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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)

Budget Backpackers
The only real backpackers in St Lucia and good at that!
(St Lucia,Zululand)

Ezweni Lodge
Ezweni Lodge offers self-catering accommodation with magnificent views of the Inanda Dam. Surrounded by nature and rural Zulu life.
(Durban ,Durban)

Zavora Lodge
Located on a beach, Zavora Lodge has great backpackers accommodation and a campsite that overlooks the sea.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)

Rouxville Backpackers Lodge
En route to Lesotho, between the Wild Coast and Jo'burg.
(Rouxville,Free State)

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

Gary’s Surf School
Get in on the surf action.
(Muizenberg and Kalk Bay,Cape Town)

Moorosi Chalets
A mountain paradise.
(Ais Ais,Lesotho)

Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn
Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn, offers self-catering chalets and rustic wooden cabins only 5 km from Thabazimbi and 15 kms from Marakele National Park.
(The Battlefields,Limpopo)

The Mushroom Farm Campsite
High up on the plateau with spectacular views, they are within easy reach of Livingstonia and Manchewe Falls.
(The Kruger National Park,Malawi)