- Cape St Francis
Named after the patron saint of sailors, St Francis Bay was first discovered in 1575 by the Portuguese. It's become somewhat exclusive but still has one of the finest surf spots in the world according to King/surf bum Geoffrey and other surf rats.
- Jeffreys Bay
Until fairly recently, Jeffreys Bay was not much more than a couple of rocks that made good sunset perches. Then, in the 1960's, waves were discovered by local surfers and since then, the town has become increasingly popular. Especially amongst backpackers.
A little dorp not far from J'Bay, with plenty of unspoilt nature all around.
- Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is the 5th largest, and reportedly the safest, city in South Africa. It's surrounded by good beaches and has consistently good surf conditions.There are some fantastic backpackers in this city and if you are on the Baz Bus a stop over in PE is manditory.
Tthis quiet little paradise is off the beaten track. Ain't much to write home about the town itself. But who cares when the surroundings are so divine… Nature freaks should get off the bus and do their thang.
- Port Alfred
Port Alfred is a charming little town with a graceful architectural integrity not often found in South African seaside towns. Port Alfred is a very quaint and unassuming place with heaps to do. Actually, we're very fond of it – and not just 'cos the beer's cheap. There is one backpackers in town.
- East London
East London is the largest river port in South Africa and is the gateweay to the Wild Coast
- Sundays River
The Sundays River is a river in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa that is said to be the fastest flowing river in South Africa. The Khoisan people originally named this river Nukakamma (Grassy Water) because the river’s banks are always green and grassy despite the arid terrain that it runs through.
The source of the 250 kilometres long river is in the Compassberg Mountains (the highest mountains in the former Cape Province) near Nieu-Bethesda.
- St Francis Bay
This little village on the outskirts of Jeffreys Bay is architectually very pleasing with all the white washed homes having thatched roofs. There is a new backpackers in town which is a great palce to stay as they offer great accommodation and have a lot of entertainment on tap.
Tucked away at the end of a dirt road, Hamburg is an enchantingly dilapidated little village that nestles on an exquisite estuary.
Unlike the many holiday resorts that line the coastline, it still offers miles of unspoilt, wild beach and a twinkling Milky Way that traffic-jams the sky at night.
Places to Stay
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Colesberg is one of those famous half way stops between here and there.
(Colesberg,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
Sizzling sandboarding on the longest run in South Africa at Mossel Bay.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)
These guys offer great adventure on the Garden Route.
(Nature's Valley,Garden Route)
Spend time with nature.
(Scarborough and Kommetjie,Cape Town)
Does a Chico blow your hair back? Or do you prefer a Polo? This is your spot.
(Camps Bay,Cape Town)
An awesome croc encounter and plenty of other animals to see…
Use them as a base for your Klein Karoo quests.
(De Rust,Garden Route)
For the best Scuba diving on the South Coast and some of the best scuba in the world.
This Table View backpackers definately needs you to check out the beach, the bars, the jacuzzi and the menagerie. Hmm. And surf, windsurfing and going mad…
(Northern Beaches,Cape Town)
Stop for a break half way between Knysna and Port Elizabeth.