Backpacking Southern Africa on a Shoestring Budget

A compilation of the cheapest backpacking places in Southern Africa for backpackers on tight budget backpacking through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Leshoto, Swaziland  and Zimbabwe. Places are listed for dorms and tents where is possible to camp.

Backpacking South Africa – Cheap Hostels and Camps in South Africa

  • Cape Town:  Big Blue Backpackers (Dorm 140 Rands)
  • Pretoria: Pumba Backpackers (Dorm 160Rands/Tent 100Rands)


  • Johannesburg:  Rosebank Backpackers (Dorm 132Rands/Tent 100Rands)
  • Port Elizabeth: Lungile Backpackers (Dorm 150Rands/Tent 100Rands)


  • East London: Sugar Shack Backpackers (Dorm 100Rands/Tent 75Rands)
  • Durban:  Banana Backpackers (Dorm 130Rands/Double 250Rands)


Cheapest Backpacking Places in Southern Africa backpacking South Africa

Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Lesotho

  • Malealea: (Dorm 185Rands/Tent 110Rands)
  • Maseru: Sleeping in Malealea

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Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Swaziland

  • Lobamba:  Legends Backpackers (Dorm 160Rands/Tent 80Rands)
  • Mlilwane Wild Sanctuary:  Sondzela Backpackers (Tent 95Rands+40Rands park fee)


Backpacking Namibia – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Namibia

Backpacking Namibia

  • Windhoek: Backpackers Unite  – Dorm 150 Namibian dollars/Tent 80N$)
  • Swakopmund Walvis Bay:  Skeleton beach backpackers  – Dorm 160N$/Tent 120N$
  • Sesriem/Sossusvlei: Tent 180N$

Backpacking Zambia – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Zambia

Cheapest Backpacking Places in Southern Africa backpacking Zambia

  • Livingstone: Livingstone Backpackers (Dorm 12$/Tent 7$=77Kwachas)
  • Lusaka:  Lusaka Backpackers (Dorm 12$/no camping) or Wanderers (Tent 5$)

Backpacking Zimbabwe – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls:  Shoestring backpackers (Dorm 12$/Tent 8$)
  • Harare:  It´s a small world Backpackers (Dorm 12$/Tent 9$)
  • Bulawayo:  Burke Paradise (Dorm 15$/Tent 7$)


Backpacking Botswana – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Botswana

Cheapest Backpacking Places in Southern Africa backpacking Botswana

  • Kasane:  Chobe Safari Lodge (Tent 85 pulas)
  • Nata:  Elephant Sands Lodge (Tent 90 pulas)
  • Maun: Sedia River Lodge (Tent 70 pulas). There is a backpackers place also in town.
  • Gaborone: Lion´s Park (Tent 110 pulas, free waterpak and amusement park)


Backpacking Mozambique – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Mozambique

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  • Maputo: Fatima´s Backpackers (Dorm 600 meticales/ Tent 500 meticales)
  • Tofo beach/Inhambane: Ricardo House (200 meticales). Fatima´s Nest (Tent 400/ Dorm 500)


  • Vilanculos: Complexo Alemanha Dorm 250Meticales or Baobab Tent 300/Dorm 400m
  • Mozambique Island: Casuarina Camping (Tent 300 meticales)


  • Nampula: Ruby hostel. (Dorm 750 meticales/ Tent 400 meticales)
  • Mandimba:  Casa Hospede Saide-Mandimba (Private 250 meticales)

Backpacking Malawi – Cheap  Hostels and Camps in Malawi

Backpacking Malawi


  • Zomba – Pakachere Backpackers (Dorm 10$/ Tent 5$=3.500Kwachas)
  • Lilongwe – Mabuya Camp (Dorm 12$/ Tent 7$=4.865K)
  • Nkhata Bay –  Mayoka Village (Dorm 10$/ Tent 5$=3.250K)


Backpacking Southern Africa the cheapest hostels and camps