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South Africa has its very own hop-on, hop-off, door-to-door backpackers bus service, called Baz Bus, which services over 200 hostels nationwide.
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South Africa is a favourite destination for backpackers from around the globe. This exciting country offers a wide range of attractions and adventures for the traveller, as well as an established network of backpackers lodges and hostels, budget tours and transport options for the backpacker or budget traveller.

Backpackers hostels and lodges are clean, well run and generally fun and often offer single and double rooms, as well as the traditional dormitory, with shared bathrooms. All of the backpackers lodges which appear on SA-Venues.com are registered, accredited establishments.

Over the last few years, so many hostels have opened that you can travel the length and breadth of the country staying only in backpackers hostels. The best way to travel between them is on a special bus, the Baz Bus, which provides a hop-on, hop-off, door to door service between hostels.

Search our directory of South Africa Tours for package tours and day trips by category. Adventure tours, budget tours, camping tours, hiking tours, self drive tours and student tours are categories recommended for the backpacker and/or budget traveller.

View Backpackers Lodges by Province

Western Cape Backpackers Lodges

Backpackers are well catered for in the vibrant "Mother City", home to Table Mountain and a must for any traveller, with many hostels and backpackers lodges not just in the Cape Peninsula, but also in the surrounding regions of the Winelands, Overberg and ...

Pictured: African Soul Surfer Backpackers in Muizenberg, Cape Town

Garden Route Backpackers Lodges

The Garden Route is very popular with backpackers and student travellers due to its extraordinary array of outdoor activities, including the 216m Bloukrans Bungee Jump. Backpackers lodges and hostels have sprung up in the coastal towns of ...

Pictured: Nothando Backpackers Hostel in Plettenberg Bay

Eastern Cape Backpackers Lodges

Port Elizabeth, South Africa's "Friendly City", beckons backpackers with the promise of year-round holiday fun (it boasts more sunshine than any other coastal town in the country) and the Eastern Cape coastline is ideal for watersports from diving to ...

Pictured: Tube n Axe in Tsitsikamma

KwaZulu Natal Backpackers Lodges

Throughout the year, holiday-makers flock to their favourite KwaZula Natal coastal haunts to cultivate a tan, ride the waves, eat, drink and generally have fun. Further north, KwaZulu Natal's game rich Zululand and Elephant Coast provide an escape from ...

Pictured: Monzi Safaris Backpackers in St Lucia

Gauteng Backpackers Lodges

Gauteng is the entertainment epicentre of South Africa and home to O.R. Tambo International Airport, the primary airport for international travel to or from South Africa, which makes Johannesburg the ideal starting point for backpackers travelling around ...

Pictured: Pretoria Backpackers in Pretoria

Mpumalanga Backpackers Lodges

Mpumalanga, known as "Paradise Country" and home to the world renowned Kruger National Park, is a must-see for backpackers. Hostels and backpackers lodges abound in the quaint towns of the Panorama Route, with its scenic attractions - God's Window, ...

Pictured: Tshukudu Bush Camp in Hoedspruit

Limpopo Backpackers Lodges

The Limpopo Province appeals to the adventurer (it is a land of legends, myths and ancient civilizations) and nature lover (it has an abundance of wildlife). It is also the gateway to the neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Botswana and ...

Pictured: Modimolle Funky Stay Backpackers in Modimolle

North West Backpackers Lodges

The Hartbeespoort Dam and the Sun City Resort are favourite weekend destinations for Johannesburg residents and also summon backpackers from around the world. Travellers are also drawn to the North West Province for its wildlife and cultural ...

Pictured: Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp in Mogwase

Free State Backpackers Lodges

Any traveller who heard Nelson Mandela's famous words "The Free State landscape gladdens my heart", will surely want to include this rural province in their itinerary. Wide horizons, blue skies, mountains and golden farmlands are the backdrop for ...

Pictured: Platberg Harrismith Backpackers in Harrismith

Northern Cape Backpackers Lodges

The contrasting landscapes of the Northern Cape draw adventurers from around the globe. From trips on the Orange River to 4x4 trails in the dunes, backpackers are sure to find an activity to suit their interests and a hostel or camping site to suit their budget ...

Pictured: Orange River Rafting Lodge in Vioolsdrift

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Camping and Caravan Parks

South Africa offers over 700 camping sites in popular holiday destinations - in or near nature reserves and wildlife parks, near attractions and famous landmarks, on the coast and on popular tourism routes ...

Pictured: Cedar Kloof Eco Camping in Citrusdal, Western Cape

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