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How did you travel around ZA???????

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1. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

Kathi20 has indicated that this thread is about South Africa

I need help from anyone who has travelled in ZA or knows about the best ways to do that!

I know already where I wanna go and for example along the garden route there are just so many beautiful places where I'd like to stop!

That means: bus (greyhound, Baz Bus or whatever)wouldn't work, because if you just wanted to have a look around in a small town, you'd have to hop off for a whole day!

Renting a car must work out expensive, if you travelled all the way from Capetown up to Durban. Has anyone got an idea how much that would be? (what about safety?is it easy to get lost?)

Or should I just face reality, that I can't see everything???

I just like to have some freedom, choose myself where/when to stop, what to do, where to stay, where to eat etc.

Sounds fussy, but travelling for me is to exeprience the real thing, not sitting on a bus with other 'tourists', get on the piss and see a few cities only!!! ZA has so much to offer! I don't wanna miss it!

Thanks for every advice! ;)

2. Posted by Brerrabbit (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Hi Kathi

Just a suggestion. Buy a small car and at the end of the trip sell it.
Aud 10000 will get you something second hand and in reasonable shape.

What you lose on the resale will have been the cost of your transport.

Start your trip in Durban and work your way down the coastline to Cape town.

Drive in the day only especially if you come through the Transkei.

In fact drive around the Transkei.

Its a two day trip driving like mad to get to cape Town but if you amble along you can do it in a week or so and see what you want to see along the way.

Going around Lesotho and the Transkei will take you inland a bit and show you some different types of scenery and ways of life. (Country Living)
The best parts are from East London onwards with lovely beaches, many rivers and places to explore.

There are lots of places to stay, small hotels, bed and breakfast establishments and also camp sites with bungalows which are serviced.

If you are here outside school holidays which are between 23rd June to 17th of July there will be plenty of accommodation in all centres.

Kwazulu Natal and the Eastern Cape will have warmer weather than Cape Town at that time of the year.

Keep in contact.


3. Posted by wildjohn (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi there,

Yes, South Africa has many beautiful places to see. I think you should rent a car, as you will get frustrated if you are stuck in a bus. I have already posted info to someone else on the best car rental deal and it is posted where someone posted a thread on "Baz bus in upper case" somewhere in this section. The details are all there for car rental, and my own e-mail adress. Basically a car could be R 300 / day - I dont know where that fits into your budget. I know many nice nature reserves,and small towns that you could visit along that proposed route of yours - I can advise if you are specific, within categories of nature, culture, and history. I like to see that you want to appreciate that natural splendour.

Cool, good luck for you sojourn..

4. Posted by beduicom (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

I'd say take the local buses, since you'll then have time to chat with the friendly locals!!! Great way to meet ZA... =) At least Baz Bus is probably the least attractive option, leaving you on a bus going from tourist destination to yet another tourist destination, filled with tourists only. Worse then staying home, if you'd ask me! =)

safe trip /Peder -

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

5. Posted by larondey (Full Member 105 posts) 10y

Has anyone taken the Intercape Mainliner bus? I'm planning on taking it alllll the way from Cape Town to Walvis Bay, Namibia (25 hours) in a few months - is this a good idea? The flights to WBay are outrageously priced - the bus is much more reasonable and looks to be pretty comfortable.

6. Posted by loz9 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I went from Durban to Cape Town on intercape (24 hrs) and as buses go it was pretty good! Obviously youre not going to get the best nights sleep but if youve got the time its worth it for the money you'll save!