As a solo female traveler, and one who travels to second and third world countries often, deciding where to stay when backpacking is an important. I look at safety as my number one factor and then following that of course everything else: WiFi access, cleanliness, social atmosphere, location, well the list goes on! While I occasionally splurge on a hotel or Airbnb, I had heard the backpacking crowd in South Africa was one to get to know and of course the best way to make friends is to stay at hostels!
Some of my friends gasp at the thought of staying in a hostel! There are various types of hostels, there are dirty and unsafe ones (sure!) and there are also clean and safe ones too. If you’ve had a bad experience, I would encourage you to be open because there are so many amazing ones around the world with a lot to offer! Generally speaking, hostels offer a more affordable means to travel, they open opportunities for you to make new friends, and there are comfortable, safe, and clean options.
I look at safety as my number one factor and then following that of course everything else: WiFi access, cleanliness, social atmosphere, location, and well the list goes on! While I occasionally splurge on a hotel or Airbnb, I had heard the backpacking crowd in South Africa was one to get to know and of course the best way to make friends is to stay at hostels!
I spent a solid 3 weeks in Cape Town alone and a week at never@home which is located in Green Point. In my opinion the never@home’s location couldn’t be any better with it being safe and nearby all the action. Green Point is very close to the V&A Waterfront, which is a must visit.
I was able to easily make tons of friends the first week I stayed at never@home, likely due to the fact that there is a social bar and restaurant in the back that everyone hangs at. The Randy Warthog, Bar and Restaurant offers affordable meals and snacks, including a full bar with happy hour deals and specials.
An in-house travel desk is next to reception with a friendly Cape Xtreme agent ready to answer any questions you may have. I found this to be very helpful during my stay, especially as I was just getting to know Cape Town.
This hostel supports an after school program for children called iKhaya Le Themba. iKhaya offers the children a cooked meal and the teachers help with homework. It is a great initiative they are proud to support and thus they encourage their guests to visit during their stay.
Overall I loved my stay! Thanks never@home!
Thanks to From Here To Sunday for this post.