Best Places for Backpackers in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Top 50 hostels in Cape Town, South Africa.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Wish U Were Here Lodge and Backpackers

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Wish U Were Here Lodge and Backpackers

Wish U Were Here is a creative new lodge situated in Woodstock, one of Cape Town oldest suburbs. Here you will experience an authentic cool urban stay over in a renovated old building with high ceilings and wonderful old wooden floors. Woodstock is 3 kilometers from the centre of Cape Town and 5...
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The Surf Shack

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The Surf Shack

STAY AT ONE OF THE COOLEST PLACES IN BLOUBERG, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA For kite boarding & kite surfing enthusiasts, extreme sports lovers, surfing fanatics, SUP (Stand up paddling), windsurfers, backpackers and travelers from all around the world!​ If you enjoy the relaxed way of the beach c...
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Aloha Lodge

99 /100

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Aloha Lodge

.Aloha Lodge is conveniently located between the beaches Milnerton Lighthouse and Lagoon Beach in the suburb Milnerton, the nearest on the West Coast to Cape Town City Centre. The drive by either your car, the reliable MyCityBus or with popular UBER takes no longer than 15 min. The beach is in walki...
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The B.I.G Backpackers

96 /100

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The B.I.G Backpackers

Welcome to Hostelworld’s top-rated hostel in Africa! Meet new friends on one of our B.I.G night’s out, relax by the pool, and make memories you will cherish forever at Cape Town’s best boutique backpackers! The Backpackers in Green Point (or “B.I.G” for short) is excellently located; nestled j...
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Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

94 /100

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Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

We at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers offer affordable, funky and clean rooms. We offer a free basic breakfast and more importantly we offer free WiFi internet in our communal areas as well as in some of the en-suite rooms. From Obs you can get to the False Bay beaches, the West Coast beaches, the centre...
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91 Loop

93 /100

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91 Loop

91 Loop represents all the modern traveller is looking for in a hostel. It’s clean, it’s safe, it's modern and it’s a hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Cape Town. With super friendly staff putting on a load of fun activities, you’d be forgiven for not making it out the door, but when...
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Simon

93 /100

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Simon's Town Backpackers

This hostel (Only 40 km from Cape Town city) is close to everything Simon's Town has to offer. It's the last town before you reach Cape Point, and offers centralised access to all the best attractions of the Cape Peninsula. Activities include: Surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, sea kayaking, hik...
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Atlantic Point Backpackers

93 /100

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Atlantic Point Backpackers

Voted HostelWorld's best backpackers in both Africa and South Africa in 2012 & 2015, we are working hard to exceed your expectations. We're perfectly positioned, 1km from the waterfront and 750m from the new Green Point Stadium. We have a variety of rooms including mixed and female-only dorms,...
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The Backpack Cape Town

93 /100

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The Backpack Cape Town

We are South Africa's original backpacker, established in 1990. We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people, communities and the environment giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences. The Backpack is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town. We are one block fro...
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Big Blue Backpackers

92 /100

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Big Blue Backpackers

One of the closest Lodges to the Waterfront,as well as being located only 300m from the brand new Cape Town stadium.The Big Blue is a spacious (and we mean spacious) place. Thanks to its generous proportions, social and sleeping areas don't overlap so party animals and slumberers alike can find thei...
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House on the Hill Backpackers

91 /100

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House on the Hill Backpackers

Split over two beautifully restored town houses, each decorated in its own African style, House on the Hill offers luxurious, intimate and affordable accommodation in Cape Town. We have doubles, twins, triples, family rooms and quads/dorm and each room has its own TV, safe, hair dryer,heater and...
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never@home Cape Town

91 /100

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[email protected] Cape Town

We know that travelling friends or “Abangani” in Zulu) need clean, safe accommodation, modern technology, awesome food and entertainment, and a place you can call “home”. That’s why [email protected] offers you all of this and more. Situated on the vibrant Green Point “strip” we are surrounded by modern...
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Observatory Backpackers

91 /100

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Observatory Backpackers

With restaurants, bars, theatre and nightlife right on your doorstep, our freshly painted, all new, backpacker welcomes you to Observatory! We've got the university, Table Mountain, beaches, and waterfront all easily accessible, and an up to the minute travel desk at your service. Observatory Ba...
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Ashanti Lodge Gardens

91 /100

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Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, Ashanti Lodge and Travel Centre is your gateway to Cape Town. Well-known for our superb facilities, outstanding service and excellent security, Ashanti Lodge is the fun, friendly, effortless way to discover the Cape ... and more! Within walking distance of th...
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Oak Lodge FlashPackers

89 /100

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Oak Lodge FlashPackers

Oak Lodge FlashPackers is a Stylish Self Catering backpackers situated in Gardens Cape Town and is equipped for communal Convenience and Comfort. The building was built in 1850 and has a rich history that mixes in with growth and urbanization of Cape Town. Oak Lodge offers both dormitories and gre...
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Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge

89 /100

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Cat and Moose Backpackers Lodge

Established in 1995, we are housed in a historical building built in 1792, one of the original Central Cape Town dwellings. Our charming building is set against the backdrop of the majestic Table Mountain and encloses a leafy, sunny and private courtyard with splash-pool. The Cat & Moose is with...
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ONCE in Cape Town

89 /100

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ONCE in Cape Town

SLEEP-EAT-EXPLORE Once in Cape Town is a hostel for adventurous and young at heart travelers, where you can tailor make your own experience. We believe that when travelling, the four most important elements of that “Once in a lifetime” experience include: Great Location, a great vibe, Safety and...
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33 South Backpackers

88 /100

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33 South Backpackers

The fun doesn't start on the weekend, we make the most of our week days too. Stay with us for a month and you will get 10% discount. Friday is BBQ day (locally known as a Braai) so come join us for some tasty meat and great people. Forget everything you once thought or believed about backpacking...
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A Sunflower Stop

88 /100

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A Sunflower Stop

Graded 4* by Tourism Grading Council, free internet and fantastic free filter coffee all day. 400m from Cape Town Stadium, which is in the heart of the city. We provide travellers and backpackers worldwide with a most relaxing and enjoyable fun time whilst in the Cape. Join us for a comfy stay...
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Zebra Crossing

88 /100

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Zebra Crossing

Clean, quiet and friendly, Zebra Crossing is situated at the foot of Table Mountain close to cafe's, cinemas, supermarkets and museums. Centrally located just up from trendy Kloof street, 5 minutes walk from vibrant Long street , 5 minutes by taxi from the Waterfront and Table Mountain Cableway and...
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MOY

86 /100

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MOY

MOY Accommodation & Backpackers is a luxury backpacker located in the central suburb of Green Point. Boasting stylish double rooms as well as beautiful 6 sleeper bunk rooms, MOY is perfect for the single traveller, group or couple looking for a launchpad for all the activities the Mother City has to...
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Green Elephant

86 /100

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Green Elephant

BazBus stop. The Green Elephant - friendly, personal and experienced in travel - is in the student and academic area of Observatory. Closest Hostel to Groote Schuur Hospital and near the University of Cape Town. We consistently have the friendliest staff around to help you experience Cape T...
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Mojo Hostel & Market

85 /100

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Mojo Hostel & Market

At the hostel Mojo we have free high speed WiFi, luxury mattresses, percale linen, international plugs, digital laptop safes or lockers. Our coffee bar serves up delicious artisan coffee and tasty bites. We have an awesome 2000 square metre rooftop terrace that has stunning sea and mountain views....
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Long Street Backpackers

84 /100

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Long Street Backpackers

Our famous hostel is situated right in the middle of the CBD in the entertainment precinct of Cape Town. We have been described as 'The Soul of Long Street' (Lonely Planet) - and we hope that's a good thing!!?? Our hostel is a lovely old building at the top end of the street with a sunny and leafy c...
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Light House Lodge

84 /100

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Light House Lodge

Situated within the Oude Molen Eco Village, Lighthouse Farm Lodge offers the best of both city and country living. The village is evolving through a private sector / government partnership into a sustainable neighbourhood because of its unique combination of wetland bird sanctuary, horse riding, org...
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Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

83 /100

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Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

Each of the thirteen uniquely designed rooms is a playful experience that is miles away from your average hotel stay. Poets, photographers, artists, musicians and designers interpret sterile hotel room decor with humour, imagination, energy and endless creativity. The communal bar / lounge area i...
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Stoked Backpackers

83 /100

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Stoked Backpackers

Stoked Backpackers is one of Cape Town's best beach hostels. With amazing views overlooking Surfers' Corner and False Bay, we are 100 metres away from Muizenberg Beach. Located 25km from the city centre, this popular swimming beach is a blue flag beach, which means it gets top marks for safety, clea...
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Two Oceans Backpackers

80 /100

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Two Oceans Backpackers

Brand new, situated on famous Long Street. 5 min drive to the football stadium or a 20min walk Long Street is renowned for its vibey abundance of street shops, cafes, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Reception from 8:00am - 10:00pm daily Please arrange with management via email or telephone...
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Riverlodge Backpackers

80 /100

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Riverlodge Backpackers

River Lodge offers the best of both city and country living. A fantastic backpackers ' self catering, clean & homely, high ceilings ' cozy in winter, cool in summer. In our large spacious kitchen you can indulge in your favorite pastimes, chilling at the bar, lazing by the fireplace, prepare your f...
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Ashanti Guest Houses

80 /100

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Ashanti Guest Houses

Ashanti Guest Houses are two newly-renovated Victorian buildings, each offering its own self-catering kitchen, chilled balcony and private en-suite rooms a short walk from Ashanti Lodge Backpackers (where reception is). Each en-suite room has unlimited free wi-fi, a flat screen television with sate...
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HomeBase Cape Town Backpackers

79 /100

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HomeBase Cape Town Backpackers

Situated in the famously pulsating City Centre, HomeBase Cape Town is a uniquely themed backpacker accommodation closer to the Greenmarket Square and the V&A Waterfront. All rooms are warmly furnished and exceptionally decorated with different themes. Guests can enjoy time at the rooftop with a...
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Urban Hive Backpackers

78 /100

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Urban Hive Backpackers

We are Urban Hive Backpackers and we have recently opened our doors and would like to welcome you. Situated in the pulsating heart of Cape Town on the best part of the infamous Long Street. Pubs, restaurants and various boutique style shops are just beyond our door step! Our hostel is located wit...
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Awesome Backpacker

78 /100

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Awesome Backpacker

Hey Awesome Travelers from all over the world! Awesome Backpackers is a unique Backpackers hostel that offers the experience to explore the different meanings of Awesome as it’s our second edition in the mother city. Awesome has its own story to tell and was willingly and joyfully designed by volu...
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Off The Wall Backpackers

77 /100

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Off The Wall Backpackers

Our newly built double-storey building has been designed with travellers in mind. Resulting in plenty of bathrooms, plenty of hot water, and an ample choice of accommodation. Our chic decor will appease your senses, while free Wi-Fi, safes in the bedrooms and lockers in the dorms, will make your...
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Carnival Court

73 /100

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Carnival Court

Located in trendy Long Street in a Victorian building, Carnival Court is in the middle of all the action with lots of bars, clubs and restaurants lining the street. If you enjoy city life, this is the place to be! This grand old building has three giant floors of cozy rooms and woodwork restored...
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SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge

69 /100

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SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge

SaltyCrax is ideal for the water-sports enthusiast. With a good supply of wind and waves and a variety of sailing locations, either for a complete beginner or the dedicated sailor, there is something for everyone. We are situated close to the beautiful white beaches of Blouberg and the famous Kite b...
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Blouberg Backpackers

66 /100

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Blouberg Backpackers

Blouberg Backpackers is ideally situated for surfers, kite surfers and windsurfers. Why? It is within 5-10minutes of all major beaches in Cape Town used for these activities such as Rietvlei, Kite Beach, Sunset Beach, Big Bay Bloubergstrand. Blouberg Backpackers has a pool to relax in, the accommod...
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Cape Surf Hostel

60 /100

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Cape Surf Hostel

The Cape Surf Hostel are situated approximately 100m away from the Bloubergstrand beach and lie centrally between the some of the most popular Kitesurf,surf and windsurf spots of Table Bay (Cape Town). Bloubergstrand guarantees you a spectacular panoramic view of Table Mountain and the 'Citybowl' ne...
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Backpackers on Castle

46 /100

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Backpackers on Castle

Castle Street Backpackers is situated in the heart of the City, just one block away from the Cape Town Tourist Information Centre and within walking distance of train & bus stations, shops, restaurants, night spots and major attractions. Our lodge is small, clean, cosy and secure. Our job is to...
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Camps Bay Village

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Camps Bay Village

Situated in the heart of Camps Bay's Village with the iconic Twelve Apostles Mountain Range as a backdrop, Stone Cottages is the perfect destination for any holiday. The cottages were built in 1903 and are protected under the Heritage Act of South Africa. The cottages are located within walking...
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Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments

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Gardens Centre Holiday Apartments

Garden Centre Holiday Apartments boasts affordable self-catering accommodation in the heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl. Ideal for both business and leisure travellers, guests can enjoy easy access to major city attractions and conference venues. Conveniently rested above Gardens Centre Shopping M...
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Sweet Lemon Boutique B&B

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Sweet Lemon Boutique B&B

Sweet Lemon Boutique Bed & Breakfast offers much more than just crisp sheets, cosy beds and comfortable rooms. Sweet Lemon Boutique Bed & Breakfast reflects the very same stylish but casual lifestyle that Sea Point has to offer. Immerse yourself in this chic setting complete with retro vintage furni...
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106 On Adderly Student Accomodation

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106 On Adderly Student Accomodation

Welcome to 106 Adderly Student Accommodation located in Cape Town City Centre. We offer quality accommodations in the sightseeing, transportation hub, business district of Cape Town. Whatever your purpose of visit, 106 on Adderley Student Accommodation is an excellent choice for your stay in Cape T...
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Sweet Orange Guesthouse

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Sweet Orange Guesthouse

Sweet Orange is a beautiful classic Victorian home that was built in the early 1900s. The wooden floors, ceilings, windows and doors have all been lovingly restored, emanating style and elegance at its best. Each of the six large rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, have been individually designed a...
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District Six Backpackers

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District Six Backpackers

As well as specializing in group bookings, we also have various options available for budget conscious travellers. Our 7 rooms offer Dorms and a private room en suites. All our guests are offered a free welcome beverage upon arrival. Free WiFi and a complimentary Sunrise breakfast are included in...
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Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse

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Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse

The magnificent point between ocean and mountain has made Cape Town one the most beautiful cities in the world. The Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse is situated in Upper Sea Point, one of the most popular suburbs with fabulous views over the Coast of the Atlantic Seaboard. Small Shops, Cafes and Restau...
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De Waterkant House

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De Waterkant House

In the heart of the historical De Waterkant Village, is De Waterkant House, elegant and discreet, with a relaxed European feel. De Waterkant House is the pride of the village. This beautifully restored 9 – roomed, Cape Georgian Manor House, with tranquil terrace and pool, overlooks the village, t...
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Sweet Olive Guesthouse

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Sweet Olive Guesthouse

Sweet Olive Guest House shows a completely fresh design. Here you will find a combination of South African roots with a touch of New World's Interior Design. It brings two worlds together and attracts people from all over the world. Style and radiance. Calm and resolution. Accompanied by space, desi...
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Rachel

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Rachel's Home from Home

Rachel's Home from Home self-catering Cape Town offers spacious rooms or self-catering. The apartment have a separate entrance and are welcoming and cool in summer and warm in winter. We offer: Friendly, personal service. TV and fans in all rooms. Full hot breakfast (optional) R50 extra per...
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The Charles

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The Charles

Perfectly positioned in the heart of De Waterkant Village, our guests enjoy exclusive use of the roof decks overlooking the city as well as access to the tours and adventures desk to ensure you make the most of your stay. Travellers rooms are located on the ground floor with views of the neighbourho...
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