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You are looking for hostels in South Africa? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your South Africa hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking South Africa.
We list every single hostel in South Africa and the world. In total, we have 118 cities in South Africa for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in South Africa. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
South Africa is a large country located on the bottom tip of the African continent which offers a wide variety of sites and activities for tourists. Tourism has always been a major industry in the country and as a result has a thriving hostel scene. There are several large cities in the country such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein to name but a few. All of these cities have numerous hostels which offer both private and dorm style accommodation at a reasonable price. In fact, the cost of living in general is much lower in South Africa than North American and most European countries. Therefore, eating and drinking out in “fancy” restaurants is very much affordable.
Safari tours are probably the most popular and iconic activities among tourists in South Africa. The country has a large number of national parks to chose from. The largest and most popular of these is Kruger National Park, located in the north east of the country. All of the “Big Five” animals can be seen here roaming around in their natural habitat as well as hundreds of other species of animal unique to Sub Saharan Africa. Tour companies offer daily sightseeing trips with various packages available. There are several hostels and backpacker lodges available in the towns around Kruger Park which offer both private and dorm style accommodation at very reasonable rates.
Cape Town is another common place to visit in South Africa. Located in the South Western corner of South Africa where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet, this picturesque city is lined with white sandy beaches and is overlooked by the famous Table mountain. The plateau of this beautiful mountain can be reached by cable car and offers stunning views of the entire region. The Western Cape region is particularly famous for its wines and there are several companies which offer wine tasting tours to some of the many vineyards in the area. There are several hostels located in Cape Town which offer comfortable and modern accommodation at reasonable prices.
South Africa has two main seasons - summer (October to March) and winter (April to September). Nevertheless the weather is normally warm all year around. Consequently, outdoor sports and activities are popular among tourists in South Africa. Water sports such as windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving and jet skiing are available along coastal cities and towns such as Cape Town and Durban. For the more adventurous backpackers there is also skydiving, bungee jumping, white water rafting, and rock climbing available in various locations across the country.
While South Africa is an amazing holiday destination which offers fantastic opportunities for backpackers and tourists it must be noted that it also has a very high crime rate. The gap between rich and poor is very obvious in the country and as result there are areas of cities which are not safe for tourists. People travelling to the country are recommended to stay in the tourist areas and arrange guided tours as much as possible.
Handwritten by local expert for South Africa hostels Shannon Neuber
Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for South Africa. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for South Africa and jot them down below. The community thanks you.
St. Lucia is a breathtaking place with a real community feel to it.
Pretoria is beautiful.
Umkomaas is a beautiful town famous for the "Aliwal Shoal" dive site which is one of the top ten sites in the world.
Stellenbosch is a very nice city - everyone should visit it.
Hi, I live in Empangeni, always have. It's quite a dangerous place, especially the rail area. Just be cautious and never walk alone or at night and you'll be fine! The temperature here is higher than that of any other nearby towns, so come prepared with sunscreen. The heat goes up to 45C with humidity to kill!
I think Muizenberg is a great town with lots to do. All my family liked it and not too far away is Cape Town with even more to do.
I visited Durban and Commercial Road is dangerous. I got robbed there. I will never ever visit Durban again. The police are useless.
Johannesburg is a great city -- don't believe all the horror stories you hear! If you follow local advice you will enjoy this city and have a safe and wonderful trip.
Hogsback is magical.
There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in South Africa here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.