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This is the A 2 Z of backpacking around Southern Africa

Backpacking Hostel Accommodation - Wherever you are from or whatever your age you will find something just for you. Backpacking has changed to include everything from rustic bush camps to 5 star backpackers, its your choice! Southern Africa offers some of the best locations in the world. Stay a week, stay a day, hop on to hop off. We  will all help to make your stay as wonderful as possible. There are four books that are mainly used as guides. Check out Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Alternative Route and the Coast to Coast for all your travel needs.
Volunteering - If you have some time and would like to help out and stay a bit longer then check out the volunteering options. Most volunteering is paid for by you to cover the cost involved in hosting you. There are a wide variety of programs offered that cover everything from social projects to sport to wildlife. You will find your field of interest in no time at all. You can also explore the free volunteering programs but this takes more work and allot of patience. For more info on gap year, university credit volunteering and general volunteering check out
Activities - From wacky to wild to wonderful in a few short stops. We list a wonderfully diverse bunch of activities. Drive game parks on safari, get wet watching whales, jump off a really high bridge or just drift down on a sky dive. You won't want to miss a thing so do your planning here and check out if we have what you have in mind. If you happen to stumble upon an activity that we do not have then please let us know and we will add it pronto. For those of you who want the more peaceful options please ask your nearest hostel about walks, beaches and places to just chill. Please also let them know to write to us so that we can add these relaxed activities to the site :) Thank's in advance... signing off, The Guide Team
Other Weird and Wonderful things to do - There are thousands of things to do and see and experience that we have not yet found and added to the website. But they are out there and we would be happy to have your pics and suggestions on the website. A few examples are restaurants, bars, parties, community projects and language schools. We are always on the search to find you more info and to suggest new places that you may want to travel in. So our first and foremost recommendation for the independent exploring backpacker is to try everything you can in the time you have here in Southern Africa. We have heard some wonderful stories of friendly people, great food and secret places.

How, where and when did we land on backpacking? 2004

What is The Guide? It was built by backpackers traveling around Southern Africa on Google Maps. It is a place to share information and ideas about where you went and how you got there. It has now developed into the ATASA association and we use this website as an information sharing centre. We have now added for volunteering and will soon have a section completely dedicated to Alternative Energy in Tourism. We would love your ideas and input as this organisation can only grow with your support.
Our Backpackers Search Engine has been taking off like a rocket gone wild so check it our as soon as you can possible get in the door. THEGUIDE.ORG.ZA/GOOGLE

There are generally three types of places we experience

shady SPOTS

Backpacking the Hot Spots around Southern Africa can be lots of fun and you will hear about and find some really great party backpackers. Bars are common in hostels and there is normally a great atmosphere, just remember that you probably will be kept awake. Out of season some party places can become not so party like so take this as it comes. If you are looking for clubs and bars then head to the big lights of the city.

The cool spots are where you will find everything else from chilled out to wild out there. If you want to take it easy and relax into your time here then just ask your fellow travelers what's best and where to find it. You will come across some amazing places off the beaten track. You might need your own car or 4x4 though.
Grab a beach, hammock or couch and settle down for your holiday.
You will hear of the shady spots normally before you see them but sometimes you will just be unlucky. Most hostels in Southern Africa are really great but there are exceptions. If you find such a place then please let other people know so that they can be avoided. If you don't feel safe and comfortable then don't stay, its better to lose a deposit than freak out your trip. Please always try and let the place know that you won't be staying and why, its only fair on them.

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