The Backpack

The Backpack is stylish, social and central; a traveler who loves to work hard and party hard will find us to be a suitable fit. We are always on the go; from breakfast service, to planning guest tours to bar events at night. For the adventurous there are mountains to climb right on our doorstep and beaches with glorious white sand and sparkling refreshing water.

The Backpack supports our staff in more ways than just giving them a salary at the end of the month. We promote staff to increase their skills and to also volunteer in the local communities. We also encourage a team player attitude and provide a space for ideas to be shared on how to meet all staff's needs. We do prefer candidates that are 22 years and older. Accommodation for volunteers in in small dormitories of 2 or 3 volunteers, breakfast every day - so a great way to start your day, plus a welcome BBQ are part of the package. We have also arranged discounts on a lot of tours for you to explore Cape Town and surrounds.

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My first Worldpackers experience volunteering at The Backpack hostel was amazing. You will meet people from all around the world and get to know different cultures. You will also have contact with locals since Lee and part of the staff are from Cape Town. The facilities of the hostel and the permanent staff team are incredible. I strongly recommend this hostel!! Thank you so much to everyone!!




My experience was incredible! I found a loving home with everyone and I was challenged to learn new things which was so much fun!
I really appreciated the communication beforehand with Lee, it made me feel like I could communicate well with my hosts.
I was also lucky that my fellow interns are so wonderful people and we could rely on each other always.
The hostel is always trying to find new ways to improve and this sometimes means a little bump in the learning curve, I've always felt like I could voice any concerns and my input was valuable.
Thank you so much to everyone!




Working @ The Backpack was one of the best experiences so far!! I met lots of amazing people from all over the world!! Lee and the whole staff is amazing. The hostel is located in a very strategic spot, close to the Long St. and Kloof St. where you can find lots of bars, restaurants, gift shops, bakeries, shopping malls, supermarkets, etc.. It`s also close to Table Mountain and Lion`s Head. If you are traveling solo don`t be concerned cuz this is the best place to make friends right away!! Awesome opportunity for who wants to volunteer or just be a guest!! Cheers!!




Staying in The Backpack was one of the best experiences so far. I felt I was in the right place at the right moment and so hard to say goodbye all the family you create here.
The hostel has an amazing vibes and everybody feel the same. Perfect place to enjoy Cape Town, meet people and feel at home at the same time. I will come back fore sure.
Thanks to Lee and to the lovely team! A big hug from Catalunyaaa! 😘


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Ada your warm smile and bubbly personality not to mention your great sense of making chaos into order (on our shelves) were a delight for us. You always were happy to put in extra with that great smile and you will always be welcome to come back.



The Backpack hostel is amazing. One of the best hostels that I ever been.
Lee, the staffs and all the volunteers are so nice and made me feel like home.
You are gonna meet a lots of people from all over the world and its fantastic.
All my love to this place!


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Thanks Vicky you went the extra mile for us - we will always remember the Halloween Party and your zest for life. Your letter is number one in the book! Hope to catch you on the rebound!

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