and an amazing TV lounge.

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BIG backpackers

  • Where:  BIG backpackers, Green Point
  • Cost:  Dorms from R360 pppn and private rooms from R1200 per room
  • Website:  BIG backpackers

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? No On site café? No On site bar? Yes Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? Yes

BIG backpackers is situated close to the stunning beaches of Camps bay and Clifton and the vibrant neighbourhood of Greenpoint, and it offers some of the most comfortable and beautifully designed accommodation you will find in Cape Town.  The rooms are modern, incredibly stylish and really look more like a boutique hotel than a hostel.  BIG has some amazing facilities to make use of such as two games rooms, a beautiful garden and a gorgeous pool and you can indulge in a delicious free breakfast every morning!

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Ashanti Backpackers Green Point

  • Where:  Ashanti, Green Point
  • Cost:  Dorms from R250 pppn and private rooms from R1200 per room
  • Website:  Ashanti Lodge - Greenpoint

Wifi facilities? Yes Off street parking? No On site café? No On site bar? No, but drinks available at reception Pool? Yes Braai facilities? Yes Travel centre? No

Ashanti Lodge in Green point is the more private, peaceful version of the Gardens lodge.   The rooms are comfortable and clean and you are guaranteed a good night’s sleep!  There are a number of relaxing communal areas including a beautiful pool however, there is no bar or café on site so you will find there is less chance of socialising with other guests and more down time to reflect on your time in Cape Town.

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African Soul Surf

  • Where:  African Soul Surf, Muizenberg
  • Cost:  Dorms from R170 pppn and private rooms from R580 per room
  • Website:  African Soul Surf

Wifi facilities?Yes Off street parking?No On site café?Yes On site bar?Yes Pool?No Braai facilities?Limited Travel centre?Yes

ted in the beautiful seaside town of Muizenburg about 30 minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town.  It’s amazing balcony boats views of Muizenberg’s famous brightly coloured beach huts and is the perfect place to marvel at surfers catching waves all day.  The backpackers itself reflects the laid-back surfer style and is home to some incredible décor and quirky home touches.   African Soul is a great place to stay if you want to explore the quaint harbours and beautiful beaches of the Southern peninsula.

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