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1. Posted by Katelinn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I am a girl by myself, wanting to travel in South Africa. I am going on a tour with Acacia from Nairobi and ending up in Jo'burg. If I don't have anyone to travel with after the bus tour, STA Travel were telling me that I could always travel on the Baz bus, a hop on hop off service to Cape Town where I'm flying out of. Does anyone know what it's like, or if it sounds like a good idea? Also, should I book it when I am there rather than now in the UK?
I'll have 2 and a half months after my origional bus tour....Is this too long for SA? Should I travel to Namibia as well where I can see the deserts? and how would I go about doing it? so many questions, I hate not having a plan!

2. Posted by EBRJPB (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The Baz Bus is a really good idea, you have as long as you want to go all the way to CT from JoBurg (7 days to a few years). You will have alot to do there, 3 months is sufficient. Have fun

3. Posted by Donlindsay (Budding Member 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

As per previous thread Baz Bus works well but you may need to combine routes and back track a bit to see all the main tourist areas. Regular bus services are inexpensive and may also be an option (;;;) internal flights also very cheap (; 2 1/2 months is plenty and you could see all the country. Could do Namibia but very far. Botwana (Kalahari) a better bet maybe as not far from Jo burg and more sophisticated.

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, the Baz bus hmmmmm. heard conflicting things, my brother said it was a nightmare but I met a lot of people that had fun, although I have to say it would never be my cup of tea!
In terms of travelling around I think you'll find things fall into place when you get there, check out what time of year your planning to go cos South Africa has very defined seasons, especially the west coast which can get quite cold and bleak in winter (over june july august), if you hit cape town in the peak of summer the festivals are amazing!!! :)


5. Posted by lady summe (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

the baz bus is great for meeting people although it works out cheaper to go on public transport but the baz drops you right at your hostels which is nice.
i spent this summer in Cape Town and loved it! the only dodgy thing is the cash points (only use indoor ones where you feel safe- i guess thats common sense though) a friend of mine was subject to a nasty scam where two big guys got his card and his pin on his first day in south africa!
we stayed in a hostel in observatory (a little suburb of cape town famous for its student population- ie clubs and pubs restaurants and head shops) its on the train line to beaches one way and the city centre the other (the trains despite rumours are ok saftey wise but dont run at night) the hostels cxalled the green elephant it has a website i think and is FAAAARRRR the best place to stay in the cape esp as your on your own.
i wouldn't plan on spending too much time in jo'berg it's a bit scary.

6. Posted by Nix1 (Full Member 25 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Katelinn, SA is more sophisticated than alot of people think, but if you are backpacking please be careful, rather check into hotels or hostels than camping out alone.

Have a wonderful trip.

7. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I did the same trip as you last summer with Kumuka (very similar) and then carried on through Bostwana and Namibia, eventually arriving in Cape Town. You might want to consider this if you have enough time and money. I had an amazing trip and as a single female traveller had no problem at all as you meet so many people on the truck. I would suggest that you wait until you get there before you book your onward travel as you never know who you will meet and might want to join them. Check out Ashanti Lodge (a hostel)in Cape Town - I loved it! Have a great trip! Amy

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