Directions To Banghoek Place

Banghoek Place

Free Baz Bus Shuttles.
15 min walk from station.
7 min walk from Intercape bus stop.
From the tourist Information Office in Market Sreet, Stellenbosch —> Find Bird Street (towards town centre) and take a left till Merriman Street. Right into Merriman —> left into Andringa Street then Right in to Banghoek Road. We are number 193 on your right.

Directions To Pumbas Backpackers

Pumbas Backpackers

From Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport: take the Gautrain to Hatfiled Station (remember to switch over at Marlboro Station). Upon exiting the turnstiles at
Hatfield, turn right and leave through the ‘quiet’ exit. Walk down the ramp to the main road, and crossing over. Keep slightly right and cross over the next road. Our street is a dead end with a turning circle at the top. Walk down the street and we are the 5th house on the left.

Directions To 1322 Backpackers International

1322 Backpackers International

From N1:
Take M2 into Pretoria and follow as for N4 below.

From N4:
Driving from the direction of Kruger Park/Nelspruit etc, the N4 goes directly into Hatfield (before Pretoria): on entering Hatfield (McDonalds restaurant signals your arrival!), turn left at the first traffic light into Gordon Street which becomes Duncan Street, at the 2nd traffic light turn left into Park Street. Go to the end of Park Street and turn left into Richard Street. Turn first right into Arcadia Street. We are half-way down on the left.

From R21 (Airport):
Take the R21 to Pretoria. Take the N1 Pretoria (OOS) turning. Take the M2 Pretoria turning and then follow the directions for the N4 above. The N4 and M2 are effectively the same road… also known as Pretorius Street in Pretoria!

Directions To Le Blue Guesthouse

Le Blue Guesthouse

From PE on the N2 take the off ramp into Bluewater Bay. Then you turn right into Weinronk Ave till you get to a T-junction. Then turn right in Bluewater Drive cross speep bumps it will lead you into De Mist Circle. Turn left into De Mist Circle and on the next corner on the right is Le Blue Guesthouse.

Directions To The Hippo Backpackers

The Hippo Backpackers

On N2 from JHB.
Take RUSSELL Road off-ramp
3rd Robot turn RIGHT (Westbourne)
1st street RIGHT again
1st street LEFT
This is SOMERSET STREET which become GLEN STREET (if you hit the park you have gone to far).

On N2 from J-Bay
Take the CAPE rd off ramp
Carry on past green acres shopping centre until you see PORT ELIZABETH COLLEGE Russell Rd
Turn left after College into SOMERSET STREET which will become GLENSTREET (if you hit the park you have gone to far).

Directions To Kings Beach Backpackers

Kings Beach Backpackers

From Airport West Rd
Port Elizabeth
– Head southeast 400 m
– At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Allister Miller Dr
– Go through 1 roundabout
1.4 km
– Turn right onto La Roche Dr
2.0 km
– Turn left onto Windermere Rd
Destination will be on the left
240 m
41 Windermere Rd, Port Elizabeth, 6013.

Directions To Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel

Jikeleza Lodge International Backpackers Hostel

From the N2 take the M4/Settlers F/way into city. Take the Russell Rd off ramp, and bear right under the freeway. Turn left into Rink Street. Travel straight until forced left into Bird Street. First right into Deare Street and ride into our door.

The Baz Bus drops you right at our door. If you are arriving by bus, train or airline, give us a call when you arrive and we can arrange for a taxi to collect you from anywhere in Port Elizabeth for your account. It is not far.

Directions To Island Vibe Port Elizabeth

Island Vibe Port Elizabeth

Directions when driving into Port Elizabeth:
Drive in on N2, then follow M4 Summerstrand signs until you reach the beachfront. Drive on Marine Drive with the sea on the left until you reach 11th Avenue Summerstrand, you will go past McDonalds, and Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Centre. Turn right into 11th Avenue and drive to the top of the street. Island Vibe Port Elizabeth is directly in front on you.

Directions when flying in:
Turn right outside the airport, and stay on La Roche Drive until you reach Marine Drive. Drive on Marine Drive with the sea on the left until you reach 11th Avenue Summerstrand, you will go past McDonalds, and Bayworld first. Turn right into 11th Avenue and drive to the top of the street. Island Vibe Port Elizabeth is directly in front on you.

Directions To Bluesky Backpacker & Lodge

Bluesky Backpacker & Lodge

When in the Main Street of Knysna, ask for the ‘Tourist Information Office’. We are just above this, by 2 streets. If driving. Go up Grey Street from the Main Road traffic lights, second left into Hill Street West , and into end of cul-de-sac, last house on the right, white railings, and Bluesky banner on the fence.

If walking, go up the lane right next to the ‘Tourist Information Office’, at T junction turn left, then first right (up League street), then first left into Hill Street West…we are at the end on the right. Number 10, Hill Street West at Bluesky Backpacker & Lodge.

Nearest airport is at George 40 min drive.

Directions To Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

Jembjos Knysna Lodge & Backpackers

We are easy to find from either end of town.
If coming from George, follow N2 to edge of town, turn right at traffic lights onto Waterfront Drive, continue past the Waterfront, turn into Queen Street on your left hand side – you will see Jembjo’s.
If coming from Plettenberg Bay, follow N2 to edge of town, turn left at Waterfront Drive, continue & turn right into Queen Street – you will see Jembjo’s.

Directions To Lakeview Backpackers

Lakeview Backpackers

From OR Tambo International airport take the R21 N towards Pretoria. +/- 4km take the Atlas Rd of ramp. Cross one set of traffic lights. At the next traffic light turn left. At the Stop str turn right. Follow the curve in the rd and at the next stop street turn right int Marignane Str. Cross the speed bump and the turn right into Porto Amelia. We are number 39.

10 Attractions You Can’t Miss When Visiting Cape Town – South Africa

Visiting Cape Town

1. Table Mountain

Table Mountain is arguably the most iconic image of Cape Town. Standing at the top should top everyone’s list of ‘things to do before you die’. Take the leisurely route in the slowly revolving cable car, or alternately hike to the top. Either way you won’t regret it when you get to enjoy the sight of Cape Town and surrounds from the Table top!

2. V & A Waterfront

Situated at the Cape Town Harbour basin, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is the most popular venue in Cape Town. With a wide variety of shops, numerous restaurants and cafes, wine bars, sites of historical and cultural interest and local craft workshops, you’ll never have a dull moment here, day or night.

3. Wine Farms

From the farms of Constantia in the southern suburbs to the expansive estates of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshoek, the Cape boasts some of the most beautiful wine farms in the world. And it’s a well known fact that they produce some of the finest wines in the world too! A visit to Cape Town is incomplete without at least one day spent on the wine route, sampling fine wines, learning about the history and methodology of winemaking from the experts, enjoying a sumptuous lunch along the way and coming back laden with some great purchases for the cellar back home.

4. Robben Island

Site of former president Nelson Mandela’s prison cell where he was confined for many years prior to his historical release, Robben Island has a very special atmosphere. Take a ferry from the Waterfront and learn from the guided tours about the other men who shared the Island with Madiba, and about the incredible man himself.

5. Cape Point

Who wouldn’t want to say they have stood at the tip of the great African continent? Once inside the reserve you can make your way to the main parking area and stroll up the wide paths to the top lookout point. From here the view is breathtaking – sheer cliffs drop to the crashing waves far below while azure waters spread out as far as the eye can see to a hazy horizon. On a clear day, you really can see forever! Enjoy lunch at the excellent restaurant or drive to one of the sheltered beaches for a picnic.

6. Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony

Home of a colony of so-called ‘Jackass’ Penguins (so named for the donkey-like braying sound they make) Boulder’s Beach is situated just past Simon’s Town. Apart from great penguin viewing, the beach is picturesque and great for families with its sheltered bay.

7. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

These beautiful gardens at the foot of Table Mountain were established in 1913. The gardens only grow indigenous South African plants, and cover an area of 528 hectares. Picnic on the green lawns next to bubbling streams, or take advantage of a guided tour.

8. Top Stones Gemstone Factory and Scratch Patch

Visit one of the Top Stone Gemstone Factories at Glen Cairn or the Waterfront, for a sparkling and enchanting experience. At the Glen Cairn factory you can view the stones being washed polished and crafted into curios or jewelry. Trawl through the walk-in Scratch Patch ‘caves’ and select your own treasures to take home.

9. Two Oceans Aquarium

Located at the V&A Waterfront, this is South Africa’s largest aquarium. It has great exhibitions and a strong educational component. The shark feeding times are always popular with visitors who love to get a close up view of these awesome creatures without getting wet!

10. District Six Museum

Back in the 1960’s the apartheid government demolished the District Six neighborhoods, displacing the residents. Of all the museums to see in Cape Town, this memorial to the glory days and tragic history of District Six is one of the most interesting and colourful.

Directions To Moafrika Backpackers

Moafrika Backpackers

Directions to Moafrika Lodge from OR.Tambo International Airport.
Leave the Airport and head North towards Pretoria on the R21 Highway.
Leave the Highway at the Pomona Road (M32) off ramp and turn right over the Highway. (7Kms.)
After passing over the Highway continue straight through the next four Robots. (Traffic Lights)
At the three way stop (13.5Kms) turn right into Glen Norton Road and then first left into (200Mtrs) Sandham Road.Pass Gateway Guest House on right. Drive all the way to the bottom of the road and we are the last property on the right hand side.

Wonderful South African Safaris

South African Safaris

Oh the beautiful South Africa. Endowed with rich tapestry of culture, vast lands, unequalled safaris…South Africa is truly a place for one who wants to reconnect with nature.

South African safaris are home to wide spectrum of animal species including the celebrated group of five: the buffalo, rhino, lion, elephant and leopard.

They were not named so because they have gained great popularity but because they mainly offer the experience of witnessing the dance of life happening in sight of travelers. They are the hunters that give fright to their preys. Thus, excitement for their viewers.

Game viewing, as this activity is called, is typically done with walking safari. However, due to the increase in popularity of canoeing, horseback riding and camel safaris walking becomes only one of a tourist’ option. It is designed specifically for the hardy souls though and for the physically fit.

A standard walking safari is composed of 8 to 12 persons aged 12 to 60. This lasts for 3 days and 2 nights. With other modes of game viewing however, one should be in company of a guide.

The flagship of all South African safaris is the Kruger National Park creation of Paul Kruger, the president of Transvaal Republic in 1898. His advanced vision sparked the idea of creating wildlife sanctuaries and preservation areas to let nature continue growing at her own rate.

With the Kruger National Park, South Africa is truly unrivalled in its immense resources. The big five aside, South African harbors some of animal world’s most interesting games such as the wild dogs, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, warthog, an array of antelope species and jackals, hippos, and zebras. Kruger Park is also home for some 500 species of birds and 140 species of mammals.

With its 20, 000 sq. km land area of unspoilt land, Kruger offers visitors not only its animal resources but also its wide spectrum of plant species.

South Africa safaris are not only made famous by the Kruger National Park, they also placed their names in top African destination through the fame of The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park- one of the biggest wildlife conservation areas in the world.

It is not for the fainthearted though. This is the sight for the distinguished black-maned Kalahari lions along with other animal species like bat-eared foxes, blue wildebeest, gemsbok, and the likes.

While on South African safaris, never forget to take some images of wildlife with you. Capture them in photos if you can. Animals such as those that thrive in nature pass only once. It would be wise if you can have a token of remembrance from them.

Directions To Mbizi Backpackers Lodge

Mbizi Backpackers Lodge

If you have rented a car at the airport, take the R21 (BOKSBURG). Exit the highway and continue straight until you reach the T-junction (+/-9.5km from leaving the airport). Turn left and at the first set of traffic lights turn right. Travel 2.8km, and we are on the left-hand side of the road with a bright orange and blue wall.

From the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Nelspruit take the Atlas Road exit from the N12 highway. Turn right into North Rand Road (It is at the 2nd set of traffic lights) and continue on until you reach Trichardt Road (CTM will be on your left). Turn left and continue down through Boksburg CBD. You will find us +/- 1000m on the left-hand side after the KFC.

Travelling up from Cape Town, you need to get on the N12 (WITBANK) highway on the outskirts of Johannesburg and then get on to the N17 Toll Road (ZAR3 Toll fee). Take the Rondebult/Mapleton off-ramp. Turn left at the robots at the top of the off-ramp and then right at the first set of robots. Travel along this road until the next set of robots where you turn left. Go down the road, past the ‘Bokkie Park’. We are +/-400m from the ‘Bokkie Park’ on the right hand side of the road.

From the Drakensberg, Durban or Transkei, take the Benoni/Heidelberg off-ramp off the N3. Turn right and carry on until you come to the Carnival City Casino. Turn left and carry on until you see the Trichardt Road sign and turn right. Go down the road, past the ‘Bokkie Park’. We are +/-400m from the ‘Bokkie Park’ on the right hand side of the road. Bright orange and blue wall.

Top 3 Cities In South Africa

Top 3 Cities In South Africa

While South Africa is dotted with a number of urban centers, there can be little doubt that the top three SA cities are Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town.

Each of these cities has a unique character that draws different types of people.

See which one appeals the most to you!

Johannesburg / Jo’burg / Jozi

For young, vibey, fast-paced living.

The pulsing city with a heart of pure gold, Johannesburg is known as Egoli (place of gold), Jo’burg, and today also carries the trendy name of Jozi.

A relatively young city, Jo’burg traces its modern history back to 1886 when it sprang up as a gold-rush shanty town.

Today this thriving bustling city is the most densely populated South African city, home to 3 225 800 people and growing.

Jo’burg has a pleasant balmy climate for most of the year and is renowned for dramatic afternoon thunderstorms in summer. The nights can get pretty cool, especially in winter.

The city of Johannesburg has no mountains or coastline to shape it, and it is an enormous, sprawling urban jungle.

Some of the top attractions in and around Jo’burg include the Sterkfontein caves, the township of Soweto, The Apartheid Museum, the Mai Mai Herbalist market and Rosebank craft market.

Jo’burg is a shopper’s paradise – there are numerous malls – and the Sandton area is particularly popular with shopaholics.

Durban – Durbs-by-the-Sea

Steaming hot, yet so damn cool!

The settlement of Port Natal only really started in 1823, although Vasco da Gama has ‘discovered’ it back in 1497.

Most people equate Durban with a laid back, ‘chilled’ atmosphere, and also with extremely humid heat, almost all year round. For many Durban is the place to live if you love to surf, but there is more to this city than awesome waves, golden beaches, sugar cane plantations and palm trees.

Durban lies in the heart of the Zulu kingdom, land of King Shaka, which gives the entire region a rich cultural history that can be felt just by walking through the hot streets. A large ‘Indian’ community also calls Durban home, and these people add their own flavor to the city’s effervescent, colorful population.

Durban offers great shopping at malls and markets, historical and cultural attractions and plenty for families to do. Perhaps the most well-known tourist spot is uShaka Marine World which boasts an aquarium, dolphinarium and snorkel reef, a world of water slides and marine-theme shopping.

Cape Town – The Mother City

Paradise found – between the mountains and the two oceans

Cape Town as an urban settlement began in the mid-1600’s as a trading post for ships passing the tip of Africa en route to The East.

Today Cape Town is loved for its breathtaking natural beauty, with Table Mountain dominating the views from almost anywhere in the city. The beaches on both the Indian and Atlantic sides offer crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches and beautiful bodies all summer long.

From any of the chi-chi restaurants, cafes and wine-bars along the coastline you can even enjoy watching whales playing in the bay.

With numerous museums and art galleries, theatres and craft markets, Cape Town is undoubtedly the Culture Capital of SA. If the money is found in Jo’burg, the creativity springs from Cape Town’s vibrant multi-cultural population.

Don’t miss the top tourist attraction in the country – The Victoria and Albert Waterfront – a fabulous development on the foreshore which offers a world of entertainment and shopping.

A lot more laid back than Jozi, but more cosmopolitan than Durbs, Cape Town is the place to be for the arty, nature-loving yet trendy individual.

So which of these fantastic cities sounds like your perfect place to be? We suggest you don’t restrict your self to just one – visit them all and enjoy the best of the South African urban experience!

Directions To Ghandi Backpackers Lodge

Ghandi Backpackers Lodge

From OR Thambo Intern. Airport
Take highway R24 Johannesburg after ca 12 Km first traffic light turn left second traffic light right in to M22 Langerman street.
Follow M22 Street name changes in to Roberts Avenue on top off the Hill yust bevor Kensington Clinic ‘pink in color’ turn right.
in to Doris street.
Number 15 is the second House on the left.

Big Five Animals In South Africa

Big Five Animals In South Africa

The term ‘Big Five’ originated among the hunters of a bygone era to describe not the largest of the animals that they hunted, but the most dangerous.

These are lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros. Every one of these animals has a reputation for pursuing its attacker with intent to kill. Perhaps the most persistent is the buffalo, which will ceaselessly pursue his aggressor, making hunting a life-or-death experience for the hunted and the hunter!

All of these mammals are to be found in South Africa, making this country one of the most popular locations for safari style holidays.

Indeed, South Africa has embraced this rich wildlife heritage and welcomes visitors from all around the world who come to experience close encounters with the magnificent beasts. Many of our game lodges offer the most luxurious accommodation and facilities available for ‘bush’ holidays in the world.

The Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Mpumalanga province, for example, is arguably the most exclusive game reserve in the country. With no fences existing between the Kruger Park and Sabi Sands, the wildlife roams free between the two reserves. Leopards are the main attraction here, and these awesome creatures are so accustomed to humans that you can even follow them while hunting, in an off-road vehicle. All of the Big Five can be viewed at Sabi Sands.

Other well-known and excellent reserves around the country where one can view the Big Five in South Africa include the world-renowned Kruger Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces, the Pilansberg Game Reserve in the North Western Province, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Northern Cape and the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Visitors who are confined to the Cape Town area are often under the impression that they will be unable to view the Big Five. However there is a reserve only 90 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, Aquila, where one can view four of the Big Five. Self-drive or guided drive tours are available from Cape Town – even one day tours are possible, although you may well wish to stay overnight in the appealing accommodation set in 4500 hectares of pristine Karoo landscape. The terrain is varied – from mountains and valleys to wetlands – ideal for game viewing be it in a 4×4 safari vehicle, on horseback or even by quad-bike. Aquila is home to four of the Big Five animals: lion, buffalo, rhino and the rare Mountain Leopard. You may also spot and giraffe and hippo, not to mention herds of wildebeest, zebra, springbok and other bucks, plus baboon, jackal and the bat-eared fox.

What with the wetlands, you can expect a wealth of bird-life viewing to complete your safari experience – all so close to Cape Town!

Those who can travel as far as the Eastern Cape – a pleasant day’s drive along the beautiful Garden Route – can also view the Big Five and other species of game at the excellent Addo Elephant Park and Shamwari Game Reserve – both well-worth the visit for game lovers.

A safari holiday to South Africa is often considered incomplete without sightings of the Big Five. These days most people are content to take home photographs of the living animals rather than skins and hunting trophies. However there are legal hunting reserves for those who feel the need.

Directions To Johannesburg Backpackers

Johannesburg Backpackers

1. Head South
2. Take the 2nd Right
3. Take the ramp to Albertina Sisulu Fwy/R24
4. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Albertina Sisulu Fwy/R24 and merge onto Albertina Sisulu Fwy/R24
5. Take the exit onto the R24
6. Take the exit toward Eastern Bypass/N3
7. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Eastern Bypass/N3 and merge onto Eastern Bypass/N3
8. Take exit 119-Edenvale for R25
9. Turn left at Modderfontein Rd/R25. Continue to follow R25
10. Slight left at Louis Botha Ave/R25
11. Turn right at Louis Rd/R25. Continue to follow
12. Turn right at Oxford Rd/M9
13. Turn left at Bolton Rd/M20. Continue to follow
14. Turn Right at Gleneagles Rd/M20
15. Turn right at Green Way M20. Continue to follow
16. Turn right at Linden Rd M20
17. Take the 1st left onto Umgwezi Rd
(Destination on the left, with big orange gate)

Get Married Or Honeymoon In South Africa

Honeymoon In South Africa

Making your wedding ‘just perfect’ entails a blend of factors, not least of which includes the dress ‘to die for’ and a great venue. With Cape Town, South Africa as the city of choice for your big day, you won’t have far to look. Cape Town is the city of fair skies, gorgeous beaches, magnificent gardens and an extensive list of wedding and reception venues. Outdoor locations for wedding photographs abound.

Picture the oldest and largest botanical gardens in South Africa, Kirstenbosch, with the eastern slopes of Table Mountain as your backdrop. These gardens alone contain as many as 6 000 floral species and over 22 000 indigenous plants, so whatever your colour scheme and whatever season you choose, there will be blooms to augment and complement your style.

Early morning shoots are probably best for Cape Town’s beaches as the Cape Doctor – another name for the spring and early summer south-easterly wind that prevails in the city – tends to make its presence felt in the afternoons, although with it comes Table Mountain’s legendary table cloth – providing yet another perfect photo setting.

Nevertheless, you are spoilt for choice as the Mother City has some of the most picturesque beaches in the world with wide expanses of sand, sparkling water and strategically placed boulders for those ‘photo’ moments.

From the fashionable beaches of Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’ – the Atlantic Seaboard – including Camps Bay, Llandudno (definitely one of the most beautiful) and Noordhoek with its miles of sand and dunes, to the beaches of False Bay offering some real character beaches, such as St James or Boulders.

The wine estates in and around Cape Town all have a unique beauty of their own. Invariably wine estates lie tucked into picturesque valleys, surrounded by majestic mountains and vineyards heavy with grapes during the summer months.

The Cape West Coast, until recently largely unexplored and unexploited, is a region of unrivalled beauty and geographical diversity. This area of the world is renowned for its spectacular display of wild flowers during spring, its unspoilt beaches and beautiful mountain ranges and picturesque little towns like Darling, St Helena Bay and the fishing village of Paternoster.

And if that doesn’t tempt you then the Garden Route’s shadowy forests, peaceful lakes and wetlands or the Overberg’s numerous quaint villages and the dry Karoo with a sullen beauty all of her own – flat, sandy plains, shimmering heat and distant smoky-blue mountains – certainly will.

Directions To Accoustix Backpackers Hostel

Accoustix Backpackers Hostel

Directions to Accoustix
Closest intersection Republic Rd

WE are situated between Hyde Park and Randburg CBD.
After Gordan rd where the timber city is you turn into the slip road From the Bus Station / Train station
Get on to Wolmarans outside the Bus Station and head west. Take a right at De Beer and then a Left at De Korte (This will be the 2nd road you can turn left). Next road take a right and this will change to Jan Smuts Ave. Stay on Jan Smuts for +/- 10Km
From Central Johannesburg you travel North on Jan Smuts Ave.

From the airport you take

When leaving the airport take the R24 and head towards Johannesburg, this will change to the N12.
Take the N3 North (Sign will say Pretoria). Follow N3 for +/- 10Km and then follow the signs that say the N1 to Bloemfontein. Take the William Nicole off-ramp. Turn left once off the freeway and stay on William Nicole for +/- 4Km. Turn right at Republic road. Left at Jan Smuts. And you will see Sleek Backpackers on your right hand side

The Best Time Of Year To Visit South Africa

Best Time Of Year To Visit South Africa

I don’t know whether or not you have considered not only a vacation in South Africa, or even got as far as the planning stage. For most people a visit to South Africa tends to be in the middle of the European Winter, because of the attractions of blue sky and a much better temperature.

Naturally enough this is high season time in South Africa, and we should all know exactly what that means.
It of course means high prices, and crowds, two things that would put me right off.

Going to South Africa has to include at least a few days spent on Safari, so what does that mean in high season?
The first thing it means is a 40% hike in hotel room rates, and in the same vein, a substantial rise in air fares especially around the Christmas to New Year period.

In addition why don’t you consider the following thoughts:

If you want to fly from Europe to Cape Town, then fares drop sharply in mid August, and hotel rates stay low until September. It is true that the temperature in Cape Town over Christmas are around 25 degrees centigrade, and in August only 18 degrees. There is far more rain in August, but what are the advantages of a low season visit apart from the obvious financial one?

The first thing is, that you don’t hopefully go to South Africa to sit and vegetate on a beach, after all you can go to many other less interesting places and do that.

Tehre is more rain so in the Western Cape, The Namaqualand is in full bloom, just for a very short period of time.
It is a great time to go whale watching in Hermanus, and a wonderful time to visit Kruger Park, because this is when the animals congregate around water holes.

So in conclusion the best time to visit South Africa is not December/January, but August

Directions To HomeBase Melville

HomeBase Melville

M1 Highway through Johannesburg.
Take Empire Rd Turnoff and travel East along Empire Rd.
Empire becomes Stanley Rd.
Turn right into Beyers Naude Drive (traffic light intersection) Travel North
Turn right at second traffic light into 1st Avenue.
37 – 1st Avenue is 4th establishment on Left.
Look for flags.

Directions To House on the Hill Backpackers

House on the Hill Backpackers

Coming from the N1/ N2/airport follow signs directions Waterfront, Sea Point.
When you come into town – at the 3rd set of lights turn right into Somerset Rd.
Continue for 1,5km until you get to Mario’s Restaurant on your left, turn left into Ashstead rd.
First left into Norman road, the office is number 5 Norman road.

Safari In South Africa

Safari In South Africa

When it comes to travel in South Africa, there are many things for you to see and do. The first thing however that you should keep in mind is that South Africa is a nation in which you might run into a lot of problems. Like any African country, you should check with your own home country to make sure that there aren’t any tourist restrictions on South Africa or on you from South Africa. Once you have checked with your home country, and everything is set to go, there are several things that you should know before you continue to travel to South Africa.

First of all the most important place for you to see is the biggest city, Johannesburg. While it isn’t the capital, it is a place that is full of much cultural diversity and many beautiful and historical sites. You are going to want to spend most of your time there, because this is where you can truly learn about South Africa and talk to people who know the history surrounding this beautiful country.

In Johannesburg, which is nicknamed Egoli, you can visit the capital of the province. You can see the mine dumps, which stand from South Africa’s richest past, and also look at the modern Architecture. In Sandton, you can visit a business, commercial and residential district. This is known as the richest square mile in all of Africa, so it is the financial hub of South Africa. About 50 KM north of Johannesburg you can visit Pretoria, where you will find that City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, which began in December of 2002. This is of great interest because it is a newly formed group of townships, an experiment that you can witness taking place. Don’t forget to visit Dinokeng, which is north east of Joburg and Tshwane. This is a region that has natural, cultural and historical attractions that you can visit.

There are other things that you are going to want to take in while you are in South Africa. You should definitely take in some of the local festivals. South Africa has one of the largest numbers of cultural festivals per capita, cause of the fact that they are a nation hugely seeped in cultures and diversity. These festivals, however, are not very well known. The best thing to do, if you are interested in witnessing one of the festivals, is to contact a local person who would know when and where they are going to be going on.

Directions To Brown Sugar Backpackers

Brown Sugar Backpackers

Park Station pick up service: We are about 10-15 minutes by car from the station. Just call us when your bus or train has arrived (they are not always on time so do not call us from the bus). You MUST call us on 011 648 7397 when you have arrived and we will tell you where to wait. It will be on the upper level where the Gaubus departs (Red City Sightseeing Hop-on-hop-off bus) because our driver will meet you as this terminal where that is a safe place to wait.

ADDRESS: 75 Observatory Avenue, Observatory Extension 1, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
If you do not have a GPS navigation system, do not panic as we are easy to find.
1. From OR Tambo International Airport you must take the R24 (West) route towards JOHANNESBURG.
2. Drive on the highway until you pass through the Gilloolys Interchange.
3. When you see EASTGATE Shopping Mall on your left move over to the right hand lane as you will approach the FIRST traffic light.
4. At the traffic light turn RIGHT into MARCIA Street and follow the road that makes a sharp turn to the left around the dam.
5. Keep on MARCIA Street that becomes OBSERVATORY Avenue until you reach Bezuidenhout Valley Park in the dip on your left.
6. At the top of the road you will go through a 3-WAY TRAFFIC light and we are about 200m on the RIGHT No 75.

Directions To Dutch Manor Antique Hotel

Dutch Manor Antique Hotel

Take the N1 /N2 into Cape Town CBD. Continue over the first traffic light (main entrance to the V&A Waterfront on your right). You will be entering Buitengracht Street, after about 1.5 km you will find us on your right hand side, and then turn right into Leeuwen Street. We are on the corner. Youll find us at 158 on the slip road right next to the main Buitengracht Street.

Directions To Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel

Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel

From Buitengracht turn left into Wale Street and 2nd right into Long Street.

From the airport to Long street is approximately 21km and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Exit the Airport and continue for 3 km, mwege onto the N2 HIGHWAY. Then follow N2 STAD/ CITY SIGN. After 18km move into lane with M6 / SEAPOINT / WATERFRONT sign. Proceed up Buitengracht Street for 1km and then turn left into Wale Street and right into Long Street. You will see us there!

134 Long Street , look for the Daddy Long Legs on the right.

Directions To Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing

The shuttle between the airport and city centre runs daily between 04h20 and 21h50, departs every 20 minutes and costs R53 per person. The airport is approximately 20 30 minutes drive from the hostel.
A taxi from the bus station to Zebra Crossing will take 5 minutes and costs around R40.
Alternately we can arrange for a private shuttle to meet your flight and drop you at the hostel for R180 plus R40 per additional person. We recommend that you use this service after hours. A metered taxi from the airport costs around R250.

By car, coming in on the N1 and N2, past the harbour to the traffic lights (says right to the Waterfront). Don’t turn right but continue straight up Buitengracht street through 6 sets of traffic lights after which the road dips to the left and becomes New Church Street. We are 50 meteres along on the right, no. 82. Look for the Zebra Stripes on the wall and park next door.

Classic Drives – The Garden Route, South Africa

The Garden Route, South Africa

The stunning Garden Route runs from South Africa’s most popular tourist destination, Cape Town, for 800 km along the scenic coastline between this city and Port Elizabeth. The area enjoys a Mediterranean maritime climate and the trip is regarded as one of the world’s truly classic coastal drives.

As you drive along the well-forested coastal plain, you’ll find freshwater lakes, lovely lagoons filled with water birds, indigenous forests of giant yellowwood trees and fields covered in colourful wildflowers. It’s easy to see why visitors are drawn to this beautiful region year-round.

One of the highlights of a drive along the Garden Route is a stop at the sleepy coastal town of Hermanus near the southern-most tip of Africa. The town is situated next to a 12-km path that runs along the cliff top, right next to the ocean. From May to December, pods of Southern Right Whales swim to within 20 metres of the cliff as they travel along the coast.

The more adventurous traveller can try some heart-stopping shark cage diving, sea kayaking, abseiling, scuba diving, sand boarding, and paragliding. Those looking for something more relaxing to do can visit the vineyards in a nearby valley and do the short drive to the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.

You will have to drive inland to visit Oudtshoorn, which was built in the early 1800s, in the centre of the Klein Karoo, a semi-desert area wedged between the coastal mountains to the south and the spectacular Swartberg mountain range to the north. The town was the world capital of the Ostrich feather industry during Victorian times, and many grand houses from that era are still standing today. There’s plenty to do in Oudtshoorn – you can try riding an ostrich at an ostrich farm, take a tour through the magnificent Cango Caves that stretch for kilometres throughout the mountains, visit the vineyards, and even stroke a Cheetah at Cheetahland.

Back on coast, the Garden Route takes you to George, located on a 10-km plateau that runs from the majestic Outeniqua Mountain to the Indian Ocean. Besides enjoying whale watching, surfing, swimming, scuba diving and paragliding, you’ll find three of South Africa’s top golf courses are also located here. The Fancourt Golf Estate is especially popular, with an 18-hole course designed by Gary Player, a golf academy, exclusive hotel and conference centre, restaurants, and numerous sporting facilities.

Further along the coast toward Port Elizabeth is the town of Knysna, also a very popular tourist destination. This laid-back town is situated between a lush indigenous forest, home to the last of the forest-dwelling elephants in Africa, and a beautiful lagoon teeming with birds and other wildlife. The oysters grown in this unpolluted lagoon are among the tastiest in the world. The closest beach is in nearby Buffalo Bay, a favourite spot for fishing, surfing and swimming, as well as whale and dolphin watching. The entire area surrounding Knysna, with its incredible biological richness and beauty, is a paradise for the eco-traveller, with plenty of places to camp, hike, canoe, kayak, and observe the unique wildlife.

At Plettenberg Bay, there are ten important nature reserves as well as marine reserves. The endangered Southern Right Whale calves in the bay from July to December, and seals and dolphins live here all year round. In the bay you can snorkel and scuba dive on unique soft coral reefs, and on the beach you’ll find a wide range of water sports on offer, including fishing, surfing, swimming and sailing. Nearby, there are superb hiking and mountain biking trails, horse riding, kayaking and canoeing in scenic Nature’s Valley and Stormsriver.

Your drive along the Garden Route ends in Port Elizabeth, on the shores of beautiful Algoa Bay.

Directions To Curiocity Backpackers

Curiocity Backpackers

From O.R Tambo Airport to Curiocity Backapckers
-Get on R24 from Exit 46
-Continue on R24. Take N12/N3 and Francois Oberholzer Fwy/M2 to Ruven Rd in Johannesburg South. Exit from Francois Oberholzer Fwy/M2
-Continue on Ruven Rd. Turn left onto Main Reef Rd/R29
-Continue onto John Page Dr
-Slight left onto Main St
-Take the 1st right onto Macintyre St
-Take the 1st left onto Fox St
-See 302 Fox St on your left hand side

Directions To Stoked Backpackers

Stoked Backpackers

By car from the airport:
Get out of the airport (Airport Cres, and Airport Approach Road).

Go on to Settlers Way/N2 heading towards Cape Town (about 10km).

After Observatory, take the M3 turn off.

After about 20km, the highway will end, turn left onto Steenberg Road.

Turn right onto Main Road. After about 3.5km, we’re on the left, just before the train station.

By train:
Head southbound to Fish Hoek or Simon’s Town. Get out at Muizenberg Station. Take the exit towards the mountain/Main Road. Walk out, look right – and there we are.

Directions To Big Blue Backpackers

Big Blue Backpackers

We are at No 7 Vesperdene Road – Greenpoint, just off main road – on the bus and mini taxi route between the city center and the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton. We are a 10 minute safe walk from the World renowned V&A Waterfront with its 200+ shops pubs and restaurants, banks and the VAT return desk.
Airport Directions by Bus

Bus From Aiport. GO GREEN. Take the airport bus to the city centre. At the main bus terminal (civic centre) take a taxi (outside +- R35.00) to No 7 Vesperdene Road, Greenpoint. (Big Blue Backpackers)
Airport Directions by Car

By car from airport take N2 to city. Stay on the highway to the end. (Do not take any offramps) The highway will end at a traffic light intersection. The convention centre will be on the left. At the traffic light continue forward for 2 more traffic lights (3 Total). At the third traffic light turn right into Somerset road. Continue down 7 blocks then turn left into 7 Vesperdene Road. Mamos restaurant is on the corner.

Directions To ONCE in Cape Town

ONCE in Cape Town

Directions to Once in Cape Town from the Airport (via N2)

– Take the N2 towards Cape Town. The road splits into De Waal Drive and Eastern Boulevard. Take the left fork, De Waal Drive (M3), into town.

After the Vredehoek turn-off keep to the left, following the sign towards the Cable Car and the Table Mountain. Follow the road across three intersections.

At the fourth intersection Long Street will be on your right, Kloof Street on your left. Turn left into Kloof Street. Saasveld is number 69, on your left just before the Ocean Basket.

South Africa Safari Tour Planning Do’s And Don’ts

South Africa Safari

You have always loved the idea of visiting a faraway place and seeing exotic sights. You also have an interest in photography, so you think that your next vacation should be a South African safari tour. However, there are several things that you will need to plan first before you embark on your South African safari tour.

About South African Safari Tours

The first thing that you should consider is what South African safari tour you should go on. There are a variety of South African safari tours you can choose from. However, the two things that you need to consider the most are the price, and safety.

When it comes to the price, you will notice that the prices of South African safari tours tend to vary widely. This is because some are run by locals, while others are run by companies. Do not choose a tour simply because you think that the cheaper price is more reasonable. Sometimes the better tour is indeed more expensive.

Instead, do some research on the tour that you are thinking of taking. If it is reputable, a travel agency or an internet travel site should easily recognize it. Be sure that you gather reviews of the tour as well, so that you have a better idea of how reliable it is.

When it comes to safety, that is the most important thing to consider. Be sure that the tour you choose is led by a certified guide. Also, be sure that the tour is one that does not take you into areas that could be dangerous. There is an element of risk to any South African safari tour, but you should be sure that everyone is well-insured.

Another thing that you should consider is your own health, For example, if you have arthritis or a heart problem check with your doctor before you go on your tour. Also, there are some diseases that can be gotten, such as malaria. This is especially true since you will be out in the wild. Thus, be sure that you get the appropriate inoculations.

The next thing that you will need to consider is your camera equipment. Since you are taking this safari in order to take pictures, you should be sure that your camera is one that can withstand rough conditions.

For more information on South African safari tours, purchase a travel magazine that has to do with that topic. You should be able to find a variety of different contacts that can help you find the right tour.

Directions To Diamond Diggers Backpackers

Diamond Diggers Backpackers

From Johannesburg International airport take the freeway marked ‘Johannesburg’ R24. Approximately 10km later passing ‘Eastgate’ shopping centre on the right, cross one traffic light and turn left at the next traffic light into Queen Street. Continue up Queen Street until the second traffic light. At the second traffic light. turn right into Langerman Street, continue up Langermann Drive which changes to Milner Crescent and then changes to Roberts Avenue.
Just after the Portuguese restaurant on the left, turn right into Doris Street and proceed to number 36 which is on the right. Please note that there is no ‘Diamond Diggers’ signage identifying the property. Just ring the bell at the gate or contact the mobile number to have the gate opened.

Directions To The B.I.G

The B.I.G

Situated in a tranquil street, nestling below Signal Hill, The Backpackers In Green Point is within a 10 minute walk of the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, restaurants, clubs and bars. It has double and twin rooms available for those passing through and others who want to stay a while.

From the airport there are various and super simple ways to get to The B.I.G.
You could take the myciti buses to the Green Point soccer stadium. We are situated a block from here and would be happy to pick you up. There are taxi’s at the airport who ,for a slightly bigger fee, could bring you to our door step.

If you are renting a vehicle take the N2 from the airport to Cape Town central. Once you reach the end of the highway continue straight. Pass 2 traffic lights at your third traffic light which is STRAND street, take a right. Strand becomes High Level rd. Continue up High level and take your first right down Cavalcade rd. Then first right onto Thornhill and we are number 18!

Directions To Mojo


From the Airport by car:
Take Airport Approach Rd to Settlers Way/N2 – 5 min (4.0 km)
Continue on N2 to Cape Town City Centre – 13 min (16.4 km)
Turn right onto the M6. Follow M6, turn left onto Clarens Road.
Turn left onto Regent Rd/M61 in Sea Point. Entrance is past the post office.
Off-street parking is available once you have checked-in.

Directions To iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers

iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers

From / Via N2 Cape Town or Airport:
Follow the N2 towards Somerset West. Take the Stellenbosch turn-off (Exit 43). Pass the Lord Charles Hotel and continue on the R44 for 15 kilometers following the directions to Stellenbosch.After passing the entrance to Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (On your right) and Technopark (On your left) there’s a traffic light.
from this traffic light cross over 4 more traffic lights. the 4th should be Dorp Street.
The next traffic light is a t Junction, from your left, cross this in the right hand lane and turn right into Alexander Road.
At the traffic circle at the top take the exit at 3 o’clock into Bird Street, ikhaya is on your left before the next traffic circle.

Directions To Otters Bend Lodge

Otters Bend Lodge

At the post office in the centre of Franschhoek, turn right into Resevoir St, first right into Dirkie Uys , and first left into Daniel Hugo Rd. After 800m cross the bridge and turn right before the security gate. We are 200m on the right next to the river. Or phone from Stellenbosch and we will arrange for collection.

Directions To never@home Cape Town

never@home Cape Town

From the airport, continue along the N2 towards Cape Town city centre. Drive in the right hand lanes once heading up towards Mountain on Hospital Bend, exit on N2 Nelson Mandela Boulevard, CTICC and V & A Waterfront. Continue along Nelson Mandela Boulevard until you reach a set of traffic lights (CTICC will be on your left and turn off to V & A Waterfront on your right). Travel straight across the traffic lights, keep right. Turn right onto Helen Suzman Boulevard and follow road until you reach roundabout. At Roundabout take first exit to left, right at traffic lights and never@home will be on your left hand side.

Landmarks include Giovanni’s, Hussar Grill and the Slug and Lettuce.

Robben Island, South Africa – Place Of Sorrows

Robben Island

Islands are normally associated with unrestricted freedom. If inhabited, islands represent a lazy lifestyle far removed from society’s rules and regulations. Robben Island though, has a history of deep sorrow, drenched in the coldness that the human heart can bestow on others dissimilar to their own kind.

The story of Robben Island started in 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck landed in Cape Town on orders from the Dutch East Indian Company to establish a post where boats could harbour on way to the East. He almost immediately started to use the Island – which is only a few kilometers from the mainland – as a place where troublemakers could be kept away from the growing community.

The first political prisoner, Autshumato, was exiled in 1658, simply because he was taking back cattle that his people believed to have been unfairly confiscated by European settlers. Prisoners were also brought from other countries. Most of them strong-willed rebels that were removed from their societies before they could stir too much trouble.

They were soon joined by ordinary criminals, the mentally ill, lepers and even prostitutes who could spread diseases. Island life became very harsh with no kindness felt or offered. Robben Island had started it’s culture of alienation.

Long before its most famous prisoner, Nelson Mandela, another great indigenous leader, Makana, was held captive on Robben Island. He was a strong Xhosa leader who fought against the British over land issues during the early part of the eighteen hundreds, but surrendered in order to negotiate a meaningful peace. He was unceremoniously transported to the Island and died there far removed from his people.

During the reign of the Apartheid regime, discrimination against non-white people escalated and basic human rights became non-existent. Many fighters for freedom were imprisoned on Robben Island during those dark decades. They faced an iron hand and human interaction was kept to the minimum.

There is one heart-gripping story where the political prisoners where marched past the isolated house where Robert Sobukwe was kept in solitary confinement. At that moment he was in the garden and when he saw the other prisoners he got onto his knees, picked up a hand full of sand and let it filter through his fingers as a solitary gesture of communication.

Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most revered leaders, spent 27 years in jail, most of that on Robben Island, for his participation in the cause for freedom. When the world community met this remarkable man after so many years in jail, they were amazed. Here was a man whose life had been effectively robbed from him and instead of an angry man, we all saw a generous man emerging with steady eyes and a mischievous smile.

Robben Island that should have killed the human spirit, had only succeeded in producing an emphatic healer of a divided country.

A visit to Cape Town cannot be concluded without getting on the boat from the Cape Town Waterfront and walking in and around the infamous and at the same time famous jail that kept many different kinds of people behind bars over the centuries.

Directions To Gibela Backpackers Lodge Durban

Gibela Backpackers Lodge Durban

From the South Coast / Wild Coast
Follow the signs direction Durban and N2 North.
Keep left direction Stanger, North Coast, Pietermaritzburg, N2 North
+/- 10 km at big intersection follow signs to Durban City
As you enter Durban keep in the middle lane.
Take the Ridge Road / Tollgate / Berea off ramp. (Semi-circle bridge)
Cross over Ridge Road and continue direction of the city, keep in left lane this is Berea Road North.
Continue over Musgrave Road and turn left into Botanic Gardens Road.
Pass The Botanical Gardens, now called Problem Mkhize Road.
Pass Bread Ahead Bakery & Woolworths Food store.
Cross over Marriot Road and at the next traffic light turn right down Clarence Road. Second left is 9th Avenue.
We are on the left – no 119 Ninth Avenue

From Pietermaritzburg / Drakensberg
You will be traveling along the N3.
As you enter Durban keep in the second left lane.
Take the Ridge Road / Tollgate / Berea off ramp.
Cross over Ridge Road and continue direction of the city, keep in middle lane – this is Berea Road North.
Continue over Musgrave Road and turn left into Botanic Gardens Road at The Institute of Technology.
Pass The Botanical Gardens, now called Problem Mkhize Road.
Pass Bread Ahead Bakery & Woolworths Food store.
Cross over Marriot Road and at the next traffic light turn right down Clarence Road.
Second left is Ninth Avenue.
We are on the left – no 119 Ninth Avenue

North Coast / Zululand
You will be traveling along the N2.
+/- 35 km north of Durban take the Ballito off ramp.
Turn left, around two traffic circles and at traffic light right – direction Durban / Umhlanga M4.
Continue till you enter Durban, on the right Moses Mabida Soccer Stadium.
Keep in the right lane, at first intersection turn right into Sandile Thusi Road.
Continue up Sandile Thusie Road, cross over Umgeni & Lillian Ngoyi.
Cross over Avondale (traffic light) next left is Ninth Avenue.
We are on the right – no 119 Ninth Avenue

Directions To Stellenbosch Traveller’s Lodge

Stellenbosch Travellers Lodge

From the airport, take the N2 national road, from the N2 take the Baden Powel drive Left. Turn Left towards Stellenbosch, drive till you reach the R44 then turn right. At the Dorp Street intersection turn right and then left into the first street left, Stadler Street. Second building on the right is Stellenbosch Traveller’s Lodge with the flags on the roof.
From anywhere in town, ask for Dorp Street. We are located right at the bottom of Dorp Street, last street called Stadler Street. Look for the building with the flags on the roof, you cant miss it.

Directions To Hadeda House Backpackers

Hadeda House Backpackers

Directions from Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Bus Station:

Head northeast on Masabalala Yengwa Ave/Nmr Ave/M12 toward Battery Beach Rd
Continue to follow M12 (Kenneth Kaunda Road)
5.2 km
Turn left onto Northumberland Pl
750 m
Take the 3rd right onto Edgeley Rd
Destination will be on the left

Directions from King Shaka International Airport to Hadeda House:

Continue to Mdloti St/M65
800 m / 2 min
Head southwest
450 m
Take the 1st left toward Mdloti St/M65
350 m
Turn left onto Mdloti St/M65
Continue to follow M65
Toll road
2.3 km
Keep right at the fork and merge onto N2
Partial toll road
12.0 km
Take exit 182 for M41 toward Mount Edgecombe/Phoenix/Umhlanga
650 m
Turn left onto M41
750 m
Take the exit toward Umhlanga Rocks Dr/M12
400 m
Turn right onto Umhlanga Rocks Dr/M12
Go through 1 roundabout
700 m
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Umhlanga Rocks Dr/M12
6.2 km
Turn right onto Kenneth Kaunda Rd
140 m
Turn left onto Eastview Rd
500 m
Slight left onto Edgeley Rd
Destination will be on the right

Directions To Nomads Backpackers

Nomads Backpackers

Coming from the AIRPORT or SOUTH COAST: Take the Moore/Che Guevara Road turn off, and Right into Manning/Lena Ahrens Road. This becomes Essenwood/Stephen Dlamini Road after the Bridge, we are 70 on the right hand side.

Coming from TOWN: Take Smith/Anton Lembede Street, which joins up to Berea/King Dinzulu Road, continue until Right turn into Essenwood/Stephen Dlamini Raod, we are 70 on the right hand side.

Coming from the NORTH COAST: Turn right into Argyle/Sandile Thusi Road and left into Musgrave Road. Take first Right at the end of the Berea Bridge into Berea/King Dinzulu Road and Right again into Essenwood/Stephen Dlamini Road, we are 70 on the right hand side.

Coming from JOHANNESBURG on the N3: Take the Berea turn off and left into Essenwood/Stephen Dlamini Road, we are 70 on the right hand side.

Directions To Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Ashanti Lodge Gardens

When driving from the airport or the Garden Route, just continue along the N2 towards Cape Town city centre. Please make sure you follow directions to Cape Town as we have had newcomers go in the wrong direction. Continue on the N2 for about 10 minutes and as you come up to the mountain keep right and continue towards the city – following the signs. Take the De Waal Drive turn-off to the left when the road forks and continue driving around the mountain. Just off De Waal Drive you need to take the Mill St turn-off. This will take you past a large shopping centre (Gardens Centre) on your left hand side and then you drive through two sets of traffic lights. The next road left (after the second set of lights at Upper Orange Street) is Hof St. It is just before the Mount Nelson hotel, so if you see that you know you have gone too far. We are two blocks up on the left hand side.

Directions To Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

Tekweni Backpackers Hostel

If you are traveling by car, from the N2 highway you turn off at the N3 highway towards Durban. After about 5 minutes you take the Tollgate turnoff (next one after the Brickfield Rd turnoff). The turnoff goes straight and runs parallel with the highway. You turn left at your 4th traffic light which is Botanic Gardens Rd. You follow this road straight as far as you can go until you reach a T junction (the road changes names to Cowey Rd but it is one straight road and will take you about 7 minutes). You turn right at the T junction into Montpellier Rd. You then turn into your second left, which is our street, Ninth Ave. We are the second house on the left number169 which is a large maroon (purple) house with the Tekweni lizard on the front. You can’t miss it. Ring the buzzer and our friendly reception person will let you in.

From the other direction on Ninth Ave we are just off the famous Florida Rd with therocking Boulevard Nightclub on our corner and the Florida Park Hotel (which houses the popularButcher Boys restaurant and Keys on Florida pub) opposite.

Directions To 91 Loop

91 Loop

We are located at 91 Loop Street Cape Town. From the Airport Take the My CitIBus A101 Departing to ‘Civic Centre’ then Take Bus 101 ‘Vredehoek Gardens’ and Climb out at the Stop ‘Longmarket’ and walk up one block towards Loop Street. Make sure you have the FNB bank on your left and walk away fro the bank towards Loop Street. If you are driving from the airport: Take Airport Approach Road to Settlers Way (4km). Follow signs for the N2 where you will merge onto Settler Way/N2 and keep right to continue onto De Waal Drive/N2. Take De Waal Drive exit (11.6km) towards M3/Cape Town. Continue on De Waal Drive (3.1km), slight left onto Jutland Avenue (250m) continue onto Mill Street (750m). Slight right onto Annandale Street (200m), continue onto Orange Street (750m) and turn right onto Loop Street where you will find us on the right about 700m away.