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1. Posted by P_Mann (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

Hi all,
Does anyone know anything about Bazbus. Do you need to book in advance? Are they a good company? Is the safairi tour they offer good?

Cheers,

2. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive 19 posts) 10y

Check their website. I got no info yet, but I am also looking for some. If I get some thing useful I'll come back here.

Cheers

3. Posted by rafaelabre (Inactive 19 posts) 9y

Good service, quite reliable. May not be as cheap as it seems and depending on route it won't run every day of the week. But if you got flexibility (time-wise) it's quite good!

As recommended, check their website!

4. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

someone asked me about the Baz Bus the other day and I sent him a message saying the following:

we went to South africa in May and I planned our trip already months back, when we were still in NZ.

We knew we wouldn't be able to borrow a car from my husband's family, so I looked into hireing one- but (for us!!!)
1.)too expensive
2.)if you don't know the areas well enough in ZA and u get lost... u don't wanna know...
3.) u have to drive so damn careful with all the pot holes and have to be careful not to make any damage
4.) petrol is also sooo expensive there
5.) You should only travel during the day and that's were we wanted to do/see stuff

We were travelling with a friend from home, who would have never driven there (left side is too scary for her) and often u have to pay extra anyway, if more people want to drive.

so I looked at other options, different buses, but in the end the Baz Bus was cheap, u get dropped of at ur accomodation and u meet a lot of young travellers as well.

The only thing I didn't like about it in advance was, that when you get dropped off and u wanna see something further away from the hostel (not in walking distance) u'd have to go by bus/rent a car or go on a tour.

But anyway, we did it.

what I didn't like:

1.) there are certain busdrivers that are always late. Let's say the bus is supposed to be at ur hostel at 3pm, u have to be ready at 2.30. It happened twice, that the bus was too early and luckily we were back at the hostel and it happened a few times, that the bus was late (I'm not talking about 10min!). And u still can't leave the hostel, bec u don't wanna miss it (check out the Baz Bus webpage and read through regulations and rules about missing the bus). The times they give u when u book ur seat are also not the same as on the timetables!!!! ohh.... I nearly forgot... when a driver forgets to pick someone up from a hostel, even if he realises it 3hrs later, he has to go back to pick the person up (it's a lot of fun, when u just wanna get to ur next stop!)

2.) sometimes the buses TVs/DVD players don't work and if u have a long drive ahead of u it's sometimes nice to just sit back and watch a movie.

3.) U have to book a seat ahead. Some hostels do help with that, but otherwise u have to txt or phone them. Sometimes u never got a reply to ur sms, another time, they were extremly unfriendly over the phone, but otherwise they r really cool! (Always rememebr: different people, different experiences)

4.) When I booked our tickets online, I never got an email back saying that everything went fine. So I rang them and they told me, that there had been something wrong with their system since Christmas! (5months!) But, well, she was very nice on the phone and we sorted everything out then and I was able to book it.

5.) If u meet people on the route u don't get along with and u r lucky enough to end up at the same hostel/room with them or bus everyday...well... that's another thing...

I know it sounds a bit negative, but I just wanna let u know what it was like for us. In the beginning we didn't mind waiting for teh bus, but closer to the end of the trip, we were glad we didn't have to go with them anymore.

The drivers are really nice, funny and usually drive very sensibel. They play ur music, if u want them too and try to organise movies for long trips. (Sometimes they forget to lock the door, when they park at a service station, or somewhere else and someone steals the DVD player in the meantime... man, I find it funny today, but actually it isn't...*g*)

On the Bus it often feels u know everyone and u r one group, although u often don't even talk to half of them. If u meet someone really nice, u often see them again and again later on, depending which route u travel etc. Or u end up travelling with them.

U definitely make a lot of friends and if u r travelling by urself I highly recommend it (especially for girls). Saftey wise and also socially.

Yes, the bus takes u the 'touristy way', but if u rent a car, wouldn't u also go and see the same places??????