- Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay is halfway between Cape Town and PE, this coastal town marks the official beginning (or end) of the Garden Route. There’s a wide choice of backpacker hostels, beaches and adventure activities.
George is very close to Oudtshoorn, Mossel Bay and Victoria Bay, it’s a convenient backpacker stop over point. George airport is a convenient way of arriving to explore the Garden Route.The Outeniqua Tjoe - Choo train comes puffing into the station once a week.
Oudtshoorn was home to rich feather barons until the turn of the century. The collapse of the feather industry meant the area had to find other attractions in order to survive. And boy, has it done a good job of that! You need daaaaays to “do” Oudtshoorn.
- De Rust
An interesting little one horse town.
- Victoria Bay
Victoria Bay is renowned as one of the world’s best surfing beaches and the waves here are often spectacular.
Wilderness nestles in the green coastal hills, framed by the Touws River lagoon on one side and miles of superb beach on the other. The beautiful Wilderness National Park protects the unique eco-system that makes up the surroundings.
Straddling the N2 and in its turn surrounded by wetlands and sandwiched between the sea and the mountain, this is paraglider's paradise.
- Buffels Bay
This little coastal village lies just outside of Knysna and is a great place to relax and get closer to nature.
This backpackers haven is the centre of the Garden Route. The town of Knysna sprawls around the Knysna lagoon whose entrance is guarded by two rocky cliffs called The Heads. Knysna is the hub of the Garden Route and this once sleepy village is now a bustling town.
Peaceful winding roads and lovely country side. The alternative inland route along the coast…
- Nature's Valley
Situated at the end of the Groot River pass, Nature’s Valley is surrounded by mountain, lagoon, sea and forest.
The main attractions here are the Bloukrans Bridge, the world’s highest bungy jump and the beautiful surroundings
The major drawcard here is Mother Nature. And she’s a real Mother, but not the one you know. Wild, tempestuous, untamed, violent, calm, soothing, shouting, majestic and awe-inspiring if you can look past the hand of man.
Plettenberg Bay is a backpackers paradise. It was named “Baia Formosa” (Beautiful Bay) by early Portuguese explorers. Plettenberg Bay is now one of the Garden Route’s major destinations, primarily because the Portuguese weren’t far wrong.
Plettenberg Bay is a backpacking highlight
Named "Baia Formosa" (Beautiful Bay) by early Portuguese explorers - who were probably too awestruck to be more inventive - Plettenberg Bay is now one of the Garden Route's major destinations, primarily because the Portuguese weren't far wrong.
The bay is beautiful. Backed by majestic mountains, it overlooks miles of sandy white beaches and the moody tidal Keurbooms lagoon and whose crystal blue waters say 'snap back' to the sky.
Plett is one large playground. Whether you hike, groove on Mother Nature, want to adventure your socks off or enjoy a great meal and some vibey nightlife, you'll find something to suit your mood.
Robberg Peninsula Reserve
The fynbos covered reserve is home to abundant coastal marine life and a multitude of birds. Whales and dolphins can be spotted from vantage points along the cliffs.
Abseil down the 'wild side' or enjoy a slow paddle around the peninsula in a sea kayak.
Keurbooms River and Nature Reserve
Canoe quietly along the river beneath the trees in tranquil silence and you might catch the colourful flash of a Knysna Loerie or encounter a patient Kingfisher awaiting his dinner. 260 species of bird live in the reserve.
Places to Stay
- Abalone Beach House
Abalone Beach House is a beautiful Plett Backpackers set between coastal forest and the white sands of Keurboom's beach, this is Plettenberg Bays only beachfront backpackers.
- African Array Backpackers Lodge
At African Array you’ll experience all the beauty, wildlife, culture and all the adventure that you came to find in South Africa.
- Albergo For Backpackers
This Plett backpackers is close to the centre of Plett. Albergo has great views of the ocean and offers plenty of outdoor adventures.
- Amakaya Backpackers
This Plett backpackers is right up at the top of the Plettenberg Bay hill, with a great view.
- Nothando Backpackers
Nothando is situated in the centre of Plettenberg Bay and is a five star backpackers.
- Plett Backpackers
Plett Backpackers in the newest backpackers in Plettenberg Bay. It is in the centre of town and boasts an awesome view over the Plettenberg Bay beaches.
- Stone Cottage
Stone Cottage in Plettenberg Bay is a Boutique Backpackers & Suites where spectacular views of the bay and a communal deck with jacuzzi, are the order of the day.
What to do
- Skydive Plettenberg Bay
Enjoy a scenic flight over the bay, a 35-second freefall and enjoy the most awesome tandem skydive in South Africa.
Volunteer to help with research on dolphins and whales.
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Volunteer with a company who has received awards in the field of Responsible Travel internationally and regionally
When you're staying in a former museum of contemporary art, it's hard not to go with the Boho flow. This awesome building is brushed with the Afro-chic palette of Obz and every inch will rock your mojo.
(Cape Town City,Cape Town)
Le Paradis lodge lies just 200m from the beach with a 180° sea view on the South Coast of KZN.
Learn to surf or hone your skills on J'Bay's legendary waves.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Within a yell (scream) of the Great White shark's playground…
Dive with great whites.
The travel specialists for Botswana
(Addo Elephant Park,Botswana)
This is a great choice of backpackers when staying in Stormriver.
Wanna bungeeeeee? But don't know how to get there? Get the Bungy Bus.
Nature's Way backpackers in Mtunzini borders on the Siyayi Coastal Park. It is 132km north of Durban.