Southern Africa Backpacking [Part 1/8 – South Africa]

Southern Africa Backpacking [Part 1/8 – South Africa]


In this video I’m gonna share some of the
experience of my backpacking, 7 months around Southern Africa, all done in the most economical
and adventurous way, let’s go! It all starts in November 2013 in South Africa,
I got Cape Town, one of the most tourist cities of Africa, however I stayed in a southern
suburb, Pinelands, in the hostel Light house, this is the tip, certainly the cheapest place
to stay in CT and with camping option, the site is safe, pleasant and is directly across
from the metro station Pinelands. One of my favorite trips were to False Bay,
because you can go by train, the main places in this course are: Muizenberg, Fish Hoek,
Simons Town and Boulders Beach, the last one is a famous nursery penguins, in case the
wagon the train is full, you can also go surfing between them .. In the atlantic coast, the path between the
Green Point and Camps Bay also are worth exploring! One of the most famous post cards is the Table
Mountain, it’s possible to go up by a cable car, but for those who want adventure and
save good money, it’s worth treeking up and down! the trail is easy and requires a medium
conditioning and the view is amazing! Another post card is the Cape of Good Hope,
located in Cape Point, many agencies do expensives tours for it, I did a little plate of cardboard
and went by hitchhiking, again making a good economy! A remarkable fact during my stay in South
Africa was the Nelson Mandela’s death, despite the sadness I felt honored to have gone at
the funeral of one of the great leaders of our time. Finally the new year’s eve, I spent with some
friends who did there and with other Brazilians I met there, it was an amazing turn of the
year that began in the Water Front and finished in Long Street! After the new year and 40 days in CT, it was time to
follow the trip, my next stop was at Mussel Bay, arriving in the city I had a hard time
finding a hostel, until finally I found the Mile Crunchers Backpackers, the cheapest of
the city and with a great service, in the city worth knowing the The Point that it is
a trail in Cape St Blaize. In the hostel even I got a ride with a group
of Germans until Knysna, it rained a lot and we didn’t do much, there I got a ride with
another group Germans until Plettenberg Bay, I stayed at African Array Lodge, the cheapest
of city and with camping site, however this hostel is only worthwhile for those who are
driving, because it’s far from the city center and there are no buses. From Plet Bay I went to road and got a ride
with a South African truck driver until Port Elizabeth, as is the local culture I had to
pay for the ride, however the value is 4 times smaller than a ticket bus. Arriving in PE,
the truck driver left me on the road in a place far from the center, I walked a lot
until reach the Jikeleza Lodge, a cheap hostel with camping site and well in the central
PE. Again by hitchhiking I came to East London,
this time I was hosted on 2 couchsurfings, in the second one I stayed for a week and
I traveled a lot with my couch, a Mr. who makes projects in ecological reserves, so
I could help him, driving for him and visiting many no-tourist places, mainly in Wild Coast
where I drove by small villages including where Nelson Mandela was born. My next city was Mtata, where I had already
been once with my couch, from there I went to a village in the Wild Coast, Port St Johns,
a beach with river, famous for the high number of sharks attacks, I was camped in Paseli
Backpackers. The best and free tours are the 3rd beach and the waterfall which is less
than an hour from the hostel. Following trip, a part by hitchhiking and
other by local transport, I came to Durban, the first two nights I stayed at the CS, as
I enjoyed the city I decided to stay more and went to Banana BCKPK, the cheapest option,
some people may not recommend this place because there are many brothels around, but for the
price and location I think is worth it. Departing from Durban I took a train to Johannesburg,
I went in economy class, against all the recommendations given and nothing happened to me, after a
quiet night I arrived in Joburg where I had 4 CS, all with very nice people that showed
me the nightlife city, as tours I recommend the Soweto neighborhood, where lived Nelson
Mandela, his home is now a museum, and the botanical garden is also cool. Next stop, Pretoria, again I got a CS that
took me in interesting places. Following way, I went to Nelspruit by van,
my idea was to get a safari in Kruger Park with good price, I was camped in Nelspruit
bckpck, after researching a lot and not get anything cheap, I was almost giving up the
safari when the owner of the hostel gave me a golden tip! He recommended me to go on public
transport to Hazeview, a small village near one of the park gates, reaching there I searched
the tourist information center which is in a large shopping center, right there there
is a lodge, bedrooms are very expensive but for camp the price is the same as any other
camping. In this center of tourist information I arrived telling that had little money and
wanted to do a safari, it works this way, many safari packages are sold in big cities
like Jo’burg, Pretoria or Nelspruit for high prices, sometimes left over spaces in cars,
as Hazeview is the last point before the park, some safaris make a price sometimes less than
half the normal value because it is more advantage than going with an empty seat, so I went embedded
in a excursion two days after my arrival and did a safari where I could see all the big
five and a some other wild animals. After the safari, I came back to Nelspruit
and went to Swaziland.

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