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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)

Lebo's Soweto Bicycle Tours
See Soweto the eco-friendly, local way.
(Oribi Gorge,Johannesburg)

A Sunflower Stop
A four star Backpackers with easy access to Cape Town city centre, Waterfront and top beaches
(Green Point,Cape Town)

Nyaru Game Lodge Garden Route Safaris
A Backpaker must with Safaris and close encounters of the wild kind
(Mossel Bay,Garden Route)

African Trails
Crisscross Africa with a tour operator that can navigate borders and bushveld with ease. African Trails runs budget overland tours from Cape Town, Jozi and Vic Falls. All you need to do is decide what size adventure you wear...
(Knysna,Garden Route)

Zanre
A backpackers in Somerset East and for those who yearn for lonely country roads…
(Somerset East,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Gecko Lounge
Gecko Lounge backpackers is the perfect place to take some Malawian time out at the lake.
(Plettenberg Bay,Malawi)

Indigo View Cottages
Nestled in a rural conservation village, these two self-catering timber cottages are perfect for snuggle sessions between surfing, fishing and hiking.
(Scarborough and Kommetjie,Cape Town)

Billy Bongo Backpackers
They promise an adventure around every corner.
(Sabie Mpumalanga,Mpumalanga)

Eurocentres Language Centre
Want to learn to speak English in Cape Town? Look no further.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Karoo Soul
Situated on Oudsthoorn's biggest hill, this spacious and upmarket Tudor-style mansion is owner run and has a full adventure centre.
(Oudtshoorn,Garden Route)