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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)

Swazi Trails
Rafting, caving, mountain biking, hiking, adventure and culture - just ask them.
(Lobamba,Swaziland)

Kruger Backpackers Tours and Safaris
Let these accredited tour and safari guides take the wheel
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Letaba River Lodge
Letaba River Lodge Eco Park is conveniently located in Tzaneen, Limpopo
(Tzaneen,Limpopo)

Ivory Tusk Lodge
Ivory Tusk Lodge is situated in Tzaneen en-route to the Kruger National Park.
(Tzaneen,Limpopo)

Livingstone Trails
Safaris leaving from Gauteng and travelling to Victoria Falls via Botswana.
(Victoria Falls,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Woodlands Cottages
The perfect accommodation outside and inside of Kenton...
(Kenton-On-Sea,Sunshine Coast)

Observatory Backpackers
Observatory Backpackers is close to all the bohemian action of Observatory.
(Observatory,Cape Town)

Ku-Boboyi River Lodge
A warm backpackers on the south coast which welcomes with a beautiful view, and great home cooking.
(Leisure Bay,South Coast)

Seal Point Lodge and Backpackers
Bruce's elusive beauties are found around here…
(Cape St Francis,Sunshine Coast)

Bulungula Lodge
A true African paradise with Ivory coloured beaches framed by green hills
(Mthatha Eastern Cape,Wild Coast)