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1. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 3y

I'm thinking of using the Baz bus to travel in South Africa later this year. Has anyone travelled with them? Do they have a good reputation? I don't want a party bus but I'd like something that is quite sociable so I won't be on my own all the time. I'm thinking something similar to Magic or Stray in New Zealand.

Thanks.

2. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 3y

I have used the Baz Bus and, whilst petty expensive, they are very good, picking you up from your backpackers and delivering you to the next, much easier than using public transport which can often dump you in a town in the middle of the night, never a good idea in SA!
It is a sociable way of travelling and a great way to meet new people.
They have a web site and you can book tickets on line. Their operators are very friendly and helpful.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 3y

Thanks Claire. Do you think it's safe for a female travelling alone in SA or would I be better off doing a fully organised tour?

4. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 3y

Personally I think it is very safe with the usual precautions. A couple of years or so ago I hired a car and drove myself all around with no problems at all. The bazbus is a godsend for those not wanting to drive though.
My best advise is....don't look like a tourist and stay off the streets at night.
I am based in SA at the moment, back in the UK for just a few more weeks. The beaches and towns along the garden route are just fine, never known anyone experiencing anything untoward.
Hope this helps!

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 3y

Thank you, that does help.

6. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 3y

So it should be perfectly safe to rent a car in Cape Town and drive to Port Elizabeth? Our route will be:

Cape Town - Stellenbosch - Hermanus - Oudtshoorn - Knysa - Storms River - Port Elizabeth

Feasible in 10 days?

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 3y

Claire - does the Baz Bus basically just go from A to B, or do they stop at places to take photos and spend time exploring etc? I can't seem to find this information on their website.

8. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 3y

Sorry for late reply...
Cape Town to PE no problem in 10 days and quite safe by car...you may want to stay longer though...there is a lot to see! Why not take time to come and see me in Monkeyland just outside plettenberg bay!!!!

Baz Bus is basically A to B, generally no stopping as they run to a tight schedule. if you want to have the freedom then better to hire a car. You can buy tickets for a long route and I believe you can stop off at Backpackers on the way, booking the next leg of your journey when it suits you.

Public transport is not easy in SA and a lot of the sights can be way off the main routes. I would highly reccommend anyone wishing to travel around and see as much as they can to hire a car. Tour agencies can be expensive.
Having said that car hire is not so cheap either, sorry I cant remember exact prices, have a look at Aroundabout cars, they are one of the most reasonable.
Petrol prices are creeping up too and are currently I think around 90p a litre.

I will try and keep an eye on this thread more often in case you have any more queries.

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 3y

Thanks for the info Claire.

If I'm passing through I'll try and pop by and see you!