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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)

Kruger Backpackers Tours and Safaris
Let these accredited tour and safari guides take the wheel
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Barry's and Witsand Backpackers
Barry’s offers upmarket accommodation (linen and towels provided) at backpacker rates.
(Witsand,Overberg )

Khaya Adventure Travel
Your one stop shop for tours and activities in Port Elizabeth.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Mafusa Backpackers
Backpackers here's a chance to stay at a Big-5 Game Reserve and a 5-Star Lodge at budget prices.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Monkey Bay Backpackers
Close to Durban International airport, the beach, shops and Ballito's funky nightlife.
(Ballito and Shaka's Rock,Durban)

Hole in the Wall Backpackers
This Wild coast hostel creates space and time to do absolutely nothing in, if that's what you desire.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

African Ubuntu
A laid-back backpackers located 100-metres from the beach a haven for the perfect Jbay experience.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Hermanus Backpackers
Hermanus Backpackers just gets better and better, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the live-wire owners, Braam and Hayley.
(Hermanus,Overberg )

Swazi Trails
Rafting, caving, mountain biking, hiking, adventure and culture - just ask them.
(Lobamba,Swaziland)

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)