Riverlodge Backpackers

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Alexandra Road, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

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    Friendly retreat on the outskirts


    Riverlodge Backpackers is located in Pinelands on the outskirts of Cape Town. There is a train station just across the road, and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the city centre. The people there are very friendly and the rooms basic but clean. Just make sure you don't occupy the big wicker chair near the entrance door for too long, as I think the cat really owns that one, and she will sit in front of you and stare at you until you vacate her favourite spot :-).

    For breakfast we usually went round the corner to the Oude Moulen Eco Village, where you can sit in the garden of the Millstone Cafe and Farmstall, while munching away on delicious homecooked food, and enjoying a lovely view over green fields towards the back of Table Mountain. We usually also stocked up there on snacks for the day, like the yummie "Stop me starving" cookies, for example.

    We really enjoyed staying there, and for us it was the perfect place to retreat to after the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Forum Posts

Green Point safe?

by eastjetfan

Have viewed good guest house in Green Point is it safe for 2 lady tourists? We are not hiring a car.My main concern is eating in local restaurants at night. Please advise as I am looking for accommodation for 1 week in Feb 2009.

Re: Green Point safe?

by JohanIsWeg

Unfortunately no one can give you that assurance. Aside from the fact that every major city in the world would advise caution with respect to personal safety, it is a sad fact that South Africa is currently particularly afflicted by crime.
All I can advise is to exercise strategies to minimise your risk of falling prey to crime. A google search on personal safety tips or crime prevention hints should see you on your way.
Obvious things would include not wearing or carrying valuables in public view, being aware of your surroundings, letting people know where you're going and expected return time etc.
In a recent newspaper report, the Western Cape police commissioner warned of an increase in credit card thefts, so a purse or handbag would be an obvious target.
Hope you have a safe holiday.

Re: Green Point safe?

by mandybee

it should be fine - perhaps after dark a taxi is a good idea- otherwise greenpoint is busy and central and quite a vibe these days.

Re: Green Point safe?

by MichaelaGabriel


where is the place I wonder? There are three parts of Green Point really. The Waterkant (very young trendy, little gay, cute little houses, arty shops and cafes, lower Green Point (industrial) and Green Point near to Glengariff Street (main Road is known to be frequented by prostitutes, but the other parts are nice and upmarket). The higher up the better...

Hope this helps. If you tell me where you would stay I can give you more detailed information.


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Re: Green Point safe?

by eastjetfan

The B & B is in Thornhill Road called Brenwin Guest House.Thankyou for your interest.

Travel Tips for Cape Town

Tourism Information Centre

by cochinjew

One of the most organized tourism information centres in the world is right here in cape town at the centre of town.. all sorts of information you would need to know about cape town and the cape province.. every single bed and breakfast and hotel information.. tours and tours to hither and there... and more importantly the most helpful of all agents..
Henry James is really a gem of a helper... we talked for a while and he recommended that i stay at David's and it was almost like a custom fit..
When someone likes their job it shows, and talking to Henry, one gets pleasure and also he doesnt instill fear into you, like everyone else, it is not part of his job to do so, i have noticed that people who really love their cities and who have no problems living in them, usually praise their cities and advice you analytically rather than dramatically how to reduce your chances of being hurt.. there are two tourism centres one at the arrival section at the international airport and the other larger one at the centre of town..
from the airport, they can advise you about.. the hotels or bed and breakfasts or hostels or how to get to town and the tours.. but the largest amount of information isat your fingertips at the tourism centre in the city.. one of the best organized tourism centres i have ever seen..
Thank you, Henry...

Bungy Jump - 216m of pure adrenalin

by CEP1863

Recognised as the world's highest bungy jump off Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route. What an experience! I was not sure that I would do the jump and I really expected myself to bottle it at the last minute but I took that leap of faith and wow what an experience. The guys who set the rig up are fantastic and it was their whole demeanor that helped me to jump they are such cool dudes - thanks guys!

Would I recommend it - YES - if you are into the thrill seeking adrenalin rush this is definately for you. It isn't cheap and paying extra for the video adds up. I paid 580 rand for my jump and then added on the extra of the "Flying Fox" and the video so it wasn't cheap but it was worth it.

Would I do it again - YES - but there again I am mad!! Make sure that you have warm clothing or a least a sweatshirt with you. You can get quite chilly once you are out on the jump site as it is shaded and there is a cool wind blowing up the valley.



Amongst the Fynbos plants, ocean and beaches, there is an idyllic venue just right for a teambuilding experience or workshop away from the hustle and bustle of the work environment. Just 45min away from Cape Town, the newly renovated Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre. The fully equipped Conference facility can cater for groups of up to 24 people.
All Coffee, tea & Confectioneries as well as a tailor made lunch menu are provided by the Buffelsfontein Volunteer Group, which uses these funds for environmental projects in the Cape of Good Hope Section of the Table Mountain National Park. Or enjoy a braai in the corporate braai area situated to the side of the conference room

Available equipment:
• Data projector
• Audio equipment
• White boards
• Flipcharts
• Surround sound.
• Overhead projector

Cape Town Airport

by mke1963

Cape Town Airport is two different worlds: the international arrivals bit (clean, modern, well laid out) and the rest of it: international departures and the domestic terminal - crampled, dark, chaotic, sweaty. Disgraceful.

There is a tourist information desk in international arrivals, and is an efficient place with useful shops, clearly marked areas, good signs....how it should be. The rest makes Lagos Airport look well-designed.

Simple but Gourmet Italian

by TRimer about 95 Keerom

We really lucked out here. After asking about going to the highly recommended restaurant, Ginja, our B&B hosts suggested another place where after perusing the menu we decided to cancel our reservation. So we were lucky to get an early reservation at 95 Keerom. We arrived by taxi to an almost deserted street with a man/bouncer in a black leather jacket and an earpiece guarding the door. We were seated in a red brick, cosy room in the front. We ordered wine and looked at the menu and then the chef/owner, Giorgio Nava, came by to explain the menu and house specialties. He is known for his simple yet delicious Northern Italian dishes.

Upstairs, the open dining room features blond wood tables around a live olive tree. This is one of the few places that Joe did not get to share my food. In fact, he did not get to even try my main dish (the butternut ravioli). We shared a great dessert of chocolate souffle and chocolate mousse.

A little trivia - Keerom is is Afrikaans for Turn Around.


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