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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.
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Wolfkop Nature Reserve
Hang out in the mountains for a while.
(Citrusdal,West Coast)

Simons Town Boutique Backpackers
Simon’s Town Boutique Backpackers is close to Simon's Town station and the beach, the backpackers is well situated for access to the best of the peninsula.
(Simon's Town,Cape Town)

Artist's Place
Share the family home at Artist's Place and enjoy what Robertson has to offer.
(Robertson,Route 62)

Amakhala ‘Hands On’ Volunteers
A Big Five Reserve that offers lessons…
(Grahamstown,)

Khotso Backpackers and Horse Trails
Khotso backpackers are in the Drakensberg and offer backpackers peace, horses, cows and adventure sports for nature lovers.
(Southern Drakensberg,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

Buffalo Backpackers
This East London backpackers is conveniently close East Londons's beaches, shops and bus station.
(East London,Sunshine Coast)

Milton Lodge
A fantastic place to stay in the centre of Sea Point.
(Sea Point,Cape Town)

Buccaneers Lodge and Backpackers
Buccaneers is one of the best backpackers in South Africa, this unique backpackers is a place that most travellers will visit - check it out for yourself.
(Chintsa-East,Wild Coast)

Island Vibe Adventures
If you are looking for adventure and activities in Jeffreys bay then Island Vibe Adventures is the place to go. Learn so surf, go sand boarding or visit the local township. There is plenty to do.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Attakwas
This Oudtshoorn lodge has onwers who have an in-depth knowledge of the Little Karoo and offer excellent accommodation.
(Oudtshoorn,Garden Route)