Getting Around Southern Africa – Your Transportation Options

by Sandy Salle on February 13, 2014

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With a variety of transportation options to choose from, getting from one destination to the next can be quite a breeze in Africa–and even quite enjoyable!

Below, we’ve highlighted some of your travel options for getting from point A to point B in southern Africa and what to expect during your travels:

Cars: Because South Africa has many properly paved highways and roads, it’s quite easy to travel through the country via car. Depending on your personal preferences, you can either rent a car or have a private car service transport you throughout your stay in South Africa. The great thing about a private car service is that your driver also acts as a tour guide, pointing out historical areas of interest, and sharing interesting stories about the areas you pass through.

Some of the most scenic drives in South Africa include the Garden Route and Cape Winelands, as well as the city of Cape Town.

Airplanes: To many individuals traveling to Africa for the first time, they may think Cape Town is a quick drive from Johannesburg or that Kruger National Park is right around the corner. Sorry to say but getting from Johannesburg to Cape Town is a two-hour flight and getting from Johannesburg to the Kruger area is approximately a one-hour flight. So, we absolutely recommend taking domestic flights during your South Africa safari vacation. Driving everywhere can eat up A LOT of your time–sometimes even days.

One of our favorite domestic airlines in South Africa is Federal Air. The terminal is private and is located right next to the Johannesburg airport. The terminal has a lovely lounge area with complimentary wi-fi, refreshments, and snacks. Some of the aircrafts in the Federal Air fleet include a Beechcraft 1900 Airliner, a Beechcraft Kingair 200, and a Beechcraft Baron 58, among others.

federal air

It is important to note; however, that domestic flights have different luggage restrictions than commercial airlines. For example, most domestic flights prohibit large rolling bags; therefore, you want to make sure to pack a soft duffle bag.

Trains: Another way to make your way around Africa is via train–in particular, Rovos Rail. This luxurious, 5-Star train offers a variety of different routes, that each allow guests to sit back and relax on a leisurely train ride with fantastic cuisine, elegantly appointed suites, and breathtaking landscapes. This option is perfect for travelers who enjoy trains and want to soak in the scenery and take their time getting to the next destination. Each of Rovos Rails’ routes also includes excursions and opportunities to disembark from the train for a few hours.

Click here to learn more about Rovos Rail.

Have additional questions about transportation offered within Africa? Ask us your questions in our comments section!

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