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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)

Masakala Guesthouse
The most perfect of settings for any of the Dakensberg Backpackers and community run.
(Matatiele,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

White Shark Africa
White Shark Africa provides some of the best shark cage diving in South Africa and can be found in Mossel Bay on the Garden Route.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

Robertson Backpackers
This backpackers in Robertson is a friendly spot and a great base for exploring Route 62.
(Robertson,Route 62)

Amberley Travellers Lodge
Explore the mountains, the museums, second-hand shops, art galleries and rocky shores, then bliss out in the waves or on the beach.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve
A huge game conservancy
(Hectorspruit,Mpumalanga)

Afrovibe Adventure Backpackers
Afrovibe Backpackers offers epic views on Myoli Beach in Sedgefield.
(Sedgefield,Garden Route)

The Beach Camp™
This Paternoster backpackers could not get you any closer to the sea...
(Paternoster,West Coast)

Vilanculos Backpackers
A backpackers, club and restaurant all rolled into one.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)

MTBSA
MTBSA offers Mountain Bikers a truly unforgettable time in Mpumalanga.
(Nelspruit,Mpumalanga)

Wild Tours and Hikes
Take a trip on the wild side with Wild Tours and Hikes in the Wild Coast.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)