Top 7 Backpacking Destinations For Black Backpackers

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Are you an adventure lover who can’t get enough of your hiking shoes? Or perhaps you’ve just started your backpacking journey and are looking for the best locations to soak in the adventure. We’ve got you!

The idea of traveling with a backpack on your back is exciting-talk about Jumanji- but the real thrill comes from visiting a place with everything you could want: bars, hotels, coffee shops (for coffee lovers like myself), and a stunning local culture.

In this article, we’ll explore seven (7) choice destinations for black backpackers or potentials like you. Let’s go!

7 Backpacking Destinations For Black Backpackers

  1. Chefchaouen, Morocco
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Source: “Chefchaouen, Morocco” by jbdodane is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Chefchaouen is situated in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. The town draws you in from the very first view. It is beautiful, with a relaxing atmosphere and very affordable accommodations. The streets and the majority of the buildings in the old town (Medina) blend into the brilliant blue color of the sky. 

The prominent mountains at the end of each cobblestone street are rugged and majestic, with the clear mountain light only adding to the magical atmosphere. The main square in Medina is surrounded by cafes, crowded with locals and visitors mingling freely. It’s no surprise that Chefchaouen is a popular destination for backpackers visiting Morocco.

  1. Thailand
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Source: “Architecture Thailand” by @Doug88888 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Thailand is every backpacker’s paradise! For years, it has been the go-to backpacking destination.

Thailand has beautiful weather, a fascinating culture, and lively nightlife. If you’re looking to have a remarkable experience on a shoestring budget, you should note these:

  • Backpackers hostels are the best option because they’re cheap and you are likely to find other backpackers. 
  • Eat the local cuisine as western food is expensive. It’s an opportunity to try something new. 

Skip the overcrowded beaches of Koh Phi and Maya Bay for a visit to one of the quieter islands of Koh Lanta or Railay Bay, where you can immerse yourself in the Thai lifestyle and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

  1. Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Source: “Zanzibar, Tanzania” by eutrophication&hypoxia is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Zanzibar has long been a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and the fascinating Stone Town on the main island. Amid the excess of resorts, some parts of Zanzibar are still inexpensive and teeming with backpackers seeking a break from the rigors of East African travel.

Try these places:

  • East Coast

Although it is becoming more crowded, there are still places like the Kinazi Upepo that offer inexpensive and excellent beach bungalows.

  • North Coast: Nungwi

Backpackers adore Nungwi. Choose a basic beach hut in Kendwa Rocks for inexpensive accommodation.

  • Southeast coast: Bwejuu and Jambiani

It has beautiful beaches that are not ideal for diving. Consider the Coral Rock Beach Bungalows.

  1. Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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Source:”Mbotyi, Transkei” by SA-Venues.com is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

Are you looking for the perfect getaway? The Wild Coast is for you! 

Formerly known as Transkei, the Wild Coast is a beautiful stretch of coastline in South Africa’s Eastern Cape area. It is ideal for diving, fishing, hiking, and surfing. The Xhosa culture along this stretch of coast is also popular.

  • Coffee Bay is a popular spot along the coast, and the Coffee Shack is a popular hostel for backpackers.
  • Port St. John’s is a great place to unwind, and the Jungle Monkey, which caters to backpackers, is the best place to stay. The Baz Bus stops here, so getting to the port couldn’t be easier.
  • Cintsa is a lovely little coastal town near some excellent game reserves.
  1. Palawan, The Philippines

Do you crave adventure? A trip to Palawan, Philippines, will not disappoint thrill-seeking backpackers, with activities ranging from zip lining to shark diving. You’ll easily be able to cross some items off your bucket list here.

  1. Dahab/Assilah, Egypt

Generally, Egypt is well-known for the Pyramids, the Sahara Desert, and the Nile River. It is famous for its ruins, historical sites, and world wonders. It is also well-known for its breathtaking beaches, coral reefs, and sea cruises, and Egyptians are known for their sense of humor.

Dahab is one of the places in Egypt for backpackers along the Red Sea coast of Egypt. There are beach restaurants, quality accommodations, and lots of dive shops. 

One of the biggest centers of tourist attraction is the Thistlegrom shipwreck dive – but be prepared for a long day at sea.

You can stay in the Bishbishi Garden Village, the Sphinx Dahab Hotel (just on the beach), Penguin Village, or the Jasmine Hotel. All of these places have their own uniqueness. 

  1. Kribi, Cameroon
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Source:”Chutes de Lobé” by friel is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Although West Africa can be tough on backpackers, Kribi in Cameroon is like a jewel on vast farmland. It is one of those incredible locations that few travelers find because of its remoteness. But if you manage to get there, it’s a destination that black travelers can’t help but love.

You’d get to see the nearby Lobe Waterfalls plunge into the ocean. You can also visit Pygmy villages in the surrounding area.

Places you can stay:

  • The Palm Beach Hotel also has reasonable rates for single and double rooms
  • Hotel Colombia is a few minutes away from the waterfall at affordable rates. It’s located right on the beach. 
  • The Auberge Tara Plage sometimes allows travelers to camp on their property. 

Backpacking in these distinguished destinations is one of the best ways to connect with African Culture as a black backpacker. You can also travel with your friends for an unforgettable experience, or solo if you’re looking for some alone time. 

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