If one is thinking of backpacking to the stunning coastal city of Cape Town in South Africa then one may be wondering where to stay. Cape Town has many hostels/backpackers to choose from so we will discuss a couple of the top picks.

One of the main attractions in Cape Town is the iconic and imposing Table Mountain - hiking up this is a must and the views are astounding. Africa as a whole is quite expensive to do on a backpacking budget, but while difficult, it is possible to travel to many countries in Africa on a backpacking budget with the right tips.


About Backpacker Accommodation In Africa

In Africa, the backpacker's accommodation is very different from that of Europe and many other places in the world. In Europe, hostels are little more than cheap, communal accommodations for penniless backpackers - or backpackers seeking the awesome community spirit inherent to hostels (the hostel vibe).

In Africa, hostels are generally called "backpackers" and they are very different. They typically have some hostel-like accommodation, private rooms/chalets, a bar, a restaurant, and are often the hang-out spots for ex-pats and locals who can afford a (relatively) higher-priced meal and drink.

  • Backpacker Accommodation In Africa: Normally a Fusion of Resort, Bar, Restaurant, and Hostel Concepts
  • Backpackers In Cape Town: Typically A Fusion of Hostel and Hotel Concepts

In Cape Town, they are a little different again and are often hybrids of hostels and hotels with restaurants and bars. Here are a couple of the top picks for Cape Town.

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Curiocity Cape Town

Curiocity Cape Town (they also have a Curiocity Johannesburg), is known as one of the best hostel/hotel hybrids in Cape Town.

  • Location: Prime Location (Green Point)

They are set in a modernist three-story building in the city's Green Point neighborhood. This is a prime location near the beach and promenade (where one can stroll and casually watch the whales off-shore). It is also near the center of the city where one will find many stunning pubs, old buildings, museums, and superb shopping.

  • Facilities: Swimming Pool, Outdoor Lounge, Cafe-Restaurant, Kitchenettes

Curiocity is designed to cater to just about every traveler. One can choose from premium deluxe rooms and family apartments to shared backpacker and hostel suites.

They have a swimming pool, an outdoor lounge, and an onsite cafe-restaurant.

  • Accommodation: Deluxe Rooms to Hostel Dorms

Premium Rooms are kitted out with comfy king beds, lounge areas, a private balcony, and are very clean and relaxing. Their Family Suites offer 2-bedroom apartments and come with one king bed and two bunk beds.

Their backpacker options have dorms for 6 to 8 people and come fully equipped with kitchenettes, lounge areas, and private outdoor balconies. There is no pressure or expectation that one should dine at their restaurant - feel free to self-cater.

  • Cost Dorm: From 290 Rand ($18) Per Night

But Curiocity goes further and not only do they offer tours of Cape Town and South Africa's famed wine region, but they also work to foster the hostel vibe in their hybrid establishment.

  • Tours: Couricity Offers Many Tours Of The Region

One can book tours of Cape Peninsula, Sunset dining experiences, Sunrise power hike and Meditations, The Black Route (tour of the city), and wine tours with them.

Don't miss out on their Beer + Braai Nights. In South Africa, a BBQ is called a "Braai" and South Africans Love their Braai's and that "love" with a capital "L". This is a must for anyone wanting to experience this important part of South African culture and is a great opportunity to bond with fellow travelers over a cold one and a steak.

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  • When: Braai (BBQ) Nights Every Friday
  • Cost: From 400 Rand ($25) Per Person (Complimentary Drink Included)

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Mojo Hotel/Hostel

Mojo is a hybrid hotel and hostel that spans the 2nd and 3rd stories of a building. Occupying the first floor is the Mojo Market - this is a place that vibes every night. The whole place is very modern and with many of the stalls, cash is not accepted.

  • Mojo Market: Diverse Food Market Under The Hostel

The Mojo Market is a large dining facility with restaurants from all around the world. Here one can find American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Chinese, Mexican, and more restaurants under the same roof.

  • Live Music: Played More or Less Every Night

Live music is playing every night and it is often packed. This is not just a tourist destination, the majority of the patrons are South African. This is a favorite hang-out spot for locals in Cape Town and folks coming to visit from Johannesburg for the weekend alike.

If going to the Mojo Hostel one can stay in their dormitories and each dorm has its own kitchenette and refrigerator. The communal spirit of the hostel mostly just extends to whoever is in that particular room and one will rarely interact with others in the hostel.

  • Swimming Pool: Their Rooftop Swimming Pool Has been Removed
  • Hostel Vibe: The Hostel Vibe Is A Little Lacking Here And There is no Communal Area (Apart from the Market)

Tip: On Party Nights It Can Be Noisy

It should be noted that this is something of a party hostel/hotel and many South African groups book out whole dorm rooms to party all through the night. It can be noisy at all hours on Friday and Saturday nights.

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