Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Best Cape Town Backpackers and Hostels.

National Gallery of South Africa with statue of
Field Marshal Smuts in the forefront.
Backpacking through Africa, can be a very exciting experience. One the best organised countries when it comes to backpacking is South Africa. The most popular city for backpackers in South Africa is Cape Town.

Cape Town, a treasure trove of natural beauty and diversity. This city has got everything, from first world grandeur to third world poverty. It has got the sophistication of Europe mixed with the vibrancy of Africa. So be prepared for a life changing experience.

There are many accommodation options when it comes to visiting Cape Town. There are many hostels (or backpackers as it is called locally) in and around Cape Town and the surrounding towns located in the famed Cape Winelands. There are also many fantastic quality hotels at extremely favourable prices.

Cape Town has got many interesting attractions including the Waterfront, the Cape Town Castle and also the gateway to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spend 27 years in jail.

Search for great accommodation in Cape Town 

 Please see below some photo of some of the attractions.

Statue of Cecil John Rhodes pointing to
North Africa.
National Library of South Africa (1818) with
Statue of Sir George Grey in front. 

Tuynhuys - Official Cape Town office of the
President of South Africa.

Cesky Krumlov, Great Backpacker's Destination in Central Europe.

Cesky Krumlov, Town View - Wikimedia Commons
Cesky Krumlov has been voted as a top back packing destination for many years. I've decided to have a look as to what makes this city such a favorite destination for tourists, young and old. So let us first have a look at the history of this classical Bohemian city. Cesky was founded in the 13th century at a crossing in the Vltava River. This area was important for traders and as such the town started to flourish. 

Cesky Krumlov, Castle - Wikimedia Commons
Part of the building of the town also included the building of a huge castle, called the Český Krumlov Castle. The town and castle have been owned by many many noble families over the centuries including the House of RosenbergHouse of Eggenberg and the House of Schwarzenberg. During the Second World War the Nazi's annexed the city, as part of the Sudetenland "Lebensraum" experiment. After 1945 the town fell within the communist republic of Czechoslovakia and it started to deteriorate. After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, the city has been splendidly repaired to its former beauty.

Church of St. Vitus- Wikimedia Commons
The city can boast with beautiful scenery. It is an authentic Medieval town with a beautiful castle and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The castle has got a lot of sights including an authentic 17th century theater. The castle garden is a sight to behold. There is a beautiful 15th century Gothic church, the Church of St. Vitus with beautiful frescoes.

If the city is one ingredient that draws the crowds, then the inhabitants of the town is the other. The town has got many festivals during the year with the Five-Petalled Rose Festival the most popular.  This is held on the weekend of summer solstice in June and the central part of town is recreated back into a medieval look and feel. Various medieval entertainment activities like jousting is held and the festival is ended with a huge fireworks display above the castle.

All in All, Cesky Krumlov is a unique destination that has stood the test of time and you will surely leave the city culturally richer than when you arrived. 

Cesky Krumlov, has got fantastic accommodation available for all kinds of tourists and it is definitely one of the best places to use as a base to explore the greater Bohemia.