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About Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers

Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers is situated in centre of the shark-diving capital of the world, Gansbaai, which is a short two-hour drive from Cape Town. This choice Gansbaai accommodation overlooks the traditional fishing harbour, with stunning panoramic sea views which can be enjoyed from the sundowner deck, in-house pub and outside barbecue area.

The lodge prides itself on providing quality, clean student travel, backpacking and youth hostel accommodation to independent travellers and international backpackers alike. Accommodation comprises large rooms which are not overcrowded, providing the perfect Gansbaai youth hostel accommodation and base for your holiday. The luxury Family Bedroom has a full en-suite bathroom, an extra-large double bed and a twin bunk bed, while the three dormitory rooms sleep only four guests each. All rooms are fitted with large cupboards and are fully serviced.

Gansbaai forms part of the Whale Coast with the Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary providing a nursery to southern right, bryde and humpback whales which are easily observed from the shore or on a boat-based whale watching tour. Dyer Island is a breeding colony for African penguins and Cape fur seals. The narrow channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island is home to around 60,000 seals and is a feeding ground of the endangered great white shark.

The friendly Gansbaai Backpackers staff will book your daily adventure activities from caged shark dives and skydiving to whale watching, scuba diving courses, brewery tours, cheese and wine tastings, cave walking trails, and sea kayaking.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 3 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Lodge, Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 7 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Kids Stay Free

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers Rooms

Reviews for Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers

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Brenda Hoffmeester
23 March 2021

We loved that we were able to enjoy ourselves on our own.

Annelize de Villiers
24 April 2018

The wood furniture and fittings.

Michael Harris
01 November 2017

Inadequate ventilation, broken blinds should be replaced, be nice to have a chair in the room.

Paola Vignani
24 September 2017

very basic good position in town

louise williams, South Africa
02 January 2015

The stay in the private flatlet at the back was in general good. There are a few things that need attention however - the fan makes a terrible noise, the benches smell terrible of urine but the basics are there. The price is however a lot for what you get

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Gansbaai Lodge and Backpackers is 1.8km from the centre of Gansbaai , the nearest airport 107.7km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling