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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...

Choose a transport option

  • 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)

Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn
Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn, offers self-catering chalets and rustic wooden cabins only 5 km from Thabazimbi and 15 kms from Marakele National Park.
(The Battlefields,Limpopo)

Backpacker Apartments
At Backpacker apartments you are definitely spoilt for choice. Choose between dorms, doubles or apartments.
(Plettenberg Bay,Garden Route)

Mdumbi Backpackers
In the Mdumbi River valley in the heart of rural Transkei, this small settlement on the coast has brilliant surf and great fishing. As there’s only one small shop, we suggest that self-caterers stock up before arriving.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

Molumong Guesthouse and Backpackers
Molumong backpackers in Lesotho,a self-catering spot is an ideal base from which to discover the mountainous eastern region of Lesotho.
(Bloemfontein,Lesotho)

Bloukrans Bungy
This is the Rolls Royce of all bungy jumps. And at 216m it’s the highest too. Ask any backpackers hostel in the area for more info and bookings.
(Bloukrans,Garden Route)

Makuleke Home Stay
A Community Centre and Homestay that offers fascinating insight into our history and the paths that can be taken to repair past injustices.
(Punda Maria and Makuleke,Limpopo)

Fairy Knowe Backpackers
Fairy Knowe is a Wilderness backpackers which is set on an old rambling farm with masses of space, horses, dogs and birds, overlooking the wetlands.
(Wilderness,Garden Route)

The Beach Camp™
This Paternoster backpackers could not get you any closer to the sea...
(Paternoster,West Coast)

Satvik Backpackers
Satvik in Tzaneen is a wonderful laid-back and rustic backpackers farm where time holds its breath and fish eagles are framed by seablue skies.
(Tzaneen,Mpumalanga)

Township Vibe Backpackers
Township Vibe Backpackers is a vibey pozzie in the epic township of Kwamashu in Durban.
(Durban ,Durban)