From world-class restaurants to elegant winery tours, thrilling contemporary galleries to reflective historic sights such as Robben Island Museum – the site of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment – there’s a lot to experience in Cape Town. Whether your bag is beach bars or boutiques, there’s a lot to spend your money on in South Africa’s cosmopolitan heart – other than accommodation. If purse strings are tight, we can help; here are the best places to stay in Cape Town on a budget.
Named one of the best hostels in Africa, the Backpack is an award-winning, fair trade and environmentally-friendly hostel. If you’re looking to make greener choices, be sure to book a room at the Backpack, as they use biodegradable cleaning products, recycle on a monthly basis, and use vegetable scraps to feed their worm farms. The lodge accommodates 100 people in 35 rooms, all of which are individually styled with air conditioning and private or shared bathrooms. Free continental breakfast and unlimited WiFi is included, not to mention the outdoor pool area, pool table, and travel centre to help you plan your Cape Town adventure.
Lee-Shay Collison contributed additional reporting to this article.