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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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(randomly selected service providers from all regions)

Masiphumele Township Tours
“Please come and experience what life is like for my brothers and sisters in the township and I will describe to you what has changed in recent years since democracy.”
(Scarborough and Kommetjie,Cape Town)

The perfect backpcker adventure in Cape Town....
(Cape Town City Bowl,Cape Town)

The Spot Backpackers
The Spot backpackers is a charming little backpackers set just a few meters from the beach on the south Coast of Natal.
(Port Shepstone,South Coast)

Buzz Backpackers
Kick back and relax after a day out exploring Lesotho.
(Ficksburg,Free State)

Santos Express Train Lodge
This Mossel Bay backpackers is a genuine train that’s parked just a spit away from the main beach in Mossel Bay. All cabins face the sea. What more could you want?
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

Shewula Mountain Camp
Lying on the border of Mozambique high in the mountains, this is a community owned camp with good facilities.
(Eastern Swaziland,Swaziland)

MozVolunteers is a small volunteer organisation based in Xisondwe, Zavora.

Zululand Backpackers
Situated in a wing of the George Hotel, Zululand Backpackers offers comfortable good value for money accommodation.

Barefoot Backpackers Cabins
Free-standing stone and wooden cabins tucked amongst fruit trees and an organic veggie garden within easy reach of Jo'burg and Pretoria.

Knoll Guest House
Knoll Guest House offers travellers comfortable accommodation on their beautiful farm.
(Hilton,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)