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About Kimbo Lodge Backpackers

The Kimbo Backpackers is situated on the corner of Buitenkant and Roeland Streets, on the border between the beautiful Gardens suburb and the CBD. This Cape Town landmark was built in 1895 and was the starting point for horse-drawn carriages leaving Cape Town for Kimberley.

The Kimberley Hotel boasts a restaurant, The Kitchen, serving delicious breakfasts, lunches and suppers. The famous old Pub, where you can enjoy a drink at the same counter that the diamond prospectors sat at 120 years ago, operates 24/7. From the Backpackers, guests can quench their thirst admiring Table Mountain, or take a two-minute walk to the District Six Museum. Being on the edge of the city, it is only a five-minute walk to Parliament and the Cape Castle, and a further 15-minute drive to the famous Table Mountain Cableway. The hotel offers 12 bedrooms and a sunset balcony.

On occasions, the Backpackers may be noisy to some due to the late night vibrant pub on the ground floor but you can also join in the fun!!

Family friendly: We are family friendly and offer a family room.

Romantic: If you like old and interesting this is the place for a romantic getaway!

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).

  • Response Rate: 89%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Backpacker
  • Sleeps: 52
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 8 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Cosy
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24H. Check In
  • Activities desk
  • Balcony
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bath
  • Bathroom
  • Breakfast
  • Central location
  • City hotel
  • Double bed
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Fridge
  • Iron and board
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Lunch
  • Mini fridge
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Special offers
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Shona
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Availability and pricing

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  • Male Dorm 12: 8 Sleeper Male Dorm 12: 8 Sleeper Sleeps 1 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 8 This dorm room which is situated on our first floor sleeps 8 comfortably, with 8 built in lockers and a fan. Also has a... see more
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      • Female Dorm 4: 6 sleeper Female Dorm 4: 6 sleeper Sleeps 1 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 6 This 6 Sleeper Dorm Room with en-suite shower which is private for this rooms, basin, non smoking. Also feature a refrig... see more
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          • Dorm 3 4 Sleeper Dorm 3 4 Sleeper Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 3
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              • Triple Room 1 Triple Room 1 Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Large triple with en-suite shower, double bed, single bed,TV, tea/coffee station. Very comfortable room with view of... see more
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                  • King Quad 2: 4 Sleeper King Quad 2: 4 Sleeper Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B This room features a King size bed, bunk bed, with access to the main balcony, colour TV, Tea/Coffee Station, en-suite... see more
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                      • Family Room 5 Family Room 5 Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B Our Family Room is equipped with a double bed, 2x single beds, en-suite with shower, tea/coffee station, TV and refriger... see more
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                          • Double Room 6 Double Room 6 Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B
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                              • Four Sleeper Room 7 Four Sleeper Room 7 Sleeps 4 Includes: B & B This four sleeper room with double bed, 2x single beds, shared bathroom shower with 2 other rooms, ideal for travelling... see more
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                                  • Triple Room 8 Triple Room 8 Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B
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                                      • Twin Room 9 Twin Room 9 Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B This twin room shares bathroom with a shower with 2 other rooms, also features 2x single beds, Coffee/Tea maker, TV and... see more
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                                          • Double Room 10 Double Room 10 Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B
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                                              • Double Room 11 Double Room 11 Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B
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                                                  Reviews for Kimbo Lodge Backpackers

                                                  8 guest reviews Reviews of

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                                                  Agnetha Rockman
                                                  25 September 2018

                                                  It was Central loved the atmosphere

                                                  Antonio Passmore
                                                  10 October 2017

                                                  Facility is outdated but everything works, showers etc. Love the vibe and the staff are very friendly and helpful.Best affordable Babalas breakfast.

                                                  Jeffrey Creek
                                                  13 April 2017

                                                  A very comfortable place to stay a nice bar downstairs and friendly,helpful staff.

                                                  Tebogo Motebu, South Africa
                                                  30 September 2013

                                                  ITS NOT A SAFE PLACE

                                                  Claudette Brown, South Africa
                                                  09 January 2012

                                                  We had a lovely time. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I will definitely spend my next holiday here again.

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                                                  Kimbo Lodge Backpackers is 0.6km from the centre of Cape Town City Centre , the nearest airport 20.1km (Cape Town International Airport).
                                                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling