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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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)
A backpackers in the centre of Barrydale.
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)
This Stellenbosch backpackers is a favourite with big groups, churches and schools.
This Cape Town tour company is your one stop shop for Cape Town tours.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)
House on the Hill offers luxurious accommodation at backpacker rates.
(Green Point,Cape Town)
This Pretoria Backpackers is run by travellers who understand just what other travellers need…
They are near the Blyde River Canyon and not far from the Kruger Park.
Under new management, they are close to Supertubes.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Cultural, historical and nature tours of Johannesburg and Soweto