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Monday, 23 July 2012

Backpacking South Africa: Buccaneers

Buccaneers Backpackers, my favourite, and arguably the best in South Africa. 
I guess what makes it outstanding is the fact that it caters for everyone. It's one of the few places I'd take my mother. They offer super-cheap spacious camping (if you want to hang out with monkeys chucking guavas at eachother), awesome dorms, double/twin safari tents, family cottages, double/twin rooms (for the same price as a dorm... schweet) and the fancy en-suite rooms. It's got the backpackers vibe but with a little town, Cintsa*, (containing traces of civilization!) just across the lagoon.
You can party it up at Bucc's bar or Barefoot Cafe (Grammar Nazi's go look at the menu... I dare you...), impress the rents at Michaela's Restaurant (no, you may not ride the cool elevator more than necessary), chill on the beach or eat pizza near the pool, buy second hand books and cheese at Tea in the Trees, or go do the Africa thing at Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve.
It's easily accessible, covers the essentials, offers such a wide range of activities and still manages to feel like you've found a well-kept secret.
The elusive directions to Buccaneers:
Driving on the N2 toward East London (from Mthatha) turn left at the Cintsa sign. There will be signs indicating that you are now on the Jikeleza route. Continue on tar road until you get to the second junction. Turn left. Follow signs to Bucanneers. Do not follow your GPS! 
P.S. The view from the breakfast room is a must-see.
*Cintsa is pronounced with a Xhosa click at the beginning (the 'c' is made by making a sucking noise with your tongue behind your front teeth). 

First, the Coast-to-Coast overview:
Coast-to-Coast review Buccaneers Backpackers

My rating:
Personal review of Buccaneers Backpackers: Part 1

Personal review of Buccaneers Backpackers: Part 2

View from The Breakfast Room at Buccaneers Backpackers.

Buccaneers Backpackers Reception

The pool deck and bar at Buccaneers Backpackers

Cintsa beach: A long stretch of beach with scarcely a soul in sight