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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Here’s a great way to experience the wonders of Mpumalanga…
Le Paradis lodge lies just 200m from the beach with a 180° sea view on the South Coast of KZN.
Township Vibe Backpackers is a vibey pozzie in the epic township of Kwamashu in Durban.
The Growcery Camp lies between the rocky desolation of the Richtersveld and the mighty Orange River in the Northern Cape.
House on the Hill offers luxurious accommodation at backpacker rates.
(Green Point,Cape Town)
Self catering backpackers lodge built next to a dam overlooking the Swartberg Mountains
Want to learn to speak English in Cape Town? Look no further.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
This Wild coast hotel and holiday village creates space and time to do absolutely nothing in, if that's what you desire.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Monkey Bay Backpackers offers funky accommodation and camping sites in the heart of Coffee Bay.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
Sleepy? Naah. Hint…this Pietermaritzburg backpackers has the website address wylderide…
(Pietermaritzburg,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)