- 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.
- Plettenberg Bay
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.
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.
A real beach holiday spot.
Set on the outskirts of Mossel Bay, Little Brak is spelt H.O.L.I.D.A.Y. The tidal waters of the river are perfect for paddling or lazy floating, while the waves can kick up some good surf on the right days. With miles of beach to yourself and blue skies above, what more could you ask for?
Places to Stay
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
Set in a big garden, Gemini backpackers offers a restaurant, shop shuttles and pick-up or drop-off in Johannesburg.
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)
Travellers Inn is in Rustenburg, conveniently situated for access to the Magaliesberg, Sterkfontein, Plilanesberg and Sun City.
(Rustenburg and surrounds,North West Province)
Bombasos Backpacking lodge is a stone’s throw away from Sibebe Rock, and right on the transport route in Mbabane.
Kammanassie backpackers in Uniondale can be found on a road less travelled, and therefore a good alternative to the N2 zoom.
A backpackers across the road from the 2010 world cup stadium
(Green Point,Cape Town)
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.
(Cape St Francis,Sunshine Coast)
A mouthwatering selection of adventures from the Coffee Shack…
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
This Kimbeley backpackers lodge offers budget accommodation in extensive well wooded grounds.
Backed by a nature reserve and not far from the lagoon and sea, this is a great spot for some time out.
(Betty's Bay,Overberg )