Backpacking in South Africa

backpacking in south africa hostels sa backpackers za hostelHostels & Backpackers, or Backpacking generally in South Africa is relatively new!!! Throughout apartheid, South Africa was pretty much ignored by youth travellers and the backpacking fiternity, partly due to there social and ethical responsibilities and opinions.

In 1994 after Nelson Mandela’s release and the abolition of apartheid with SA’s first multi racial elections, the backpackers started to filter in through Zimbabwe whom had been fully submersed in to the whole industry for some years.

Slowly as South Africans travelled themselves and more and more of the world youth travel market made their way to the shores of South Africa, the need for budget accommodation was starting to be realised by the free thinking locals and Backpackers hostel as we know them were born !!!

Backpacking around SA was not as easy as it is today with the invention of the BAZ BUS a service aimed just at the specific industry then cheep flights and car hire came along to take the place of hitch hiking and local taxi rides !


No pillows, no sheets, no problem!!!!

backpacking history south africa backpackers Jeffreys bay hostelsBack in the day just a bunk bed with a mangy old mattress was a bonus at a hostel!

The hostels were opening on a shoe string with minimal cash but maximum energy!

By 1998 advertising sheets and duvets was the new craze and a few double rooms were sneaking out of the woodwork even en sweet was a dream at hostels and Backpackpackers.

For many of us the last 10 years has flown buy in a frenzy of building, growing and adapting our hostels to accommodate the ever changing BACKPACKER from the dreadlocked traveller with holes in his shoes, a tent and 25 rand a day to live on to the laptop toting gold card swiping bungy jumping flash packer (we love them all)

In summery South Africa’s backpacking hostels have come a very long way in a short time and due to hard work, dedicated staff, forward thinking owners and fantastic customers making our hostels amongst the best in the world


Hostels in SA

lodge hostel knysna j-bay port elizabeth backpackers south africaBackpacking through South Africa been a lot more fun since the Island Vibe Backpacker Hostels opened their doors in Knysna and Jeffreys Bay. Together with their “sister”, Lungile Backpackers Hostel in Port Elizabeth they form a hostel chain where “budget accommodation “ were redefined and placed into a whole new league of their own. These three youth hostels not only offer backpackers budget accommodation; these hostels gaurantee comfy dorm beds, neat communal and en suite bathrooms, fully kitted out kitchens better than most hostels. Backpackers can choice between camping (Currently not available at Knysna Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel), dorms, doubles, en suite doubles and quad rooms at our backpacker hostels. Each hostel has a backpackers bar and pool table where backpackers can meet and social with other travelers backpacking through South Africa.


Hostels overview

hostel backpackers south africa sa za backpacking jeffreys bayOur hostels provide sociable budget accommodation for young and old…as long as you’re young at heart & love backpacking. Every hostel in our portfolio offer something slightly different from the others, thus you will not get that, “been there, done that” feeling when you arrive at your next backpackers hostel. Apart from that, each hostel is located in another town or city. Our first hostels are located in Knysna, the heart of the world renowned Garden Route. Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel Knysna is medium sized according to the number of beds, but definitely not in comfort or vibe. Island Vibe Backpackers Hostel Jeffreys bay is the “half way house” and a lively hostel where it’s all about fun fun fun. The hostel is right on the beach…any backpackers dream destination. Lungile Backpackers hostel is in Port Elizabeth, therefore city live, casino lights, restaurants, art, craft & culture and don’t forget golden beaches. Lungile Backpackers hostel is the perfect place to stay when flying in/out from Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban.


Hostel staff

backpacking backpacker jeffreys bay hostel south africa hostelsMost staff at the hostels is backpackers then selves and knows what you want and how you want it. From the receptionist to the barman are passionate about backpacking in South Africa and will give you all the best info to help you have a great time while in SA. Hostel staff not only work at the hostels they also socialize there. For them the hostel is like home and the backpackers visiting, like friends. Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home and sorry to leave.


Beach Lodge

youth hostels budget accommodation sa hostels hostel south africaNow if you want more style and comfort to go with a fun social atmosphere at the backpackers hostel you stay at, then our flagship 5 star “backpackers hostels” in Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth is just the place for you. 99 Miles Beach Lodge J-Bay and Port Elizabeth offer large beds, white linin, fluffy pillows, quality furniture, TV with cable….the list just goes on.  The great thing is, you still have the friendly vibrant atmosphere of a traditional backpackers hostel without sacrificing comfort and style. Our lodges offer double and quad en suite rooms perfect for backpacking couples and young at heart families that’s sociable and outgoing.

The 99 Miles Beach lodge staff are all well travelled and has backpacked themselves. They therefore know and understand the needs of clients visiting, as well as the information and services required by guests. Lodge staff is always friendly and will go the extra mile…99 Miles, to make sure guests have an unforgettable time while visiting 99 Miles Beach lodge. Both lodges are perfectly situated in Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth for guests to enjoy the best activities on offer in the area, be it relaxing on the beach, shopping or just exploring the city. There is something for everyone.