The Backpack

74 New Church Street


The Backpack accommodates 100 people in 16 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.


  • 24 Hour Security
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Board games
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hairdryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Pool Table
  • Postal Service
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Utensils
  • Vending Machines



Traveler Reviews

“The Backpack”

Rating: 2 Reviewed on February 26, 2018

On an exploratory trip of Cape Town to find places for my groups to stay I was impressed that The Backpack put so much work into being socially conscience. I emailed The Backpack to see about ways my...

“average place, a bit overpriced”

Rating: 3 Reviewed on February 25, 2018

found our 2 night stay here somewhat disappointing. Our main floor room was situated right next to a patio where people gathered talking late into the night and smoking. It was hot and there is no...

“Great, Safe Location”

Rating: 5 Reviewed on February 22, 2018

Location is very safe, the staff is friendly. The breakfast is really good, there is fruit and a variety of other breakfast staples and good coffee. If you are looking for a hostel where people do...


From Cape Town Airport (N2) at the Waterfront entrance you continue along Buitengracht Street (M62) towards Table Mountain. Where the road divides we are on that junction. Drive past us and go around the block and into our parking area. You can't miss it! Driving is the easiest way to reach us - ring if you need extra directions.


If cancelled up to 30 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled 29-7 days before date of arrival, 50% of the total price of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled later or in the case of a no show,100% of the reservation will be charged.

Children can only be accommodated in a private room or in the Family Room and must be accompanied by an adult. Children are not allowed to be accommodated in dormitories. South Africans will only be accommodated in private rooms unless by prior arrangement.