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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)

Long Street Backpackers Cape Town
This is Cape Town backpackers is in the centre of Long Street.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Natural Moments Bush Camp and Diving
Natural Moments is a Bush and Dive Camp that offers easy access to the Big Five, St Lucia, Kosi Bay and Mozambique.
(Sodwana Bay,Zululand)

Bloukrans Backpackers Lodge
This log cabin is set close to the world’s highest bungy jump with a huge view over the Bloukrans Gorge and indigenous forest below.
(Bloukrans,Garden Route)

Southern Cape Tours
Southern Cape Tours will take you on an epic adventure in the Garden Route
(Knysna,Garden Route)

Aloe Again
This backpackers has recently been renovated. It's a snazzy spot with great communal spaces, welcoming surfers and holidaymakers alike.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)

Accoustix
Ex Sleek Hostel, they've re-created the whole place from the ground up and are huge fans of live music (it's all soundproofed, don’t fret).
(Johannesburg,Johannesburg)

Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail
An awesome hiking trail.
(Stormsriver,Garden Route)

iKhaya Stellenbosch Backpackers
This Stellenbosch backpackers is In the hub of town and close to all the action.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

Induna Adventures
Your one-stop adventure centre...
(Hazyview,Mpumalanga)

Drakensberg Adventures
Based at Sani Lodge, they offer tours into the spectacular mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
(Southern Drakensberg,Lesotho)