When you visit Cape Town, you’re spolit for choice when it comes to the kind of accommodation you choose. There’s everything from luxury hotels to rooftop Airstream trailers and everything in-between. Cape Town has many fantastic hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and BnB’s, but those travelling on a tight budget may want to explore other options. If you want to get the most out of your budget, a hostel or backpackers is a good choice. Here’s why.

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Make new friends

If you’re hoping to meet new people on your trip, a hostel is the way to go. You’ll meet travellers young and old from all corners of the globe, and many locals hang out at the on-site bars at backpackers. There is no better way to meet like-minded friends while travelling than booking into a hostel!

Friends enjoying drinks at Once in Cape Town

On-site bars

Many of the backpackers and hostels in Cape Town have places to eat and drink on-site, so you can easily grab a bite to eat or join your new friends at a bar without having to worry about where to go. These bars are often affordable, full of like-minded folks, and some of them have live music in the evenings.

Save your money for what matters

Hostels and backpackers are a really affordable option. Staying in a hostel is one of the only ways to find great accommodation in the heart of the city without having to blow your budget on a room. You can get a bed in a dorm for as little as R150-300 ($10-20) a night in some establishments. Private rooms cost a little more, but they’re still a lot cheaper than other options, and you get great value for money.

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High quality accommodation

Gone are the days of dingy hostels with questionable cleanliness: Cape Town’s backpackers are a pleasure to stay in. Most places have great facilities, like comfy lounges, a pool, free wifi, and many more. Browse your options on Booking.com to see what’s available.

BIG Backpackers in Cape Town

Join in on great activities

Most backpackers and hostels have travel consultants that can help you book for sightseeing and other activities. Some offer group hikes or bar crawls, and almost all of them can help you arrange your itinerary according to your time and budget while you’re in the city. No matter what your idea of a good time is—hikes, running, drinking at a bar, seeing the major tourist sights, or simply chilling with a good book—the staff will be able to help you organise a trip to remember!

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