Adventure backpacking hostels in Cape Town

Cape Town is a sensational destination for backpackers. Situated on a peninsula underneath the Table Mountain, the city is decorated with green florals and rotating cable cars.

The city’s harbour is vibrantly alive with tourist boats heading for Robben Island, the notorious prison that once held Nelson Mandela, now a living museum.

From swimming with sharks, sky diving, safari tours, wine tasting, volunteering or sightseeing, the South African capital (for which there are three – Pretoria and Bloemfontein) has it all.

Table Mountain
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Cape Town attracts thousands of backpackers wanting to explore this incredible stretch of coastline. The port is the gateway to breathtaking vistas; an expansive landscape capable of satisfying even the most experienced traveller’s wanderlust. And what better way to explore South Africa than by staying in a hostel?

From boutique to budget, these five backpacking hostels are the perfect place to start off your Cape Town adventure.


Never@home is one of the largest hipster hostels in Cape Town. Situated on the Green Point “strip”, the backpacker favourite is surrounded by budget restaurants and bars. Always a fun place to party, you’re guaranteed clean sheets, great food and 24/7 entertainment.

The Backpack has everything a modern backpacker will ever need. From budget dorms to deluxe doubles, this hostel is within walking distance of bars, restaurants and attractions such as Green Market Square, Company’s Gardens, and the Bo-Kaap. Backpackers can enjoy free Wi-Fi and swimming pool views of Table Mountain.

Once in Cape Town

Once In Cape Town is a designer hostel for the twenty first century. It’s the perfect place for fun-loving travellers looking for somewhere clean to sleep and entertainment at the same time. Situated in Kloof Street, this ‘poshtel’ has fun vibes, excellent amenities and convenient transport hubs.

The Surf Shack is a sports hostel that caters specifically for watersport fans. Located between the surf and windsurf spots of Table Bay, the mountain views from the hostel’s balcony are spectacular. Surfers can nip down to long beach or go windsurfing and kiting, making it an ideal destination for adventure travellers.

Observatory Backpackers is a bohemian hostel for chilled out travellers who want to relax during their stay in Cape Town. Close to the action, but away from the noise, if you want to kick back and enjoy listening to the ocean waves, then you’ll love this hostel.