Cape Town’s The Backpack hotel has been named No 1 in the world on the Lonely Planet best-value hotels top-three list; two of the top three are in South Africa, News24 reports.
The Drakensberg Inkosana Lodge is No. 3 on the best-value list, and the Wild Coast’s Bulungula Backpackers ranked No. 2 on Lonely Planet’s top 10 list of outstanding eco hotels.
Cape Town lodgings ranked high on several other recent travel indexes, according to News24.
Situated close to the city’s iconic Table Mountain, The Backpack was also
recently voted Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by hostelworld.com. It is also accredited by
Fair Trade Tourism; recognized for its community projects, and a member of the South
African Youth Travel Confederation.
Among other accolades, Cape Town was recently voted No. 3 in Lonely Planet’s 2014 Top Cities in the world to travel to. It ranked No. 1 in TheGuardian.com’s Top 40 Destination Round-Up for 2014. Cape Town also scored No. 1 destination in The New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.
South African backpacker hostels have amazingly high standards without losing their personal touch because most of them are run by their owners, said Deborah Smook, National Co-ordinator for South African Youth Travel Confederation.
“All of our Western Cape members are either star graded or Fair Trade accredited,” she said. “Since 2009 travelers under the age of 30 have more than tripled and we can see that in our businesses. It is important for our establishments to be best value as it lays the cornerstone for future travelling to South Africa. If we can hook them while they are young with our country’s beauty, diversity, quality accommodation at great prices, the chances are good that they will return when they are older with families and stay in hotels and guest houses,” Smook said.
Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy, credits a currency favorable for travelers from America and Europe with this year’s strong southern hemisphere summer tourist season.
“Cape Town remains a top value,” Duminy said.