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Transport

From the moment that your adventure begins, we can take care of all your transport requirements. From a pick-up service at home to your airport in the UK or USA, through to being driven around by a hand picked guide throughout your time in Southern Africa. Most people prefer to be adventurous and we arrange car hire for them. This way, you get to see the beautiful scenery at your own pace without any disturbances (see Car Hire section).

Road Transport

Road Transport in Southern Africa is by far and away the most common form of transportation. The region has an excellent road infrastructure and is one of the few countries in the world to drive on the left as in the UK. A valid UK or USA drivers license is a necessity and you should have this on you when driving. Because of the vastness of the region, it may not always be practical to travel by road. For example, Cape Town and Johannesburg are approx. 1000 miles (1500 km) apart and a good run will take you between 15 and 20 hours to complete. On the other hand, a drive from Cape Town up the Garden Route to George or Knysna would normally take 4 hours non-stop, but because of its beautiful scenery, you might well want to take 2 or 3 days for the trip so as to stop of and enjoy the sights and sounds of Africa. There are always certain common sense situations to avoid, and these will be conveyed to all travelers.

Air Transportation

Air Transportation is preferable for long journeys. All the major cities in the region are served by a number of local airlines as well as major international airlines such as South African Airways and British Airways. There are excellent domestic airlines and low cost airlines that link all the major and some not so major cities. There are also a number of small commuter airlines serving minor towns and cities or for example when traveling to Sun City by air.

Rail Transportation

Rail Transportation is not a commonly used method for getting around. However, there are a few exceptions to this when traveling between a few of the major cities. Rovos Rail and the Blue Train provide luxury rail transportation between Cape Town and Pretoria, Pretoria and Victoria Falls, Cape Town and George. These are sleeper journeys i.e. one to three days, but if you have time on your side, this is an ideal way to see the beautiful scenery. In addition, there is the Shongololo Express trains which are like travelling hotels to various parts of Africa and can entail journeys of up to 16 days but with stops along the way to explore the beauty of Africa.