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EEstablished in 1994, in the heart of Observatory, Green elephant backpackers offers guests a chance to integrate with the local community and become involved with sustainability. We take pride in our community recycling, worm farm composting, rainwater plunge pool, veggie garden, in house dog, solar heated geysers, heat pump, grey-water flush toilets and low flow shower heads. Guests, staff and locals share our Indaba bar, free lunch Tuesdays, pizza Thursdays, African cuisine Tuesdays and movie night Sundays. We also have in-house guides for table mountain hiking, kayaking with penguins, abseiling table mountain, township tours and bicycle tours. Reception is manned 24 hours a day, with a toll-free number, airport transfers, CCTV security, neighbourhood watch, free unlimited Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee. We have 24 dormitory beds, 13 private rooms and 5 camp spots. All staff are considered family; 12 full time members and 4 part time. We take time to train together, go on outings together, eat well together and raise funds for each others welfare.