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Things To Do

With loads of tours, concerts and other off-the-beaten track adventures to be discovered – cape town awaits!

Our hostel is conveniently located in the very heart of Observatory, Cape Town’s most bohemian and culturally rich neighbourhood, walking distance to a large variety of quirky bars and pubs, unique restaurants and is centrally accessible to many tourist destinations.

Some Ideas

Visit Robben Island

Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, which is known for the fact that famous people such as Nelson Mandela were imprisoned there. You can reach the island easily with a daily ship tour, which starts at the Waterfront. You do not only get the opportunity to look for some dolphins during your boat trips, but you can also gain some unique experience through talking with ex-cons.

Go on an excursion to Langa

Langa is a township in Cape Town. It was established in 1927 with the use to create an area for black people. You can visit different kind of areas in this township, from the very poor one with tin shacks via the government flats through to the people with own houses. Join the township tour and get a cultural feeling of locals in Cape Town.

Watch a local sports game

From March – July 2013 we will be taking guests to watch a local soccer or rugby game in our local stadium. R220 gets you transport, game entry, a Beer and Boerie Roll (food!) before and your own guide.

Contact Warren for more info, and check out our Facebook page

Adventure on the Garden Route

Set your sense of adventure free with a care-free exploration of the untamed wilderness and unspoilt paradise on the south eastern coast of South Africa. 4×4 Game drive to spot the Big5 animals, beach time, surf & swim in the Indian Ocean, Cango caves, bungy jump, Wilderness canoe, hug elephants+ walk with lions! click here to check availability, BOOK & PAY for these tours online

Explore the Western Cape

Discover the wow-ness of the Western Cape, along country routes between Cape Point & Cape Agulhas.  Explore the southern tip of Africa to experience the creative vibes of informal settlements, the grandeur of wine estates, diverse cultures and abundant coastal wildlife. click here to check availability, BOOK & PAY for these tours online

Go wild on a Safari weekend

Go wild… Travel off the beaten track to interact with wildlife along the Garden Route and Klein Karoo region of South Africa. Spot Africa’s Big 5 animals in their natural habitat, travel on the scenic Route 62, have face-to-face encounters with elephants, ostriches, cheetah cubs, Nile crocodiles and more…  click here to check availability, BOOK & PAY for this tour online

Swap a book

We have a Bookcrossing bookshelf in the reception where you can swap your travel book, pick up a new one and even see where your new book has been!

Listen to some local music

We are lucky to have a large array of live music venues around us.  From Obs Cafe to Touch of Madness, Tagores and everything in-between, you’ll find jazz, folk, rock n Roll, pop and much more within walking distance of the Hostel. The in-house bar, “Thee Gypsy Bar” also has live acoustic  gigs every so often.

Climb Table Mountain

Hike up the legendary Table Mountain. There are over 600 routes – you can either hike with a qualified guide (ask at reception), join us on a weekly free hike or tackle it yourself. We suggest to most popular routes: Platteklip Gorge, and Skeleton Gorge. Returning with the Cable Car is always a good idea. Buy tickets online here and be sure to check out any winter specials.

Volunteer for a day

Get involved in a local project and volunteer your time to a good cause! Plant a tree in the townships, help teach soccer or help out with art, yoga or photography courses. Every little helps! Inquire at reception for more info.

Do a wine tasting

We are lucky enough to live 40 minutes away from one of the best wine-making regions in the world – Stellenbosch. Book a wine tour from the reception – our preferred choice, as drinking and driving is a no-no.

See a penguin in the wild

Hop on the train (in our street!) and bumble on down to Simon’s Town – home to South Africa’s navy and the far more cute African Penguin. The park fees are around R40. Stop off at the Kalk bay harbour for some fresh fish, and to watch REAL fish wives “goeing die taal” (throwing the language around) while lazy seals get fat on titbits. for a bite to eat, the Brass bell pub and Olympia Cafe on the way back home – you’re in for a treat!

Explore the neighborhood

Visit our neighborhood blog and directory of the best places to Eat, Drink, Shop and party in Observatory, Cape Town!

Explore Cape Town

Whether you are an adrenalin junky, Museum wanderer, Nature lover or Beach bum, there’s something for you to do in Cape Town. Ask at Reception, we’ll share our tips with you!

Visit a fresh produce market

The Saturday market at the Old biscuit Mill is Legendary. Stroll there from the Hostel, and taste the best of our local farmer’s fresh produce, local vintage designers and the best margeritas to cure that hangover!  time: 09:00 – 14:00, 373 Albert Hall Road, Woodstock.