- Baz Bus Backpacker Bus
The Baz Bus backpacker bus is a hop-on’ hop-off backpackers bus that has a variety of routes around South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers.
Culture vultures can get their fill of museums, art galleries, Anglo/Boer/Zulu/bullet slinging/spear throwing battle sites. Southern Africa’s history is flavoured by a variety of exotic influences and there’ll be something to suit everyone’s taste. Just don’t expect 1 000 year old cathedrals. This icons covers all cultural interests.
Things to do when you looking for even more fun!
South Africa has some fine dive sites. With a choice of oceans and conditions to choose from – not mention a huge variety of wreck and reef diving – water babies will have their hands full. This icon means it's time to pull out your fins.
- Game Parks
Africa is a wild continent and Southern Africa has fought hard to save her wildlife. A multitude of game parks pepper the area ranging from the impossibly exclusive to the downright affordable. A trip to the Kruger National Park is well worth while – although it is by no means the only game park worth visiting. This icon tells you that you're within game park visiting distance.
- Hiking Drakensberg
With Southern Africa’s abundant natural magnificence, hikers will be in their element. Trails range from short to long, easy to almost impossible, and beautiful to breath-takingly-mind-boggling. This icon points to great hiking areas.
A lot of cowboy-type mentalities live in this country – so there is no shortage of ponies to ride. Trails vary in length from an hour to seven days. The choice is yours. This icon lets you know that horseriding is available nearby.
Jolling is a wonderful Afrikaans word for PARTYwhy-because-you-canING. And there’s lots of it in Southern Africa because the people are friendly , the beer is cheap and the nightlife whatever you want it to be. This icon tells you when to put on your dancing shoes.
- Surfing South Africa
South Africa is a fantastic surf destination. With two different oceans – the icy Atlantic and the warm Indian – bordering the country, there are a large numbered of surf spots with a wide variety of waves. So no matter if you’re a beginner or if you’ve been around since Captain James Cook, you’ll find something to suit you. This icon idicates good surf stops.
- Whale watching
Southern Right whales visit in winter, and many other whales are found along our shores.
Things to do when you looking to enjoy the countryside!
For all adventure junkies, who are looking for some of the best Paragliding in South Africa. Look here for your thrill.
Nature in South Africa
There is lots of it. And most of it is protected so there are huge tracts of unspoilt loveliness that will have any nature lover coming back for more. This icon indicates naturally beautiful areas away from any major civilisation.
Places to Stay that offer this activity
- 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.
- Agulhas House
Agulhas House, based in Umkomaas, with an on-site dive centre slash one-stop shop for all your travelling and diving needs.
- Amapondo Backpackers
Amapondo is a friendly laid-back place which overlooks Second Beach with its good swimming.
- Amphitheatre Lodge and Backpackers
Amphitheatre Lodge and Backpackers is a backpackers lodge which overlooks miles of mountains and offers a great base to explore the Drakensberg.
- Avoca River Cabins
This backpackers in Addo is on a working citrus farm which is on the banks of the Sundays River.
- Away With The Fairies
Set on a huge property with lovely gardens and overlooking the mystical Hogsback Peaks, this is a wonderful backpacker.
- Bloukrans Backpackers Lodge
This log cabin is set close to the world’s highest bungy jump with a huge view over the Bloukrans Gorge and indigenous forest below.
- Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers
Buccaneers is one of the best backpackers in South Africa, this unique backpackers is a place that most travellers will visit - check it out for yourself.
- Bushpackers and Campsite
This Hazyview backpackers offers bushwalking, safari-ing, braaing or just hanging out at the pool.
- Cederberg Oasis
This area is a hiker’s wet dream and rock climber’s secret fantasy.
- De Bos Guest Farm
Find this wonderful Montagu backpackers a short stroll from the centre of town.
- Fairy Knowe Backpackers
Fairy Knowe is a Wilderness backpackers which is set on an old rambling farm with masses of space, horses, dogs and birds, overlooking the wetlands.
- Farr Out B&B
Farr Out B&B is situated on the outskirts of Paternoster on the West Coast.
- Gecko Backpackers
Set on the Sabie River, Gecko backpackers is the place for you to experience the Kruger Park and Blyde River Canyon.
- Gekko Backpackers
This Cederberg backpackers is close to the mountains and hiking trails it is a good base for exploring the area.
- Isinkwe Safaris Bushcamp
Isinkwe backpackers is a well managed bush camp set in the middle of indigenous bush, just outside of Hluhluwe.
- Kariba Bush Club
On the banks of Lake Kariba, this is relatively unexploited area is home to the Tonga, who still live according to age old traditions.
- Karoo Backpackers
In the quiet stillness of the Karoo, lies Karoo Backpackers, a beautifully restored national monument.
- Khotso Mountain Lodge
Ride from Khotso backpackers in the Southern Drakensberg over the mountains and into Lesotho.
- Ku-Boboyi River Lodge
A warm backpackers on the south coast which welcomes with a beautiful view, and great home cooking.
- Legends Backpacker Hostel
A backpackers lodge in Swaziland that is home to an adventurous ancestral spirit and other adventurous types of earthly people.
- Makuleke Home Stay
A Community Centre and Homestay that offers fascinating insight into our history and the paths that can be taken to repair past injustices.
- Mdumbi Backpackers
In the Mdumbi River valley in the heart of rural Transkei, this small settlement on the coast has brilliant surf and great fishing. As there’s only one small shop, we suggest that self-caterers stock up before arriving.
- Nature’s Way Backpackers
Nature's Way backpackers in Mtunzini borders on the Siyayi Coastal Park. It is 132km north of Durban.
- Pippins Country House
An escape from city lights with the Winelands, beach and the airport within easy reach.
- Planet Baobab - Botswana
Stay in a traditional style Bakalanga village shaded by baobabs and visit the salt pans or watch the incredible zebra migration.
- Sani Lodge Backpackers
Deep in the mountains, Sani Lodge Backpackers offers a laid-back and relaxed base from which to enjoy the wonders of the Berg.
- Satvik Backpackers
Satvik in Tzaneen is a wonderful laid-back and rustic backpackers farm where time holds its breath and fish eagles are framed by seablue skies.
- Shewula Mountain Camp
Lying on the border of Mozambique high in the mountains, this is a community owned camp with good facilities.
- Simons Town Boutique Backpackers
Simon’s Town Boutique Backpackers is close to Simon's Town station and the beach, the backpackers is well situated for access to the best of the peninsula.
- Sondzela Backpackers
This Swaziland backpackers is located in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and offers an incredible African experience.
- Swellendam Backpackers Lodge
Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Langeberg Mountains, Swellendam Backpackers is set on a massive property with its own mountain stream.
- The Beach Camp™
This Paternoster backpackers could not get you any closer to the sea...
- The Spot Backpackers
The Spot backpackers is a charming little backpackers set just a few meters from the beach on the south Coast of Natal.
- Thobeka Backpackers Lodge
This Kosi Bay backpackers is close to the magnificent Kosi Bay lake system and beaches where endangered turtles nest.
- Tube 'n Axe
The Tube ’n Axe is just 300m away from the Stormsriver Adventure Centre - this is Wild Adventure Frontier Territory.
- Wild Woody Cape Backpackers
A backpackers in the Addo National Park with access to game reserves, rivers and one of the most stunning bits of coastline in the world
- Wild Woody Cape Backpackers
A backpackers in Alexandria with access to game reserves, rivers and one of the most stunning bits of coastline in the world
What to do
- Africa Travel Co
20 years of experience in running overland trips from east to west to Southern Africa.
- Amadiba Adventures
This is an amazing trip into the heart of the Wild Coast.
Their office open daily from 7am to 10pm.
- Big 5 Country Tourism
Big 5 Tourism offers a FREE booking service for accommodation and activities in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Lowveld and Panorama near the Kruger Park.
The perfect backpcker adventure in Cape Town....
- Nomad Adventure Tours
An owner driven business with thousands of kilometers and a few years of adventurous travel in the bag.
- Stormsriver Adventures
These adventure specialists offer a variety of exciting activities in the Stormsriver Gorge and its surroundings.
- Swazi Trails
Rafting, caving, mountain biking, hiking, adventure and culture - just ask them.
- Viva Safaris
Sleep in a tree house surrounded by the sounds of the wild.
Volunteer to help with research on dolphins and whales.
- Backpackers Bazaar
The experts on travel and adventure in Southern Africa, based in Vic Falls.
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
A genuine opportunity to volunteer and help children in need. You don't pay anything except your own costs, there is no placement fee or any other kind of fee to be paid.
(Graaff-Reinet,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)
This East London backpackers lodge is located right on the beach in East London and overlooking a great swell.
(East London,Sunshine Coast)
The Cape Town backpackers which is located at the top end of Long Street, next to the Long Street Baths and all the action.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
This Mozambican backpackers is situated on the beach and offers a chance to enjoy the traditional Mozambican way of life and the colourful Bazaruto Archipelago.
Serene and unsoiled, this area is an African Eden.
Explore the mountains, the museums, second-hand shops, art galleries and rocky shores, then bliss out in the waves or on the beach.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)
Cape Town backpackers says it all in the name......
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)
Centrally situated in Johannesburg and close to WITS - a perfect venue for Profs and Researchers - kids are welcome too
Learn to surf in J'bay.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Cullinan Backpackers is a great place to chill after a busy day, meet other travellers or enjoy an array of adventures in Pretoria.