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08 February 2016 by Warren Raaff



Sometimes all you want to do is explore the world but your budget lashes out with a resounding, “NO”. Luckily in South Africa there are plenty of options for backpacking travellers on a budget who yearn to grasp the true definition of Africa.


Guardian writer, James Bainbridge, counted his pennies and put together a stellar list of the “Top 10 backpacker lodges in the Eastern Cape", one of our most beautifully scenic provinces and the birthplace of the father of the new South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

For me, two sites really stood out but all seem to create that deep, rustic connection to the spirit of the traveller that no other kind of accommodation can match. 


This unique camping facility and eco-farm celebrates a mindful, alternate way of living. This beautiful smallholding is situated way up in the hills of Hogsback.

The rolling hills of the Eastern Cape from Elundi

The rolling hills of the Eastern Cape from Elundi

Elundini Backpackers

Only 20 minutes away from Hogsback, high in the Amatola Mountains lies the picturesque Xhosa village of Elundini. Created from the desire to show tourists the 'other side' of South Africa, this backpackers has it all. Great views, yummy food, cozy vibes and most of all...the exchange of cultural experiences makes all the difference. 

Connecting you to the heart of rustic South Africa

Connecting you to the heart of rustic South Africa

But don’t take my word for it, read the rest of the article at The Guardian Travel and let James Bainbridge seal the deal.




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