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Garden Route Backpacker’s Lodges

In the midst of this whole plane ticket debacle, waiting for answers about the Joburg to Port Elizabeth flight, I put the spare time to good use and looked into the abundance of backpacker’s hostels available on my trip. Here are a few of the highlights along the Garden Route:

Orange Elephant Lodge – Port Elizabeth. Located inside of Addo Elephant Park, I have full use of their shuttle for as long as I stay there – for only $27. That means I’ll be staying on the Elephant Park’s property and be able to meet up with the tour groups from this lodge. Kinda like the elephant day safari and lion night safari I had originally intended on taking when I first arrived in Port Elizabeth.

Tsitsikamma Lodge – Storms River. An eco-friendly backpacker’s lodge in the quaint village of Storms River. There’s a canopy tour operating out of the area and lots of hiking.

Wild Spirit Backpacker’s Lodge – The Crags. I decided to stop here instead of Wilderness – OR – just combine Storms River and The Crags with this place because it’s on the edge of the Tsitsikamma National Park. You can take bikes out for free to a nearby lunch spot, go kayaking and take lots of hikes. There are five different animal parks in the area.

VicBay Surf Lodge – Victoria Bay. Only a 45 minute drive to Oudtshoorn (ostrich farms and Cango Caves) yet on the beach for about $20/night. Free surf lessons! Kite surfing! And paragliding! (I’m mostly excited about the paragliding – or maybe surfing on my birthday)

33 South Boutique – Cape Town. Located in Observatory, the student neighborhood, there’s lots of local bars and cafes nearby to hang out. It’s also about 20 minutes to Table Mountain or a 15 minute train ride to the beaches.


With all the great stuff available, I should probably start saving up a bit of extra money!



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