The 5th and final SA Roadtrip
North Drakensberg, Durban, East London, George, Jefferey’s Bay and Stellenbosch
There was many places that we ventured to while road tripping South Africa that either we were too chillaxed or too tipsy to take many photos. However, each place was beautiful and unique in its own way and deserves a brief mention! In this post, I’ll also tell you guys how we got about!
North Drakensberg is situated near the north of the country and the views are out of this world. We stayed at the Amphitheatre backpackers where you can either get a dorm or bring your own tent. On the way to the backpackers, You’ll get the chance to see baboons EVERYWHERE! Although remember they can be vicious and protective so don’t get out the car! We went on a trip to one of the highest waterfalls and I’m not going to lie – it wasn’t the easiest day trips I’ve done but definitely worth it in the end!
Views from the hiking day trip
You can rent bikes from backpackers and go for a cycle!
The beautiful backpackers and chill in their hammocks!
Durban is a beautiful city with a wonderful, huge beach which will definitely burn your little toes! The city was one of the most built up areas we went to while on the road trip and lots of places reminded me what America would look like. For example they had a huge food mall and outside pools on the beach which not many South African places have! The nightlife is pretty awesome too and we met some others from Edinburgh while there! We stayed at the Tekweni Backpackers which had a pool area and bar for lots of some fun before heading out!
In George, We stayed at Backpackers Paradise which had a great homely feel with some great chill out areas in and outside! While in George we went to an ostrich farm ( which if you were a vegetarian I probably would find it pretty hard as even as a non-veggie I was left pretty sad at their life expectancy) We also went Crocodile diving which we had heard was absolutely terrifying. However, when we went they had just been fed and I’ve never seen a creature so disinterested in a human before!
We were only in East London for a stop over night but managed to go see a lion park in the morning before leaving! The backpackers was really unique(Sugarshack Backpackers)- we stayed in a shed right on the beach front and although we got a quick walk along the beach front , we probably could have used an extra day there.
Jefferey’s Bay is a surfers paradise with the lifestyle to match. The chilled out backpackers which becomes a party at night can make you not want to leave. With one fellow backpacker even saying ‘I came for lunch for lunch on Wednesday, It’s Monday and Jefferey’s Bay has me now’. Backpackers – Island Vibe Backpackers
Stellenbosch is a university town near Cape Town with lots of restaurants, bars and wineries. This was our last stop before Cape Town where we would return to volunteer in the children’s home. So it’s safe to say we went a bit wild and even stayed an extra night and had to get the train to Cape Town! Stellenbosch has got tons to offer though especially if you like wine!!
So we decided to use the ‘Baz Bus’ to get around and I really could not recommend it enough! The drivers acted as guides and were super friendly! You also got to meet fellow backpackers and make friends on the long journeys! They take you right to the backpackers so it’s really safe as well! The buses are more like mini buses as well therefore, you aren’t sitting with tons of people you don’t know and feeling all cramped up!! If you dont want to drive around SA yourself then I would definitely suggest using the Baz Bus. (They have plenty rooms for they big backpacks too!)
For the next blog post I ‘ll be talking about Cape Town after living there for 14 months! Stay Tuuuned 🙂
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