Welcome to Pumbas Backpackers

Walking distance to the Hatfield Gautrain Station, in the heart of Hatfield’s residential neighbourhood, Pumbas offers everything the local and international budget traveller could need.

For more than 3 years TripAdvisor has rated Pumbas as Pretoria’s top hostel, and without blowing our own trumpets, we believe it is with good reason.

We have a beautiful pool, a huge garden, dorms, private rooms, cabins, permanent tents and even space to pitch your tent or park your overlander, and don’t forget the free Wi-Fi and breakfast as well.

From the intrepid traveller bicycling his way across the African continent, to local sports teams visiting the University (Go Rhodes!), or the countless awesome volunteers moving through our Capital, Pumbas is the spot for you to take it easy for a few days, plan your life, catch up with the world and maybe even work on your tan with the 305 average days of sunshine a year we have in Pretoria.

Started by passionate travellers and situated on the family property, Pumbas has the answers to all of your questions, the local advice you are looking for, and all the small comforts that will make you feel right at home, even if just for a little while.

Travel Tips

I’m a South African who loves to travel around Southern Africa and backpacking has been my favourite way to do it since I was a “lightie” (South African slang for young boy). Owning a backpackers has given me the opportunity to chat with the coolest travellers from all over the world and answer some of the common questions that get asked. You are welcome to pop us a mail and let us know if you have any further questions, our motto has always been: Ask Us Anything!

Tours & Safaris

With so much to see and do in South Africa you wouldn’t want to waste your time staring into space.

Our most popular day tour is definitely to Pilansberg National Park, but as we are involved with all the best operators, we can organise just about anything for you.

Car Hire

Because we book so many cars (a great way to see South Africa) we can get the best rates from the big guys, particularly when booking for an extended period.

Something that is also great traveling via overland vehicles and camper vans, so feel free to chat to us about that as well.