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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this magical playground lies beneath the towering peaks of Cleopatra and Giants Castle.
(Highmoor,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)
This backpackers in Braamfontein is on all the routes: to gourmet food markets, art districts and Johannesburg's vibrant night life.
Backpackers - tune in to all the action activities in and around Plettenberg Bay
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)
Mad about helicopters? This place is for you.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)
A South African wine tour with a difference.
Dreaming of a whale of a shark?
These self-catering apartments are situated just 100m from the world famous Supertubes and the beach.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
Jah Drums Backpackers will provide a banging good time in Coffee Bay.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
They are near the Blyde River Canyon and not far from the Kruger Park.