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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This is a great backpackers where you can discover some country charm whilst in Greyton.
(Greyton Overberg,Overberg )
One World Lodge and Travel Centre is a small backpackers ideal for people looking to escape the madness of Long Street.
(Cape Town City,Cape Town)
Wake up on your wild side at this stunning private game reserve
(East London,Sunshine Coast)
Give your inner gypsy a caravan to play in.And meet Billy the bull and his menagerie.
This is a great choice of backpackers when staying in Stormriver.
A backpackers overlooking Wilderness.
Cheap car hire in South Africa and rentals to under 21's.
(Banana Beach,Cape Town)
In the quiet stillness of the Karoo, lies Karoo Backpackers, a beautifully restored national monument.
(Beaufort West,The Interior)
Getting around the berg is as easy as A. B. C…
(Graskop,Drakensberg Backpacker Hostels)
Spend time with nature.
(Scarborough and Kommetjie,Cape Town)