- 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.
Tucked away at the end of a dirt road, Hamburg is an enchantingly dilapidated little village that nestles on an exquisite estuary.
- 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.
The sunshine coast encompasses a beautiful stretch of the coastline that's lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, and so called because it offers more sunshine hours per year than anywhere else in South Africa. The main cities that are included are Port Elizabeth and East London and all of the towns found along this route.
The Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer the backpacker
A beautiful stretch of the coastline that's lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, and so called because it offers more sunshine per year than anywhere else in South Africa, the Sunshine Coast offers over 500km of fine beaches, river estuaries and dune areas - not to mention five eco systems that stretch from Stormsriver to just past East London.
Places to Stay
- Aloe Again
This backpackers has recently been renovated. It's a snazzy spot with great communal spaces, welcoming surfers and holidaymakers alike.
- Buffalo Backpackers
This East London backpackers is conveniently close East Londons's beaches, shops and bus station.
- Cape St Francis Backpackers
Cape St Francis backpackers is located just off the beach. The town of Cape St Francis will give you some of the best surf breaks in South Africa.
- Cristal Cove
These self-catering apartments are situated just 100m from the world famous Supertubes and the beach.
Footsteps from the beach… and awesome waves.
- East London Backpackers
East London backpackers is just 50m from Orient beach with restaurants, clubs and pubs nearby.
- Hard Rock Backpackers
Hard Rock Backpackers in Jeffrey's Bay is centrally located to all the major surf spots.
- Island Vibe Backpackers
This wonderful Jeffreys Bay backpackers is perched on top of a dune with a magnificent 270° view of the Indian Ocean, Island Vibe’s setting is divine.
- Lungile Backpackers
Lungile backpackers in PE is perched on top of a hill in an attractive house overlooking the city and the ocean, Lungile is just three minutes walk from Port Elizabeth's main beach.
- Mafusa Backpackers
Backpackers here's a chance to stay at a Big-5 Game Reserve and a 5-Star Lodge at budget prices.
- Niki Nana Backpackers
This East london backpackers has a zany zebra striped roof you can spot from the air and bright green walls, you can't miss it.
- PE Backpackers
In Central PE and close to restaurants, shops and public transport, PE Backpackers is situated in a gracious old Victorian house.
- Raggies International Backpackers
Located in the centre of the village, this thatched backpackers lodge has a pub and restaurant and is just a stones throw from the beach.
This East London backpackers lodge is located right on the beach in East London and overlooking a great swell.
Under new management, they are close to Supertubes.
- The Crowned Crane
This East London establishment is excellent value, offering self catering accommodation near the beach or in Gonubie
- 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
People from PE are smooth operators when it comes to finding a soul mate to share their ride.
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A good overnight stop in Mpumalanga, centrally situated on all the main routes.
The Coffee Shack is superfantasticallydelicious so go and stay a while…
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
The Oude Molen Eco Village provides an interesting alternative to regular city living.
This Windhoek accommodation is a civilised stop on the edge of the wilderness.
White Shark Africa provides some of the best shark cage diving in South Africa and can be found in Mossel Bay on the Garden Route.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)
Cullinan Backpackers is a great place to chill after a busy day, meet other travellers or enjoy an array of adventures in Pretoria.
Southern Cross lodge is a very central Swaziland backpackers with a huge garden, a swimming pool and great mountain views.
Stop for a break half way between Knysna and Port Elizabeth.
Malealea backpackers in Lesotho offers a real African experience, and the opportunity to go pony trekking in Lesotho.
This is a great backpackers where you can discover some country charm whilst in Greyton.
(Greyton Overberg,Overberg )