Backpacking is a great way to explore South Africa, one of the world’s most diverse and beautiful countries. Whether you are a true adventurer exploring the wilder side of life, or simply looking for a little rest and relaxation, South Africa can provide a range of fascinating experiences other countries simply cannot match.
Accommodation and Getting Around
Backpacking hostels can be found all across South Africa. When backpacking in the Republic, a traveller can find hostels right from the historic parts of Cape Town, to the borders of Kruger Park, and everywhere in between. Prices typically vary between 100 to 150 Rand a night, depending on the location. Double and triple rooms are usually also available for variable fees, which are ideal for groups travelling in large numbers.
Travelling around such a vast country can obviously be difficult, with many a backpacker opting to hire a car rather than being restricted by the public transport system. There are many car rental services available in South Africa that offer discounted deals for travellers. The Baz Bus is also a popular mode of travel for backpackers, consisting of a bus network which links backpackers’ hostels across the country. Covering 180 hostels in over 40 destinations, it really is a boon to people travelling on a budget.
Destinations and Culture
For visitors looking for adventure and unique thrills, South Africa offers an impressive range of outdoor activities that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. The Drakensberg Mountains, located close to Ladysmith the tiny country of Lesotho, are growing increasingly popular with hikers and outdoors enthusiasts of all varieties.
Durban and Natal are a good destination for those looking for what the beach and the sea can offer and the sub-tropical climate here means that the weather is warm almost all the time. Cape Town has some stunning landscapes as well as historical attractions. The beach life is also good, but the waters are much colder than Durban and divers will need to equip themselves with dry suits at most times of year.
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