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Getting around

Travelling around Southern Africa is fairly easy as there are plenty of formal and informal transport systems. This is an overview of what's available...

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  • Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long Distance Buses

    There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.
 Feeling lucky?
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Tekweni Backpackers Hostel
Tekweni Backpacking hostel in Durban cooks. One can’t say anything else about this ever-buzzy hostel and its hordes of people.
(Durban ,Durban)

Zambia Safari Company
Quality safaris and adventures in and around Vic Falls.
(Gordon's Bay and Strand,)

Zululand Eco-Adventures
Think of a cultural tour in Zululand and they probably offer it - or something like it.
(Eshowe,Zululand)

Backpackers Bazaar
The experts on travel and adventure in Southern Africa, based in Vic Falls.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Shonalanga Lodge
Shonalanga lodge in St Lucia is in the centre of town and more of a lodge than a backpackers.
(St Lucia,Zululand)

Dhow Beach Resort
An exciting beach resort on a tropical island paradise with lots to do and fun to be had in the beach bar and restaurant.
(Jambiani,Zanzibar Island)

African Drumshack Entertainment
Head for the African Drumshack, Durban’s funkiest drum circle in Morningside.
(Durban ,Durban)

Shoestrings
Bright, friendly and with an essential swimming pool. This backpackers is within easy reach of Victoria falls, curio markets and adventure operators.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Oceanworx Dive Charters
For the best Scuba diving on the South Coast and some of the best scuba in the world.
(Umkomaas,South Coast)

Simons Town Boutique Backpackers
Simon’s Town Boutique Backpackers is close to Simon's Town station and the beach, the backpackers is well situated for access to the best of the peninsula.
(Simon's Town,Cape Town)