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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)

The Falls Backpackers and Adventures
Welcome to God's country at the Tsitsa Falls
(Hogsback,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Khaya-Bundu
A great place to meet the many wild critters that hang out in Marloth Park.
(Marloth Park,Mpumalanga)

Roc ‘n Rope Adventures
The Roc ‘n Rope Lodge hosts climbers from around the world
(Waterval Boven,Mpumalanga)

Parys Adventure Lodge
Parys Adventure Lodge offers affordable backpackers accommodation in the heart of all the adrenalin-fueled action.
(Parys,Free State)

Villekulla Easy Living Lodge
A great backpackers to stay at if you are an independent self-drive. Awsome surf breaks nearby....
(Scarborough and Kommetjie,Cape Town)

Adventures at Coffee Shack
A mouthwatering selection of adventures from the Coffee Shack…
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)

Zebra Moon
This is a great backpackers where you can discover some country charm whilst in Greyton.
(Greyton Overberg,Overberg )

Niki Nana Backpackers
This East london backpackers has a zany zebra striped roof you can spot from the air and bright green walls, you can't miss it.
(East London,Sunshine Coast)

Ikhayalam Lodge and Tours
Ikhayalam Lodge is on the beachfront and has lots to offer backpackers plus guided tours
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Dunwoodie Travel Lodge
Dunwoodie Travel Lodge is your “Home away from Home”in Pretoria.
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)