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SOUTH AFRICA

For those wishing to enjoy travel on a budget, the beautiful country of South Africa has endless activities and tours on offer. A rich diversity in culture and landscape makes South Africa one of the top destinations in southern Africa for tourism. With its beautiful mountain landscapes, vast deserts, white sandy beaches, and an abundance of game reserves and National Parks, South Africa truly has something on offer for everyone.

Cape Town

This spectacular city is considered one of the top tourist spots in the world, with a multitude of adventures to be had within Cape Town, as well as being the major starting point for most overland trips and budget safaris. The attractions include hiking up Table Mountain or partaking in one of the many adventure tours like skydiving, sandboarding or even Great White Shark diving. Also famous for its wine regions, Cape Town is a great place to do a wine tour through scenic Constantia, Stellenbosch or Paarl.

The Garden Route, Wild Coast and St Lucia

Situated along the coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth you will find the famous Garden Route. We offer a host of Adventure Tours and Safaris along this route to suite every kind of traveller.

A little further north, the region that runs from East London all the way up to Durban is known as the Wild Coast. Boasting kilometres of unspoiled beaches, this coastline is not as built-up as the Garden Route, and offers a unique and more isolated South African adventure.

St Lucia, located just above Durban, is an amazing hub for both land and aquatic safaris. The warm Indian Ocean water means exceptional diving and snorkelling is available, for those keen to see the Big Five of the ocean and other sea life.

Drakensberg and Kruger National Park

From the busy city of Durban you are easily able to access the Drakensberg Mountain Range, which runs from the centre of South Africa, through Lesotho, and right up to the Kruger National Park. The highest peaks are found bordering the country of Lesotho.

Further north you will find the cultural hub of Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

To the east of Joburg in the Limpopo Province, and forming the border between South Africa and Mozambique, you will find the mighty Kruger National Park. This massive park is one of the largest in Africa, roughly the size of the country of Wales or the State of New Jersey. It boasts a huge array and concentration of animals, including all of the Big Five, and is the perfect place to go on an cheap African safari, as well as a popular stop-off on a cross-country African overland trip.

A country offering amazing landscapes, adrenaline-filled adventures, exciting game drives, and diverse, friendly cultures – What more could you ask for? Browse through our related tours below or explore specific regions to find tours and safaris going through South Africa.

South Africa
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CAPE TOWN

A city with so much to offer in terms of culture, mountains, beaches, adventure tours, restaurants, and beautiful scenic landscapes. Cape Town truly has something to offer everyone. Read more to see what day tours or adventure activities we have on offer.

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DRAKENSBERG

Read more about the largest mountain range in South Africa and the overland or adventure tours we have going to see this majestic mountain range.

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DURBAN

Warm waters, white sandy beaches, rich cultural histories and amazing cuisine. Durban has a little bit of everything and is a good place to start a budget safari or overland adventure.

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GARDEN ROUTE

Stretching around 300km along South Africa’s East Coast, the garden route has rich vegetation and beautiful vistas all along the many towns it passes through. Read more for great adventure tours or overland travel along this world renowned stretch of land.

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JOHANNESBURG

The largest city in South Africa and the perfect gateway to start on one of our budget safaris or overland adventure.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The flagship of South African National Parks, Kruger boasts an abundance of wildlife including all of the big 5. No budget safari or overland bucket list is complete without ticking off this mighty reserve.

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WEST COAST

The West Coast of South Africa, stretching from Cape Town to the border of Namibia, offers a rich diversity in landscapes and vegetation.

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1503, 2022

Top 5 Endangered Animals You Can Spot On Safari In Africa

March 15th, 2022|Categories: Botswana, Kruger National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi, Namibia, News, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe|0 Comments

Without a doubt one of the major attractions to Southern Africa is the wildlife safari. Whether  it’s a 5 day budget safari in Kruger National Park or a camping overland safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, there is a plenty of wondrous wildlife to see in some of the most beautiful and unique locations in the world. On the top of most people list of wildlife to spot the big five, but don’t forget that there is a whole world of other animals to be found in Southern and East Africa. Many rare species of wildlife can only [...]

2102, 2022

Why Travel to South Africa During COVID-19

February 21st, 2022|Categories: Cape Town, Destinations, News, South Africa, Travel Advice|0 Comments

So it seems that that world is slowly emerging from its two year COVID slumber. Countries are relaxing their regulations and finally, you are allowed to get onto a plane, but a plane to where? We here at Ashanti Backpacker Lodge have some ideas about that (well one in particular; Visit South Africa). What Makes it Viable to Travel to South Africa During the World Pandemic? There is no need for a vaccination certificate when entering South Africa Even if you DO test positive but don't have symptoms, you won't need to self-isolate. South Africa has vast open [...]

2601, 2022

All You Need to Know About African Overland Safari Tours

January 26th, 2022|Categories: Adventure Tours, Budget Safaris, Destinations, South Africa, Travel Advice|0 Comments

So you’ve heard about Overlanding in Africa but don't know what to expect. Rightfully so, there are so many different aspects to contend with. This blog post is written by an Overland guide and contains his knowledge. As such it will furnish you with the quick and dirty of overland tours. The overland adventure travel industry in Southern Africa has been around for decades. The routes have been tried and tested, and assessments have been made as to which of these routes are practical and rewarding. The Itinerary While we at Ashanti Travel Online [...]

2601, 2022

South Africa Music Festival Calendar 2022

January 26th, 2022|Categories: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, News, South Africa|0 Comments

Its a new year, Covid restrictions have eased, our curfew has been removed and what better way to celebrate than at a music festival. Before Covid hit our shores South Africa boasted a huge selection of Festivals almost every weekend. Unfortunaley now days that calander is much much smaller so make sure you don’t miss one. We have created a list of all the must-see festivals in the country. Drink, dance, and have fun with friends and strangers at the best festivals in South Africa. From progressive psytrance music to Hardcore punk or jivy jazz. There is something for [...]

2401, 2022

Just How Fast is a Rhino?

January 24th, 2022|Categories: Budget Safaris, Kruger National Park, News, South Africa|0 Comments

What do you do when the second heaviest land mammal charges at you? See the video of a hair raising rhino chase. The White Rhino is the larger of the two rhino species and can weigh up to 2300kg. As seen in the video they can be a formidable foe. Rhinos can run at up to 50km per hour, which makes them the fastest land mammal heavier than 1000kg. Hippos take second place in this respect and reach speeds of up to 48kmp/h while the mighty elephant is capable of crashing [...]

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