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The trip of a lifetime!

Welcome to Coast to Coast Backpackers Guide.

This website will tell you all you need to know about backpacking in Southern Africa. Whether you’re a city slicker wanting to hit the party zone in major cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or Port Elizabeth, or a keen hiker looking to experience the breathtaking mountains of the Drakensberg, the pristine Wild Coast or the beautiful Garden Route, you’ll find what you’re looking for right here on this website.

What’s more, you can book any accommodation or adventure activity you like off the site for the same price it would cost you to book directly.

Welcome to Southern Africa and its liquorice-all-sorts people, cultures, personalities and countrysides.  You’re going to love it.

But finding the right bed to rest your weary head ain’t always easy. Which is exactly why this website is here.

We provide information on all the backpacking establishments in Southern Africa, as well as information on more affordable accommodation in areas where there are no backpacking hostels or lodges.

We tell you what each place offers, what it costs, and where it is, as well as do our best to give you a realistic picture of what it looks like - so sleek looking photographs don’t pull the wool over your eyes.

Southern Africa has enough adventure activities to exhaust even the most hardcore adrenaline junkies.

What’s more, there’s something to please every palette. From heart-stopping skydiving, bungi jumping and paragliding, to more mellow trips to wilderness areas like the Kruger National Park, the Addo Elephant Park, and Shamwari.

Surfers will think they have died and gone to heaven there are so many classic breaks to ride, and hikers will literally walk their way into heaven via the magnificent mountains that grace Southern Africa.

Getting around South Africa is not always as easy as it is in first world countries which is why we provide the low down on the Baz Bus – a convenient and affordable hop-on, hop-off backpacker bus service. We also offer info on the most affordable car hire like Around About cars and buy back options for travellers who want that peace of mind about selling a vehicle before leaving South Africa.


Simply hold your mouse over the area you want to find out about, click, and voila! you’ll be transported there faster than you can say “Mpumalanga” (which incidentally, is a really beautiful area and worth visiting).


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Coast to Coast is a small pocket-sized publication so it’s really light to travel with, jam-packed with useful info and, well, just ultra cool to own. Get yours by clicking the button below – for free, gratis and nothing. Really, no strings attached. (Told you it’s ultra cool.)



Backpacking around Southern Africa is not always easy. The transport options are endless. Backpacker bus services. Car hire. Car purchase and buy back options. Trains. Planes. Minibus taxis. Skateboards. And of course, couch surfing. We can show you some of the cheaper ways to do it.



South Africa offers enough adventure activities to make your head spin. Horse riding, surfing, skydiving, shark cage diving, bungi jumping, abseling, white water rafting, wine tours, township tours and much, much more. You name it, we do it. You’ll find it all, and more, right here on this website.



Yum! That’s all we have to say when it comes to eating out in South Africa. And with enough choices to suit every taste bud, you can literally take your pick. Italian. Sushi. Traditional African nosh. Mexican. Plus of course, the inimitable braai, which is unique to this part of the world.