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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Chameleon Safaris Namibia run budget safaris to all the major destinations in Namibia.
Centrally located in Maputo, Fatima's Place Backpackers is Mozambique's longest running backpackers offering easy access to markets, shops, bars and restaurants.
Areena Riverside Resort lies on a small piece of paradise overlooking a stunning lagoon that meanders into the sea in Chintsa.
Crisscross Africa with a tour operator that can navigate borders and bushveld with ease. African Trails runs budget overland tours from Cape Town, Jozi and Vic Falls. All you need to do is decide what size adventure you wear...
The Coffee Shack is superfantasticallydelicious so go and stay a while…
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Minutes away from the Orpen Gate.
This Windhoek accommodation is a civilised stop on the edge of the wilderness.
Off the Wall Backpackers is the newest kid on the Cape Town Backpackers Block.
One World Lodge and Travel Centre is a small backpackers ideal for people looking to escape the madness of Long Street.
(Cape Town City,Cape Town)