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57 MILTON ROAD, OBSERVATORY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA Google Earth : "Green Elephant" lat=-33.93, lon=18.46 Phone Tollfree in South Africa 0800 222722   From other countries  Tel +27-21-4486359   Fax +27-21-4480510 

Cape Town's friendliest Backpackers Lodge 

The Backpackers with the personal touch

Friendly, experienced, well trained staff to make your holiday a pleasure 

More about your welcoming hosts!

Our past manager Thembile and our long standing friend Patrick also run our own township tours .  Vuvu, who used to do weekend housekeeping will welcome you to stay with her in the township of Langa.

Welcome to Cape Town

We have been running since June 1994 and are in the heart of the active, lively student area of Observatory where young people from all countries get together throughout the year to enjoy the night life and relaxed atmosphere.We have made so many frieds over the years, and keep in touch with many. Some of them have ended up marrying each other! To find who was here when you were, look at the index on the left under past guests.

We have 3 houses - the main house with all the facilities, the private room house with 4 private rooms and the long stay house where guest stay for as long as several months. 

Happy travels in 2008 and beyond


Summer is here and we look forward to having you in South Africa. 

For specific travel advice, please click on our TRIP PLANNER for all your Southern Africa travel needs
It will help you with Overland tours, timetables, Car Hire, Baz Bus and other Information you may need!

We wish you Great travelling in South Africa 2009

Accommodation Bookings Click here for a fast request directly into our secure booking system. 

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We only have 3 En Suite Double rooms , so please book early for them

Kloofing / Canyoning Season is here - look at these jumps!   

Try the water! 

Are you coming to Africa for the first time? 

Welcome and we will try to help you fall in love with our continent of contrasts.

Top tours last month -

  • Thembile and Pat's township tour 

  • Great White shark diving 

  • Cape Point with Daytrippers 

Sea kayaking off the Cape Coast try it, you will love it.Whales, dolphins, seals and penguins at your paddles edge!  

Here are some pics from a sea kayak taken in Table Bay

We look forward to seeing you in Cape Town! 

Our staff are trained on how to get to the best places around Cape Town the managers  are full of the latest advice on :


We feel we can offer the best advice with a friendly smile in Cape Town, so give us a question and we'll find your answer.

The Green Elephant is situated in the lively student area of Observatory. Close to pubs and restaurants, public transport, shops, movies, sportsgrounds and theatres it is well placed for a base in Cape Town while you enjoy the benefits the Cape has to offer. Being in a student area, the pubs are full of young people and prices are low . We are Not in the centre of the city!

Because we understand travelling on a budget, we continuously offer you the best deals in Cape Town. There is no compromise on quality, only affordability. We are here to enjoy ourselves too, so join us when we go parachuting, sailing, hiking or just out partying!

We aim to be friendly and efficient ! 


  • Laid back atmosphere with frequent sundowner trips (sunset drinks) and braais (BBQs)
  • Solar heated swimming pool for those hot days 
  • Pizza Oven for homemade and selfmade pizzas
  • Hot Jacuzzi for those enjoyable relaxing evenings 


  • Top quality Double rooms with 4 poster beds
  • Beach and mountain walking trips
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Clean and hot showers
  • Spacious living area with local information, tourist information 
  • Pool table, drinks and music
  • Views of Devil's Peak, Table Mountain and Lion's Head, plus to the beach at Milnerton
  • DSTV 
  • International phone/fax service
  • Internet terminals and wireless access
  • VISA and MASTERCARD and American Express Accepted
  • Airport pick-up service - book in advance and order a SIM card for you telephone before you arrive

We also run fun trips with our own guests only to local spots we enjoy

Walks up Table Mountain with Vuyani the mountain goat and Lion's Head and Sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

What to do in Cape Town

Cape Town has a magnetic attraction that draws people back time and again. It is not anything specific or necessarily unique, but a combination of factors that add up to a great city.

Cape Town has a wealth of places to see and things to do. You should not be bored during your stay in our city!


  • Table Mountain - a National Monument and the landmark of Cape Town - 
  •   Parliament - buildings that have seen tremendous change over the decades
  • Robben Island - the prison island where Nelson Mandela was held - 4 tours daily- R150
  • Planetarium and Museum
  • Two Oceans Aquarium filled with life from the Atlantic and Indian Oceans
  • Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve The meeting points of The Atlantic and Indian Oceans
  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony Africa's only mainland colony
  • Seal Island boat trips in Hout Bay Cape fur seals abound
  • Township Tours See and experience the vibrant life of our city with Thembile and Patrick
  • Bo-Kaap walking tour The old cobbled area of Cape Town prviously known as The Slave and Malay Quarter
  • District 6 Museum Relating the stories of a lost and relocated community in the apartheid days
  • Castle of Good Hope Well renovated and with fantastic old Cape Furniture
  • Greenmarket Square Crafts and African arts daily
  • Greenpoint Market Weekends of huge crafts and arts

Why people stay at The Green Elephant Backpackers

From our latest guests : 33% say because : Friends have told me about it, 10% have stayed with us before
and 10% The Lonely Planet says "its a happy place"
and I've heard good reports about you up through Africa
27% say : I found you on the Internet
And the others...
Well, they are as important to us as the rest of you!
If you have stayed with us before, you can also send us a message for the Visitors' Book

Also have a look at who was here the same time as you...
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 

Cape Town Tours

  • We organise trips to The Wine Route - excellent day out in the country sampling SA wines . Go with South Africa's First Big Brother winner - Ferdinand!!
  • Cape Peninsula - have a great walking/cycling session in The Cape Point Nature Reserve and tour the whole Peninsula, seeing the resident penguins at The Boulders and enjoy the winding coastal route on Chapman's Peak Pass.
  • Whales - day trips to Hermanus to see the Southern Right and Humpback whales close in to shore from June to November
  • Township Tours - an interactive tour around the old and new townships of Cape Town and a history of their development through th apartheid years to the present day.
  • Sunset yacht trips in Table Bay with the excellent backdrop of Table Mountain
  • Robben Island - and a tour around the prison where Nelson Mandela was held


We can book all safaris and overland tours for you. All our advice is free.There are some companies we recommend highly, but the main focus is on what suits YOU, the individual traveller. 


  1. Cape Town To Victoria Falls, via Namibia and Botswana
  2. Kruger National Park



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