Best Places for Backpackers in South Africa.

Enjoy backpacking around South Africa without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in South Africa.

Top 50 hostels in South Africa.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in South Africa.

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Accoustix Backpackers Hostel

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Accoustix Backpackers Hostel

THE BACKPACKER Accoustix Backpacker and Sleek Travel situated in Randburg, Johannesburg has been supplying valued accommodation to thousands of Local and International Clients for more than 12 years. Our clients keep coming back. We are a Recommended Backpacker for 'Lonely Planet'. If you enjoy c...
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Durban Backpackers - On the Beach

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Durban Backpackers - On the Beach

With stunning panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, en-suite doubles with their own TV, cozy dorms with self-catering facilities, a sparkling pool and a scrummy breakfast, come to Durban Backpackers On The Beach for some affordable luxury. Situated in Durban North between the City Centre and Umh...
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Sensayuma Backpackers

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Sensayuma Backpackers

Welcome to Sensayuma luxury backpackers. With a 180 eagles eye view of the mighty Tugela river and the Indian ocean. Sensayuma is truly a Zululand’s best-kept secret gem. Most likely though your going to want to do the big chill. Head for the beach bar to order a cocktail or two. You can wiggle your...
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Shapes Of Africa Rustic Stayover Eco Backpackers

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Shapes Of Africa Rustic Stayover Eco Backpackers

Shapes Of Africa Rustic Stayover Eco Backpackers was not long ago a few words spoken, a thought believed. And so it began…in the sugarcane fields of the rolling hills of Zululand… “Let’s build something” turned into a 11 year experience (2007-2018) – wow, look at us now! It all started with the...
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302 On Old Seaview Road Chelsea

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302 On Old Seaview Road Chelsea

Close to Kragga Kamma Game Park and Seaview Lion Park, 302 On Old Seaview Road Chelsea is our best kept secret in Port Elizabeth. Owner run and managed by Karen & Keith who ensure that guests experience personalised hospitality, our key focus is guest comfort and the bed experience, ensuring that yo...
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Earthbound B&B

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Earthbound B&B

Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice Payment upon arrival by cash and credits cards Check in from 14:00 till 19:00 Check out before 10.00 Breakfast is included Taxes included...
Earthbound B&B is a guesthouse in Oudtshoorn. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Rosedale Organic Farm Bed & Breakfast

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Rosedale Organic Farm Bed & Breakfast

Stay in our wonderful guesthouse 11km from the Addo National Elephant Park, our cottages are set in an indigenous garden, where you will be woken by birdsong. Our Eco-friendly thatched-roof cottages and a natural rock pool are surrounded by vast citrus fruit orchards and beautiful native african ga...
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Wish U Were Here Lodge and Backpackers

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Wish U Were Here Lodge and Backpackers

Wish U Were Here is a creative new lodge situated in Woodstock, one of Cape Town oldest suburbs. Here you will experience an authentic cool urban stay over in a renovated old building with high ceilings and wonderful old wooden floors. Woodstock is 3 kilometers from the centre of Cape Town and 5...
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The Surf Shack

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The Surf Shack

STAY AT ONE OF THE COOLEST PLACES IN BLOUBERG, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA For kite boarding & kite surfing enthusiasts, extreme sports lovers, surfing fanatics, SUP (Stand up paddling), windsurfers, backpackers and travelers from all around the world!​ If you enjoy the relaxed way of the beach c...
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Witsand Backpackers

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Witsand Backpackers

Witsand Backpackers is a new backpackers hostel in the quiet coastal village of Witsand. Where the whales come to calf every year between May and October. Free Wi-Fi and safe parking available. There are coastal paths to walk and watch them just two mins walk from hostel. We are located close to...
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Aloha Lodge

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Aloha Lodge

.Aloha Lodge is conveniently located between the beaches Milnerton Lighthouse and Lagoon Beach in the suburb Milnerton, the nearest on the West Coast to Cape Town City Centre. The drive by either your car, the reliable MyCityBus or with popular UBER takes no longer than 15 min. The beach is in walki...
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Kruger African Bush Backpackers

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Kruger African Bush Backpackers

Our property is designed to give you a true experience of the sights, sounds and fragrances of wild Africa, without compromising on comfort. Enjoy the best of the African bush experience as you sit around our fire under the dazzling African night sky. A unique immersion in the African wild awai...
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Smiths Cottage

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Smiths Cottage

Smiths Cottage is a tranquil, upmarket home-from-home, set in a beautiful sub-tropical garden, with affordable traveller's rates. We have a modern fully-equipped, 2 bed roomed, seft-catering cottage which sleeps 4-6 pax., with TV lounge, open plan kitchen and bathroom. Step into our pool from yo...
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Wanderlust Adventures

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Wanderlust Adventures

Wanderlust Adventures is a modern day backpackers situated in the small town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. If you looking for a place to feel at home then this is the place to stop. With friendly staff and a great vibe its the perfect destination to relax after a long day of fun activities whi...
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We Bushcamp & horse safaris

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We Bushcamp & horse safaris

The Bushcamp is situated on a small private reserve, bordering the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, False Bay section about 13km away from the rural town of Hluhluwe. We offer several accommodation options to a maximum of 38 guests in 17 houses and chalets. Our rooms all have a ceiling fan, with doubl...
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At Sixty Eight Guesthouse

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At Sixty Eight Guesthouse

We like to think of At Sixty Eight as home away from home. We have a rustic feel to our property and encourage interaction with and among our guests. A boma for social evenings is available and an upstairs wooden deck with a peaceful view of sunset and stars. Our wooden deck is known as Tree Tops an...
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Zzzone

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Zzzone

Located in the bustling town centre of Hermanus, Zzzone enjoys a prominent position close to a number of vibrant restaurants, bars and exciting attractions. Shark cage diving, marine boating and wine tour pick-up points are all located within 200m of us and during whale season, whales can be seen fr...
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Le Blue Guesthouse

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Le Blue Guesthouse

Within a short walk of both the beach and the river lies Le Blue Guest House. This immaculate establishment is as clean as a new pin and offers you comfortable and well appointed B&B accommodation for your stay with friendly and efficient, but never intrusive, service. Enjoy a hearty English bre...
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Amber Lagoon

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Amber Lagoon

Amber Lagoon lying in the heart of the Little Karoo near Route 62 between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp.Surrounded by the Swartbergmountains and the Gamka Nature Reserve and Farms.This 10 hectare plot has an enormous garden with lots of succulents and other indigenous plants and trees. Sleep in selfcat...
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Backpackers Connection @ JNB Airport

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Backpackers Connection @ JNB Airport

Situated only 8 km from Johannesburg’s or Tambo International Airport, this is the ideal place to start and end your holiday/tour in Africa. Backpackers Connection take care or the budget-conscious travellers offering two 6-bedded dormitory rooms with a desk and lockers, as well as rooms with p...
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The Birches Backpacker Lodge

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The Birches Backpacker Lodge

The Birches Backpacker Lodge is a backpackers hostel offering comfortable accommodation. High speed internet and WiFi all over the property as well as a Bluetooth enabled entertainment area allow superb connectivity. Barbeque weekends are arranged, and bicycle use is free. Free tea and coffee at all...
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Little Brak Beach House

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Little Brak Beach House

Little Brak River is a quaint sea side village set on the outskirts of Mossel Bay. Little Brak River offers guests an immaculate unspoilt Blue Flag beach with an abundance of bird and marine life, just 200 meters walking distance from the guest house. The area is a well known whale watching hot-sp...
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The B.I.G Backpackers

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The B.I.G Backpackers

Welcome to Hostelworld’s top-rated hostel in Africa! Meet new friends on one of our B.I.G night’s out, relax by the pool, and make memories you will cherish forever at Cape Town’s best boutique backpackers! The Backpackers in Green Point (or “B.I.G” for short) is excellently located; nestled j...
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Elundini Backpackers

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Elundini Backpackers

Elundini Backpackers is an eco-friendly hostel. Our dormitory and both of our private rooms are each situated in traditionally built rondavels. We have a six bed dormitory in the red room, a double bed and two singles in our orange room, and the green room has two double beds. Toilets and showers...
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Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails

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Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails

Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails and Accommodation, deep in the Southern Drakensberg, is the perfect base to explore, adventure or relax. It's famous for its spectacular horse trails and multi-day, cross-border horseback Lesotho expedition. With 1300 hectares at your disposal, ride over the ridge-tops on...
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Lodge 96

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Lodge 96

Welcome to the land of 333 days sunshine a year! Are you looking for helpful friendly staff that actually care about you getting the best of your South African trip, tailor made for you as you enjoy FREE WIFI with free tea/coffee whilst we advise you? Look no further! At Lodge 96 we can not only you...
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Karoo Soul Backpackers

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Karoo Soul Backpackers

Surrounded by a huge garden, this upmarket, uncrowded and spacious hilltop mansion is a classic fusion of old and new. Revel in daily sunset extravaganzas, lounge in the pool, and relax in hammocks. Catch your breath again on more than 4000 square metres and stretch your body out on high quality b...
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Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

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Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

We at Bohemian Lofts Backpackers offer affordable, funky and clean rooms. We offer a free basic breakfast and more importantly we offer free WiFi internet in our communal areas as well as in some of the en-suite rooms. From Obs you can get to the False Bay beaches, the West Coast beaches, the centre...
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Cederberg Oasis

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Cederberg Oasis

We run a backpacker in the middle of nowhere. Mountain all around us. Hiking, Rock-climbing, motor biking and star-gazing is a popular. We offer indoor and tented accommodation. There is 10 available campsites. Our central location makes it possible to visit all the Cederberg offers. Driving to t...
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Umzumbe Surf House And Surf Camp

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Umzumbe Surf House And Surf Camp

Located footsteps away from the golden sand of Umzumbe Beach our surf lodge couldn't be closer to nature and the sea. Set in a very relaxed and peaceful environment only 1hr South of Durban. One of the original sea side cottages in Umzumbe has been renovated carefully and thoughtfully to meet the co...
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12 Decades Johannesburg Art Hotel

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12 Decades Johannesburg Art Hotel

The 12 Decades Johannesburg Art hotel chronicles the history of Johannesburg fom 1886-2006 with rooms designed and conceptualised by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists and designers. Situated in the heart of Johannesburg CBD, in the newly developed cultural Precinct, Maboneng, our hotel...
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Kruger Inn Backpackers

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Kruger Inn Backpackers

A Safari on your doorstep. Sit on the deck and watch giraffe, zebra, kudu wonder by. The animals roam freely here so a walk to the shops, pub, laundry or swimming pool is a mini safari. Accommodation from luxuary suite to dorm. Rooms are ensuite. Let us take you on an unforgettable private...
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Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge

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Blue Sky Mining Backpackers & Lodge

Blue Sky Mining is a year-round oasis and a leisure lover’s paradise! We boast one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, nestled in a beautiful subtropical garden, complete with rock pools. For sunny skies, azure waters beckoning with enthralling activities and heavenly pe...
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Mile Crunchers Backpackers

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Mile Crunchers Backpackers

Mile Crunchers Backpackers are situated in the center of town With large rooms and high ceilings. With a 10 bed dorm and a few double, twin, to quad rooms you will receive a real personal touch with us. The dorms are spacious, with new comfortable mattresses, crisp colourful bedding. All Private roo...
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Hadeda House Backpackers

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Hadeda House Backpackers

Hadeda House offers self catering budget accommodation in the upmarket suburb of Durban North, perfect for the budget conscious traveler. Fully equipped kitchens are provided for all your self catering needs, and a communal dining area is situated along side the large lounge and chill area. There is...
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91 Loop

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91 Loop

91 Loop represents all the modern traveller is looking for in a hostel. It’s clean, it’s safe, it's modern and it’s a hub of backpacker activity, right in the heart of Cape Town. With super friendly staff putting on a load of fun activities, you’d be forgiven for not making it out the door, but when...
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Cape Agulhas Backpackers

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Cape Agulhas Backpackers

Cape Agulhas Backpackers is situated 300m from 14km unbroken white sandy Indian Ocean beach and close to all the surfing and Kite surfing hot spots. We are in walking distance from the town centre with restaurants, shops and bars. We have dorms, doubles and Double en suites with private little garde...
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Karma Backpackers

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Karma Backpackers

We are the backpacker hostel closest to the Sentinel car park and thus the ideal base from which to tackle the Amphitheatre day hike, one of the Drakensberg's most thrilling. From the Sentinel parking area the path takes you to the top of the mountain via the Chain Ladders, where you can enjoy the...
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Simon

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Simon's Town Backpackers

This hostel (Only 40 km from Cape Town city) is close to everything Simon's Town has to offer. It's the last town before you reach Cape Point, and offers centralised access to all the best attractions of the Cape Peninsula. Activities include: Surfing, fishing, diving, sailing, sea kayaking, hik...
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Atlantic Point Backpackers

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Atlantic Point Backpackers

Voted HostelWorld's best backpackers in both Africa and South Africa in 2012 & 2015, we are working hard to exceed your expectations. We're perfectly positioned, 1km from the waterfront and 750m from the new Green Point Stadium. We have a variety of rooms including mixed and female-only dorms,...
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Fairy Knowe Backpackers

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Fairy Knowe Backpackers

Fairy Knowe Backpackers Lodge offers quality facilities ensuring a memorable stay: Travel Information Centre and Adventure Tour Bookings Free Internet & Wifi Valuables Safe in all rooms Full Bar and Pool Table Telephone and Fax Facility Lounge, Library and Fire Place Big Screen Cinema Televis...
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Afrovibe Beach Lodge

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Afrovibe Beach Lodge

Afrovibe Beach Lodge is located in Sedgefield, a quaint seaside villlage set in the lakes district between the towns of Wilderness and Knysna on the Garden Route of South Africa. This owner-run hostel is situated right on Myoli Beach. Myoli Beach is an undiscovered paradise littered with adventur...
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The Backpack Cape Town

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The Backpack Cape Town

We are South Africa's original backpacker, established in 1990. We are an award winning, Fair Trade hostel that invests in people, communities and the environment giving meaningful and relaxed, travel experiences. The Backpack is perfectly situated in the heart of Cape Town. We are one block fro...
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Coffee Shack

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Coffee Shack

Explore, discover and enjoy a unique taste of rural Africa! Idyllically located on the beach, Coffee Shack boasts one of the best locations in South Africa where you will experience a way of life far removed from Western culture. We have a reputation of being a fun, good-value hostel with excellent...
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Big Blue Backpackers

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Big Blue Backpackers

One of the closest Lodges to the Waterfront,as well as being located only 300m from the brand new Cape Town stadium.The Big Blue is a spacious (and we mean spacious) place. Thanks to its generous proportions, social and sleeping areas don't overlap so party animals and slumberers alike can find thei...
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Albergo for Backpackers

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Albergo for Backpackers

Albergo for Backpackers Accommodation in Plettenberg Bay is the best loved hostel in Plett. We offer comfortable and affordable accommodation in walking distance of nightclubs, CBD and beaches. Enjoy the beautifully decorated communal area and an amazingly beautiful huge garden. There are plenty...
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Otters Bend Lodge

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Otters Bend Lodge

Log cabin style rooms situated on the banks of a river. Rooms are all en suite and lead onto a deck overlooking the river. The communal lounge dining area has a large open fire, wood burning oven and fully equipped kitchen. Situated amongst the wine farms, within easy walking distance of world fa...
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Conifer@41

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[email protected]

[email protected] is situated in the beachfront suburb of Humewood right opposite Kings Beach, which is the first of 4 Blue Flag beaches along our beautiful beachfront. We are 150 m away from the beach at 39 - 41 Windermere Road which is the second road up from Beach Road. Our suburb is quiet and secure...
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Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

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Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route - Here at Jembjo's we take pride in making you feel at home. As owner/operators we have a wealth of knowledge in travel & tourism in Africa, so we know how important a friendly face & a comfortable atmosphere are... In our opinion, there is no better...
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Gibela Backpackers Lodge Durban

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Gibela Backpackers Lodge Durban

Gibela is conveniently located in the safe, residential area of Morningside and within walking distance to the center of Durban’s entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore. MAXIMUM 1 week stay allowed NO SMOKING Reception Closes...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in South Africa.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in South Africa.

If you're already planning to visit South Africa - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Teleport to Porterville

Small towns might seem boring in comparison to the fast pace living of city folk, but once you see it through the eyes of the locals, you will find that there is so much more to discover than meets the eye.  This is definitely the case for this beautiful South African town Porterville.

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Plettenberg Bay: Sun, sand and surf

Plettenberg Bay, or more commonly known as just Plett to locals and South Africans alike, is a beautiful small seaside town set along the Western Cape coastline. It forms part of South Africa’s renowned Garden Route and serves as a popular holiday destination for South Africans, as well as international guests. Every year, thousands of visitors flock here to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. Apart from the amazing surf, magnificent scenery and stunning beaches, the town also offers visitors an array of attractions catering to the needs of both young and old.

Mariza Lange

"Sunny South Africa : a Diamond of a Country"

SOUTH AFRICA: THE LAND OF HIDDEN GEMS

Nicky Hinchliff

Rent a Kayak at Gordon’s Bay beach

You do not need to be a cross runner, with a superb level of fitness to kayak in Gordon’s Bay. The beauty of kayaking at this local beach is that the water is completely flat and shallow. No need to battle waves, surfers, and people; or worry about sharks whilst in the bay. Of course, you can never rule out the chances of spotting a shark in Cape Town waters (or within South Africa in general), but it is unlikely if you stay shallow.

Claire Nieuwoudt

A volunteer experience near Addo Elephant National Park

One of the things I have learned throughout my travels is that not only travelling opens your mind but it also opens door to new leisure, activities and that is what I found at Addo National Park, the third biggest park of South Africa. I got the chance to be a volunteer in a backpackers which organised tours in the Park. This is where I first experienced a safari, of course when I was a child I went to Zoos and back in the time it was great, but after going on a safari, you realise that Zoo is nothing compare to all the wildlife parks. Mainly because in Zoos animals are taken out of their original habitat and are caged in an inappropriate space so you can’t experience their real behaviours.

Pow Durand

Castle of Good Hope

As one of the oldest standing colonial building in South Africa, it would be impossible not to visit Cape Town and not set foot on this star fort. It was constructed in late 1600 and holds Cape Town’s history behinds its doors. The castle is situated in the centre of the CBD and close to all the modes of transports as the train and bus stations are found a walk away. Not only does it have museums, galleries, tours, and restaurant but it also transforms at night to host different events such as Galileo Open Air theatre. Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 Adults: R50 Students: R25

zandile-chehore

Durban: The South Africa the media does not show you

Most people are under the impression that Cape Town is the only South African city that offers lush hills and valleys that flow into the ocean. Those people have probably never been to Durban.

Rumbi Askana Tendaupenyu

A bit of Southern Hemisphere Star Trivia

In times gone by, many may have heard the continent of Africa being referred to as The Dark Continent. The use of this phrase has, over the years, begun to decline – which is hardly surprising when one considers the fact that the Southern Hemisphere claims as its own the three brightest stars in the night sky. Notwithstanding the presence of these three bright stars, the skies of the Southern Hemisphere also boast the two best globular star clusters and in addition, has the largest and brightest external Galaxy that can be seen with the naked-eye. Needless to say, the night skies of Africa are nothing short of simply spectacular and when combined with a surrounding environment that is inhabited by incredible wildlife, Africa then becomes SENSATIONAL. So, as a traveler with stars in my eyes and romantic notions of a wildly inspiring Africa, I already knew that this new journey sounded very much as though it was tailor-made for me and the deep love that I have for my country, South Africa and my passion for the African bush. The inclusion of only three nights seemed at first to be too brief but my dampened feelings very quickly became a very distant memory and thought because, after my Star Bed Safari experience, it seemed appropriate to think the thoughts that were more along the lines of ”we’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.” Be it a short but sweet break or a cheeky and naughty add-on to an already enjoyed South African vacation, this all-encompassing experience is an essential one for your memory journal and a MUST to add to even the shortest bucket list.

TRACI TALBOT

Exploring the Soutpansberg mountain range: Hanglip Nature Reserve

What a lot of people are not aware of or tend to forget is that Limpopo is home to one of South Africa’s many mountain ranges known as the Soutpansberg mountain range.  This mountain range forms part of the UNESCO designated Vhembe Biosphere Reserve which ensures wildlife and indigenous forests as far as the eye can see.  It is also home to forestry owned eucalyptus and pine plantations.  It also houses the Hanglip Nature Reserve is a well-known part of the mountain range and it is this reserve my family and I go to quite often.  The reserve is the ideal excursion for any nature lover.

Daniélle Mac Rae

How to prepare

Surrounded by a range of mountains and accessible through a road that suddenly diminishes from highway into dirt, Nieu Bethesda takes shelter in a small part of a semi-desert region in South Africa known as the Karoo. The town doesn’t have paved roads, an ATM, or a petrol station, so come prepared with enough cash and petrol to get you to the nearest town. There is one grocery store, creatively entitled “Die Winkel”- meaning “The Shop” in Afrikaans, the local language- which supplied us with our basic needs. However, bring your own essential food stuffs just in case.

C. L. Sanderson

Pretoria: Navigating a "Racism Battle" in a Historic Capital

Nelson Mandela, Apartheid, Table Mountain, The Kruger National Park and The Voortrekker Monument, are all very familiar names to the everyday explorer looking at the map of South Africa.

Jackie-Lee Bam

South Africa: Kruger National Park

If this doesn’t convince you to visit South Africa, I don’t know what will. Choosing South Africa

Jess McWilliams

WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK: A GUIDE TO VIEWING THE SPRING FLOWERS FROM CAPE TOWN

Every year during the spring months of August and September, certain parts of South Africa burst into a kaleidoscope of colours as Mother Nature boasts an impressive display of various wild flowers throughout the country. Even if you don’t consider yourself a die-hard flora lover, it’s hard not to be captivated by the vibrant hues of orange, yellow, white, red, pink and purple that carpet the fields in these areas. Here is a guide to viewing the budding beauties from Cape Town, South Africa.

tamsyn-munnik

Cape Town: Your Future Home

When I first told me family and friends I was packing up and heading to South Africa, I got a mixture of responses to say the least. ‘South Africa!?’, ‘Isn’t that dangerous?’, ‘Do you want to die!?’ were among the more memorable reactions. However, here I am, after living and working there for two months, and after experiencing all of its glorious culture, dangers, thrills and wonders, ready to convince you to pack up and make Cape Town, South Africa your future home.

Nathan Smith

Experience the Coastal Towns of Cape Town, the Way Locals Do

If you are planning on making your way down to the beautiful country of South Africa, you definitely will want to make a stop in the city of Cape Town. South Africa is a land of remarkable beauty and has some of the most diverse landscapes and natural settings of any other country in the world. The city of Cape Town is no exception when it comes to beauty, adventure, excitement and a wonderfully unique and rich culture unlike any other you will find elsewhere. The city of Cape Town is located in the region of the Western Cape and has plenty to offer.

Sam Mitchell

West Coast Whales - The Heart of Hermanus

I live in South Africa. A beautiful country. A country of diversity and wonder. It has been said that South Africa has parts of all the world within its borders. There is something for everyone. I have had the privilege of travelling all over my country and have found a gem of a location that quickly became one of my favourite destinations.

Joshua Marran

A few must-see places in South Africa

At the Southernmost point of Africa lies South Africa (big surprise), a country that contains many adventures and boasts some spectacular views. When traveling to this marvelous country, it might be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go, since we do not only host some of the greatest natural splendors, but also many cultural, historical and entertaining places that are well worth the visit. This list mostly contains the natural beauties that South Africa has, since it is our greatest attraction, but there are so many places surrounding the areas that are also a must-see that I cannot include in this article alone. So, if you want to experience some of the most beautiful sights in South Africa, these are some of the best that I have seen.

Jeanneli Jordaan

Hiking In the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

Located in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, South Africa the garden was founded in 1982 and though it may be young it has so much to offer. The natural vegetation gives you something of everything from grassland and savanna to dense bush and tall trees. The best part of the gardens is walking down to the waterfall and trying to spot the pair of Verreaux’s Eagles that nest along the cliffs alongside the falls.

Cat Lee

South African Survival Guide for travelers

South Africa is known for beautiful sunsets, captivating wildlife and our diverse populations. If you have made it past booking your flights and accommodation, here is how to survive Visiting South Africa. If you have not booked your holiday yet, read this anyway, there are animal droppings, squeegees and a Lion King reference ahead.

Kirsten-Lee

South Africa Travel Guides

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