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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.
 Feeling lucky?
(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Silverton Travel Lodge
Situated in the quiet suburb of Silverton, Silverton Travel Lodge offers modern and comfortable accomodation in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

The Barn House
A retreat, organic farm and more.
(Not Set / NA,Not set / NA)

0860 HIRE CAR - kinda says it all…

Old Mac Daddy
The epitome of "Trailer Park Luxury" set amongst the whispering pines
(Grabouw,Overberg )

Auckland Park Manor
Centrally situated in Johannesburg and close to WITS - a perfect venue for Profs and Researchers - kids are welcome too

Nunuburd Lodge
Centrally located in Durban, Nunuburd lodge is ideal for backpackers, families and couples.
(Durban ,Durban)

High Five Kite Surfing School and Adventures
High-Five offers surf and SUP lessons, seal snorkelling, paragliding, skydiving and mountain biking day trips.
(Cape Town Suburbs,Cape Town)

Sugarloaf Backpackers
This Coffee Bay backpackers is perfectly set for any mood!
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

Victoria Falls Steam Train Company
Experience the majestic Vic Falls while travelling first class on a genuine steam train.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)