The Backpack

74 New Church Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa | Hostel
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Travel Blogs from Cape Town

Goodbye truck, hello South Africa

A travel blog entry by gazburn


September 21st - Having said goodbye to our driver we left the truck in Namibia and travelled to South Africa by bus. The scenery on our journey to Cape Town was quite unbelievable with vineyards and snow capped mountains. September 22nd - We hiked up table mountain which took four hours and was exceptionally nerve wracking as we edged our way …

Township Tour of Langa

A travel blog entry by mandibee


Today we went on a half day our of the Langa Township one of the oldest townships created in 1927 before the apartheid. Its estimated that around 70,000 people live there now in an area just over 1 square mile.

So our guide gives us an overview of the history of South Africa before and after the apartheid. Here the townships are separate …

Getting in with MASSIVE Great White Sharks

A travel blog entry by mandibee


Arrived into Cape Town and again no flight delays so totally delighted. Glad we made choice to leave now we are excited about what we have planned for the next few made.

Today was all about sharks its was the reason we came here and it most certainly didn't disappoint. The tour guy said it was as close to perfect as we could have got. …

A visit to the Cape of Good Hope

A travel blog entry by lynanddon


The Cape of Good Hope is the farthest southwest point of Africa. (Cape Aguillas is the furthest south.) Today we spent the day exploring this beautiful area south of Cape Town. We started with a quick boat trip out to see the Cape Seals, but you can see the stormy weather and rough water didn't allow for too much hanging around! It really does …

Franschhoek and Stellenbosch Wine Tour

A travel blog entry by lynanddon


On our final tour with the Oasis Overland group we headed out to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch on a tour of several South African world class wineries. The region has a beautiful, calm feeling and it's easy to see why people love Cape Town, the area and its people.

The first winery we visited was called Boschendal Winery and it was founded …

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This hostel, located in the Tamboerskloof area of Cape Town, is near Camp's Bay Beach, Castle of Good Hope, Abseil Africa, and Bo-Kaap Museum.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Backpack Cape Town

    Reviewed by rosina.davis2


    Reviewed Apr 29, 2013
    by (1 review) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    My first encounter of Cape Town and I could not have been happier. The staff were friendly and the rooms and facilities were very clean and modern.

    I felt safe during my stay. Even if you did not leave The Backpack there was a pleasant communal area, with bar, pool table and snacks. Each night they played great music and the atmosphere was great. Also, there is free wifi in this area.

    I recommend a visit.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by kateb75

    awesome time

    Reviewed Mar 11, 2011
    by (1 review) Winnipeg , Canada Flag of Canada

    clean, friendly staff, great neighbourhood, good food and cheap drinks

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Backpack Cape Town

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding