South Africa Travel Guides for Backpackers

5 Places to Go When Visiting Cape Town, South Africa

We love to travel and visit places, well I do. Africa is one beautiful continent in the world, and it has South Africa as its highest tourist center. Why people visit South Africa isn’t hard to find out, from breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, great topography. Cape Town is it’s just a mere capital, but also its capital of tourism. There are lots of things to do, must see places, activities. I have listed the best 5 places to go to when you visited Cape Town. Table Mountain Table Mountain, currently one of the 7 wonders of the world; is thought to be one of the oldest mountains over 600 million years is first on the list of places to go. Name after its resemblance to a table, it is one the legendary scenery of Cape […]
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Exploring Cape Point on foot. The real Hiking experience.

When visiting Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Point is always a worthwhile visit. Cape Point is very well known for its famous lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope. But there is so much more on offer in this section of the Table Mountain National Park. Situated on the tip of the Cape Peninsula this section of Table Mountain National Park is home to a large diversity of wildlife and offers a unique opportunity to see these animals on foot. In terms of large mammals some of the more commonly occurring species include: Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok, Chacma Baboons, […]
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Mossel Bay, South Africa – A Traveler's treasure

“Just a small-town girl, livin’ in a lonely world. She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere…..” We all know this popular song. (Don’t Stop Believin/by Journey) Well, if you are from a small town or not, but want to get on that train or plane going ‘anywhere’, my hometown Mossel Bay is definitely a small town treasure worth the visit! Mossel Bay is a popular tourist destination with loads of activities, friendly people, rich history, pockets of beauty, treasured beaches, a mild and moderate climate (In fact, Mossel Bay has the second most moderate climate in the world next to […]
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Stellenbosch, South Africa: What to do, where to eat and more

Getting to Stellenbosch, South Africa, feels like entering one of those historical towns that you have seen in the movies, one of those joyful communities where everyone knows each other. It kind of is. It’s not that small, but almost. It’s a little gem enclosed by beautiful green hills (during the dry season they might not look that green) and the famous vineyards that produce the wonderful, tasty wine which South Africa is so rightly famous for. It has this small-town vibe, surrounded by colonial buildings that make it seem like the time has stopped. I had the opportunity to live […]
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Experience Family Fun Along the Stellenbosch Wine Route

Stellenbosch is a mere thirty minutes by car from Cape Town’s CBD. The postcard-pretty university town is also home to South Africa’s most celebrated wine route. What the locals know, and what the tourists are perhaps less privy to, is the fact that Stellenbosch and its wine route is super family friendly. Award-winning wines, gourmet picnics, sight-seeing and once in a lifetime activity options give parents plenty of adult time while the kids have a blast.   Meander along Dorp Street and Visit Campus Explore the old high street known as Dorp Street on foot, walking under thick oak trees […]
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Top 5 Places To Eat Around Pretoria

If you're anything like me, one of the first things to check out when visiting somewhere new is the food life. South Africa is a country of vast and untamed beauty, and Pretoria, not too far outside of the capital of Johannesburg, is certainly a wonderful place to visit, with its rich history and culture, not to mention some amazing places to eat. Take a train ride on the famous Gautrain from Johannesburg to get out of the hustle and bustle of the big city for a day trip and try out one of these scrumptious restaurants whilst here. KAROO […]
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Six Budget-friendly Things To Do In Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, home to the glorious Table Mountain, is one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Having lived there for six years during my university years, I can attest to why it’s a go-to destination. As one of South Africa’s epicentres of the colonial and apartheid historical events as well as its coastal geographical location, Cape Town provides a comprehensive experiential package in the activities it offers. Additionally, compared to fast-paced life in some parts of South Africa, the tranquil energy exuded by Cape Town makes it the perfect destination for relaxation and being one with nature. While Cape […]
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South Africa travel guide

Situated at the southern tip of the majestic African continent, South Africa is more than just a meeting point for two oceans. It is where travellers from across the world come to lose their hearts as they explore the diversity found in the mix and match of cultures that perfectly boil together under the heat of the African Sun. With more than 11 official languages and an abundance of stunning natural attractions, South Africa is a destination unlike anything else. In some areas of the world, it is still believed that local tribesmen live among wild lions, and although that […]
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Johannesburg stopover: Where to eat, sleep and what to do.

Many travelers may find themselves stopping over in Johannesburg before Many travelers stopover in Johannesburg, before boarding a flight to their next destination. Not knowing what to do in Johannesburg, and afraid of the crime; many travelers spend hours at the airport when they could be enjoying the world’s largest man-made forest on earth. If you have eight hours or more to spare, why not consider enjoying one of these activities within an hour commute from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International airport? Transportation from the airport to the city The safest, fastest and most comfortable method of traveling between OR Tambo […]
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Explore the best of South Africa – Kruger National Park

The stunning Mpumalanga Province is situated in eastern South Africa, bordering the nations of Mozambique and Swaziland. It is home to some of the best delights South Africa has to offer, including the world-famous Kruger National Park. Mpumalanga is a Zulu name meaning ‘ The place where the sun rises’ and hosts some truly spectacular places for watching that marvellous sunrise over African skies, for example, the breathtaking Blyde River Canyon – one of the largest canyons in the world. I have been fortunate enough to visit the region many times, so join me as I take you on a […]
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Cape Town: All the magnificent places you should visit!

Sunny South Africa is home to the glorious Cape Town, also known as the Mother City. Cape Town is one of those rare cities that truly have it all – mountains, ocean, winelands, rich history, electric nightlife, authentic culture, and not to mention the weather – the weather is incredible! I remember the very first time I set foot in the Mother City, from the moment I laid eyes on all her glorious splendour I was hooked. Done! Game over! And since then I’ve only wanted more. I wanted to be part of ALL her magic! So much so, that […]
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Top activities when exploring Cape Town,South Africa

When I arrived to Cape Town as a first-time visitor, I was not quite ready for what was about to unfold before my eyes: a thrilling overplay of cultural, natural and gastronomical wonders, shadowed by Table Mountain. The majestic mountain range is the clear landmark of this buzzing city, and I promise you I never got bored of admiring the striking sight. Known as the “Mother City”, Cape Town offers you capsules of amazement under the African sun, and perhaps the hardest part is prioritising your time so to explore all its wonders. I have listed my must see and […]
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The Karee Trail – A Day Hike in the Magaliesburg, South Africa

The 13km Karee hiking trail is situated on the farm “Rustig” in the Magaliesburg, South Africa. This stunning family farm was established in the 1930s and originally served as a cattle and tobacco farm. Rustig can be found near Hekpoort, approximately 70km from Pretoria, and about 40km from Krugersdorp. Although the little gravel road leading to the farm is manageable with a small car, it should be undertaken at a safe speed and with a careful eye. The farm offers three one- day hikes, all named after indigenous trees which can be found in the area. Furthermore, there is an […]
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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 […]
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STAR BED SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI

Sleep Under the African Stars Do you wish to revive and restore your romantic love life on the ultimate of luxury, star-studded, African journey? A journey that will inspire your senses and tantalize your imagination? These were the two simple questions that were asked of me just days prior to myself and my partner embarking on a three-night experience of pure magic… of course, my answer was a definite YES! 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 […]
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Tips for first-time solo backpackers to South Africa


Wild Penguin at Boulder’s Beach This probably can be listed as one of the craziest things I have done in my early 20s. Waking up in one morning, I suddenly came up with a conclusion that I HAVE TO GO TO SOUTH AFRICA. Again, another impulsive decision. I make short trips regularly but none are longer than a 4-hour flight. And due to my impulsive decision which came from nowhere, I did my first solo trip, first backpacking travel and first camping in South Africa. Along with a 50L backpack, a sleeping bag and a camera, TAHHH-DAHHHHH, South Africa here I […]
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Seeing Cape Town on a student budget

Cape Town is one of the most stunning cities not only in Africa, but it is also world renowned. For students with a taste for adventure and would like to explore this amazing coastal city but are slightly uncertain because you might think your student budget might not cover this adventure. Below are a few places in Cape Town that encompass all its cultural, natural and historical aspects that make an amazing and affordable holiday destination that will not make a dent in your student budget. The places shown below will include all the student discounts to ensure maximum enjoyment […]
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How to travel Nieu Bethesda

The sound of smooth jazz wakes me up from a lazy afternoon nap. There is a hush over the town, the type of quiet that can only be achieved through having a population in the low thousands. The jazz lures me to the common room of my backpackers, where a speaker mumbles the blues. In this town, I wouldn’t be surprised if the sound came from someone in the street showing off their musical talent. In a place where homes are decorated with scrap pieces of metal from long-ago machines, and where the requirement to be a citizen is to […]
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Jeffery's Bay, South Africa

A Glimpse of South Africa From my experience, most people don’t seem to really know a whole lot about from South Africa. When they hear the words “South Africa” the only thing them seem to have taken in is the word “Africa”. Then images of poverty and under fed children fill their minds. Though this may be a reality for a lot of Africa itself, South Africa is a country with areas that are actually great places to live! So I want to share a part of South Africa that the media sometimes hide. And it isn’t about Johannesburg or […]
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Exploring South Africa: Adventures in St Lucia

St Lucia- A sandy wonderland South Africa is a land of adventure. It is filled with contrast and color, chaos and calm. Within a few kilometers of each other you may find a buzzing African Wetland and a dry semi-desert. A thundering waterfall and a quiet beach cove. Jangling Zulu dancers and soft-spoken street artists conjuring magical tunes from their marimbas and jembe drums. St Lucia, situated along the Kwa Zulu Natal coastline is no different. And it is here that I recently embarked on my sandy beach adventure… About St Lucia St Lucia is a […]
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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. The technical aspects: Firstly, please, please pack sunscreen… a lot if it. There is nothing more powerful than the South African sun (other than the power of love of course). It is quite worrying and amusing to see bright red foreigners trudging around and I am […]
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A volunteer experience near Addo Elephant National Park

A wildlife experience 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 […]
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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. Sunset walk on […]
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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 […]
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