Backpacking in Africa

Africa is growing in popularity as a backpacking destination. Whether you want to get up close and personal with wildlife on Safari, get off the beaten path, or interact with friendly locals, the large continent of Africa will have something for you.

Nevertheless, the vast distance and diversity of places in Africa can be disorienting for visitors. Read on to learn more about visa requirements, hostels, work-travel opportunities, and top sights for backpacking in Africa.

How to Travel Around Africa

Because of the large distances in Africa, you will most likely need to take a few flights during your trip. Skyscanner is a great site to use to find the cheapest flights while backpacking in Africa.

Budget Accommodation in Africa

CouchSurfing is a great community that connects local hosts with travellers who are backpacking Africa. HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in Africa, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. And has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation while backpacking Africa.

Unique Activities in Africa

Get your Guide is a popular site in Africa to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or to get ideas for activities. Viator is another similar activity and tour search website.

And for those backpacking Africa alone who want to join a small group tour, G Adventures is highly recommended.

Travel Insurance for Africa

As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance for your backpacking trip to Africa. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet & Contiki.