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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)

Armbush Safaris
The travel specialists for Botswana
(Addo Elephant Park,Botswana)

White Shark Africa
White Shark Africa provides some of the best shark cage diving in South Africa and can be found in Mossel Bay on the Garden Route.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

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)

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

Electrodive
Backpackers dive specials.
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

Renta-VW
Does a Chico blow your hair back? Or do you prefer a Polo? This is your spot.
(Camps Bay,Cape Town)

Hard Rock Backpackers
Hard Rock Backpackers in Jeffrey's Bay is centrally located to all the major surf spots.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Old Vic Travellers' Inn
A real home away from home, the Old Vic Backpacking hostel offers snug doubles at refreshingly affordable prices.
(Nelspruit,Mpumalanga)

Jozi Tours and Safaris
Cultural, historical and nature tours of Johannesburg and Soweto
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Kurt Safari
Safaris to the Southern Kruger.
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)