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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)

Mile Crunchers Backpackers
Mile Crunchers Backpackers is situated in Mossel bay, on the famous Garden route next to a stunning indiginous Park with gorgeous views of the ocean and the George mountains.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

The Karoo Travel Centre and Backpackers
A backpackers in the centre of Barrydale.
(Barrydale,Route 62)

Stone Cottage
Stone Cottage in Plettenberg Bay is a Boutique Backpackers & Suites where spectacular views of the bay and a communal deck with jacuzzi, are the order of the day.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Stellenbosch Travellers Lodge
This Stellenbosch backpackers is a favourite with big groups, churches and schools.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

See Cape Town Tours
This Cape Town tour company is your one stop shop for Cape Town tours.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

House on the Hill
House on the Hill offers luxurious accommodation at backpacker rates.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Twana Lodge
This Pretoria Backpackers is run by travellers who understand just what other travellers need…
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

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

Surfpackers
Under new management, they are close to Supertubes.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Jozi Tours and Safaris
Cultural, historical and nature tours of Johannesburg and Soweto
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)