Green Elephant Backpackers

Observatory – the student hub of Cape Town

The Green Elephant is the closest hostel to Groote Schuur Hospital and 5 minutes bus ride from The University of Cape Town (UCT), where students from all around the world live and meet each other.
The attractions are pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, a golf driving range, the original Observatory, Groote Schuur Hospital ( where the world’s first heart transplant took place, Cape Town Science Centre, theatres and small art galleries.

The annual Observatory Arts Festival is held on the first Weekend in December.

Trendy, young and artistic community.

Obs for short – Observatory is Cape Town´s bohemian* suburb. It is one of Cape Town´s happening suburbs for local bars, live music and health food restaurants.
*Bohemian – Socially unconventional; of free-and-easy habits. (The Pocket Oxford Dictionary)


The Green Elephant is situated in the lively student area of Observatory. We are close to pubs and restaurants,public transport, shops, movies, sportsgrounds and theatres .
It is well placed for a base in Cape Town while you enjoy the benefits the Cape has to offer. Being in a student area, the pubs are full of young people and prices are low ! It is not as expensive other Cape Town nightlife areas.

Groote Schuur Hospital – This World Famous Hospital jsut accross the road from the Green Elephant was the site of the worlds first successful Human to Human Heart Transplant in 1967. The Heart of Cape Town Museum is set in the original theatre and has an excellent tour.

The South African Astronomical Observatory – gives Observatory it’s name – view the night sky through the original telescopes – open nights on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month – just 10 minutes walk from the Green Elephant.

Cape Town Science Centre – accross the road from the Green Elephant, aptly situated on the grounds of the site of the first succesful Human Heart Transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital and walking distance from the Astronimical Observatory.

Bars and Music

Click on these links to see what is happening in Obs and why young, active people love it here!
The Obs Café The River Club Stones Pool Bar Trench Town Yellow Rose Bar

Breakfast Spots

Mimi’s Cafe – awesome all day breakfast.

Restaurants :

Mango Ginger for soul food.

Language Schools:

CEFR Certified Let’s Learn English.

The Knowledge Workshop is a few minutes away by public transport.


Chippies Texies Farbers Pavement Grill Pie Shop


Pick’nPay -Shopping center
SPAR – Station Road 07:00 – 20:00
SHELL 24 hour Service Station : Main Road
Total 24 hour Service Station : Main Road



PHARMACY Station Road

DOCTOR – Dr Nye – Station Road or SAA Netcare Travel Clinic

DENTIST Station Road