Known as the Jacaranda City for all the purple blossom-bedecked trees, which line its thoroughfares, Pretoria is a lovely, quiet city. It has a long, involved and fascinating history. Here you will find significant old buildings and fascinating museums. The Transvaal Museum has natural history displays and is the home of Mrs Ples, the australopithecine fossil found at Sterkfontein in the Cradle of Humankind.

1332 Backpackers International
Set in the bustling suburb of HATFIELD – PRETORIA EAST, this well-established family-owned & run business has been welcoming guests since 2005.
Only a 10 minute walk to Hatfield Square, Restaurants, most Embassies, Shops etc. and 500m from the GAUTRAIN.  We are close enough to the hustle but just far enough to be surrounded in tranquility.

We pride ourselves on honesty, cleanliness and getting you the best deals possible and that is probably why, based on client ratings, we have the highest percentage rating of the Pretoria hostels on Hostelworld, we are also one of only two Backpacker hostels in the area recommended by the Peace Corps to their members.

We are a great base for exploring Pretoria, Johannesburg and Gauteng in general, somewhere to relax and get accustomed to the country before exploring further into Southern Africa. If you want suggestions on what route to take, how to spend your time, what’s value for money, then simply ask. We put you first and we do not believe there is anywhere that will try harder to help you enjoy your stay in the capital of South Africa.
Pumbas Backpackers
At the time of writing we are the top-rated hostel in Pretoria based on client's ratings on one of the main booking engines and one of only two hostels in Pretoria recommended by the Peace Corps to their members.Based in the lively suburb of Hatfield and its nightlife, which is within easy walking distance, we are in a safe area close to the University and its sports fields, the High Performance Centre. Most embassies are also in the immediate vicinity.

We are ready and willing to help you with all your plans for visiting South Africa, and we find excellent prices for tours, car rental etc. If you wish to see Kruger with one of the big tour operators then you book with us as we can often get you discounts! Please contact us for further details.

If you require airport pick-up or drop off, you will find our rates are excellent value.

And while we do the work you enjoy our pool, a braai, cable television or a quiet read in the relaxing setting of our lovely garden.
We take pride in the cleanliness of our hostel, hot showers all day and we provide soap and towels at the hand basins.


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