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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...

Choose a transport option

  • 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)

The Beach Camp™
This Paternoster backpackers could not get you any closer to the sea...
(Paternoster,West Coast)

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

The Cardboard Box
A great backpackers in the centre of Windhoek with a travel shop that will answer all your Namibian questions.
(Windhoek,Namibia)

Afrovibe Adventure Lodge and Afrovibe Beach House
Afrovibe offers epic views on Myoli Beach in Sedgefield.
(Sedgefield,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)

Brown Sugar Backpackers
A perfect backpackers to stay at when in Johannesburg.
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Carnival Court Backpackers
A grand backpacking hostel in midst of Cape Town city centre, within waltzing distance of almost everything a Cape Town Backpacker could need.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

All Out Projects
This Swaziland based Volunteer group offers real budget safaris, trips to Mozambique and volunteeer opportunities. The best in Swaziland.
(Manzini,)

Namibia Travel Connection
Namibia Travel Connection offers a great selection of tours and safaris in Namibia and neighbouring countries.
(Windhoek,Namibia)

The Old Gaol Backpackers
A great place for visiting Backpackers to meet Grahamstown University Students
(Grahamstown,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)