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Green Elephant is situated in Cape Town’s student area – Observatory. We are the closest Backpacker to Groote Schuur Hospital (and UCT Medical School) and a 5-minute bus ride from the University of Cape Town. Public transport, shops, bars and restaurants are all a short walk away.

Green Elephant offers budget accommodation to travelers, medical interns, volunteers, students and working folk.

We have been running since 1994 and have 2 houses. The main house has the 6-bed dorm rooms, a BBQ area and a swimming pool. The other house has the triple, twin and single private rooms. Both houses have unlimited Wi-Fi.

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Rooms & rates

At Green Elephant we believe that quality of sleep is important and all beds have good mattresses. 

Daily Rates:

Dorm-bed R235

Budget Room – Single R550

Budget Room – Double/Twin R550

Budget en-suite – Single R600

Budget en-suite – Double R600

Family Room – R750 for 3 and R1 000 for 4

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Monthly Rates:

Sharing: Bed in a 6-bed dorm room – R4 500

Private Room (shared bathroom): Single or Double/Twin – R12 000 for the room. R15 000 over peak times (Dec and Jan).

For monthly stays, please complete Green Elephant Inquiry Form or e-mail us here.

Please complete this Form for Group Inquiries

Paperwork: Here below is the application form for monthly stays (only to be completed after we have corresponded to confirm that we have space) that will be required to be completed and the lease and house-rules. Please read them to be sure that this is the kind of residence that would suite you before making inquiry and application.

  1. Application Form
  2. Sample Lease Agreement
  3. House-Rules


  • Free unlimited Wi-Fi
  • Linen supplied and changed fortnightly
  • Plunge pool
  • Communal kitchen
  • Braai area
  • Not a party residence, most of our guests are working or studying, so we enforce a quiet respectful environment.