- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
These places offer volunteer work.
Sometimes you work in exchange for feeling good about contributing to the community - perhaps your lodging and maybe some food will be free, but you will pay your personal expenses out of your own pocket. This can be a way of staying a while in a place that you like at minimal expense.
Or you can volunteer with an organisation that offers a structured programme designed to give you experience in a certain field. These kinds of projects are fee based - you pay a fixed amount up front for the duration of the project. Extra activities and entertainments (like the odd beer) are not included in the price. Part of what you pay should end up benefitting the community or organisation that offers the programme.
Places to Stay that offer this activity
- Amapondo Backpackers
Amapondo is a friendly laid-back place which overlooks Second Beach with its good swimming.
- 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.
- 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
- Zululand Backpackers
Situated in a wing of the George Hotel, Zululand Backpackers offers comfortable good value for money accommodation.
What to do
- All Out Africa
They organise volunteer projects and can book day trips and safaris.
- Dianne Lang Children's Home
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.
MozVolunteers is a small volunteer organisation based in Xisondwe, Zavora.
Volunteer with a company who has received awards in the field of Responsible Travel internationally and regionally
- All Out Projects
This Swaziland based Volunteer group offers real budget safaris, trips to Mozambique and volunteeer opportunities. The best in Swaziland.
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Situated within a vibrant Xhosa community overlooking a spectacular untouched beach, this is a true glimpse into rural Africa.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Farmer Redbeard is a self sustaining farm in Ashton where you can get down and dirt with good ol' fashioned farm work.
(Addo Elephant Park,Route 62)
Stop over here if you're on the road between SA and Mozambique, or want to go from Mozambique to the Kruger and Swaziland and need to restock.
Four and six day adventures through the Transkei.
Jungle Junction sits on an island in the middle of the Zambezi river and is a great backpackers for those looking to meet the locals, sample traditional food and enjoy Zambia.
(Addo Elephant Park,Zimbabwe and Zambia)
Maputo Backpackers are only 50m from the Beach. They offer home-cooked seafood or traditional meals and day/night trips into Maputo.
This Backpackers' hostel is set in 3 hectares of forest near to the Vic Bay's famous surfing beach
(Victoria Bay,Garden Route)
Go adventuring, hiking or ask about volunteer work.
This Cape Town based car hire company has reliable and affordable car hire for both local and national use. They pick up and drop off anywhere in the country. Their share call number is 0860 447 3222.