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January 24, 2013

Budget accommodation in Cape Town

Travelling to Cape Town is on the must-do list of millions of people, and we understand why. The city has a plethora of beaches, some of the world's best attractions,  fine dining restaurants and, of course, friendly people.

There are many backpacker lodgers in the iconic Long Street, renowned as Cape Town's party street. Photo courtesy smee.bruce

Accommodation, after buying your air ticket, is often one of the most expensive travel budget items – but don't postpone your trip because of that. There are many backpacker lodges in Cape Town that offer good, clean, comfortable accommodation at affordable rates.

Lodges often offer a range of options, from private rooms with showers to large dormitories. Their positions are also key. For example, do you want to stay in one of the party streets, like Long Street, have fun all night and stumble "home" as dawn breaks? There are a number of backpacker lodges down the length of Long Street.

Penthouse on Long offers a several options, including a 22-sleeper dorm for R130 per person per night. The recently renovated Two Oceans Backpackers charges R150 per night.

If, however, you are coming to Cape Town to take in her natural beauty and want a relatively tranquil place, then a stay at someplace quieter may be just the thing for you.

Try Saltycrax, in Table View, about 20 minutes' drive outside the city centre and close to amazing beaches like Blouberg. For sheer bliss check out the Sunflower Stop in Green Point, which offers free WiFi and arranged trips, and is close to attractions like the V&A Waterfront.

Backpackers generally offer secure lock-up facilities for your valuables, and many also have their own bars and sell meals.


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