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African Heart Backpackers

27 Station Rd, Observatory 7905, South Africa
#2 of 10 hotels in Observatory
67 Reviews 4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here while visiting friends in the area. Very laid back atmosphere and wonderful staff. The location is great because it is both close to shops + restaurants along Lower Main Rd and the minibus taxis along Main Rd. I would definitely recommend to everyone.

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Mechelen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a volunteer I stayed at African Heart for two months and I had the best time! I really felt like I was coming home after work because it really is a little house with a beautiful kitchen, a cosy living room, clean showers and toilets, nice rooms and amazing, friendly, open-minded people to top it all of. The location... More

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Casino, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Nice backpackers, but not the best for tourists as it is a fairly long trip into the city (and a pretty sketchy journey to make at night!). The area is nice and has good restaurants, but breakfast was pretty stingy compared with other backpackers we stayed in.

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Jamie-Owner, Owner at African Heart Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Samone & Jarryd, I appreciate the feedback and that you liked African Heart, and would like to respond to your criticisms. Cape Town is a big city spanning over 100km end-to-end. We do not try to compete with the oversupply of backpackers in the City-centre, rather offering guests a more intimate look into the real Cape Town, and Observatory... More

Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Stayed here once again when visiting Cape Town. Great place with great people and always something going on. There's a bar street just around the corner and close to minibuses to the centre. Definitely recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Stayed her x4 now and it just keeps getting better. Always our first choice in Cape Town. Laidback with a funky vibe. Close to what you need, what you want and what you must have, or what you crave. Observatory is a coolish sub to Cape Town with a vibe that will keep you away from Long Street most days... More

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Coffee Bay, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

its my first time in capetown i decided to stay at african heart backpackers , it was a hot day in cape town 37 degrees as soon as i walked in reception it was cool and was greeted by a friendly and welcoming receptionist , she gave me the tour of the place and explained everything to me and i... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I stayed at African Heart Backpackers for 4 weeks from Jan to Feb 2014 when I was doing an elective posting at Groote Schuur Hospital. Firstly, the location was fantastic. It was literally a stone's throw away from the Hospital and I would definitely recommend medics who are going to the hospital to stay here for the convenience. There is... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I stayed at African Heart backpackers in July when i came to south africa on my own to travel and do some volunteer work. I didn't know what to expect when i booked to stay here but i was not disappointed! I can honestly say i had an amazing time staying there and cant wait to go back! The staff... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Two of my friends and I decided to road trip to Cape Town for Dec 2013. I hadn't heard about African Heart but was lucky enough to get a booking. Staying here really made our holiday. The atmosphere is amazing and the staff so welcoming - we were actually sad to leave. Met great people and staying in Obs was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

I stayed at African heart for 2,5 months, whilst working as a volunteer in a township. The staff became family and the backpackers felt like home. African heart is located in central observatory which is a lively, young and interesting surburb to Cape Town city. If you want to explore Cape Town this is the perfect location, with commute trains,... More

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Address: 27 Station Rd, Observatory 7905, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
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African Heart is a backpackers lodge with a difference. Vibrant colors, retro furniture, original artworks, spotless modern bathrooms and ultra-comfy beds. We are a small lodge offering a high quality standard of backpackers accommodation and facilities. We also offer superior guest service from our Reception, taking care of anything you need, from booking adventures and onward travels, to where to find the best local music, entertainment and food. ... more   less 
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