Backpacker lodges: rest of South Africa



The Free State lies in the heart of South Africa, bordering the Kingdom of Lesotho. The region is one of flat, rolling grassland and crop fields, rising to lovely sandstone mountains in the north-east.

In the north-eastern Free State, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, is the Golden Gate Highlands National Park, the province’s prime tourist attraction. The park gets its name from the brilliant shades of gold cast by the sun on its spectacular sandstone cliffs.

Backpackers’ accommodation

Buzz Backpackers (Ficksburg)
Clarens Inn and Backpackers (Clarens)
Close to Preller Stay Bloemfontein Backpackers (Bloemfontein)
El Shaddai Backpackers (Bloemfontein)
Graceful Estate (Bloemfontein)
Karma Lodge (Kestell)
Naval Hill Backpackers (Bloemfontein)br /> Parys Adventure Lodge Self Catering and Backpackers (Parys)
Platberg Harrismith Backpackers (Harrismith)
Ribblesdale Guest Farm (Bloemfontein)
Rushoek Lodge (Bainsvlei)


Limpopo is South Africa’s northernmost province, lying within the great curve of the Limpopo River. It is a region of contrasts, from true bushveld country to majestic mountains, primeval indigenous forests, unspoilt wilderness and patchworks of farmland.

The province borders the countries of Botswana to the west, Zimbabwe to the north and Mozambique to the east. In the eastern region lies the northern half of the magnificent Kruger National Park, a world-famous game reserve teeming with African wildlife in a total area roughly the size of Israel.

Backpackers’ accommodation

ArtiFaRtIbacKpAckers (Phalaborwa)
Bakkers B&B (Phalaborwa)
Cheetah Inn (Hoedspruit)
Daan and Zena’s (Phalaborwa)
Half Human Backpackers (Tzaneen)
Manfields Resort (Bela Bela)
Zeederberg’s (near Vaalwater)


Mpumalanga – “the place where the sun rises” – is a province with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, lying in the northeast of South Africa.

Bordered by the countries of Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and Gauteng province to the west, Mpumalanga is situated mainly on the high plateau grasslands of the Middleveld, which roll eastwards for hundreds of kilometres.

Backpackers’ accommodation

Big 5 Backpackers @ Kruger Park (Hazyview)
Big Game Backpackers (Hectorspruit, near Kruger)
Billy Bongo Backpackers (Sabie)
Elands Valley Backpackers Lodge (Elands Valley)
Explorers Adventure Base Camp (Long Tom Pass between Lydenburg and Sabie)
Funky Monkeys International Backpackers (Nelspruit)
Gateway Backpackers (Ermelo)
Gecko Backpackers Hazyview (Hazyview)
Gypsies Travellers Inn (White River)
Hazyview Adventure Backpackers (Hazyview)
Hhusha Hhusha (Malelane)
Jungle Cafe Tented Camp (4km outside Hazyview)
Kruger View Lodge for Backpackers (Komatipoort)
La Luna Farm (R38 between Barberton and Kaapmuiden)
Lizard Rock (Nelspruit)
Loerie Guest Farm (outside Hazyview)
Noma-Nini Lodge White River (White River)
Old Vic Travellers Inn (Nelspruit)
Sabie Backpackers Lodge (Sabie)
Valley View Backpackers (Graskop)


The vast and arid Northern Cape is by far our largest province, slightly bigger than Germany and taking up nearly a third of South Africa’s land area. Yet it has the country’s smallest population – around 1-million people – and an extremely roomy population density of about three people per square kilometre.

Its landscape is characterised by vast arid plains with outcroppings of haphazard rock piles. The cold Atlantic Ocean forms the western boundary.

Backpackers’ accommodation

Aardwolf Backpackers (Upington)
Augrabies Backpackers (Augrabies)
Greatbatch Guest House (Kimberley)
Gum Tree Lodge (Kimberley)
Toverberg Guest Houses (Colesberg)


North West lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east and Free State province to the south. It is known as “the Platinum Province” for the wealth of the metal it has underground.

North West has a number of major tourist attractions, including the internationally famous Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve.

Backpackers’ accommodation

Hodge Podge Backpackers Lodge (Magaliesberg)
Paljas Backpackers (Potchefstroom)
Prosper Guest Farm (Between Swartruggens and Koster)
Red Ivory Backpackers (Hartbeespoort)
Travellers Inn (Rustenburg)

Backpacking accommodation

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