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Afrique du Sud Backpackers

This was a great place to stay - it was quiet and easy to get around to the sites. The service was excellent -- information about what to do, bookings, transportation. The location is good if you want to be away from the downtown area - but it is also quite easy to walk to most places of interest.

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About Afrique du Sud Backpackers

Afrique du Sud Backpackers (old St John's Lodge- est.1989) is one of the oldest in Cape Town and is the best-positioned seaside Lodge in Cape Town.

It nestles comfortably between the Atlantic Ocean and Lion's Head and has the city and Waterfront on one side and the renowned Camps Bay and Clifton beaches on the other. All these attractions are easily accessible by buses, mini-taxi's and Rikkis.

The sea, promenade and an Olympic size seawater swimming pool are close by. Even closer are an abundance of banks, shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Those staying at Afrique du Sud love its friendly, family feeling. Once you have stayed there, you become part of the family - its a really great feeling. A small, cozy bar, barbeque, two balconies and 2 lounges so you will always find a peaceful spot to chill out in after a hectic day/night out on the town. Its different from most hostels because most of its rooms are single, double and family, with two dorms, so you are guaranteed your own space.

Dave and staff are passionate about Cape Town and all it has to offer and want you to feel the same way, which is why they go out of their way to arrange the activities that suit you best. From car hire to overland safari's, shark diving to whale watching, 1-day tours to 56-day tours, they will gladly arrange them for you.

Stay 6 nights and get the 7th free!(when paid upfront)

Very affordable airport transfers offered.

Recommended by Lonely Planet, 2004 edition, page 488 (under previous name, 'St John's Lodge').

Member VIP Backpackers Resort International. Member Cape Town Tourism. All student cards welcome.

After you have booked:

To secure your booking, you will receive an email from Afrique du Sud requesting the 3 digit security number on the reverse of your credit card. Reception is open 8am until 8pm. If you expect to arrive outside these hours contact Afrique du Sud directly to make arrangements.

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Corner St. Johns and Main Roads Sea Point

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Guest Reviews

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

1. toilets do need to be cleaned more often and it should be ensured that toilet papers should be replenished (or at least have spares kept within the toilet) in a timely manner.

2. it gets really hot in summer. there should be fans in the summer provided.

3. lights are very dim and there were no lights in the en-suite bathroom.

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3
Location
5
Cleanliness
2
Value
4
Facilities
2
Service
3

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

This was a great place to stay - it was quiet and easy to get around to the sites. The service was excellent -- information about what to do, bookings, transportation. The location is good if you want to be away from the downtown area - but it is also quite easy to walk to most places of interest. It was very hot while we were there and we needed some kind of cross-breeze in our room. We were given a fan to use -- however, it was filthy. The shower in our room had a slow drain. And we could have used another table or chair in the room.

Overall
5
Location
4
Cleanliness
3
Value
4
Facilities
3
Service
5

This is a Trusted Review. Why?

Good value for money and one of very few backpacker hostels to not raise their prices to the point of being rediculous. Good location that is only an 85cent mini bus ride away from the centre of Cape Town and its major attractions. Will stay there again when next in Cape Town.

Overall
4
Location
4
Cleanliness
4
Value
4
Facilities
3
Service
3

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