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Community Projects

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

  • Volunteer

    If you love kids, then look no fur­ther!  Spend your time in Cape Town as a teacher aide, assis­tant coach or gen­eral helper at the GCU Academy.

  • Fair Trade and Tourism

    The Backpack has been accredited by Fair Trade in Tourism.  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. Read More

  • 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. Read More

  • Pack for a Purpose

    Extra space in your bag?  Help Pack for a Purpose get items to organisations all over the world. Read More

    Guest Feedback

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    Love it

    Environmental sustainability is embraced and awareness raised in all common areas of the hostel, which makes it stand out and setting an example.

    Beatrice - Unknown

    Great Value, Great Hostel

    Hostel is central, safe, and great value for money. Breakfast is decent in a buffet style. There is a bar which isn't too busy but cheap. They offer safes, excursions, and a kitchen.

    Scoot - United Kingdom

    Best Hostel in all my travels

    The whole place is adorable, clean, and well done. Pool, lounge area, garden. It's beautiful! Amazing breakfast included in price. Private rooms are super comfy!

    Andrea - Oregan

    Awards

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    2017

    Silver - Best African Responsible Tourism

    Social Inclusion

    2015

    Winner - Green Accommodation Initiative

    Global Youth Travel Awards

    2015

    2nd Place - Best Hostel in Africa

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