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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)

Big Blue Backpackers
This Cape Town backpackers hostel is over the road from the V&A Waterfront.
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Adventure Lodge
Close to town and 10 minutes from Victoria Falls, this Zimbabwean backpackers is a great place to enjoy the local activities and adventures.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Zululand Eco-Adventures
Think of a cultural tour in Zululand and they probably offer it - or something like it.
(Eshowe,Zululand)

Two Oceans Aquarium
An awesome way to spend your day. Lose yourself in the oceans and meet the denizens of the deep.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Bushpackers and Campsite
This Hazyview backpackers offers bushwalking, safari-ing, braaing or just hanging out at the pool.
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Joy River Backpackers
Set on the Blyde River, Joy River Backpackers offers a great base for exploring the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and waterfalls lining the route to Graskop.
(Addo Elephant Park,Mpumalanga)

Amapondo Backpackers
Amapondo is a friendly laid-back place which overlooks Second Beach with its good swimming.
(Port St Johns,Wild Coast)

Revel Adventures
Adventures and tours in the Cape.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Pemba Arti Backpackers
Pemba Arti Lodge is nestled in the stunning bay of Pemba that offers exceptional corals and sea life, making it a paradise for diving.
(Pemba Mozambique,Mozambique)

Bushbaby Lodge
This Hluhluwe backpackers is conveniently situated for easy access to Hluhluwe/iMfolozi park.
(Hluhluwe,Zululand)