Sunday, September 6, 2020


Coastal Vacation
Backpackers Accommodation
Only 160km from Durban,Kwazulu Natal,South Africa lies the peaceful coastal town of Leisure Bay.

The area is a nature conservation area and within striking distance of many other activities in the area.

It is here that you will find Driftwood Backpackers Lodge where you can unwind from your daily stress.

With the great South African hospitality offered by your host and affordable vacation accommodation you will have no option but to relax and enjoy.

Make this your base from where you can plan your daily trips and adventures exploring the east coast of South Africa.
Affordable communication
Chill out veranda


4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms and can sleep 9
1 Bedroom with en suite shower/toilet
Large open plan lounge and kitchen
Chill out veranda with barbecue
Secure parking

Satellite Television

Driftwood Backpackers
Room for many at Driftwood Backpackers

  ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA...............

leisure bay,kwazulu natal
Leisure Bay Conservancy
Hiking, Bird watching,Surfing and mountain biking are only some of the activities that can keep you busy. That is if you are tired soaking up the sun on the beach or need a break from golf. You can even spend some time not too far from here at the Wild Coast Casino.


The Oribi Gorge where you can take part in a Bungee jump, abseil or slide across the gorge on a zip line. There are 8 world class golf courses along this coastline.

For the nature lovers there is the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve for bird photography or shark diving of the Protea Banks at Shelley beach.

relaxing holiday
Bonfires and Barbecue
Pop out for some Dolphin watching in the morning and visit world class shopping malls to pick up the goodies for a "braai" (barbecue) in the afternoon. 

And when it's time to chill out and relax you can kick back on the veranda taking in the night sounds and gaze at the stars.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Mountain bike Trails on the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal

Weekend Getaway Number 1

Spending time down in Leisure Bay at Driftwood Backpackers does not have to be all rest and relaxation. Driftwood Backpackers is also your ideal stop over if you are intending to pop down the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal for some adventure. The rest comes afterwards when you can hang out and refresh.

The natural surrounds of this part of the coastline is ideal for mountain biking. As Driftwood Backpackers is situated in a nature conservation area there are plenty space to move around and explore on your mountain bike.

For the more adventurous out there the area hosts two of the most popular MTB trails in Kwazulu Natal namely the Lake Eland Nature Reserve MTB trail and the Clearwater trails.

Lake Eland Nature Reserve MTB Trails

Mentioned by mountain  bike enthusiasts at all levels as one of the most relaxing rides you can experience on your set of wheels. The three trails are well laid out to cater for the day enthusiast and more experienced riders.

The trails range from 4 to 45 km which takes you through the sandy grassland while experiencing the natural surrounds of the Oribi Gorge at the same time. On the way you might come across antelope and other small game roaming free through this area.

Go from gorge to beach with this short 40 minute drive as Oribi is situated only 60 kilometers from Driftwood Backpackers.

Clearwater Trails

Much closer to home you will find this mountain biking venue situated in Port Edward on the lower South Coast of Kwazulu Natal. A short 16 kilometre drive will take you there where you will find several trails to explore.

The trails runs through the Umtamvunu River Gorge and will take you through natural forests and the surrounding Banana plantations. The trails range from a short five kilometre ride to the longer thirty kilometre trail.

After this experience you deserve to return to Driftwood Backpackers where you can take a sundowner, throw a steak on the fire or take a stroll on the beach.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Antique shopping on the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal

Even shopping can be fun when staying at Driftwood Backpackers Lodge. In and around the towns of the lower South Coast you will find several places to look for your antiques. It is here where you might find that small treasures you were always looking for. Whether it is a painting, vase or ornament it is here somewhere and finding it is part of the fun.

antique sale shopping

Starting your journey in Port Shepstone then follow the coastline through Shelley Beach, Margate, Ramsgate into Port Edward you will observe plenty opportunities to stop along the way. Scattered along the coastline you will come across many art & craft stores where small treasures will be waiting for you.

Watch the local newspaper to find flea markets, auctions and boot sales. The flea market in Uvongo Beach is a must visit as it is stocked with local flavour and good food. Secondhand or pawnshops also provide a interesting browsing experience for visitors who use dollars, euros and pounds as currency.

There are several art and craft markets in the area that can provide the ideal gift from Africa.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sardine Run Update


Last location of the Sardine run 2016
Courtesy of Google Maps we can show you where they are

The latest news on our visitors are that there were pockets of bait fish, Cape garnets and sardines spotted up and down the East Coast this week.

Fishermen are preparing to make use of the opportunity to land some good bait fish this year and it looks like their prospects are good.

When they will be arriving here in KZN waters are not sure because of the weather patterns we are experiencing. One thing is for sure, it won't take long and we will have a frenzy on our hands.

Where are the Sardines?

Good news are pockets are spotted at regular intervals between Port St Johns and Port Elizabeth on the East Coast. Most sighting reports are coming from Coffee Bay and Port Elizabeth area.

Where can I get more info on this annual Sardine run?

If you want to know more about what the hype is about visit the Shark Board page. It might motivate you to experience it first hand.

Be prepared. Book into Driftwood Backpackers Lodge in Leisure Bay on the lower South Coast when they arrive and be assured of a front row seat.