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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)

Victoria Falls Steam Train Company
Experience the majestic Vic Falls while travelling first class on a genuine steam train.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

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

WildRooster Backpackers
This Backpackers is perched on a hill where hutted green hills roll down to the river mouth and to the sea - an oasis of tranquillity
(Mdumbi,Wild Coast)

Gecko Backpackers
Set on the Sabie River, Gecko backpackers is the place for you to experience the Kruger Park and Blyde River Canyon.
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

St Lucia Safaris
The adventure specialists in the St Lucia area.
(St Lucia,Zululand)

Backpackers Paradise and Joyrides
Centrally located, this efficiently run backpacker has a fantastic view over the Swartberg Mountains and the sunset which casts a magical shadow over it every evening.
(Oudtshoorn,Garden Route)

Proteam SA
Gain an intimate knowledge of the Langa Township during a walkabout tour with Proteam SA to experience real life in a Township.
(Khayalitsha,Cape Town)

Masakala Guesthouse
The most perfect of settings for any of the Dakensberg Backpackers and community run.
(Matatiele,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)

Cristal Cove
These self-catering apartments are situated just 100m from the world famous Supertubes and the beach.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Amadiba Adventures
This is an amazing trip into the heart of the Wild Coast. Their office open daily from 7am to 10pm.
(Port Edward,Wild Coast)