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    Boost your Green Karma

    Green Elephant Backpackers offers budget accommodation in Cape Town to backpackers, medical interns, volunteers, students and visitors looking to meet fellow travellers.

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Welcome to Cape Town

Green Elephant Backpackers is in the heart of Observatory in Cape Town – a lively student area where students from all around the world live together, party together and enjoy the good life.

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Our accommodation

Green Elephant has been welcoming guests since 1994. We offer dorm rooms, a bar, pool and guest kitchen in our main house, as well as private and en suite accommodation in the house next door. We also have a house nearby for long-stay guests.

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Great location in Observatory

Green Elephant is in Observatory - close to the University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, language schools and where young people from all countries get together to enjoy the nightlife. Lower Main Road has many great bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

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Our tours

Join Nyasha, Green Elephant's mountain tour guide, on a hike up Table Mountain. We also organise tours to the Winelands, Cape Point and townships as well as sunset yacht trips and whale watching daytrips to Hermanus.

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    Latest news from Green Elephant

  • Car rental

    South Africa does not have great public transport, so having a vehicle when travelling opens many routes that are difficult […]

  • Responsible tourism

    Green Elephant is committed to operating in way that has the least negative impact on the environment, while at the […]

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    Farai Kidney Recovery & Skills Fund

    We’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign for our dear friend and part of the Green Elephant family, Farai.
    Farai currently works as […]

  • Green Elephant traveller seeks South Africa&#

    Relieved of my last five hundred rand, I boarded the train, relaxed and enjoyed some of South Africa’s finest scenery […]

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    Oasis thanks Green Elephant for donation

    In December 2014, Green Elephant made a donation of R1500 to Oasis, a Cape Town-based association that assists people with […]

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    1-year with Ellie the Elephant Doggie

    Exactly one year ago, Ellie came into our lives! When we found her on Lower Main Road, she could barely […]

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    Observatory Celebrates The Arts

    The arts are booming in Observatory this weekend with The Obs Family Festival 20- 24 March and Vintage Obs Day […]

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    Guests help our garden grow!

    Helping hands from guests like Matilda from Sweden are wonderful contributions that will last for a long time. Thank you […]

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    110km wiser ;) congrats Nyasha & Michael

    End of race at Greenpoint Stadium!
    Team Green Ele included Nyasha and our wonderful guest from Germany, Michael. Congratulations to both […]

  • Gearing up for the Argus Cycle Tour

    You can tell that March is around the corner by the number of cyclists out training for the Cape Argus […]

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