Suné and Dirk´s travel tips for backpackers coming to South Africa

Dirk and I enjoy telling people about South Africa. We get very excited when we meet people planning a trip to our country. I am writing this blog specifically for two travellers from California in the USA who are planning to visit South Africa later this year. I hope this information will help you guys!

If you are planning to do a road trip in SA, a popular coastal route from Cape Town to Tsitsikamma is the Garden Route:


Below I have listed a few fun things to do in and around Cape Town and Plettenbergbay, two beautiful cities in the Garden Route.


“Table Mountain from harbour” by Julien Carnot – photo taken by Julien Carnot. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

It is no secret that Cape Town is the most popular city for tourists in South Africa. The list of things to do in Cape Town can go on forever. We recently spent one month in this beautiful city and these are a few of the highlights that I recommend:

– Ride the cable car or hike to the top of the iconic Table Mountain. We did a hike; the mountain is actually not that flat on the top:) There are hiking trails that start at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which is the next item on the list:

– Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Some nights there are perfomances by bands; if you´re lucky, you´ll get to see Mister Jeremy Loops or Chris Chameleon (two talented South African musicians).  Remember to take your own water; the shop is ridiculously expensive.

– Braai (barbeque) at Oude Kraal. Oude Kraal is a hidden gem in Cape Town. There are about twenty braai spots between trees, you have access to a beach and the view over Cape Town is magnificent.

– Watch a movie at the old fashioned Labia movie theatre. You can buy a Slush puppy with Vodka or Gin in!

– Hike up Leeu Kop. On full moon nights you can see a trail of headlights as people ascend and descend.

– Watch the sunset from Signal Hill with many other tourists.

– Go wine tasting in Stellenbosch. Go wine tasting anywhere in and around Cape Town!


Fairview Goat Tower (Image from Wikipedia)

– Spend time at Fairview farm to taste wine and cheese and see goats play inside and on top of a tower! You can taste beer and chocolate at the Spice Route, right next to Fairview.

– Lose yourself in the gardens at Babilonstoren farm, one of the oldest farms in Cape Town.


Keurbooms River mouth at Plettenberg Bay viewed from the west by Tim Giddings

Plettenberg Bay is a well loved holiday spot for South Africans.

– If you enjoy extreme activities, do the Bloukrans Bunjy jump; the highest bunjy jump from a bridge in the world!

– Catch some sun on the beautiful Blue flag beaches

– Hike on Robberg Mountain

– Snorkel and hike at the scenic Tsitsikamma Forest National Park

– Visit the Knysna Watefront and Quyas.

Backpackers we love

South Africa truly have some of the most welcoming and interesting backpackers in the world. When we travel, we use the guide Coast to Coast to look for interesting and affordable places to stay. I just discovered that they also have a website! These are a few of our favourite backpackers. If you can tailor your plans to stay at one of these places and visit the surrounding areas, you won´t regret it!

– Mantis and Moon is a unique backpackers with private treehouses in Umzumbe. It´s living like Tarzan and Jane!

Wild Spirit in Nature´s Valley is a popular spot for New Year´s eve parties. This is the first backpackers we´ve been to, and the experience we had there is still one of my favourite backpacking experiences.

Amphibackpackers in the Drakensberg has a swimming pool, climbing cave and camping spots. When we camped there, two guys´ tent blew away, so make sure you use tentpens!

Away with the fairies is a hippie hideout in Hogsback where the bartender litterally dreams up shooter recipes in his sleep.

– The Coffeeshack in Transkei in very chilled-out and offer super cheap surf lessons.

– We´ve spent two New Year´s Eve´s at Mtentu River Lodge and I hope that we will go there again soon. It is difficult to get there, but it really is a pristine piece of paradise.

The Baz Bus is an easy way for tourists to travel along the coast in South Africa. The bus stops at many backpackers and there are differnt routes and tours to choose from.


One thought on “Suné and Dirk´s travel tips for backpackers coming to South Africa

  1. Yes these are interesting places and things to do. Not the typical most popular touristy things you’ll
    find in all the brochures! South Africa is indeed a wonderful country with a big diversity of places, biomes and interesting ang beautiful places over shorter distances.

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