Backpacker Hostels Southern Africa

The Eastern Cape has a rich history with backpacking. Some of the first hostels in South Africa were opened in the Eastern Cape region. More than a little relaxed than the rest of the country, Eastern Cape backpacker hostels are an experience on their own and not to be skipped on your Baz Bus journey, or own car or hired car or whatever type of transport a travel savvy nomad like you will be using. Don't miss it. You are guaranteed tranquil days and nights, raucous days and nights and many, many bizarre and wonderful conversations. Please don't forget to tell us about all your adventures (or mis-adventures) in the Eastern Cape. We genuinely like to hear from you.

For more information on the Eastern Cape, please scroll down to our travel guide section on your right.

Addo Area

Addo Area (4/- )

This is more than just an elephant park, Addo is about conserving nature, lifting up the...

Cape St. Francis

Cape St. Francis (-/- )

Home of the Sea Point Lighthouse this little town is well known for its pristine beaches and...

East London

East London (3/- )

East London is a big town growing into a big city it has a few things to offer you, the museum...

Grahamstown

Grahamstown (3/- )

Once again a small town with some beautiful architecture saved from greyness by a thriving...

Hogsback

Hogsback (2/- )

Hogsback is mystical, beautiful, enchanted. It is full of waterfalls, circles of ...

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay (7/- )

Supertubes. Super babes. Super Hunks. Super Beaches... What more do you want?...

Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda (1/- )

Quaint and quiet with loads to do around the village...

Port Alfred

Port Alfred (1/- )

Fun in the sun kinda place close to Grahamstown and halfway between PE and East London...

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth (2/- )

The friendly city. Action and adventure in the City. Also a transport and shopping hub.

Maclear

Maclear (1/- )

Maclear is a town in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains. This is a place off the ...

Graaff-Reinet

Graaff-Reinet (1/- )

Graaff Reinet was established in 1786 and named after the then governor,'van der Graaf' and his wi

Sidbury

Sidbury (1/- )

Sidbury lies between the triangle of Paterson, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth and is an area that is

Lake Gariep

Lake Gariep (1/- )

The Gariep Dam is the largest storage reservoir in South Africa.

African Ubuntu Backpackers Lodge

African Ubuntu Backpackers Lodge

Jeffreys Bay
Ubuntu is ideally situated with stunning views of the surf and dolphins. It’s a 1 minute walk to the beach and Supertube...

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All Africa J Bay Lodge & Volunteers

All Africa J Bay Lodge & Volunteers

Jeffreys Bay
All Africa is in the centre of J-Bay, within safe walking distance of shops, restaurants & entertainment, and only 200m...

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Aloe Again

Aloe Again

Jeffreys Bay
At J-Bay's most desirable address...

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Avoca River Cabins

Avoca River Cabins

Addo
Dave and Judy Smith welcome you to their rose and citrus farm, "Avoca". We offer accommodation to suit all needs, from...

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BangLyn

BangLyn

East London
Bang'Lyn is just a stone throw away from the sandy fun of the beach. This small homely runned backpacker offers you a......

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Cristal Cove Flashpackers & Guesthouse

Cristal Cove Flashpackers & Guesthouse

Jeffreys Bay
Surf, sun and fun. These beautiful self- catering flats and dorms offer privacy and comfort just steps away from the wor...

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Elundini Backpackers

Elundini Backpackers

Seymour
Elundini is a small Xhosa village only 20 minutes away from Hogsback. Situated on a hillside with sweeping views into......

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Falls Backpackers & Adventures

Falls Backpackers & Adventures

Maclear
Set on a beautiful farm bordering the former Transkei, we are blessed with the amazing Tsitsa waterfall on our doorstep...

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Hard Rock Backpackers

Hard Rock Backpackers

Jeffreys Bay
Hard Rock Backpackers, located in the heart of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, is truly a backpackers...

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Island Vibe Flashpackers Port Elizabeth

Island Vibe Flashpackers Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth
This trendy boutique lodge has all the comforts....

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Island Vibe Surf Camp

Island Vibe Surf Camp

Jeffreys Bay
The perfect place for all! On the beach with a great vibe and lots of space for chilling out. It's a backpacker’s parad...

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Jeffreys Bay Backpackers

Jeffreys Bay Backpackers

Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay Backpackers is in the hub of town close to the discount surf-brand stores, pubs and restaurants. The beach...

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Karoopark Guest House

Karoopark Guest House

Graaff-Reinet
Karoopark Guest House offers B&B or self-catering accommodation in the historical centre of Graaff-Reinet. It is within...

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Kowie Backpackers

Kowie Backpackers

Port Alfred
Welcome to the heart of the Sunshine Coast where the weather is always just right....

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Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Kwantu Private Game Reserve

Sidbury
Set in the splendour of the malaria free Eastern Cape, Kwantu rests gently...

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Lungile Backpackers

Lungile Backpackers

Port Elizabeth
’PE’s most popular and busy backpackers’ - Lonely Planet 2006...

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Orange Elephant Backpackers

Orange Elephant Backpackers

Addo
On the border of the Addo National park and ONLY 8km from the park main gate. Large rooms. Vibey restaurant and pub ......

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Owl House Backpackers

Owl House Backpackers

Nieu-Bethesda
Left behind in time, Nieu Bethesda gives life new meaning. This tiny village is cradled in a fertile valley below the mi...

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Santa Paloma Guest Farm and Eco-centre

Santa Paloma Guest Farm and Eco-centre

East London
Santa Paloma Guest Farm and Eco-centre is a private game reserve on the outskirts of East London. Kick back and relax......

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Siloam Village

Siloam Village

Lake Gariep
Siloam Village offers reasonably priced accommodation and camping on the Gariep Dam....

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Sugarshack

Sugarshack

East London
Sugarshack clings to the sand dunes of East Londons Eastern beach - Close to "EL's" active nightlife and amenities....

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Terra-Khaya Grassroots Backpackers

Terra-Khaya Grassroots Backpackers

Hogsback
Nestled high in the forested hills of Hogsback is Terra-Khaya, a project based on respect for being and Mother Earth. Ou...

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Whethu Backpackers

Whethu Backpackers

Grahamstown
Within walking distance of Grahamstown's cultural and historical sites, student facilities and nightlife....

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Woodbury Tented Camp

Woodbury Tented Camp

Grahamstown
Woodbury Tented Camp is one of the hidden jewels of the Eastern Cape, located on Amakhala Game Reserve. Camp life is......

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Woody Cape Resort & Backpackers

Woody Cape Resort & Backpackers

Alexandria
a brand new backpacking destination situated in the centre of the world’s second largest coastal dune field...

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Yellow Piano Inn & Burg Lengeling Backpackers

Yellow Piano Inn & Burg Lengeling Backpackers

Grahamstown
This country venue and backpackers is an alluring place to unwind. It has a welcoming and...

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