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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)

Thornhill Safari Lodge
A great place to stay for independent self-drive back backpackers

Bayside Beach House
Backed by a nature reserve and not far from the lagoon and sea, this is a great spot for some time out.
(Betty's Bay,Overberg )

St Johns Waterfront Lodge
This well established Cape Town backpackers is near the Waterfront and across the road from the World Cup Stadium.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Wolfkop Nature Reserve
Hang out in the mountains for a while.
(Citrusdal,West Coast)

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)

Gansbaai Backpackers
Within a yell (scream) of the Great White shark's playground…
(Gansbaai,Overberg )

Fatima's Place Maputo
Centrally located in Maputo, Fatima's Place Backpackers is Mozambique's longest running backpackers offering easy access to markets, shops, bars and restaurants.

Haggard and Brand Expeditions
A classic wilderness experience in true Rider Haggard style.
(Shamwari,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Wild Woody Cape Backpackers
A backpackers in Alexandria with access to game reserves, rivers and one of the most stunning bits of coastline in the world
(Kenton-On-Sea,Sunshine Coast)

Jembjos Knysna Lodge
Knysna's newest boutique backpackers lodge
(Knysna,Garden Route)