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PJ's Riverlodge Backpackers is situated on the Oude Molen Village Estate. The estate itself is on a large tract of land nestled next to the sensitive wetlands of the Black River.

Steeped in history, the Village continues to make history by sustaining itself and the resident community through micro-enterprise.

What is Oude Molen Village

Oude Molen houses approximately 70 tenants involved in a wide range of micro-enterprise activities who together provide employment for up to 300 people in season.

Activities vary in diversity from organic farming to education, NGO's, craft making, film industry, metal and wood workshops, catering, local and international backpackers, art, leisure and outdoor activities and youth programs.

Besides the micro-economic aspects, the village also has a variety of social and environmental activities such as youth skills development and aftercare program, patient development program and tree planting and alien tree eradication activities.


10 minues from the Airport:
Take the N2 towards Cape Town;
Turn off at Exit 10B Raapenberg Road (Pinelands).
From Raapenberg Road turn left into Alexandra Road.(Left towards Vincent Palloti hospital)
(Opposite Pinlands Railway Station) Left into Oude Molen Eco Village;
Once in village, look for the Riverlodge sign 10m after entry on the right.

10 minues from the Cape Town Central:
Take the N2 towards Airport;
Follow the signs to the Airport on Settlers Way.
Take Exit 10 Raapenberg Road (Pinelands).
From Raapenberg Road turn left into Alexandra Road.
Left into Oude Molen Eco Village;
Once in village, look for the Riverlodge sign 10m after entry on the right.


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Riverlodge Backpackers Hostel & Budget Self-Catering Accommodation is based in the Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands, just 10km's from the Cape Town International Airport. The Cape Town City centre is only km's away.

The Backpackers dorms are perfect for Volunteer Accommodation -- we are regularily used by Volunteering Organisations such as Habitat For Humanity.

The Budget Self-Catering Accommodation consists of single, double and dormitory rooms. Only lodge in Cape Town, with two camp sites, for vehicles and tents -- is located within our garden!

We have a travel desk which can help you plan every aspect of your trip, from arranging; booking theatre tickets to planning a trip to Robben Island or a coastal trip along the Garden Route. We have it all

Some interesting activities at Oude Molen Eco Village are: Horse-riding on the Estate from the on-site stables; Walking around the wetlands; Visiting the local Farm Stall.



Configuration of sleeping facilities can be adapted to specific needs. All our rooms are clean and safe, include bed linen, and if you forgot your towel - just hire one.

We have: 9 Single Rooms (Sleeping 2 each) - 7 Dorms (Sleep 4 each) - 2 Double rooms - 2 Family rooms

Moreover we feature: self-catering kitchen - weekly B.B.Q's - Free Hot Showers - Lounge area with DSTV - Laundry Service - No lock out or curfew

There's also camping available in our beautiful and safe back yard - either with tents or vehicles.


Other Facilities and Features

We offer free luggage storage for guests arriving before check in time. For guests checking out, it will cost a small fee to leave their bags.

There is a Travel Desk & Shop, and in our Info Centre you find a public phone - e-mail facilities - car rentals - tour bookings etc.

We also have a night time security guard, to ensure that you and your vehicle are safe. There's foreign exchange available, and ample parking for busses and overland vehicles.



Tel: 021 448 0526

Cell: 082 515 0407





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