African Array Backpackers Lodge

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The Route of the Garden

No one can feel more gratefully the charm of noble scenery, or refreshment of escape into the unspoiled solitudes of nature and this is what our fantastic hostel has to offer.

With the perfect location in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa, we offer our travelers the most unique views of farmlands, mountains, dams, golf courses, and ocean, with great food and an abundance of adventure and activities.

We are rated one of the top backpacking lodges in South Africa, and pride ourselves on the accommodation and great service we have to offer. Our welcoming and intimate lifestyle attracts travelers from all over to the world to African Array Backpackers Lodge.
Shuttles and transport can be offered on a daily basis to our guests.

Rooms Types Available:

  • Single Rooms
  • Double Rooms
  • Dorms






Afri-Abseil is the result of our passion for the area, climbing and being outdoors. With the benefits of 30+ years of climbing and adventuring, this exposed route has been created to share the challenge, build confidence, empower and inspire. The single pitch abseil gives you the chance to experience the spirit of exploration and adventure. Read More

Africanyon River Adventures

AfriCanyon River Adventures was formed in order to share this multipart kloofing route, which lies in the hidden valleys of The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Safety, ease of access, and adventure are all core to the AfriCanyon experience – it is an adventure you’ll want to do again and again! Read More

Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. Read More

Face Adrenalin Bungy

That pretty much sums up why we are doing what we do. How we do that is by keeping everyone safe, treating everyone with respect and helping people have fun! We do all this with a long bungy cord attached to Africa's largest bridge! The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below. Read More


Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 700 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. Read More

Permitted Close Encounter Whale Watching

Viewing these larger-than-life sea mammals is truly a majestic experience, come join us to see not only amazing whales, but a host of other indigenous sea animals on this fantastic tour. Get ready to be blown away! Read More

Plettenberg Bay Swimming with Seals

We pride ourselves with an excellent safety record, WESSA Blue flag status, with a high standard and code of conduct towards the environment and animals. We support research and fund seal rehabiliation. At Offshore adventures we give you an incredible opportunity to interact with playful seals, inquisitive Blue and Mako sharks and incredible schools of sardines in season! Read More

Plettenberg Bay Skydive

Skydive Plett has been operating in South Africa since 2002 and is now one of the busiest drop zones in the country. Depending on the weather, we may jump all day, every day. We are situated on the coastline in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route, at the very bottom of the African continent. From a skydiving point of view, you can't get a better location Read More

Sea Kayaking

Meeting point is at the Ocean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time. This is an amazing experience and often you will kayak with dolphins right next to you. When you reach Robberg Nature Reserve you will kayak amongst the seals at the seal colony.Read More

Cultural Township Tour

Meeting point is at the Ocean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Experience an African way of life by exploring the everyday life of a real African; with a guided tour you are able to explore interesting facts about the Xhosa history and Tribal culture. Meet the local children at the crèche and be entertained by their beautiful voices in song, See where the locals buy their everyday essentials.Read More

Boat-Based Dolphin Encounters

Come experience these amazing sea mammals in their natural habitat and bask in their energy and grace as you take this tour. Make sure you bring your camera along as the opportunity for an amazing image will definitely present itself a few times! Read More

Jukani Rehabilitation Centre

Jukani provides the predators that live here sanctuary for the duration of their natural lives in an environment where they are respected and cared for, physically and emotionally. The harsh reality is that no predator that has been exposed to human interaction over a period of time, can ever be returned to the wild. However, that doesn't imply that they can be exploited by unethical wildlife facilities by allowing animal touching/petting or any other practise where these animals are exploited for human greed and financial gain only. Read More

Kayak and Lilo Adventure

This two to three-hour kayak and lilo adventure on the Storms River is our most popular activity for good reasons. You’ll get to explore deeper into the hidden world of the Storms River gorge than most people ever do and experience the long, bottomless pools, deep caves and ancient forests with nothing but the quiet noises of nature around you. Read More

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