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Travelling around Southern Africa is one of the world’s great travel experiences, and something everyone should have on their wish list. From Namibia’s awesome deserts and Lesotho’s soaring mountains to South Africa’s golden beaches and Swaziland’s bushveld reserves, you don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy this classic chunk of Africa.

With a little planning, you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) in epic wildlife parks, and witness the natural spectacle of Victoria Falls, without bankrupting yourself.

A network of well-equipped backpacker hostels, many in locations that outdo Western hotels, and affordable transport options make budget independent travel a breeze. With a bustling backpacker scene offering activities from township visits to dawn safaris, backpacking around Southern Africa shows you the best of this beautiful part of the continent.

Discover South Africa

  • Accommodation

    Southern Africa’s extensive network of vibey backpacker hostels covers the region from mountainous Lesotho to the Garden Route.
  • English language studies

    South Africa is a popular place to learn English, with schools nationwide offering excellent tuition at reasonable rates.
  • Getting around

    Whether you take the Baz Bus, the train, a long-distance bus or hire a car, South Africa is easy and affordable to cross with a good road network.
  • Tourism services

    From hostel travel desks to backpacker discount cards, Southern Africa has many businesses and services catering to travellers.
  • Tours & adventures

    Many companies offer memorable adventures, including cultural experiences, township tours, guided safaris and outdoor activities.
  • Volunteering & internships

    Learn a new skill, get involved with a community, and make a small contribution to Southern Africa, by volunteering for a few days, weeks or months.

Countries to visit

  • Lesotho

    Known as the Kingdom in the Sky, this rugged mountain nation atop the Drakensberg is entirely over 1400m above sea level.
  • Namibia

    A large and arid country, Namibia offers towering dunes, varied landscapes and an awe-inspiring sense of space.
  • South Africa

    With 11 official languages and areas from the Drakensberg to the Winelands, the rainbow nation is unbeatably diverse in its people, its landscape and the experiences if offers.
  • Swaziland

    A tiny kingdom where the Swazi people lead traditional rural lives, exquisite crafts are sold cheaply, and the reserves offer excellent wildlife watching.
  • Victoria Falls

    The world’s largest waterfall, where adventures await on and around the Zambezi River.
  • Zimbabwe

    A stunning and little-visited piece of classic Africa, from the ruins of Great Zimbabwe to awesome national parks like Hwange and Matobo.