Youth Travel Eastern Cape

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Youth Travel in South Africa, Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay 

You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy a classic chunk of Africa. Travel NowNow is a network of well-equipped backpacker hostels, many in locations that outdo Western hotels, and affordable transport and tour options make budget independent travel a breeze. With a little planning, you can see the Big Five, trek in the mountains, lounge on the beach and even travel with a purpose, all without bankrupting yourself.

The Adventure Province offers backpackers multiple entry points from which to start your journey. Fly in from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth, East London or Mthatha. Rent a car, shuttle it or bus it into a unique part understanding of South Africa. This is our heartland and often travelers feel that this is the first time they truly connect with the people, land and natural beauty that our country has to offer. When making your way from Cape Town along the Garden Route make sure to cross that border into the Eastern Cape for experiential adventure travel. Create your own unique journey, find your roots and explore the rich, authentic warmth of the Eastern Cape. Find your way from Kwazula Natal through the Drakensberg foothills or along the magnificent Coastal routes. Your options are endless and will follow your imagination.

The coastal backpacking route will take you from the famous Jbay all the way up the most beautiful and wild coastline. Follow the sardine run, hike the Wild Coast hills, bike it, surf it or 4x4 it and explore it in so many unique ways. Discover the meaning of community and create lifelong friendships. There are many inland loops to entice the imagination. This is the more 'unexplored' part of the Eastern Cape. Find the secret trails of the Baviaanskloof, the fossils and food delights of Neiu Bethesda, the magic of Hogsback or the rush of the river at Tsitsa Falls.

The province of adventure is the ultimate destination for an adrenaline-fueled break. Explore some of the most intriguing locations in South Africa, take to the skies, keep your feet on the ground or feel the rush of the ocean. Experience the wonder and steady heartbeat of adventure in the Eastern Cape.

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Volunteering programs


International volunteering is when an individual volunteer or a group of individuals donate their time and skills to work for organizations or causes outside of their home country. In most cases, volunteers work in developing countries on international development programs with local partners that address basic needs such as education, health and sanitation. 


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Youth Accommodation


Nelson Mandela Bay and the Eastern Cape's bustling backpacker scene offers activities from township visits to dawn safaris, backpacking around the Eastern Cape and shows you the best of this beautiful part of the continent. With so many adventure activities in the Eastern Cape, the backpacker accommodation offering is unrivalled in its diversity for independent travellers wanting to experience the area and its activities. Backpacker accommodation is affordable and allows visitors to experience more of what is on offer with regards to city life or outdoor activities. Rooms are usually dormitory style, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Nelson Mandela Bay (Port...

Youth Tours and Adventures


Many companies offer memorable adventures, including overland safaris, cultural experiences, township tours, guided safaris and fun and exciting outdoor activities. For a list of available experiences visit: Experiences in and around Nelson Mandela Bay

For those wanting to explore the area and save we recommend the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass. The Nelson Mandela Bay Pass, a smartcard access card, provides you with free admission to a variety of attractions and activities in Nelson Mandela Bay. This includes amongst others museums, game reserves, scuba diving, art galleries, sightseeing tours and many more. It also entitles you to some great discounts in selected...

Youth Language Schools


Nelson Manela Bay and the Eastern Cape is a popular place to learn English, with schools offering excellent tuition at reasonable rates.The Eastern Cape and Nelson Mandela Bay have, with their mixed cultures and fascinating history, a great deal to offer. Join in the fun, explore our area and the activities on offer. Practice your English in real-life situations, enjoy spending time in Port Elizabeth and the area, discover our way of life – coast, beaches, watersports, wildlife, nature, entertainment and learn English whilst having fun.



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Travel Information and tips


South Africa is relatively easy to reach from most countries, with direct international flights from many countries and easy domestic transfers. South Africa applies different visa regulations for citizens of different countries. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for information about your visa. CrimeCrime in South Africa, like many other places in the modern world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and be aware of your safety. If you are visiting South Africa, there are a number of health issues you should be aware of, such as HIV, or the correct vaccination if you're from a country in the yellow fever belt....