Come For A Night, Stay For A Week At Long Street Backpackers

Come For A Night, Stay For A Week At Long Street Backpackers
Dhruva
Dhruva
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Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has an eclectic energy that stays buzzing twenty-four seven, and most people find that they need a place to rest their weary head in peace and quiet yet is still central to everything. Long Street Backpackers is your perfect answer to the problem. With a vivacious energy that gets you ready for a big night ahead, but with the party ending early every night, the hostel offers a unique experience catering to both mentalities of peace and quiet and party lifestyle.

It’d be hard to find cheaper rooms in Cape Town

Long Street Backpackers offers Dorm, Single, Twin and Double rooms at affordable rates with Dorms starting at 155 ZAR (12 USD). Singles go from 285 ZAR (21 USD), while twin and doubles are 405 ZAR (30 USD) - for the most expensive city in South Africa, these rates are hard to come by in a backpackers hostel. The rooms are all situated far enough from one another that noise from one dormitory doesn’t affect the other. This also gives off a unique sense of privacy and solitude, especially when the party at the fully-stocked bar downstairs is going off. The hostel also features sixteen bathrooms, a pool table, a TV room, free internet access and a huge BBQ.

The location of the hostel is hard to beat

Cape Town, Blue Lodge, 206-208 Long Street
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ossewa used under CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the original backpackers in Cape Town, Long Street Backpackers is located centrally on one of the main streets in Cape Town: Long Street. Conveniently placed right next door to restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes, Long Street is the ideal oasis for solo travellers. Due to its location and room prices, it’s one of the busiest all year around and you’re guaranteed to come across some interesting characters to share a drink or conversation with. With a huge, leafy courtyard surrounded by the rooms, which are old converted apartments, the location gives you a sense of privacy on one of the busiest streets in the city.

All activities are cheap and affordable through the hostel (from USD 9)

Any activities that one wants to do can be easily booked through the hostel. Most day trips that include adrenaline sports such as skydiving to paragliding starts from the hostel; you can also abseil iconic Table Mountain, hike it or take the cable car to gain an insight into its captivating beauty. The hostel makes booking tours like Robben Island or wine tasting ones supremely easy and the friendly, welcoming staff will also give you hints to which beaches you should go to. The hostel also offers some of the cheapest rates on doing one of the scariest yet most adrenaline rushing things in South Africa: shark cage diving. A highly recommended activity for the brave and adventurous, take caution when you book that one.


Long Street Backpackers

Address: 209 Long Street

Fire extinguishers Daily housekeeping Hiking Library Live music/performance Non-smoking rooms Dry cleaning BBQ facilities

Long Street Backpackers is your best entry-point into Cape Town

The best part of the hostel is the three large balconies where people while away their time when the bar’s not open. A great place to meet other solo travellers, interesting characters and locals who tend to frequent the bar, Long Street Backpackers is, without a doubt, your go-to destination for affordable, relaxing accommodation in Cape Town.

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Dhruva Balram is a freelance journalist, essayist and travel photographer. His work specialises in societal critiques, cultural commentary, travel and editorial features. Dhruva has been featured...Read more

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