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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)

Cape Oasis Guesthouse
In a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful views of the mountain.
(Northern Beaches,Cape Town)

Shark Zone
Dive with great whites.
(,Overberg )

Sleeping Beauty Guest House
This Riverdal backpackers / guest house overlooks the mountains and is on the edge of town.
(Riversdale,Overberg )

Voluntours
Help research the movements of lions in the Addo.
(Addo Elephant Park,Sunshine Coast)

Two Oceans Backpackers
A newly renovated Backpackers in the heart of Cape Town!
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Sobantu Guest Farm and Backpackers
Sobantu Backpackers is based on a rural farmstead perched on a hill overlooking countryside in Swaziland.
(Addo Elephant Park,Swaziland)

Oudebosch Farm Stall
Stop for a break half way between Knysna and Port Elizabeth.
(Stormsriver,Garden Route)

Living Africa
Spice up your Big Five holiday with a generous measure of local culture and vibrant music
(Hoedspruit,Limpopo)


Hout Bay Backpackers
Hout Bay Backpackers is a quiet and comfortable backpacker lodge in the beach-side suburb of Hout Bay. We have six bed dorms with great views over Hout bay and the harbour and we have four private en suite rooms. With easy access to Cape Town by public transport, the backpackers is ideal for exploring Hout Bay's restaurants, harbour, beach, seal island and world of birds as well as Table Mountain National Park, Chapman’s peak and Llandudno. This Hout Bay backpackers offers local volunteer projects and language courses.
(Hout Bay,Cape Town)