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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)

IKAYA 'le Intlabati'
They are on the edge of the reserve and the river is in their front garden.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)

Pro Dive
Backpackers can learn to dive with Pro Dive in Plettenberg bay.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Haggard and Brand Expeditions
A classic wilderness experience in true Rider Haggard style.
(Shamwari,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Gary’s Surf School
Get in on the surf action.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Khaya-Bundu
A great place to meet the many wild critters that hang out in Marloth Park.
(Marloth Park,Mpumalanga)

The Baz Bus
The Baz Bus is a South African backpacker hop-on hop-off any time bus service. They have no time limit on their ticket, so you can travel whenever you like, and, what’s more, start from anywhere on the route.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Forty8 Backpackers
Forty8 Backpackers is a backpacker hotel located right in the heart of Cape Town's CBD.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Africa Travel Co
20 years of experience in running overland trips from east to west to Southern Africa.
(Cape Town City Centre,)

Southern Cape Tours
Southern Cape Tours will take you on an epic adventure in the Garden Route
(Knysna,Garden Route)

Accoustix
Ex Sleek Hostel, they've re-created the whole place from the ground up and are huge fans of live music (it's all soundproofed, don’t fret).
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)