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Green Elephant Backpackers

The Green Elephant Backpackers is located in the vibrant, student area of Observatory, close to the University of Cape Town, as well as a host of great coffee shops, restaurants, bars, shops and theatres. The backpackers is a BazBus stop, perfect for anyone backpacking South Africa, budget travellers, medical interns, volunteers, students, and anyone looking to meet fellow travellers.

Being a student area, the surrounding pubs are always full and prices always affordable. Your like-minded hosts welcome you to join them when they go parachuting, sailing, hiking, or just plain partying. Observatory is conveniently close to Cape Town’s CBD, so those wanting to reach attractions such as the V&A Waterfront and Camps Bay beach can do so with ease. Join Nyasha, Green Elephant’s mountain tour guide, on a hike up Table Mountain or let staff organise a tour to the Winelands, Cape Point, townships, or a sunset yacht trip, on your behalf.

Green Elephant Backpackers offers dorms rooms, a bar, pool and guest kitchen in the Main House, as well as Private and en suite accommodation in the house next door. There is a dormitory available exclusively for women. Ask about the secondary house nearby for longer stays. Your hosts, who understand traveling on a budget, do their best to offer you the best deal on quality and well-kept accommodation.


  • Affordable, 3-star backpackers with dorm rooms
  • Located in the vibrant student area of Observatory
  • Conveniently close to restaurants, coffee shops, bars, public transport, UCT and Groote Schuur Hospital
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, swimming pool, bar, pool table, barbeque area, tour desk, and laundry facilities

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