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About Green Elephant Backpackers

We are a friendly backpackers with excellent travel information and booking office. A solar heated swimming pool complements the hot jacuzzi for great relaxing parties.

We are also leaders in Environmental awareness and have a Grey Water system, solar panels, Extensive recycling and we use the local community for as many supplies as possible.

The computer has ADSL fast internet access for guests. All double rooms have 4 poster beds and the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable.

The managers are great and the owner himself has travelled over 50 countries around the world, so knows the backpackers needs. The old ex-tree climbing dog Defa is legendary!

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 6 hours
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 17
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Satellite TV*

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans


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

Important Information

If booking a double room, please specify if your would like two single beds (a twin room) or one double bed.
If booking a dormitory bed, please specify female only or mixed dorm.

Availability and pricing

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Reviews for Green Elephant Backpackers

6 guest reviews Reviews of

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Abdul Steyn, South Africa
13 October 2015

As a frequent traveller and Travel and Tourism educator I would like to compliment this establishment for running such a clean and friendly backpackers. A well deserving three stars(but I would give it five:) I enjoyed the facilities as well as amenities available. The friendly staff just adds to the awesome experience.  I travelled alone from Johannesburg yet it never felt like I was alone.I would like to personally thank Edwina for her professional way of receiving me on my arrival, and arranging some activities and transport for me, also for the way she treats all her guests with honour...
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ituen oluwakemi, South Africa
02 February 2014

Prompt with delivery of services. Very friendily staff. The facility getting small for the no of guest that they receive there need for structural expansion.

Karabo Likhethe, South Africa
07 October 2012

Had a great stay hey, amazing people and amazing service. From the first encounter they made us feel at home, a 1000 thanks to all the Green Elephant people!

Gustav Krös, South Africa
27 March 2008

My stay at Green Elephant was great. I have stayed in a few backpackers before and Green Elephant is definitely up there with the best.Thanks guys, keep up the good work!

Dylan Clement, Australia
08 January 2007

It is such a laid back and helpful backpackers, the staff are friendly and helpful (You go Vuyani! :) Highly recommended

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Green Elephant Backpackers Map

Green Elephant Backpackers is 0.5km from the centre of Observatory , the nearest airport 15.2km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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