My South African road trip
First stop: Sedgefield
My first stop was in Sedgefield, a coastal town between Knysna and George. I stayed at the backpackers called Afrovibe, which is located right on the beach. If you thought you had seen one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, you’ve never seen the breath-taking ones of Sedgefield. Sedgefield is namely known as a birdwatchers’ paradise, but there are actually way more activities to experience such as; Horse riding, Paragliding, Hiking, Sandboarding and Paddle Boarding.
Second stop: Jeffrey’s Bay
Jeffrey’s Bay is a paradise for surfers. It is the perfect location for fanatic beach lovers! In Jeffrey’s Bay, it all comes down to the gorgeous waves. In town, you will find dozens of surfers’ shops and cafes. I stayed at the backpacker called Island Vibe, which is a true experience itself. Island Vibe is located on the beach, where you can watch the surfers or collect some shells (since there are so many of them). Not only has Island Vibe the perfect location, it also manages to organise the best parties in the region.
Third stop: Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth is known as the water sports capital of South Africa, having multiple long beaches across the shore. I stayed at the backpacker called Lungile, another awesome, stay close to the beach. There are plenty activities to do such as; Skydiving, Sandboarding, Scuba diving and Whale watching. Furthermore, cultural things can be visited such as; The Red Location Apartheid Museum, Human Dignity Centre, one of the plenty art museums or a township tour.
Fun fact; Nelson Mandela has chosen Port Elizabeth as the only city in the world to bestow his name on. The Route 67 Art Walk symbolises Nelson’s 67 years of dedication to freedom of South Africa.
Fourth stop: Chintsa
Another paradise! Chintsa lies on a hill that overlooks a beautiful lagoon that meanders into the sea. With sand dunes near the sea and a wild coastline, this place has to be explored. While the beaches in East London are quite crowded, the beaches of Chintsa are very calm and relaxing. One of the most popular activities in Chintsa are rock fishing and canoe rides. Another amazing idea is to drive to Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, where you can see zebras, giraffes and rhinos. I stayed at the backpacker called Buccaneers, a backpacker with an amazing lagoon and sea view.
Fifth stop: Bulungula
This place is something different! You overlook the ivory sands and green hills with a beautiful sparkling sea. It is kind of a challenge to experience a Xhosa community on their own terms. The village is cut off from the outside world and only accessible by 4x4’s. The place is fully solar powered. Some of the outside activities are beach horse riding, canoeing and hiking. Bulungula is all about living the pure African live. The accommodation where I stayed was called Bulungula, obvious.
Sixth stop: Coffee Bay
Coffee Bay is surrounded by hills and three rivers that are flowing through the valley towards the sea. This place is known for its simple living and rural area. One of the things that is worth seeing is the ‘Hole-in-the-Wall’. It is a remarkable rock that has a huge hole at the bottom center. It takes around 3 hours to get there but is it totally worth it. Coffee Bay is an ideal place. It has some of the most gorgeous swimming beaches, amazing fishing spots and breath-taking hikes. In addition, there is also the Hluleka Nature Reserve, where you can go spearfishing, horse riding and play some golf. I stayed at the backpackers called Coffee Shack.
Seventh stop: Durban
Durban is another place that seems like heaven for backpackers. As it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the water is way warmer than at other places in South Africa. Perfect for swimming, sun-tanning and surfing. Durban is the third biggest city in South Africa and has also the biggest port in Africa. Durban is seen as the gateway to Zululand and the Drakensberg Mountains. It has a lot of different cultures with vibrant markets, the Golden Mile and many townships. I stayed at a backpacker called Happy Hippo, a modern backpacker with an amazing rooftop.
Eighth stop: Drakensberg
Drakensberg is diverse and has a relaxing vibe. Although, it is known for its good beer pong competition and if you’re lucky enough – nude beer pong. I was there for one night only which ended up being one of the biggest nights on the trip. This place is a paradise for hikers and backpackers as it offers trips and tours into Lesotho. I stayed at the Amphitheatre Lodge, which had beautiful views.
Final stop: Jozi - Read why Johannesburg is worth the stop!