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Cardboard Box Backpackers

15 Johann Albrecht St, Windhoek West, Windhoek, Namibia


Windhoek's oldest and most popular backpackers accommodation, offers accommodation in dormitories and private rooms, as well as a bar and restaurantThe Cardboard Box was started in 1992 due to a combination of factors, the most important of which was the need for beer money. Over the years the hostel has metamorphised from a small 12 bed backpackers hostel into its present state. The Cardboard Box is Windhoek (and Namibia's) oldest and biggest backpackers hostel, we have beds for 45 people and camping space for about 20 campers.The hostel is Namibian owned and managed, this is a rare occurence in the backpacking industry in Namibia. Although we have grown considerably from the early days we still strive to give the same warm and personal Namibian service that made us the most popular place to stay in Windhoek.If you're planning to visit Windhoek and Namibia the 'Box is definately the place to stay! 


  • Bar
  • Card Phones
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk



Traveler Reviews

“Locals Targeting Tourists!!! Avoid like the plague!”

Rating: 1 Reviewed on November 09, 2018

This place is a complete sh*t show. The place has got to be the worst managed place I’ve ever encountered. Locals coming in and out of the place all day long to attend the bar. I stayed 4 nights and...

“Not the worst, but pretty shabby”

Rating: 2 Reviewed on September 18, 2018

Pleasant courtyard around the pool, with an ok bar. A backpackery atmosphere. Staff were functional, helpful up to a point - such as organising a pre-dawn taxi, which showed up bang on time. But...

“Cheap but shabby”

Rating: 2 Reviewed on September 13, 2018

We stayed in the "campsite", sleeping inside our campervan, just for our last night in Namibia, before taking off. The "campsite" is just the backyard which is in really bad condition and has 2...


The name of the nearest airport is Hoseakutako International airport which is 45km, by taxi it will cost 200 Namibian dollars.


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