6 lekker backpackers in Cape Town for under R250 per person

Posted by Anita Froneman on 5 October 2021

Just like you get all kinds of travellers, you get all kinds of accommodation. Staying at a backpackers is a great choice for many, regardless of budget. The backpacker culture is big in many countries overseas (ask anyone who’s toured Southeast Asia on a shoestring) where sharing a dormitory with a bunch of strangers is the order of the day.

Meeting other like-minded souls is helpful to many tourists, especially solo-travellers. Some simply enjoy the vibrant community atmosphere, and others want to save as much money on accommodation as possible.

In Cape Town, there are a whole lot of funky hostels. Whether you’re visiting the Mother City or live here and just want to get out and explore new places, here are six perfect spots to stay at, and they’re all under R250 per person per night. Most places have different options including mixed-gender dorms, designated male/female dorms and some also include budget-friendly private rooms.

1. 91 Loop Boutique Hostel

Can you guess where this hostel is located? Spot on! This backpackers has followed suit on a unique trend, namely sleeping pods, as a way to ensure privacy (and distance, especially in light of Covid) even in a shared dormitory. These minimalistic self-contained pods have screen walls and curtains for complete privacy. Each pod comes with its own reading light, shelf for all your accessories, power socket, and lockable storage space. If that’s not your vibe, there are standard bunk beds too.

Rates: From R200 per person per night

Contact: 021 286 1469

Visit their website here

2. Mojo Market & Hotel

Right in the heart of Sea Point, the famous Mojo Market has its own hip and trendy hotel/hostel too, with so much to offer you might never leave the premises. The market has all the food and drinks you could ever hope for, and the accommodation is fully equipped to cater to your every need. Plus, it’s right across from the beach! The dorm rooms each have an en suite bathroom and kitchen, include uncapped wifi and a handy travel desk if you need some information.

Rates: From R230 per person per night

Contact: +27 (0)87 940 7474

Visit their website here

3. Curiocity Cape Town

This eclectic spot is situated in Greenpoint and has a vibey feel – there’s always something happening! The property boasts on their website that through ‘exclusive collaborations with some of South Africa’s leading local designers, we have created a sophisticated design-led hybrid hotel built for the modern traveller.’ Well, there you have it.

Rates: From R215 per person per night

Contact: 0214334310

Visit their website here.

4. A Sunflower Stop Backpackers

Situated right beneath the picturesque Signal Hill, this lovely hostel is comfortable and cosy. There’s also a pool, as well as a poolside bar and braai facilities. Perfect for a truly South African jol. They are also connected to BazBus, a tourist transport bus that travels between hostels in South Africa.

Rates: From R200 per person per night

Contact: +27 (0)21 434-6535

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5. Once In Cape Town

If you’re keen to get right in the action, Once in Cape Town is situated in the vibrant Kloof Street. This hostel offers 24-hour reception, luggage storage, bicycle rentals and other traveller-geared amenities. Make sure you’re happy to get little sleep and lots of fun, because this spot is known for being the life of the party with dorm room names such as ‘Loud and Proud’ located right next to the on-site bar.

Rates: From R180 per person per night

Contact: +27 87 057 2638

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6. Atlantic Point Backpackers

This lovely spot has almost everything you could wish for. Aside from crispy clean, modern rooms, visitors have access to a games room, library, swimming pool, TV room and even a hairdresser! Located in Greenpoint, they are a few minutes’ walk away from loads of attractions and facilities.

Rates: From R180 per person per night

Contact: +27 21 433-1663

Visit their website here 


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