Green Elephant Backpackers is in the lively suburb of Observatory. This budget accommodation in Cape Town is the hostel closest to Groote Schuur Hospital. The hospital is a within walking distance. The Observatory is only a 5-minute bus ride from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Green Elephant Backpackers is where students, interns and volunteers from all around the world live. There is a selection of bars, live music venues, coffee shops and restaurants. This is on Lower Main Road; this is also a happening nightspot. It is where students hang out and have fun.
Observatory, or Obs for short, has always been a free-spirited place. Capetonians consider it to be bohemian and alternative. It is where the people are unconventional and free-and-easy. Back in the bad-old apartheid days, this was among the few suburbs where all races lived together. Obs continues to accept people of all colors and persuasions. This has made it a comfortable place to be for local and international visitors.
Attractions in Observatory
Groote Schuur Hospital
Groote Schuur is a world famous hospital a short walk from Green Elephant Backpackers. It is the site of the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant. This was done by Dr. Chris Barnard in 1967. The Heart of Cape Town Museum is set in the original theatre and offers an excellent tour.
South African Astronomical Observatory
Observatory gets its name from the South African Astronomical Observatory. The Observatory has open nights on the second and fourth Saturday each month. In addition to attending a talk about astronomy, you can view the night sky through the original telescopes. The observatory is a ten-minute walk from Green Elephant Backpackers.
Cape Town Science Centre
The Cape Town Science Centre moved to Observatory in 2011. With over 300 permanent interactive exhibits, the centre aims to educate and entertain kids. Kids can learn from science shows, workshops, holiday programmes, science camps and science theatre. Here there are travelling exhibitions, hands-on experiments, excursions and many other experiences. They are designed to expand their horizons. The Cape Town Sciene Centre is 500m from Green Elephant Backpackers.
Accommodation at Green Elephant Backpackers
Green Elephant Backpackers has been running since June 1994 and now have 3 houses. The main house has the dorm rooms, wireless internet, a festive bar. There is also a BBQ area and a swimming pool. The other two houses have private rooms, are quieter and are good for long-stay guests.
Cancellation / Prepayment
PAYMENT & RESERVATIONS POLICY
Reservation and confirmation of a room at Green Elephant Backpackers has requirements. Clients are required to pay 50% down payment for the requested services. The balance will be required at least 14 days prior to your date of arrival.
African Safari Tour will hold a reservation for up to seven days at a client's request. This is to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. This is if Green Elephant Backpackers booking are over a month prior to the service. This must be received before we can confirm your booking. If confirmation is not received within the seven days all blocked rooms at Green Elephant Backpackers will be automatically released for re-sale. The full amount of the service must be made within 14 days of date of arrival at Green Elephant Backpackers . As for bookings within a month of service, full payment shall be requested for. This will be required before confirmation of Green Elephant Backpackers is undertaken.
All cancellations must be received in writing. This will take effect from the date received by African Safari Tour. The following cancellation charges will apply.
More than 56 days before departure: No cancellation fee
56-49 days before departure: 25%
48-29 days before departure: 35%
28-0 days before departure: 100%
The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees. These cancellation charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers.
Children and extra beds
Children older than 2 years are welcome at Green Elephant Backpackers . One child from 2 to 11.9 years is charged 50 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds for children in a room is 2.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Accepted credit cards
Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express