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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A private beach and a cliff-top restaurant.
16 km North of Mokopane (Potgietersrus) in Limpopo, Thabaphaswa is an ideal stop-over for travellers to and from Kruger National Park, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
(Addo Elephant Park,Limpopo)
A quiet beach with warm water year round, thumping surf and safe swimming is just a 2 minute walk away. Most mornings see dolphins cruising around the point.
(Umzumbe KZN,South Coast)
Wuyani Pariango is is a new hostel in the heart of Tofo, close to the beach, market and public transport.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)
Based at Sani Lodge, they offer tours into the spectacular mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
See the 'flying' Great White Sharks above and below water.
(Simon's Town,Cape Town)
This dedicated backpackers in Joburg organises everything from car hire to safaris.
This Cape Town based car rental agency offers great deals on car hire in Cape Town.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)
Wanna bungeeeeee? But don't know how to get there? Get the Bungy Bus.
Centrally located in Durban, Nunuburd lodge is ideal for backpackers, families and couples.