Want to see the 'real' Africa, without the trimmings and trappings so often dished out to tourists? Then get packing, or rather, BACKpacking!
...Although most lodges assured Frontline that they do welcome South Africans, these were the reasons for giving preference to foreigners:
* It is essential to keep space for flow of travelers from year round sources, e.g. Baz Bus or booking agencies (as opposed to seasonal holiday makers).
.Next morning it's over to the Baz Bus, the chief mode of transport for many backpackers: on ticket to hop on, or hop off at almost any hostel along the way. (Not the cheapest - or fastest - way to travel, but safe, convenient and a great place for meeting others, sharing experiences or simply sleeping off that hangover!).
Meet the people, see the places, experience the passion; discover why foreigners describe us as one of the best backpacking destinations in the world - and be proud to consider yourself PASSIONATELY SOUTH AFRICAN!
By Isabel Swart