Cape Town – Cape Town’s The Backpack has been ranked in the top spot of Lonely Planet’s top three best-value hotels in the world, two of which are situated in South Africa. Situated in close proximity to the city’s iconic Table Mountain – The Backpack was also recently voted Best Hostel in Africa 2014 by hostelworld.com. They are also accredited by Fair Trade Tourism; recognised for their community projects, and a member of the South African Youth Travel Confederation (SAYTC). Cape Town can be accessed on so many levels and on all types of budgets. With many of the hostels opened by seasoned South African travellers, our budget offering truly offers bang for travellers’ bucks. It’s commendable too that many budget travel hostels and backpackers are leaders in responsible tourism practices;” said Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy. The Drakensberg Inkosana Lodge is number three on the best value list, and the Wild Coast’s Bulungula Backpackers came second on Lonely Planet’s top ten list of “Outstanding Eco Hotels.” Cape Town was recently voted third City in the 2014’s Top Cities in the world to travel to, by Lonely Planet, as well as top of theguardian.com’s Top 40 Destination Round-up for 2014, not forgetting The New York Times’ number one Destination on their list of 52 Places to Go in 2014. National Co-ordinator for SAYTC, Deborah Smook said that South African backpacker hostels have amazingly high standards, without losing their personal touch - as most of them are owner run. “All of our Western Cape members are either star graded or Fair Trade accredited. Since 2009 travellers under the age of thirty 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 corner stone 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 continued. “We have experienced a strong season this summer. In part this is due to the currency which is favourable for travellers from Europe and America right now, but Cape Town remains a top value,” Duminy said.