Johannesburg to Cape Town: A 3-week itinerary for South Africa

One country, three weeks, and over 3400 kilometres.

Our trip to South Africa was ambitious to say the least. Over the course of three weeks, Sam and I managed to get ourselves from Johannesburg to Cape Town, and we still found time to do things like go on safari, hike the Drakensberg Mountains, go vineyard hopping in Stellenbosch, and much much more.

I’ve already written a few individual posts about some of the destinations we visited, and now this post is going to recap our 3 weeks in the country and show you some of the highlights along the way. This trip was all about backpacking South Africa on a budget, so I’ve included links to the hostels, tour operators, and the bus company I travelled with while I was there. I hope this will help you plan a trip of your own!

Johannesburg to Cape Town - Backpacking South Africa

Johannesburg

//2 days//

My stay in Johannesburg revolved around the Maboneng Precinct. Maboneng means ‘Place of Light’ and the name is perfectly fitting because there really is a lot of life and creativity here. The streets are covered in colourful pieces of street art, and a lot of the warehouses in the area have been repurposed into cool coffee shops, galleries, and hostels. I may not have seen much of the city, but at the same time I don’t think I could have picked a better place for my brief stay.

Things to do in Johannesburg:

Like I mentioned, even though I had 2 nights in Johannesburg (one when I flew in and another when I returned from safari), it was simply not enough time to explore beyond my neighbourhood. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should skip over the city. If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a bus tour with Red Bus or join a Main Street Walks tour to explore Jozi on foot. You can also have a picnic atop the Carlton Centre (South Africa’s tallest building), enjoy the shops and cafes on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, or do the museum and gallery circuit with visits to the Apartheid MuseumMuseuMAfricA, and the Cradle of Human Kind. You also have nearby SoWeTo, which is well known for the Orlando Towers, where you can go bungy-jumping.

CurioCity Backpackers in Johannesburg

Where I stayed: 

While in Johannesburg I stayed at CurioCity Backpackers, which happens to hold quite a bit of historical significance. As it turns out, the building that today houses the hostel was once the setting of the Pacific Press, which printed the magazine “The Black Sash” during the apartheid regime. It is rumoured that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu hid out here on more than one occasion.

The hostel had a fun, urban, welcoming vibe. The bar was a pretty popular spot at night (they had great deals!), but there were also quieter areas to hang out like the balcony or the little patio just behind the bar. Also, CurioCity Backpackers is located on Fox Street which is lined with restaurants, bars, and cool hang out spots. It’s really easy to go out at night to grab dinner and drinks in the area, plus there are security guards posted 24 on every street corner so I felt safe walking back at night. Some cool places to eat in Maboneng include Little Addis Cafe for some great Ethiopian food, and Pata Pata for curries or a unique biltong salad.

Kruger National Park

//4 days//

We couldn’t come to South Africa and not experience its wildlife, so after a quick stopover in Johannesburg we kicked things of with a safari in Kruger National Park. We joined Selous Safaris for this 4 day excursion and ended up being blown away by the experience! I’ve already written about going on safari in great detail so I won’t ramble again, except to say that it left me in awe of the life that exists on our little planet. You can look here for a better look at what to pack for a safari.

Going on safari in Kruger National Park

Elephants in Kruger

Zebra in Kruger National Park

Blyde River Canyon in South Africa

Where I stayed:

I booked my tour with Selous Safaris so they took care of accommodations. There was the option of camping out in tents or upgrading to a private cabin with electricity and running water, so I took the latter.

Northern Drakensberg

//2 days//

Our stay in Drakensberg revolved around hiking and being outdoors. For starters, Drakensberg (the Dragon’s Mountain) is one of the most majestic mountain ranges I have ever seen. Sam and I signed up to do a full day trek and we were ooh-ing and ahh-ing at every turn. The weather is quite unpredictable atop the mountain so there were stretches where we were hiking under the cover of fog, and then there were stretches where the clouds cleared and we had blue skies – those moments made for some pretty spectacular photos.

Clouds rolling over the Drakensberg Mountain Range

Day hike to Drakensberg

Things to do in Drakensberg:

Drakenberg is all about hiking, so you’ll want to bring a good pair of sneakers or some solid boots depending on how active you plan to be. You have numerous hikes that range in length and level of difficulty, like the Amphitheatre Heritage Trail, Cathedral Peak Hike, Sentinel Peak Trail, and Gray’s Pass just to name a few. You could seriously spend weeks on end hiking here and still not cover all the trails. And that’s not all, you can also go horse riding, hot air ballooning, biking, skydiving, abseilingquad biking, and zip lining.

Drakensberg is also known to host some pretty epic music festivals, so if you time your visit right you’ll be able to enjoy those. You have the Adrenaline Festival which is all about adrenaline sports by day and cool bands hitting the stage at night, and then there’s the Smoking Dragon New Year’s Festival where you get to ring the New Year with fresh South African talent.

Amphitheatre Backpackers

Where I stayed:

In Northern Drakensberg I stayed at Amphitheatre Backpackers, which is hands down one of the funkiest hostels I’ve ever set foot in! It was so artsy that my eyes almost didn’t know where to look – the rainbow coloured bar made with old glass bottles, the food packaging labels that had been used as wallpaper, the jacuzzi that sat smack dab in the middle of the bar, or the rock climbing wall that was also just adjacent to the bar. I have a feeling this is quite the party hostel during the high season… Then again, the rooms were located a short walk from the main building, which meant you could call it an early night and not be disturbed by the festivities back at the bar.

Durban

//1 day//

I only passed through Durban in transit, so unfortunately I didn’t get to see a whole lot of the city. That being said, the driver who drove me to Durban had plenty of praise for his home city and he convinced me to give it a chance next time I come to South Africa. I can’t give you too many tips firsthand, but here’s a little peek at what you can expect from Durban.

Things to do in Durban:

Some of Durban’s highlights include the Big Rush in Moses Mabhida Stadium, which is a giant stadium swing perfect for thrill seekers; uShaka Marine World, which is one of the world’s largest aquariums; the Golden Mile, a sandy stretch of beaches; and the Indian Quarter, where you can visit the markets or join a historic walking tour.

And we can’t forget the food. Durban has one of the largest Indian populations outside of Indian, and that means delicious Indian food! One dish you simply must try is “bunny chow”; it’s a curry served in a hollowed out bread which acts as a bowl, and there is no bunny in the recipe!

If you do run out of things to do in Durban, there are also lots of easy day trip you can take. Some nearby destinations worth considering are The Valley of A Thousand Hills, the Sani Pass and Lesotho Tour, and Zululand where you can learn about Zulu traditions.

Happy Hippo in Durban

Where I stayed:

While in Durban I stayed at Happy Hippo. The hostel was set in a former warehouse, so it had high ceilings and large open spaces where you could hang out with other travellers or quietly catch up on emails. There was a communal kitchen where you could prepare your own meals, and they also had a really nice rooftop bar.

Wild Coast

//3 days//

I nearly didn’t stop along the Wild Coast because getting there seemed a bit tricky, but the long and bumpy journey down dirt roads brought us to a place like this! Rolling hills, sheer cliffs, and long stretches of beach with hardly another soul in sight. It felt like we had found our own little slice of paradise and no one else knew about it.

Wild Coast, Transkei

Hiking in the Wild Coast, South Africa

Things to do in the Wild Coast:

The Wild Coast is the kind of place where you come to unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the place. You don’t come here for an action packed schedule. Instead, you can hike out to the Hole in the Wall, enjoy the beaches, or walk to some of the local villages where kids will try to practice English with you.

Hole in the Wall, Coffee Bay

Rondavels, round homes in the Wild Coast

Wild Lubanzi Backpackers

Where I stayed: 

Wild Lubanzi was a super relaxed hostel with a come-as-you-are feel. I really think the couple who run this place have one of the best pieces of real estate in the Wild Coast! There’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the sound of the crashing waves, and then waking up to a sunrise right outside your window. I also enjoyed that they had lots of pets to play with; the cats and dogs were always eager for head scratches and belly rubs. Lastly, dinners were enjoyed in a communal setting with fellow travellers and they always had something delicious cooking.

Cintsa

//2 days//

With glorious sunrises and endless beaches, Cintsa proved to be another great destination to relax. We only planned one activity during our stay here and the rest of the time we just enjoyed the view from the balcony, went for short walks, and enjoyed the home cooking at Buccaneers.

Sunrise in Cintsa

Horse riding in Cintsa

Horse riding on the beach, Cintsa

Things to do in Cintsa:

While I was perfectly content to just relax in Cintsa, there are plenty of ways to stay active – horse rides on the beach, game drives to spot wildlife, yoga classes, and even local brewery tours. Another thing I loved about Buccaneers is that they are very involved in the local community. They have spearheaded numerous projects to help empower people in the surrounding villages. This includes everything from helping locals start a community vegetable garden so that they can grow their own produce to sell, to building day care centres so women can go to work knowing their children have a safe place to stay.  They also run volunteer programs for any travellers who can’t seem to pull away from Cintsa and want to stay and get involved. You can find more about those opportunities at African Heartland Journeys.

My little cabin at Buccaneers Backpackers in Cintsa

Where I stayed: 

In Cintsa we stayed at Buccaneers Backpackers, which came highly recommended by many of our friends who had previously travelled to South Africa. First let me say that the family that runs this place is lovely. They made us feel at home right from the start and they ensured that each of their guests were well looked after. Sam and I ended up staying in one of the suites, which was a private cabin with views of the lagoon and the beach below. The cool thing about Buccaneers is that the accommodations were very varied and they had something for every budget – cottages, dorms, sturdy safari tents, or you could even pitch your own tent.

Port Elizabeth

//1 day//

Things to do in Port Elizabeth

I regrettably only spent the night in Port Elizabeth as I had a bus to catch, so I didn’t get to see what the city has to offer. That being said, I met a few travellers along the way who had stayed there and they mentioned things like SUP-ing (Stand Up Paddleboarding), checking out the beaches, walking the Donkin Heritage Trail, and visiting Addo Elephant National Park. Sports buffs can also catch a game of rugby at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Where I stayed: 

During my one night in Port Elizabeth I stayed at Lungile Lodge. They had a really cool common area with a big fireplace, comfy couches, and a pool table. Unfortunately, I was so tired by the time we arrived at 11:00 p.m. that I couldn’t even think of socializing, but I can see why it’s a popular spot with backpackers. They also cater to different budgets; I stayed in a private room, but they had spots where you could just pitch your own tent.

Sedgefield

//Passing through//

I ended up in Sedgefield by chance after I struck up a conversation with a hostel owner while riding the Baz Bus. Since this was a long day of travel and Sedgefield was one of the stops along the way, my new friend Lyle ended up inviting everyone to enjoy a drink as his hostel AfroVibes while we stretched our legs.

I ended up learning that the town of Sedgefield has been granted cittaslow status, which is a movement that started out in Italy but has spread worldwide. Basically, it seeks to get people to slow down, live a healthy lifestyle, preserve local traditions, promote community decision making, care for the environment and support local businesses. To be a cittaslow town you also need to have a population of less than 50,000 people. This was my first time hearing about this movement so I found it fascinating and it made me curious to come back to Sedgefield and experience it for myself.

Things to do in Sedgefield

Sedgefield is in a pretty cool location right between Knysna and Wilderness, so you can enjoy a lot of different activities in and around the are. The most popular activity is bungy jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge, but even if you’re not a thrill seeker you can try things like surfing, wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, paragliding, mountain biking, horse riding, canoeing, and more.

AfroVibe Adventure Lodge

Where to stay

Even though I didn’t personally get to stay at AfroVibes Adventure Lodge, I really liked what I saw during my quick stopover, so I thought I’d mention it for anyone considering Sedgefield as a destination. The hostel is located on Myoli Beach and I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s right on the beach! It’s a great spot for all you surfers, kite-boarders, and wake-boarders out there; all you have to do is roll out of bed and you’re right on the water.

Wilderness

//3 days//

The name says it all – Wilderness was about enjoying the unspoiled beauty of nature and spending all day outdoors.

Hiking in Wilderness

Kayaking in Wilderness

Beaches in Wilderness

Things to do in Wilderness

Some of the highlights in Wilderness included canoeing the Touw River, hiking along the Giant Kingfisher Trail, going in search of waterfalls, and following the train tracks out to Kaaiman’s Grotto. There’s a magic in this place that pulls you in and makes it very difficult for you to ever want to leave.

Where I stayed: 

During my visit to Wilderness I stayed at Wild Farm. This old dairy farm turned hostel was located on a hilltop and it boasted some incredible views of the beach below. Sam and I got a rustic log cabin complete with an en suite bathrooms and a piping hot shower – who says you have to rough it in Wilderness? My favourite thing about staying in this hotels were the nightly communal dinners. If you happen to be there when they have a braai, you’re in for a real treat!

Table Mountain as seen from the V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

//3 days//

Cape Town was our final destination and I have to say, our 3 days there went by in a blink! We ended up taking 2 day trips from Cape Town, so we didn’t have enough time to do the city justice, but it was enough to get a little taste of what the area is about.

Boulders Beach, Cape Town

Our first day trip from Cape Town was to visit the Cape Point Peninsula. We joined Day Trippers for this outing, which included highlights like: cruising to Duiker Island which is home to a huge seal colony, visiting Boulders Beach to see penguins, biking in the Cape Point Nature Reserve, and setting foot in the Cape of Good Hope – the most southwestern point on the African continent. Talk about reaching the ends of the earth!

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Reaching the ends of the earth.

We also took another fun tour of Stellenbosch with Wine Flies to visit some of the local vineyards. We drank our way through 5 different wineries, and we must’ve sampled at least 5-6 wines in each place we visited. Let’s just say everyone was feeling very happy by mid-afternoon.

Wine Tour of Stellenbosch with Wine Flies

When we weren’t taking day trips, we managed to do some sightseeing around Cape Town. Our first stop was the V&A Waterfront, which boasts some great restaurants along with spectacular views of Table Mountain.

I have to admit, aside from visiting the waterfront, I didn’t feel at ease walking around other parts of Cape Town. I got the impression that most locals drive wherever they need to go even if it’s a short distance, so it often felt quite isolated walking the streets. What was also difficult is that we were followed a lot by people asking for money, and the one time we tried walking to Bo-Kaap we were hassled to the point where we had to turn around and head back to our hostel. So for sightseeing around Cape Town, I’d have to say either hire a taxi to drive you around or join a guided tour.

Things to do in Cape Town

If you’re not busy taking day trips like I was, there really is a lot to see in Cape Town. You have Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill if you enjoy a bit of hiking. Then you have Robben Island for a sobering history lesson, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens for a day surrounded by nature, and colourful Bo-Kaap to discover South Africa’s Malay influence.

The BIG Backpackers in Greenpoint, Cape Town

Where I stayed:

While in Cape Town I stayed at The B.I.G. Backpackers, which was hands down one of my favourite hostels of the trip. The staff who work at B.I.G. were perfect for their job – helpful, friendly, and welcoming. There was a big sense of camaraderie in the hostel and everyone would have breakfast together (even the staff), swap stories, and plan for the day ahead. Evenings were also a lot of fun – people would normally grab a few drinks in the communal area before heading out to dinner together or cooking a meal in the kitchen. If you ever find yourself in Cape Town, I highly recommend this spot!

Getting around from Johannesburg to Cape Town

When it comes to travelling across South Africa, you have two options: you can either rent a car and set off on your very own road trip, or you can travel by bus like I did. I joined Baz Bus and made use of their hop-on-hop-off service which allows you to travel the full length of the country between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

A few things to keep in mind if you do decide to rent a car are: you should never drive at night, you should keep your belongings out of sight in the trunk, and you should carry a mobile phone to call for help in case you need it. Also, road stops with police officers asking for bribes for some made up infraction are common (we experienced this firsthand travelling by bus, and also heard countless stories from locals experiencing the same). I’m not telling you this to scare you – I met plenty of foreigners travelling by car and they were fine – I’m merely giving you heads up  so that you are extra careful out there and know what to expect.

Travel Tips for South Africa

  • Bring a South African adapter. South African electric outlets are completely different from any I’ve ever seen before and even my handy 4-in-1 world adapter couldn’t do the trick. Get yourself one of these before you go so that you can actually charge your electronics.
  • Pick up a Coast to Coast guide at your hostel. You’ll find free copies of these booklets at most hostels and they are super useful when planning the next leg of your trip. I also liked that this guide is written with a bit of humour.
  • Pick up a SIM card once you arrive. I don’t normally get a SIM card for my phone when I travel, but in South Africa I made an exception and it came in handy. I mainly used it to coordinate pickups with hostels that were outside of town, and to confirm tour bookings. You may want to consider getting a data plan as well because I found he internet outside of the cities to be incredibly slow.

Backpacking South Africa from Johannesburg to Cape Town

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38 Comments

  • vonny says:

    Thanks a lot for the recap. Can’t wait till my turn to South Africa.
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    • Selda says:

      You rode the same horse as me in Cinsta ! I was there in Feb . South Africa was definitely my favorite destination.

  • Jenia says:

    This is SO AMAZING 🙂 I love planning and this is lays it out all at my fingerprints — thanks so much for posting. And beautiful photos as always!
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  • Cindy Roberts says:

    I am South African and i am really impressed by this awesome post!! I love my Country and i think you portrayed our diverse landscape and culture!! God bless on your travels!!

  • Ashley says:

    I’m so sad I never made it to Drakensberg and the Wild Coast when I was in South Africa – the photos are beautiful! I definitely need to revisit, and I will be sure to come back to this post for your recommendations and helpful tips!
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  • Marilyn says:

    If I vist South Africa I will be sure to re-visit your post for great info. The photos are special. So much great info.
    Thank you for posting

  • Katie says:

    My fiance is South African so I have visited three times so far. My favourite spots are the Drakensberg Mountains, Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Hermanus and Kruger. I highly recommend visiting Lesotho for a couple of nights too – we stayed at Sani Top in a hostel within a local village for three nights and it was incredible. We had a car in Cape Town both times that I visited. It is a fantastic city with so much to do but you are right that people don’t really walk between neighbourhoods.
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  • Beautiful post and very informative. We have been to South Africa and we fell in love. The country is so diverse and so beautiful. Love your blog, keep up the good work!
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  • Emilia says:

    Thank you for this concrete and wonderful itinerary! I will travel to ZA in one week, also with the BazBus from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
    Where did you get your Sim Card and from which company?

  • Renuka says:

    Wow! South Africa is stunning! Love the places and landscapes. You have stayed at some of the loveliest hotels…quite an enriching trip you had!
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  • Arianwen says:

    Gosh. It looks fantastic! And penguins are so cute! I want to go!
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  • Great post and got us really excited that we are off to South Africa in January!! Will certainly be adding some of these ideas to our plans and have also pinned your post so I can re-find it when we get nearer to our departure date.

  • Tessa Clare says:

    Thanks for writing such an honest and inspiring post on my home! I always battle to explain to people that South Africa is amazing and there to be explored but how you still have to be heaps more streetwise than most other places in the world

  • Eek! Apparently there is so much that I missed out on when I visited South Africa! Looks like you had some incredible adventures. I do think if you’re traveling solo (as I was), you do still need to be a bit more conscious of safety than usual, but it shouldn’t deter you from visiting. Doing a township tour in Cape Town really opened my eyes to how the majority of the city live. Even in the extreme poverty, however, there was such a strong sense of community.
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  • I love the post Audrey. Very detailed. 🙂
    I’ve only been to South Africa once and that was 11 years ago. A German girlfriend of mine has a house there which she bought on spec. While she was drunk! We all thought it was hilariously funny but luckily, it’s a gorgeous house on the cliff facing the beach in Cape Town. It also came with maid, gardener and security guard!

    I spent two weeks there based in Cape Town and went to Boulders Bay, the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, we went on my first safari (the 2nd time in India!), we spent a loooooot of time on restaurants facing the sea and used to go to this exclusive English place ‘cos they had the best roast lamb I had eaten in years. We went 3 times! We also went on a private tour and cooking class in Bo-Kaap, an ethnic cultural dance centre, the market place, a private tour of the township which we did with a member of the township community but which I personally found quite uncomfortable and visited Robben Island which was extremely interesting but sombre.
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  • Tez Ferguson says:

    Fantastic write up, and glad you mentioned the Kruger National Park and Drakensberg, no trip to South Africa is the same without it.
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  • July Gadabot says:

    Audrey, thanks a lot for the inspiration. Found your article about South Africa occasionally and should say you are a great writer. This post is so informative and useful.

    Frankly speaking, I am a little bit afraid to go to Africa, but thanks to all comments here I understand that my fears are so stupid, as many people mentioned South Africa is their favourite destination… Hope I will see it with my own eyes some days…

  • Great post!

    My wife and I actually got married in the Drakensberg, I think it’s one of the most amazing places in SA.
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  • Izy Berry says:

    Great article audrey it really inspired me and i love all the places that you stay they are different.
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  • Sunu Philip says:

    Hey Audrey, This trip looks truly wonderful! What a great itinerary! Next time I go I am definitely going to take your suggestions as there’s so much to see! Thanks for sharing!

  • Claire D'Anjou says:

    Very nice! Just a quick question… Where did you get off the bus when you went to Wild Coast?

    Thanks.

    • Audrey says:

      Hi Claire, I got off in Umtata/Mthatha. If you’re heading to the Wild Coast, most hostels and lodges are about 1.5-2 hours from there, but they can arrange for a shuttle to come and pick you up. That’s how we all got to our respective accommodations for the night. It sounds like a long journey, but it’s so worth the trip to be out in the middle of nowhere!

  • Claire d'Anjou says:

    Another question…. Did you have to take anti-malarial medications before going to SA?

  • Sarah says:

    This is a great article! Thanks for sharing.
    I had two quick questions!
    1. What was your main form of transportation?
    2. If you would be so kind as to share how much this itinerary cost you?

    Thanks you!!!

  • ignacio Segovia says:

    Wonderful post and amazing pictures. The son in law is from South Africa and he has said to me I should go for many, many times. With these pistures I have seen I have taken my decision. I will go this winter, that in there it is summer. Thank for such a lovely description. 🙂

  • PJ says:

    Hey, Thanks for all the tips! Love your photos from the hike in Drakensburg. I’m going there soon and also staying at Amphitheater. Looks like there are two hikes available–Cathedral Peak Summit and Tulega Falls/Amphitheater. Which hike are your pictures from? I totally want to go there!

  • Courtney says:

    This looks divine! I can only imagine what it was like seeing the wildlife in person. Such a blessing!
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  • Wow! A really detailed guide! I am holding off on a trip to South Africa because I want Jacob to be old enough to remember going on safari.
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  • This is an excellent round up, I’ve been to joburg, Capetown and Durban but there is so much more to South Africa than just those three. I was also very hesitant to use a hostel there but your recommendations look amazing.

  • Pietro says:

    Hi!
    So far, the BEST itinerary example I have found online: detailed, informative and with amazing pictures. I could read more essential information here than in much more celebrated guidebooks.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Martha Hanby says:

    Hi,
    Sounds like you had an amzing trip. Me and my husband are going to be doing a very similar trip starting next week and are using you as a guide! We were just wondering how you got to the Wild Coast as the Baz Bus doesn’t seem to stop there??? It looks amazing and we would love to go, just not sure how!

    Martha and Chris

    • Audrey Bergner says:

      Hi Martha, I believe we got off at Mthatha, and then the couple that runs Wild Lubanzi came to pick us up from there. I’m sure if you let them know in advance, they’ll be able to arrange something for you.

  • I spent a couple of months in South Africa and have been to all places you mentioned, I would also add the the Valley of Desolation (Graaf Reinet) and Nieu Bethesda.
    I was driving, renting a car is pretty cheap in South Africa and allows you to go in many places you wouldn’t by bus, and it gave us another side of the complex South Africa.

    It was a cool and unexpected stop between Garden Route and Wild Coast.

    By the way, loved Lubanzi too!
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  • Stephanie says:

    How much would you say you spent during your three weeks and do you know the cheapest you think you could have gotten away with doing most of the things you did?

  • Sasha says:

    How did you get to the Wild Lubanzi backpacker?

    • Audrey Bergner says:

      We arranged for a pickup from the owners. The Baz Bus stops at the Shell station in Mthatha, so we met them there. On the way back, they helped us get on the right local shuttle to go back to Mthatha.

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