I might live in my car, occasionally a tent but even I feel the need for a some home comforts, clean sheets and piping hot showers. Here are ten of the best backpackers in the Western and Eastern Cape in South Africa that I’ve stayed in .
1. Cape Agulhas Backpackers
Cape Agulhas, Western Cape
This was where it all started. Genesis if you will. And it didn’t disappoint. The Southern most tip of Africa. Aside from a cool war story to tell everyone, it really should be a must for visitors to South Africa.
Cape Agulhas Backpackers is sweet as and handily own the activity centre across the road that offers all manner of watersports from Adrenalin Boat rides, Stand Up Paddle Boards and some of the best kite surfing conditions in South Africa. You can also hangout with stingrays in the harbor if you just want to get your toes wet.
Aside from all the usual goodness you’d expect at a backpackers they have undoubtedly one of my favourite bars to have a beer in. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it was the start of it all. But the beer was sweet, the staff unbelievably chilled and friendly and it set the tone for the Going Homeless Project up perfectly.
It also was the first place I stayed longer than I intended. For good reason. Drop by. It’s full of goodness.
2. Backpackers Paradise
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape
Oudtshoorn, on the R62 and separated from George by the Outeniqua Mountains, is a travellers’ heaven so to speak. Activities a plenty and a backpackers that is centrally situated and pretty darn cool.
The Backpackers Paradise offers all manner of in-house tours, a lot of biking options and is within range of the incredible Swartberg Pass. Daily braai’s and a busy bar make your stay social. A giant indoor fireplace and a lounge full of couches is the ideal place to get to know your fellow travelers.
You cannot visit Oudtshoorn without dropping by one of the ostrich farms or miss out on the Cango Caves, if you have a car be sure to visit the Swartberg Pass – it’s a stunning mountain pass. It also offers a diverse and different stay to the coastal destinations on the Garden Route.
3. Fairy Knowe
Wilderness, Western Cape
Wilderness is probably one of the most underrated destinations on the Garden Route