About Robertson Backpackers

About Us

Kevin and Lynda

After travelling overseas for 3 years, Kevin & Lynda returned to South Africa in 2002 with the idea of opening a backpackers. They decided to settle in the Western Cape and eventually found the friendly town of Robertson. Nestled between the Langeberg Mountains and the Breede River, the town and surrounds are well known for olive farms and superb wine estates which can all be visited. There was plenty to do in the valley and this made a fantastic place to open up a backpackers.

The house they bought was an old Victorian farm house, dating back to the 1880's. The rooms are big and airy with high ceilings. It is spacious and there are plenty of communal areas, so it never feels crowded. A lot of care has been taken to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. and all the beds have comfortable duvets and pillows.

The lush garden with stunning mountain views, comes alive at night with intimate lamps and lanterns. Guests are welcome to use the well equipped kitchen or use the communal braai.

The Moroccan room with an indoor fireplace & bar has a certain bohemian feel about it. It is a great place to have a drink, smoke a Shisha and listen to cool African tunes.

In 2010 two garden en-suites were built with their own veranda & sky-light shower. These have proven to be extremely popular.

Only a two hour drive away from Cape Town and with lots to do in the area you will want to stay longer. The Backpackers Rated one of the best in the Western Cape by the Rough Guide

So if you want to get away from the rat-race or indulge in some country activities, then this is the place to be.

There is fast free Wi-Fi.

History of Robertson Backpackers


Ernst & Johanna Marais lived in the original farm house that was to become Robertson Backpackers

The original home that is now the Backpackers was built in the 1880's, about 30 years after the town of Robertson was first established & about 15 years before the start of the Anglo Boer war. The home was built during the time when the town was considered extremely prosperous.

It is one of the original farm houses in the area. It is built in a Victorian Style and was typical of the type of modest farmsteads in the area consisting of 4 rooms. The toilets would have been outside & the bathing would have been done in the kitchen around the fire, which is now the TV room.


The Extended Marais Family
The house can be seen top left


Ernst Marais feeding his chickens

The front of the house would have extended to Paul Kruger Street, which is now the back yard of the Backpackers & the front yard of the backpackers & beyond, would have been the remainder of the farm.

As the family grew & prospered, a larger & fancier house was built next door & the family moved in. The original house was then occupied by the farmers eldest son & family, who built on a kitchen & indoor bathroom/ toilet to the main house. This can clearly be seen by the change in architecture style, from Victorian to Georgian. At some stage in its history, the house was then occupied by the Farm Manager.

In the 60's/70's the farm was sold & divided into plots. The lay-out is very much as it is today.

On Oct 2002, Kevin Gillot & Lynda Besaans bought the house & turned it into a Backpackers accommodation.

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These photos were taken in 2003 & is what the place looked like when we bought it. The garage on the left has now been turned into the Moroccan Room. The hedge & garden had just been planted.

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In 2010 the Garden en-suites were built