A two-day-and-one-night escape, only 40 minutes from Cape Town City centre. Learn surfing basics like paddling, standing up, how to read the waves, and surfing etiquette. This unique camp offers two different locations depending on the season, ensuring the best surf conditions at the time of your stay. During Autumn/Winter, camps are on the Southern Peninsula, with Summer/Spring camps on the West Coast.
Climb 9500ft in a six-seater light aircraft, then leap out and pull your chute! Watch Table Mountain, the Franschoek Mountains or the Cape Town City centre unfold before your eyes while reaching terminal velocity en route to the ground! If jumping thousands of feet from the sky doesn’t get your pulse racing, then you may actually not be alive. Videos available.
Once a month, when the moon is full, Cape Town’s cycling community (including riders of all levels of dedication and ability) take to the streets in their hundreds for a leisurely night-ride through Cape Town. Local law-enforcement close off roads and manage intersections to ensure a safe, thoroughly enjoyable, family-friendly experience.
Either half-day or full-day. Enjoy the most beautiful scenic drive along the coast towards Cape Point. Once there, you’ll be given bikes to cycle to Cape of Good Hope. See the beautiful, unspoilt natural beauty of the place where the two oceans meet. You’ll also hang with some penguins at Boulders beach in Simons Town. Delicious picnic lunch included!
South Africa is a surfing mecca! From the (very) big, icy waves of the Cape peninsula to the beginner’s waves of warm-watered Muizenberg, there’s a little surfing action for everyone! From half-day lessons or weekends away in top surfing locations, Cape Town’s got you covered! We’ve sourced out the best companies around to ensure that your surf experience is nothing less than awesome!
On the first Thursday of each month, Cape Town’s shops, boutiques and restaurants stay open later than usual to accommodate flocks of nighttime shoppers and vibe-seekers who take to the streets to socialise, browse, shop and sample the goodies on offer (not to mention the complimentary wine, served at many of the participating establishments).
Learn about Cape Town’s rich heritage whilst cycling from the vibrant Waterfront to the bustling inner city, getting up close and personal with the city and its inhabitants. Ride from the historic City Centre into the colourful Bo-Kaap and onto Green Point, before heading back along the seafront.
Walk the slopes of the world-famous District Six, see the colourful houses, smell the spices of the East, hear the mosques calling for prayer, sample the Cape Malay cuisine and get an intimate feel for the “vibe” of Cape Town. A fun way to gain a great deal of personal insight into what it means to be Capetonian.
A four-star establishment in the Southern Karoo. The reserve is a 10,000 hectare conservancy, home to Africa’s famous “Big Five”: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and rhino. Aquila Game Reserve has two large swimming pools, overlooking the reserve, large dining areas, and cosy cigar bars and lounges.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR ACCOMMODATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE B.I.G BACKPACKERS
1.1 These general terms and conditions apply exclusively for the provision of accommodation services by THE BACKPACKERS IN GREEN POINT CC, trading as “The B.I.G” (hereafter referred to as the hostel).
1.2 The General terms and Conditions can be obtained electronically at www.bigbackapckers.co.za or viewed or ordered at the reception of the hostel.
1.3 The Terms and Conditions of business do not rule out special agreements. The Terms and Conditions of Business are subsidiary to any individually made agreements.
2. DEFINATION OF TERMS
2.1 The terms used in this contract are thus defined:
2.1.1 The “hostel”: is the legal body THE BACKPACKERS IN GREEN POINT CC trading as “The B.I.G”, which accommodates guests in return for payment.
2.1.2 The “guest”: is an individual person who makes use of the accommodation. The guest is usually the contractual partner. A guest is also any person who stays in the hostel together with the contractual partner (e.g. member of family, friend, colleague, etc.)
2.1.3 The “contractual partner”: is an individual person or legal body from South Africa or foreign country who/which enters an accommodation contract as a guest or for a guest.
2.1.4 The “accommodation contract”: is the contract made between the hotel and the contractual partner, the contents of which ae regulated in details as follows.
2.1.5 The “contracting parties”: are the hotel (accommodation provider) and the contractual partner (individual guests, tour operator, or private travel groups).
2.2 Expressions in the singular also denote to plural, and vice versa.
2.3 Pronouns of any gender include the corresponding pronouns of the other gender.
2.4 Clause headings appear in the contract for reference purposes only.
2.5 This contract shall be interpreted and applied in accordance with South Africa Law.
3. CONCLUSION OF THE CONTRACT, DEPOSIT
3.1 .The accommodation contract comes into effect upon acceptance of the guest’s written or verbal order by the hostel, with these terms and conditions serving as a basis for the contract, which is expressly accepted by the guest or tour operator upon actual use of the services in question. A 30% deposit is required to confirm any booking.
3.2 By entering an accommodation contract the contractual partner acquires the right of normal use of the rented rooms, the facilities in the hotel which are generally open for normal use by guests. The contractual partner has the right to act within any hostel or guest regulations (House Rules).
4. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
4.1 Booked rooms are made available to the guest on arrival day after 2pm until 11am on departure day. Rooms will be assigned to guests by the hostel on the day of arrival.
4.2 In an event of a no show, the hostel has the right to assign booked rooms to other persons after 10am on the following day, the guest deriving no rights to compensation as a consequence.
4.3 In this regard, the hostel is entitled to rescind the contract. However if the guest has “guaranteed” their arrival or paid the full amount, the room(s) remain(s) reserved until no later than 10am on the following day.
5.1 Prices are determined by the price List and valid at the time the services are provided.
5.2 In cases where value added tax is applicable, it is included in the price. Any increase in value added tax rates subsequent to conclusion of the contract is at the expense of the guest.
5.3 Local tourism fees or taxes, as well as other sums of money collected by the hostel on behalf of third parties, are changed separately in the amount applicable at the time the services are provided.
5.4 The hostel do not accept foreign currency.
6. TERMS OF PAYMENT
6.1 All hostel payment are due in full upon arrival of the guest or upon billing to tour operator or private travel groups.
6.2 In all instances, the hostel; is entitled to demand advance payment of an appropriate amount from the guest. If payment fails to be made by the payment deadline, the guest is deemed in default, with no collection latter required to this effect. For late-payment notices resulting from instances of late payment, a reminder charge may be demanded.
6.3 With respect to contracts with consumers as defined in the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 as well as with those whom the transaction is within the scope of operation of a business, wherein a business is to be understood as a permanently established organisation for independent activity whether it is commercial in nature or not, the hostel is entitled, in the event of late payment, to demand interest on late payments at a rate of 15.5% per annum from the due date.
6.4 The contractual partner will be liable for all costs, including legal costs on an attorney and own client basis as well as tracing costs and collection commission, incurred by the contractual partner in the enforcement of any of the obligations in terms of these terms and conditions. All payments made will firstly be made towards cost, legal costs, interest and then towards any capital owning.
6.5 Furthermore, with respect to contracts with contractual partners, an administration or reminder charge of R10 (ten rand) is to be paid by the contractual partner for extrajudicial notices resulting from failure to meet the late-payment deadline.
6.6 Assertion of higher claims for damages resulting from late payment remains unaffected by this clause.
7.1 In the case of force majeure and other hindrances from which the hostel is not responsible, in particular those outside the hostel’s sphere of influence, the hostel reserves the right to withdraw from the contract without the guest being entitled to any calm for compensation.
7.2 Unless otherwise stipulated, the following cancellation conditions apply for the guest or tour operator:
7.2.1 30 days prior to arrival: 10% cancellation fee
18.104.22.168 7 days prior to arrival: 50% cancellation fee
22.214.171.124 Less than 7 days to arrival: 100% cancellation fee
8. PROVIDING ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
8.1 The hostel can allocate the contractual partner alternative accommodation (same standard) when it is acceptable within reason to the contractual partner, especially when the divergence/difference is minimal and realistically justifiable.
8.2 A realistic justification is given for example when the room(s) has (have) become unusable, when guests already occupying the room(s) decide to extend their stay, when an over-booking occur or other important company internal reasons which make these measures necessary.
8.3 Any additional costs incurred for the alternative accommodation are to be paid by the hostel.
9. CESSATION OF THE ACCOMMODATION CONTRACT
9.1 Should the closed accommodation contract determine the duration of stay, then the contract ceases at the end of this duration.
9.2 Should the contractual partner depart prematurely, the accommodation provider is entitled to charge the full amount agreed upon. The accommodation provider will deduct the value of the savings resulting from the contractual partner’s non-consumption or the re-rental of the booked room(s). A saving only exist when the accommodation is completely fully booked at the time of the non-consumption of the booked rooms by the contractual partner and when the rooms can be re-rented to other guests due to the cancellation/premature departure. Burden of proof of a saving lies with the contractual partner.
9.3 The contract ends in the vent of a guest’s death.
9.4 The hostel is entitled to end the contract with immediate effect for valid reasons, in particular when the contractual partner or guest:
9.4.1 Uses or handles the accommodation in a seriously detrimental manner; spoils or makes cohabitation impossible for other guests, the owners and /or their staff or any other third parties staying in the hostel due to his inconsiderate, objectionable or otherwise grossly unseemly behaviour; or when he acts in a criminal manner toward these persons and by so doing threatens their property, morals or personal safety.
9.4.2 Misuse of alcohol in the premises or when any illegal substance is found with the guest or any party accompanying the guest.
9.4.3 Is afflicted with a contagious illness or an illness that lasts longer than the duration of the stay in the hostel or becomes otherwise in need of medical care.
9.4.4 Fails to pay the issues bill when due within a reasonably allocated period.
9.5 Should the fulfilment of contract ne made impossible due to events considered an act of nature beyond control (e.g.: natural events/acts of God, strikes, lock-outs, official decrees etc.), the hostel is entitled to cancel the contract at any time without adherence to a cancellation period, provided the contract is not already considered terminated by law, or when the hotel has already been freed of this obligation to provide accommodation.
9.6 Compensation claims by the contractual partner are impossible.
10.1 The hostel makes every effort to ensure punctual and accurate communication of messages, and delivery of shipments of all kinds, whereby no liability is assumed for the acceptance of said shipments. Should acceptance of a shipment be agreed upon and there is a failure of performance thereof, then this will of course be taken into account.
10.2 The hostel nor any of their directors, officers, employees, representatives or agents shall not be liable for any loss or damage (whether direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise) suffered by the guest and/or any other person. The guest and/or any other person indemnify the hostel and their directors, officers, employees, representatives or agents against any claim by any other person, arising from any cause in connection with the delivery of services, save in the event that such loss or damage arises from gross negligence or wilful misconduct on the part of the hotel or any of their directors, officers, employees, representatives or agents.
10.3 Notwithstanding the a foregoing, nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to exclude or limit any of the guest’s rights. The guest have as a consumer under the Consumers Protection Act 68 of 2008 or any other applicable law which may not be excluded or limited, or to exclude or limit in any way the liability to the guest or any other person under the Consumers Protection Act 68 of 2008 or any other applicable law which may not be excluded or limited.
10.4 Guests use the hostel and recreational facilities at their own risk. The hostel is not liable for deficiencies not immediately recognisable when acting with due diligence, or for the damages resulting there from. In particular, a pursuant reduction on price may not be demanded.
10.5 The contractual partner understands and agrees that the hostel and subsidiaries will not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to vehicles parked or property that might be inside such vehicle. Vehicles and property stored entirely at own risk.
10.6 For items brought in to the hostel, the hostel is only liable up to the respective legal maximum amount. The safekeeping of valuable items, money, and securities may be declined if said items are substantially more valuable than those guests of the hostel usually place in safekeeping.
11.1 Subletting or re-letting, as well as the use of the hostel rooms for purposes other than residential, requires the prior, written consent of the hostel.
11.2 The contractual partner does not have the right to demand an extension of stay. Should the contractual partner give timely notice of his desire to extend his stay, the hostel can then agree to the extension of the accommodation contract. The hostel is however, not obliged to extend the contract.
11.3 No animals of any kind are allowed in the hostel interior or outdoor facilities.
11.4 No waiver by the hostel of any breach, failure or fault in performance by the other party or refusal or neglect to exercise any right hereunder, or to insist upon strict compliance with the Agreement, or any other indulgence allowed or shown shall constitute a waiver, variation or novation of any of the provisions of this terms and conditions or a waiver to the hostel of its rights at any tie ort operate as or create any estoppel against the hostel, unless reduced to writing and signed by a duly authorised representative.
11.5 All terms and conditions are deemed to be material.
12. DOMICILIUM CITANDI ET EXECUTANDI
12.1 The address where the hostel will receive all Notices and another documentations: Address: 18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, Cape Town 8005 South Africa
A suburb that was once famous for its art, jazz and cultural diversity has now become an iconic reminder of South Africa’s difficult political history. In the 1970s, some 60 000 of the town’s inhabitants were forcibly removed from their homes in order for the land to be repurposed for whites-only settlement. Today, the area – with its museums and heritage sites – serves as a reminder of a time when Cape Town and its people were divided by legislature.
A tiny suburb wedged in-between Cape Town City and Greenpoint, Bo Kaap (“High Cape”) is a cultural and architectural diamond in the rough. Brightly coloured homes high up on Cape Town’s mountain-slope terrain are cheerful landmarks, home to a wonderfully vibrant, unique urban culture unlike any other in the Cape, or indeed the world.
Just a few minutes outside of Cape Town’s City Centre, the suburb of Woodstock is a unique melting pot of local culture, suburban energy and a sense of entrepreneurial optimism. Famous for its many beautiful, brightly coloured houses, the area also boasts vibrant Cape-Malay cuisine, and a nightlife culture often preferred by the locals to the more tourist-friendly destinations elsewhere.
Hout Bay is an astonishingly beautiful beach, harbour and seaside community, often lovingly referred to as “The Republic of Hout Bay” by its “citizens”. Several roads provide access in and out of the area, with with astonishing ocean and mountain views. Chapman’s Peak, however, is probably the most famous road in Cape Town, and with good reason. When not closed for maintenance or due to weather, its sheer cliffs are wondrously beautiful (and a little bit scary).
Cape Town’s “fynbos” (literally translates to “fine bush”) eco-system is the most biodiverse in the world. The Cape Point Nature Reserve is a vast conservatory of thousands of species of plant, insect and animal life not found anywhere else on the planet. Some species are so finely adapted to particular mountain slopes and wind channels that their entire habitats are confined to areas of just a square kilometer or two. Note: watch out for baboons… the little ones may be cute, but their dads can mean serious trouble.
Aside from its impossibly massive boulders, white sand and bright blue water, Boulders Beach in Simons Town is home to a large colony of Cape Jack-ass Penguins. Wooden boardwalks are ideal for penguin viewing, while a small swimming beach let’s you take a dip with the cheeky water birds. Simons Town is also home to South Africa’s naval harbour, a delightfully quaint waterfront and, during season, some of the best whale-watching in the country.
A half an hour’s drive away, Cape Town’s “other bay” presents a glorious blend of sleepy, small-town coastal living, and warm, swimmable waters. Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Kalk Bay boast fantastic restaurants amidst some of South Africa’s most beloved warm-water beaches… just watch out for the thriving great white shark population, who feed on the bay’s numerous seals!
Some of the most beautiful and meticulously maintained botanical gardens in the world. Host to regular outdoor concerts and home to many species of protea and Cape Town’s unique (and ultra-biodiverse) fynbos fauna. For those wanting to venture deeper into this natural wonderland, take a hike up Skeleton Gorge. Just watch out for bright-green boomslangs (“tree snakes”) – they’re highly venomous!
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Making a trip up South Africa’s “impossible mountain” is a no brainer – an absolute must to be able to say that you’ve really seen Cape Town. Whether you take the cable car, or decide to move those muscles and hike it, you’re in for a treat! In summer they offer a sunset special – half price for both up and down.
Originally established in the 1600s as a place for sailors to rest, rejuvenate and – critically – eat fresh fruit and vegetables, the Gardens have been meticulously maintained as a public park for centuries. Home to several museums, some amazing Cape Dutch architecture and, famously, a thriving population of peanut-loving squirrels.
If it’s a party you want, it’s a party you’ll get! Long Street is pumping with trendy bars, funky restaurants and banging clubs, seven days (and nights) a week! There’s so much to do and see that “one drink” quickly becomes five and, before you know it, you’re pulling back into The B.I.G at 5am. Good thing we’re only 10 minutes away.
Signal Hill overlooks the whole of Sea Point, Green Point and the harbour area, making it one of the most amazing sightseeing vantage-points in Cape Town. Lovers get lost in each other’s eyes, friends clink glasses over laughter and smiles, and lone travellers reconnect with themselves – all against the backdrop of brilliance that is our neighborhood.
Not as intense as the Table Mountain hike, but just as beautiful. The 45-minute walk reveals some of the most spectacular views in the world. The hike takes you up in a spiral through some of the most biodiverse nature on the planet! Most alluring at sunset and sunrise, but really just magnificent all the time.
Soft white sand and almost florescent, blue waters – welcome to Cape Town’s most famous beaches! Clifton is made up of four beaches, each one separated by beautiful boulders and rocks. Camps Bay Beach is right across the road from some amazing cocktail bars and restaurants. The sunbathing destinations of choice for some of the sexiest, most beautiful people in the world!
A profound part of South Africa’s sometimes dark history, nestled in an astonishing natural setting. Tragically, it was home to Nelson Mandela for 27 years of the prime of his life. Meticulously preserved, the prison island stands as a poignant reminder to the now-democratic South Africa of the price paid for freedom. The ferry takes off from the V&A Waterfront everyday at scheduled times.
Cape Town’s efficient and safe MyCiti Bus service has several stops less than 5 minutes away from us, ready to whisk you off to any beach or part of town. We also have a direct line to a reliable metered taxi service that will be here within 10 minutes to pick you up. Cape Town also boasts an established Uber network.
There is a fully equipped Virgin Active gym nearby, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, classes and a wide range of world-class gym equipment. Staying in shape while staying at The B.I.G is a piece of sugar-free, low carb cake (which, on a side-note, is widely available at local coffee shops and bistros!)
A short walk down the road for an artisanal burger and craft beer at Hudson’s restaurant, or perhaps a little spice in your life with some Mexican food at El Burro. Not hungry? The Jade Bar would love to have you over for a drink. Bottom line, The B.I.G is surrounded by dozens of delectable delis, cosy coffee shops, restaurants of all kinds, and a wide selection of bars.
There’s nothing like a breath of fresh sea air to lift the spirit! The famous Sea Point Promenade is less than 5 minutes away and is buzzing with runners, walkers, dogs (on leashes), cyclists and people picnicking or working out on the outdoor gym. Look out for paragliders swooping down for landings, and soccer balls being kicked around. It’s a strip of happiness, where the ocean meets the Earth.
The Backpackers in Green Point (or “B.I.G” for short) is perfectly situated between Cape Town’s iconic mountains and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, in one of the city’s most stylish, vibrant and beautiful suburbs.
The B.I.G is walking distance from Cape Town’s City centre and only a few kilometers from the pristine beaches of Camps Bay & Clifton Beach. The B.I.G boasts modern, newly renovated, comfortable accommodation, in the relaxed atmosphere that makes Cape Town’s hospitality world famous.
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Amy has travelled the world, staying in some of the best (and worst) accommodation along the way. In 2011, she opened the B.I.G. with one goal: “I want to bring home the best from my travels”. Amy’s a born and bred South African who knows all of Cape Town’s hidden gems and is always eager to give recommendations on the latest and greatest happenings around the city.
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Tal came to South Africa as a tourist in 2008, fell completely in love, and hasn't left since. He's a fun-loving, outdoorsy people-person with a passion for cooking. He always knows which way the wind blows as you can usually find him in the Western Cape's icey cold waters, surfing and making new friends.
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NIKITA & DAPH
Smiles for Miles
Daph is a full of life, quick witted socialising queen. Loves wine, quirky outfits and children. Restaurants and bars with a good vibe are her thing. Nikita is our little champion surfer. She loves the beach, good food and epic people that love nature and adventure.
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IVOR & MILOU
Front of House
Our superstar team at The B.I.G. They're larger than life, with a passion and zest for Cape Town! These two truly love what they do. Milou loves spending time with friends on the beach. Ivor loves to have all his mates over for a braai after an early hike up Lions Head.