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About Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre

Alan and Lorna warmly welcome you to their Cape Town backpackers and riding centre, Fat Pony. This is a family-run, child and biker-friendly farm house hostel in the Western Cape Winelands. We offer airport shuttles, free Wi-Fi, comfortable and airy dorms just 30 minutes from Cape Town City Centre. Overland vehicles are welcome.

Relax in one of the En-suite Dormitories. Fat Pony has dorms and Mini Dorms, perfect for large and small groups. The Mini Dorms have heating for cool winter months and private entrances. All bed linens are provided.

Cook your meals in a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with a log fire or braai outside. Relax on comfortable sofas in a large games room with pool table, library and sun deck overlooking a braai garden with pool. Free Wi-Fi is available covering most of the farm. There are towels and a laundry room with washer and dryer available to hire for a small fee.

Hire a bike and wine taste your way through scenic Cape Winelands. Make new friends while joining in on a riding lesson, pony trail or workshop - we have special discounts for guests.

Nearby activities include Butterfly World, Dirtopia an off-road mountain biking and hiking centre, golfing, quad biking and paintball. Wine tasting along the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes is a great day excursion. Venture into Cape Town to explore Table Mountain with walks, hikes, climbs and abseiling. Tour around the museums, sandy beaches and enjoy a variety of water sports. Take a trip to the cinema, pubs, clubs and restaurants of Cape Town.

Fat Pony 2012

  • Response Rate: 83%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 15 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 22
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 3 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Bookings are held provisionally for 24 hours and are not confirmed until proof of 50% deposit payment has been received and the establishment has sent you a booking confirmation email. Provisional bookings not confirmed within 24 hours will be removed and the dates made available.

Please note that children pay a fixed rate of 150.

Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre Rooms

Reviews for Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre

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Richard Weppelmann, South Africa
27 September 2016

Horrific!!!See my previous comments!!!!!

Richard Weppelmann, South Africa
01 September 2016

Sorry to say, but I had a horrific 2 days there.Dogs barking right outside your door in the passage at night,Parties till midnight, in dining room, 5meters from your room!!No rest.Sorry but if you need some privacy and rest, be warned- DO NOT GO to Fat Ponys!!!!!!!Terrible!!

Angelika le Roux, South Africa
04 January 2016

My partner and I stayed at the Fat Pony for 3 days from 30 Dec 2015 to 2 Jan 2016.We were not very happy or satisfied with the establishment. The room and bathroom was clean (although this can not be said for the kitchen and communal areas). Our room did not have a key and when we enquired about this (after giving the owners time to first look for the key like they said they were doing),we were very non-chalantly told that there is no room key and that the previous people must have left with it. So for our entire stay,we had to leave our room open when we left and at night. Granted nothing...
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Sue Van Biljon, South Africa
30 December 2014

We would like to thank Lorna and everyone at the Fat Pony Back Packers for a wonderful stay and for making us feel so at home Lorna your laugh is so contagious and Alan for letting me use the internet to keep up to date on my email and for all the help in our directions when we did not know how to get somewhere. I really don't know where the fat pony was but we all enjoyed ourselves especially Petrus my son, I think he wishes he was back there. Once again many, many thanks for everything. regards Sue and family.

Vivienne Graham, South Africa
21 October 2011

We stayed at the Fat Pony with some friends and had a fun time. On arrival, we were helped by one of the riders and directed to check-in. As we walked into the kitchen, we were greeted by a girl using the oven to bake treats. The room was cool and the campsite a large lawn. The outdoor braai area is great for entertainment and protected from the sun by a huge shady tree. My friends say they can tick off camping in Kraaifontein from their bucket list. The establishment is actually surrounded by large plots and farms and located in Joostenbergvlakte. They have a great communal area and feature...
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Fat Pony Backpackers & Riding Centre is 0.8km from the centre of Joostenbergvlakte , the nearest airport 21km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling