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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The only real backpackers in St Lucia and good at that!
Ezweni Lodge offers self-catering accommodation with magnificent views of the Inanda Dam. Surrounded by nature and rural Zulu life.
Located on a beach, Zavora Lodge has great backpackers accommodation and a campsite that overlooks the sea.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)
En route to Lesotho, between the Wild Coast and Jo'burg.
Afrovibe offers epic views on Myoli Beach in Sedgefield.
Get in on the surf action.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)
A mountain paradise.
Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn, offers self-catering chalets and rustic wooden cabins only 5 km from Thabazimbi and 15 kms from Marakele National Park.
High up on the plateau with spectacular views, they are within easy reach of Livingstonia and Manchewe Falls.
(The Kruger National Park,Malawi)