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African Heart Backpackers

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En-suites (3) | In-room safe, free WiFi
In-room safe, free WiFi
En-suites (3) | In-room safe, free WiFi
Family 5 | In-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of African Heart Backpackers

African Heart Backpackers

3.0 star property
Cape Town hostel in historical district

6.8/10 Good

10 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
27 Station Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7925

Guests rated this location 7.3/10 - Good

Main amenities
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Lobby fireplace
  • Front-desk safe
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Barbecue grills
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Offsite parking available

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Observatory
  • Table Mountain - 22 min drive
  • Camps Bay Beach - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 15 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 11 min drive
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 29 min drive
  • Observatory Station - 6 min walk
  • Salt River Station - 19 min walk
  • Mowbray Station - 20 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • McDonald's - 6 min walk
  • Trenchtown - 2 min walk
  • Stones - Observatory - 3 min walk
  • McDonald's - 7 min walk
  • Rust - 4 min walk

About this property

African Heart Backpackers

African Heart Backpackers offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 200 per vehicle one-way. Free perks include WiFi, self parking, and continental breakfast daily between 7:30 AM and 11 AM. Other features include a terrace and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the helpful staff. Public transportation is close by: Observatory Station is just 6 minutes by foot.


Dutch, English

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 7 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1 PM - 10 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 11 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free offsite parking nearby; reservations required


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7:30 AM–11 AM
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

What to do

  • Access to nearby health club


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Multilingual staff


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby


  • Dutch
  • English

Room amenities

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 200 per vehicle (one-way)

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


<p>This property accepts credit cards.</p>

Also known as

African Heart Backpackers Hostel Observatory
African Heart Backpackers Hostel
African Heart Backpackers Observatory
African Heart Backpackers
African Heart Backpackers Observatory, Cape Town
African Heart Backpackers Hostel Cape Town
African Heart Backpackers Cape Town
African Heart Backpackers Cape Town
African Heart Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

Frequently asked questions

Does African Heart Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, African Heart Backpackers does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at African Heart Backpackers?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at African Heart Backpackers?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at African Heart Backpackers?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by African Heart Backpackers?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 200 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at African Heart Backpackers?
You can check in from 1 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at African Heart Backpackers?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (18-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at African Heart Backpackers and nearby?
African Heart Backpackers has a garden and access to a nearby health club.
What's the area around African Heart Backpackers like?
African Heart Backpackers is a short 6-minute walk from Observatory Station and 18 minutes' walk from University of Cape Town.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


6/10 Good

The room was hot, no fan in the bedroom. Noise levels from the road was very loud through out the night which meant we didn't sleep well. Breakfast was a bowl of cereal not a full continental as advertised and parking is a block down the road at a cost of R20 per night which is also not as advertised.
Gert, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Hostel was really good and staff were really friendly felt more like living in a big house than a hostel. Could not ask for anything more 5 stars. Already planning the next trip back including booking the same hostel. Many thanks to Ria and Gert for making our first trip to Cape Town even better than we imagined.
17-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Cosy, but not so clean.
its a nice cosy place for young people, dont recommend families with kids. people who smoke in the front dont close the door and the smoke travels thru the whole house! yuck! make sure you check if parking is included or you will pay again when you arrive.
M, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

That was fine
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4/10 Fair

Nice owner- dingy/loud room
The gentleman who treated us was lovely and helpful but our room was dingy and hot. It was near the washroom and felt like we didn't even have walls because we could hear everyone and everything at all hours. For the price we paid we felt ripped off.
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8/10 Very good

It was close to my visiting location aand shops
When I arrived there late evening they was very nice staff and they gave me a tour of house, it was cosy and the other guests were very welcoming and accommodating. Their breakfast was served on time and had a lot of variety. Overall a great experience
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

Horrível! Fujam!!!
Chegamos encima do horário do check in. O quarto estava desarrumado ainda pois estavam arrumando. Não seria um problema se não percebessemos que a roupa de cama NÃO FOI TROCADA! Simplesmente esticaram os lençóis, e ajeitaram os travesseiros. Não tiraram sabonete e toalha do hóspede anterior. Ao levantar o edredom tinha pó por cima do lençol. O hotel não tinha toalha limpa disponível pois disseram que estava na lavanderia. Nos enxugamos com nossas próprias roupas no primeiro dia. O café da manhã era pão com manteiga e café. Como estávamos no final da viagem com compras e malas, preferimos não reclamar pois não tinhamos como saber qual seria a reação e se a estadia poderia piorar.
Rafael, 2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

De ligging ligt in een leuke wijk
Zeker voor jongeren heel fijne logde met een zeer ruime keuken en een fijn terras om te relaxen
peter, 5-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Unterkunft in einem bizarren Viertel
Wir haben nicht das reservierte Zimmer (the pink lepard) erhalten, dafür lediglich eine fadenscheinige Ausrede bekommen. Das vermeintlich bessere Zimmer war sehr laut, niemand hält sich hier an die Nachtruhe und niemand setzt diese durch. Kein wirkliches Management vor Ort (management by accident). Das zum Zimmer gehörige Badezimmer entpuppte sich als Duschkabine mit "interessanten" Schimmelkolonien und eine dem Raum abgeschnittene Nischentoilette mit einem schmuddeligen Vorhang als "Tür". Eine Verdunkelung des Zimmers war nicht möglich. Die Unterkunft liegt in einem nicht sicheren Viertel, trotzdem gehen hier alle möglichen Leute ständig ein und aus. Das mitgebuchte Frühstück ist ein Witz. Das ständig eher gelangweilt wirkende "Management" scheint auch an irgendwelchen Missständen nicht interessiert zu sein. Jedenfalls wurden wir in sieben Tagen nicht gefragt. Verkehrstechnisch nach Cape Town liegt die Unterkunft eher ungünstig.
George, 6-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Kleines, schnuckliges Hostel
Das African Heart Backpacker Hostel ist ein kleines und schnuckeliges Hostel das alles bietet was man so braucht. Zimmer und Betten waren sauber und bequem, nur wenn jmd im Haus geduscht oder den Wasserhahn aufgemacht hat, hat es das ganze Haus mitbekommen. Der weg in die Innenstadt war mit Uber Taxis in ca. 15 min erreichbar.
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