on the main backpackers route.
Experience the unrivalled variety of the Midlands.
Visit the scene of Nelson Mandela's arrest.
We're situated on a farm at the foot of a mountain, with loads of things to see & do.
A 2 hour zip-line adventure through indigenous forest.
Looking for some fun on your tour of South Africa? Get on down to Bumpkins Backpackers, set in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
We're alongside the N3, the main highway from Johannesburg to Durban, and right on the most popular backpacking route. The Midlands are between the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and the drop down to the coastal plains. It's a uniquely beautiful, countrified area and is one of South Africa's tourism playgrounds, offering a huge variety of things to see and do. Whether you're interested in scenery, African wildlife, hiking, art, history, culture, food, adrenaline activites, or just good old lazing around and partying, the Midlands has it all.
The backpackers lodge is at a spectacular location, on a guest farm at the foot of a mountain. The accommodation is clean and comfortable, and designed for a backpacker's budget. Our atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming and provides a place where you can meet fellow travellers as well as party with the local yokels. We have self-catering kitchens, with plenty of supermarkets just down the road in the town of Howick, but also offer budget meals with an accent on African cuisine. If you want to eat out there are plenty of restaurants in the area.
The Midlands has perhaps the greatest variety of tourist attractions in South Africa. Here are some of the things you can see and do:
There are always things to do for free, whether it's taking a walk through the countryside or playing a game of cards, backgammon or chess with other backpackers. But we also provide plenty of things for free to help with your budget, such as:
Not sure about where to go, what to do, how much to pay or what to pack? We make recommendations based on years of backpacking around Africa.
We want you to have a fantastic holiday, so pack your backpack, get here and get ready for some fun.
The KZN Midlands are famous as an art destination.
Through the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Experience a slice of African life!
Doubles & Camping.
Canoeing, Swimming & Suntanning around our Dam
surrounded by forest.
Set in a magical fairyland.