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.
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)
This Paternoster backpackers could not get you any closer to the sea...
Barry’s offers upmarket accommodation (linen and towels provided) at backpacker rates.
A great backpackers in the centre of Windhoek with a travel shop that will answer all your Namibian questions.
Afrovibe offers epic views on Myoli Beach in Sedgefield.
Gain an intimate knowledge of the Langa Township during a walkabout tour with Proteam SA to experience real life in a Township.
A perfect backpackers to stay at when in Johannesburg.
A grand backpacking hostel in midst of Cape Town city centre, within waltzing distance of almost everything a Cape Town Backpacker could need.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
This Swaziland based Volunteer group offers real budget safaris, trips to Mozambique and volunteeer opportunities. The best in Swaziland.
Namibia Travel Connection offers a great selection of tours and safaris in Namibia and neighbouring countries.
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)