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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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Jungle Junction
Jungle Junction sits on an island in the middle of the Zambezi river and is a great backpackers for those looking to meet the locals, sample traditional food and enjoy Zambia.
(Addo Elephant Park,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

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

Surfstore Africa
Surfstore Africa is one of the largest water sport centres in Cape Town.
(Cape Town Suburbs,Cape Town)

The Plot
The Plot - also known as Jacobs bay Backpackers is located in Jacobs bay, a quaint, protected little village halfway between Saldahna and Vredenburg on the West Coast just South of Paternoster.
(Jacob's Bay,West Coast)

Eurocentres Language Centre
Want to learn to speak English in Cape Town? Look no further.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Shonalanga Lodge
Shonalanga lodge in St Lucia is in the centre of town and more of a lodge than a backpackers.
(St Lucia,Zululand)

Beach Lagoon
This Jeffrey's Bay backpackers is located next to the lagoon and has miles of nature reserve - a truly lovely spot.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

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

The Barn House
A retreat, organic farm and more.
(Not Set / NA,Not set / NA)

Fatima’s Nest Tofo
This Tofo backpackers is on a tropical beach framed by sea and endless coconut palms swaying in the breeze. A great place from which to enjoy Tofo Beach and Inhambane in Mozambique.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)