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Backpacking in South Africa: What you need to know


Backpacking in South Africa is one of the most budget-friendly trips you will ever make. There are many exciting activities to engage in South Africa. Across South Africa, there are many backpacker hostels with a truly South African experience. The hostels are popular with the locals due to their lovely atmosphere. 

For a memorable trip, planning is key owing to the vastity of the country and tons of places to visit. South Africa is estimated to be five times bigger than the UK – with most visitors preferring to tour the big cities such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. However, there are more places you can visit besides these three big cities and a few days are not just enough. For example, a visit to the wineries in South Africa alone could take up to 2-3 days. 

South Africans are multilingual with 11 official languages. English is ranked the second most spoken language in the country. 

Small towns are the epitome of South African culture exhibited through its traditional food. There are lots of authentic South African dishes to indulge in while, if you prefer international cuisine, there are restaurants in the cities which offer this. Other places you should visit while in South Africa include the Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Garden route which has the best scenery in South Africa, Kruger National park – home to the big five – Soweto and Constitution Hill where South Africa’s history is told in just more than words.

Regarding safety, a standard measure to take is to always keep your valuables as close to you as you can. Escalated security threats are, however, not common and very unlikely. Lastly, the use of cards is largely popular therefore, feel free to swipe that card to pay your bill.

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