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Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Coffee Shack, South Africa – hostel review 2011

[ 0 ] November 10, 2011

Looking for the best hostel in Coffee Bay, South Africa? Coffee Shack has a feel-good vibe that’s contagious.

Not only will you be given a guided tour and a welcome drink (which you MUST drink with your left hand), you’re introduced to staff members and invited out to dinner with other guests.

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

Whether it’s munching curry at the hostel or heading into town for more traditional African food, we promise it will be an experience to remember.

By day, enjoy the free activities on offer including treks to the Hole in the Wall, cheap surf lessons and sundowners (see picture). And if you like open fires, drum circles and plenty of drinking games then you’ll never want to leave.

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Accommodation

Choose from simple dorms (120ZAR); private rooms (from 240ZAR) or camping. Bathrooms are spotless, and there are even hairdryers for the girls!

Get more travel advice about South Africa and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

South Africa – 10 things you MUST do!

[ 0 ] November 7, 2011

South Africa is full of amazing things to do – from diving with Great White Sharks to spotting lions on safari.

Read on to see which things you absolutely MUST do before you leave this incredible places. And don’t forget to click for more details…

1. Go diving with Great White Sharks

2. Spot lions at Schotia Game Reserve

3. Learn to surf in Jeffreys Bay

4. Hike through the Magical Forest in Nature’s Valley

5.Brave the world’s highest bungee jump

6. Go diving in Sodwana Bay

7. Help local communities

8. Climb Table Mountain and abseil back down

9. Hire a car and explore the north coast

10. Wriggle through the claustrophobic Cango Caves

Need more advice? See which are the best places to visit in South Africa and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter more travel updates!

Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain South Africa

FUNNY PICS Dassie defends its territory in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 12, 2011

Planning to hike up Table Mountain? Keep an eye out for the territorial dassies! Scroll down to to see what happens when this little bird gets too close.

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

TRAVEL PHOTO - Dassie on Table Mountain - South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURES Dassie gets territorial on Table Mountain

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PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

SHOCK VIDEO! Antelope crashes into cyclist in South Africa

[ 0 ] October 11, 2011

Mountain biker Evan van der Spuy got the shock of his life when an antelope crashed into him during a race in South Africa.

The cyclist was competing in the Time Freight MTB Express at Albert Falls Dam when a red hartebeest charged across the plain and knocked him to the ground.

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

PICTURE Antelope knocks down mountain biker in South Africa

Footage of the incident was caught on camera by fellow cyclist Travis Walker, who was recording the race for a marketing company sponsoring the event.

Fortunately, Evan, 17, didn’t suffer any serious injuries apart from mild concussion and whiplash. He was treated in hospital and released the next day. SEE VIDEO HERE

NEXT VIDEO: Shark leaps out of the water in South Africa!>>

PICTURE: Lions stalk 4×4 in South Africa>>

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Is South Africa safe? Tips for travellers

[ 0 ] October 7, 2011

South Africa has a reputation for being dangerous – but it’s important to have an open mind and remember that the majority of visitors have no trouble at all.

Robberies happen in every city, you just need to be sensible and air on the side of caution. Read on for our top tips and advice on staying safe. Chances are you’ll love every minute. We did!

Staying safe in South Africa - Travelling to South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Travelling to South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Use the Baz Bus

Worried about travelling alone? The Baz Bus is a great way to get around as it’s door-to-door. No need to wait around in bus shelters late at night – simply book the bus and it will pick you up at your hostel.

* Don’t walk around at night

The divide between rich and poor is vast – yet they live in such close proximity to each other. One minute you’re walking past penthouse apartments and luxury villas, the next you’re in a township where kids run after you begging for food.

* Be careful at ATMs

You’re at your most vulnerable when withdrawing cash. Don’t let anyone ‘help’ you use ATMs (it’s normally a scam) or stand too close. Put your cash in a money belt under your clothes and head straight to your hostel.

* Girls, use your bra!

Just withdrawn lots of money? Discreetly tuck it into your bra. It may sound a little extreme but if someone’s robbing you, it’s the perfect hiding place. TOP TIP Always keep some cash on your person in case they’ve seen you at the ATM.

* Don’t give homeless kids money

Sadly there are many homeless children on the streets – but it’s important not to give them cash. If you want to help, buy them food or ask if there’s anything you can do for them. Lots of hostels encourage travellers to donate clothes so do as much as you can to help.

* Walk with purpose

Don’t stand in the street holding a map or wander round aimlessly taking photos. Do your best to fit in, walk with purpose and be firm if anyone tries to hassle you.

* Buy first-class train tickets

First-class train tickets are nothing like the ones in the UK but it’s worth spending a little extra to sit in a quieter cabin. You’ll still be hassled by plenty of interesting characters trying to sell you anything from blocks of cheese to DVDs.

* Don’t flaunt your camera/jewellery

Keep anything of value out of sight and don’t flaunt expensive jewellery and handbags. This attracts opportunists and you could be putting yourself at risk.

* Remember to have fun!

South Africans are some of the friendliest people we’ve come across so go with an open mind, soak up the culture and enjoy every minute. You’ll come away smiling.

Looking for the best places to visit in South Africa? Go diving with Great White sharks and spot lions at Scotchia Game Reserve.

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

Best places to visit in South Africa

[ 1 ] September 10, 2011

Looking for the best places to visit in South Africa? Whether you want to surf your way along the Garden Route, drive along the Wild Coast or go as far north as Sodwana Bay, we’ve come up with a list of must-see places.

1. Cape Town

Cape Town is an essential stop for all backpackers visiting South Africa. Hike up Table Mountain, visit the infamous prison on Robbin Island, go cage diving with Great White sharks or dance ’til dawn on Long Street. Whatever you fancy, Cape Town is sure to deliver.

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa - Pictures Table Moutain South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

View from the top of Table Mountain, South Africa

2. Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is often overlooked by travellers as it’s slightly off the beaten track. However it’s easily accessible by car and the Baz Bus organises transfers from George. Watch meerkats wake up in the wild and explore the jaw-dropping Cango Caves.

3. Nature’s Valley

Get ready for breathtaking views, fabulous hiking trails and one of the prettiest hostels we’ve seen in South Africa. Trust us, this place is likely to capture your heart so get ready to extend your stay.

4. Victoria Bay

Victoria Bay is a heaven for nature lovers. Whether you want to hit the surf, try your hand at fishing or camp up on the clifftops, this little cove is well worth a visit.
Surfing in Victoria Bay, South Africa - Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Pictures of Victoria Bay, South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

5. Knysna

Think crashing waves, rugged cliffs and endless reams of blue sky. Hike up to The Heads, take a sunset boat cruise or stroll down to the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even see a whale!

6. Jeffreys Bay

If surfing’s your thing then you can’t miss Jeffreys Bay! The supertubes are legendary, the surf schools are intense and the atmosphere couldn’t get more laid back. Try and get there for the Billabong Surf Competition held every July.

7. Port Elizabeth

Okay, so there’s not a great deal to see here BUT it is where you can book cheap safaris to Scotchia Game Reserve and Addo Elephant Park.  Amazing.

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Lioness and her cubs at Schotia safaris - Safaris in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

8. Coffee Bay

The Wild Coast throws up all sorts of gems and Coffee Bay is one you can’t miss. Hike to the Hole in the Wall, grab a 2-hour surf lesson or enjoy sundowners on the cliffs. Need somewhere to stay? We have two words for you: Coffee Shack.

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Santos Express hostel is a converted train on the beach in Mossel Bay, South Africa

PICTURES Mossel Bay, South Africa

[ 0 ] August 22, 2011

Looking for a good surf spot in South Africa? Head to Mossel Bay and stay at Santos Express.

Check out our photo gallery for inspirational pics and start planning your trip now!

PICTURES: Mossel Bay, South Africa

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Worried about sharks in the area? See video of a Great White shark jumping out of the water in nearby Gansbaai and don’t forget to check out the beautiful Table Mountain in Cape Town.

Ubuntu hostel review, Jefferys Bay - Best hostels in Jefferys Bay - Fabulous Travel Guide

Ubuntu, Jeffreys Bay – hostel review 2011

[ 0 ] August 10, 2011

Looking for somewhere to stay in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa? Ubuntu is a fantastic hostel located just off the beach and close to Supertubes.

As soon as you walk through the door you’ll be welcomed with open arms, introduced to other guests and shown up to the bar. The staff here are some of the friendliest we’ve come across and you’ll soon end up feeling like part of the family.

Ubuntu hostel review, Jefferys Bay - Best hostels in Jefferys Bay - Fabulous Travel Guide

Ubuntu hostel review, Jefferys Bay - Best hostels in Jefferys Bay - Fabulous Travel Guide

Not only does Ubuntu boast a well-stocked kitchen, a cosy TV room (with a big screen projector for movie nights) and free pool table, it has several balconies overlooking the sea, free wifi and a garden filled with hammocks and chairs.

Garden at Ubuntu in Jeffery's Bay. South Africa - Hostels in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Garden at Ubuntu in Jeffery's Bay. South Africa - Hostels in South Africa - Fabulous Travel Guide

Breakfast (cereal and toast) is included in the price, and if you can’t be bothered to walk the 50m to the supermarket you can join the staff for a traditional African meal or homecooked soup.

Looking for more places to stay along the Garden Route? Check out Santos Express – a converted train on the beach or enjoy sea views at the campsite in Victoria Bay. Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates and news.

Adrian Watson getting ready for the world's hightest bungee!

Bloukrans Bridge – the world’s highest bungee jump!

[ 0 ] July 31, 2011

Fancy doing the world’s highest bungee jump? Visit Stormsriver in South Africa and face your fears!

Standing proud at 216m, Bloukrans Bridge attracts backpackers from all over the world. Even Prince Harry and Jack Osbourne have walked the gauntlet! Think you can handle it? Read on for more info…

Bloukrans Bridge, Stormsriver bungee jump - World's highest bungee jump - Fabulous Travel Guide

Bloukrans Bridge, Stormsriver bungee jump - World's highest bungee jump - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

After being fitted with a harness, you’ll make your way to the centre of the bridge where experienced guides are waiting, music pumping! There will be around 5-10 people per group so expect an adrenaline-fuelled party, plenty of nerves and a death-defying leap of faith.

Booking your bungee

Bungee jump costs from 690ZAR (£62). The DVD (highly recommended!) is another 300ZAR (£27) and professional pictures from 70ZAR (£6). You can also buy T-shirts, hoodies and other memorabilia in the tourist shop.

Looking for more adventures in South Africa? Go cage diving with Great White sharks – our photos will certainly get you in the mood. Follow us on Twitter for more travel updates.

Santos Express hostel Mossel Bay - Pictures of Santos Express hostel - Fabulous Travel Guide

Mossel Bay – stay in a converted train on the beach

[ 3 ] July 21, 2011

Looking for somewhere unusual to stay in Mossel Bay? Book a bed at Santos Express, a converted train on the beach.

Seats have been removed to make way for 16-bed dorms, private rooms and small social areas that overlook the sea. Showers and bathrooms are nice and clean – and there’s even hot water.

Santos Express hostel Mossel Bay - Converted train hostel - Pictures of Santos Express hostel - Fabulous Travel Guide

Santos Express hostel Mossel Bay - Pictures of Santos Express hostel - Fabulous Travel Guide

The only downside is the lack of kitchen facilities and lockers. Be extremely careful if you have laptops, phones and credit cards. Lock any small items, such as passports, in the safe at the front desk.
Santos Express dorms hostel Mossel Bay - Pictures of Santos Express hostel - Fabulous Travel Guide

Santos Express dorms hostel Mossel Bay - Pictures of Santos Express hostel - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to surf

You won’t find any waves here so you’ll need to walk towards the pool (take the steps up to the main road and turn left) which takes around 30 minutes.

Santos Express hostel is a converted train on the beach in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Santos Express hostel is a converted train on the beach in Mossel Bay, South Africa

Here you’ll find a small, rocky cove that is popular with body borders and surfers. Look out for seals and remember this bay is home to the Great White sharks….!

Prices: Dorms an Santos Express cost from 100ZAR and privates from 130ZAR, including continental breakfast in the ajoining restaurant.

See video of a Great White shark jumping out of the water and don’t forget to check out the beautiful Table Mountain in Cape Town.

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