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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)

Maputo Backpackers
Maputo Backpackers are only 50m from the Beach. They offer home-cooked seafood or traditional meals and day/night trips into Maputo.
(Maputo,Mozambique)

IKAYA 'le Intlabati'
They are on the edge of the reserve and the river is in their front garden.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)

The Old Gaol Backpackers
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

The Crowned Crane
This East London establishment is excellent value, offering self catering accommodation near the beach or in Gonubie
(Gonubie Eastern Cape,Sunshine Coast)

Happy Hippo Backpackers
Happy Hippo is Durban's latest backpacker is a glam big sister to the Hippo Hide.
(Durban ,Durban)

Cullinan Backpackers
Cullinan Backpackers is a great place to chill after a busy day, meet other travellers or enjoy an array of adventures in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

Billy Bongo Backpackers
They promise an adventure around every corner.
(Sabie Mpumalanga,Mpumalanga)

Gemini Backpackers Lodge
Set in a big garden, Gemini backpackers offers a restaurant, shop shuttles and pick-up or drop-off in Johannesburg.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Gary’s Surf School
Get in on the surf action.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Green Elephant
This is the oldest lodge in Observatory and is the play ground of students....put your party shoes on!
(Observatory,Cape Town)