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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.
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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Drakensberg International Backpackers
this magical playground lies beneath the towering peaks of Cleopatra and Giants Castle.
(Highmoor,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

Bannister Hotel and Backpackers
This backpackers in Braamfontein is on all the routes: to gourmet food markets, art districts and Johannesburg's vibrant night life.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Albergo One Stop Action Shop
Backpackers - tune in to all the action activities in and around Plettenberg Bay
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Helicharter Backpackers
Mad about helicopters? This place is for you.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Vine Hopper
A South African wine tour with a difference.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

Kaptein’s Kop Backpackers
Dreaming of a whale of a shark?
(,Overberg )

Cristal Cove
These self-catering apartments are situated just 100m from the world famous Supertubes and the beach.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Jah Drums Backpackers
Jah Drums Backpackers will provide a banging good time in Coffee Bay.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

Blyde River Canyon Backpackers - Backpackers Limpopo
They are near the Blyde River Canyon and not far from the Kruger Park.
(Hoedspruit,Limpopo)

Big 5 Backpackers @ Kruger Park

(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)