Baz Bus is a convenient and flexible way to travel within South Africa. This Hop-on Hop Off service is excellent for independent Travellers keen to meet other like minded travellers.
On the Baz Bus route we travel mainly along the coastal route with shuttle links to inland towns and villages.
South Africa is a diverse nation offering scenic landscapes, awesome adventure activities and countless cultural experiences.
Here is a bucket full of ideas to do along the route.
Hike up to Table Mountain and enjoy spectacular vistas or take the cable car ride to the top! It is one of the new 7 wonders of Nature!
Book a Cape Peninsula Day Tour with Baz Bus with tour highlights including a visit to Hout Bay, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and hikes in the Nature Reserve to the top of Cape Point and the most South – Western Point of Africa.
During Whale Season Here you have the rare opportunity to spot whales breaching in the bay. Hermanus is the best land based whale watching spot in the world.
Try Shark Caging and get your adrenalin going!
Visit the Kruger National Park and Experience game viewing at its best. It is one of the few places on earth where wildlife can be seen in such great variety and at such close quarters. Baz Bus offers a Wildlife Safari packages!
Visit Hogsback which is a magical world of mountains and forests.
Wild Coast is one of South Africa’s most remote stretches of shoreline which is home to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world.
Hike in the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains.
Attempt the Bloukrans Bungy which is 216 metres high and one on the highest in the world
Do a cultural tour and enjoy spending time in the local communities.
4. Wildlife Safari and Adventure Packages (see seperate blog post for more information)
5. Volunteer Packages (see seperate blog post for more information)
With this ticket you can travel on Baz Bus in any direction you want and as often as you like within 7, 14 or 21 days. You decide where you want to stay along the route. There are over 200 hostels to choose from in over 40 cities, towns and villages along the route. Your Travel pass starts on the first day of your travel and is valid for 7, 14 0r 21 consecutive days depending on the travel pass purchased. This is a great option for those travellers who do not have a lot of time!!! An additional R80 Fuel Levy will be added to all tickets priced over R700.
Hop-on Hop-off Tickets
With this ticket option, you can travel in one direction until you reach your final destination. There is no time limit on your ticket! All tickets can be purchased for a one way or return.
We have 3 popular ticket types and below is important ticket information:
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth :
Your ticket has UNLIMITED TIME so you can take as long as you want to get to your final destination. You decide where you want to stay along the route and how long you want to stay for. There are over 180 hostels to choose from in over 40 cities, towns and villages along the route. An additional R80 Fuel Levy will be added to all tickets prices over R700. Why not start in Cape Town and travel in one direction to Port Elizabeth or alternatively start from Port Elizabeth. The minimum recommended travel is 4 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth (return):
Why not start in Cape Town and travel in one direction to Port Elizabeth and RETURN back to Cape Town or alternatively start from Port Elizabeth. The minimum recommended travel is 8 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
Cape Town to Durban ticket :
Your ticket has UNLIMITED TIME so you can take as long as you want to get to your final destination. You decide where you want to stay along the route and how long you want to stay for. There are over 200 hostels to choose from in over 40 cities, towns and villages along the route. An additional R80 Fuel Levy will be added to all tickets prices over R700 .Why not start in Cape Town and travel in one direction to Durban or alternatively start from Durban. The minimum recommended travel is 9 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
Cape Town to Durban ticket (return)
Why not start in Cape Town and travel in one direction to Durban and RETURN back to Cape Town or alternatively start from Durban. The minimum recommended travel is 16 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
Cape Town to Johannesburg / Pretoria:
Your ticket has UNLIMITED TIME so you can take as long as you want to get to your final destination. You decide where you want to stay along the route and how long you want to stay for. There are over 200 hostels to choose from in over 40 cities, towns and villages along the route. An additional R80 Fuel Levy will be added to all tickets prices over R700. Why not start in Cape Town and travel in 1 direction to Johannesburg / Pretoria or alternatively start from Johannesburg / Pretoria. The minimum recommended travel is 10 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
Cape Town to Johannesburg / Pretoria (return)
Why not start in Cape Town and travel in one direction to Johannesburg / Pretoria and RETURN back to Cape Town or alternatively start from Johannesburg / Pretoria. The minimum recommended travel is 20 days but you can take as long as you want!!!
You can also choose smaller tickets which are also available – all you have to do is choose a starting and ending point.
Don’t forget the following important information for your trip:
Overnight Stops: Our buses only run during the day i.e. they leave Cape Town in the morning and arrive in Port Elizabeth in the evening. Port Elizabeth and Durban are compulsory overnight stopovers.
Shuttle Services: Some of the locations shown on the map are only accessible through the use of Shuttle Services which link to our route. Shuttle services run independently to Baz Bus and need to be pre-arranged by the traveller. Shuttle costs are payable to the hostel offering the service. Shuttle costs are not included in the Baz Bus ticket. View list of shuttle services.
Accommodation: Baz Bus only collects and drops off passengers from backpacker hostels that are on the Hostel List. Accommodation costs vary from hostel to hostel. The ticket doesn’t include the cost of the accommodation.
This is a really fun way to see the Cape Peninsula! Vitalise your body and feed your mind with guided commentary, fabulous scenic cycling and easy hiking. After picking you up from your accommodation, we continue along the Atlantic Seaboard to Hout Bay harbour checking out the Twelve Apostles Mountains in the background.
Our enthusiastic guide will let you in on the “who’s who” of the Cape Peninsula while you travel the scenic route to Cape Point. Once in Hout Bay, an optional boat cruise to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony on Duiker Island comes highly recommended (Approximately R100.00). Otherwise browse around the harbour and check out the local crafts. Enjoy some snacks and take in the breathtaking views along Chapman’s Peak drive (subject to road conditions). Put the flap back into your flippers with a visit to the endangered (and very entertaining) penguins at Boulders Beach in Simons Town. The locals protected them and the colony grew. Now the site is a state park. The locals sometimes wonder if it has been a blessing or not. Penguins rule the beach and tend to be late night party animals!!
A healthy, energy boosting picnic lunch will be served at a lunch stop in the reserve. After a delicious picnic enjoy a leisurely stroll to the South-Western most point of Africa. The spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve will put you on a natural high for the rest of the week!
Hop- on Hop- off & 4 day Kruger National Park & 3 day tours
Hop- on Hop- off & 7 day Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls
Hop- on Hop- off & 11 day Kruger NP & Chobe NP & Victoria Falls
These packages consist of a Hop-on hop-off ticket from Cape Town to Johannesburg or Pretoria (alternatively start from Johannesburg) plus a ‘once-in-a-lifetime” volunteer project of your choice. Choose your project, how long you want to stay and when you want to travel.
This project works with rural schools. Be part of the necessary teacher training and make a difference!!!
Hop- on Hop- off & Wildlife and Conservation Project
This project offers you the chance to learn and promote outstanding conservation practices.
Hop- on Hop- off & African Angels Crèche Project
This project offers you a chance to work with the “Angels” in a crèche and provide extraordinary opportunities for disadvantaged rural African children.
Hop- on Hop- off & Horse Trail and Horse Rehabilitation
This project offers you the opportunity for hands on voluntary work with the animals at a working horse farm and becoming part of the day to day life of a tourism trail business and a horse rehabilitation centre.
Union of Jewish Women: Bridging the Gap Township Tour – 9 August 2012: Woman’s Day
Shirley Stoltzman, Project coordinator and Registered Tourist Guide, did a wonderful job in selling tickets for this tour to raise funds for Ria’s Kitchen.
Every weekend Ria Boliwe feeds forty hungry children from her shack in Khayelitsha. She was fielding the scheme entirely from her salary as a domestic worker until Union of Jewish Women Simcha Group started providing the food. Ria now calls her home Ria’s Kitchen.
The purpose of the tour:
To raise funds for Ria’s Kitchen.
To honour the women of the townships.
To Bridge the Gap between the two faces of Cape Town for locals who have never been before.
The tour included a visit to Khayelitsha and Langa. Ria’s was the first stop for tea. Lunch was at the popular Lelapa Restaurant, Harlem Street, Langa.
Baz Bus was very proud to have assisted in providing a bus and driver for the day and helping to make a difference!!!
– You can purchase a ticket online by visiting our website and clicking on the Buy Ticket icon on our homepage and choosing a ticket of your choice.
– Why not email Baz Bus directly on firstname.lastname@example.org and our dedicated internet consultant will gladly assist you with your travel plans.
– Call the Baz Bus Head Office in Cape Town and chat to one of our travel consultants who will be more than happy to book your ticket over the phone and also help you with any questions you have.
Once your ticket is issued, you can book your individual stretches by:
– Calling the Baz Bus hotline on 0861 BAZ BUS (0861 229 287) and quoting your ticket number. A seat confirmation number will then be issued to you.
– You can also send us an SMS to: 076 427 3003. You will need to quote your name, ticket number, date of departure, pick up backpacker lodge and drop off point. SMS’s can only be considered confirmed once you receive an SMS reply with your seat confirmation number/s.
– Skype “Bazbus Reservations”
– You can also fax or e-mail us but the booking must not be assumed to be definite merely because you have sent it off and is subject to confirmation by us.
Once we have all this information, we will confirm the booking obviously depending on whether there is a seat available for the day and journey requested. You will then be issued with a confirmation number for each stretch which guarantees your seat on the bus. You can choose to book all your stretches at once or book one stretch at a time as you travel along the route. We recommend that you book your stretches at least 72 hours prior to your intended date of departure.
How to book a Wildlife Safari & Adventure Package:
– Calling the Baz Bus hotline on 0861 BAZ BUS (0861 229 287).You will be issued a Wildlife Safari & Adventure Package reference number. This can then be used to book your Baz Bus journey AND the various tours.
Due to the flexibility of the Hop-on Hop-off & Wildlife Safari & Adventure Packages, you do not need to book all the tours at once.We do recommend that you book the 3 day tours and the first stretch of your Baz Bus journey at least 7 days in advance and 1 month in advance for the Kruger National Park Wildlife Safari tour, 7 day Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls tour and 11 day Kruger & Chobe National Park & Victoria Falls tour.
You will receive a booking confirmation once the tour has been booked. Please keep this as proof of booking.Any date change to the Kruger National Park Wildlife Safari tour should be done 30 days in advance.
The Arrival and Departure List is the hostel list. It lists all the hostels in the cities along our route. The door-to-policy is the hostel pick- up and drop- off points. We pick you up from the door of the current hostel you are staying at and will drop you off at the door of the next hostel you choose. We give you the option to choose where you want to stay and how long you want to stay for. We only pick up and drop off from hostels along our route.
South African hostels boast some of the highest standards in the world. Baz Bus will drop you at over 180 of them. Most hostels offer camping, singles, doubles or dormitories with standard features such as in-house bars, tour desk and of course some amazing locations. Accommodation costs vary from hostel to hostel. Get your free Alternative Route or Coast to Coast guidebook at most hostels. Your Baz Bus ticket does not include accommodation.
Here is a rough guide on accommodation pricing. Accommodation prices vary from place to place however prices are roughly as follows:
Camping: from R60 Dorms: from R100 Double: from R220
Alternatively you can contact the backpacker lodge directly to confirm their prices. Most people prefer to play it by ear and book hostels as they go along. During the busy summer season some places do get full and we do recommend booking a few days in advance, especially for double rooms.
Baz Bus and its staff are not responsible for booking or reserving accommodation and activities for its passengers along the Baz Bus route excluding the Wildlife Safari & Adventure Packages whereby only the tours included in the package will be booked by us). The Timetable and Arrival & Departure list are subject to change without prior notification and must be confirmed at the time of making the booking.
Choose where you want to go to and how long you want to stay!
A passion for backpacking and a dedicated hard working team helped to create this unique transport network in South Africa. Today, Baz Bus is a leading force in the backpacking Industry. We now have 180 hostels along our route and we carry over 10 000 independent travellers on our buses each year!
Our well established transport network provides travellers with a safe and reliable way to travel the country. Baz Bus runs in each direction between Cape Town and Johannesburg/ Pretoria with stops along the coast. Simply buy one ticket to your final destination and can get on and off as many times as you want, wherever you want, with no time limit.
Our map is easy to understand and I will highlight the important points to remember.
The dotted lines on the map refer to shuttle services. To reach out of the way places or remote areas such as the Wild Coast etc, shuttle services are operated by the hostels in these remote areas. There are extra charges for these. Please contact the hostel of your choice for further details and to book your shuttle in these areas. The shuttle service will meet Baz Bus at an agreed point and then do a handover of passengers so essentially it is still a hop on hop off service.
The buses depart according to a set schedule as shown here. Our buses only run during the day i.e. they leave Cape Town in the morning and arrive at Port Elizabeth in the evening. As our buses do not travel throughout the night we have compulsory stop overs which are Port Elizabeth and Durban
Choose Baz Bus because we offer a unique hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service.
Baz Bus is for all the young at heart. We strive to be an enjoyable and friendly bus company, where you can meet great people on the buses and still have the independence to do whatever activities you wish on route. If you feel young, the Baz Bus experience can help you become a better beach bum, adrenaline junkie, culture vulture, wildlife fundi, party animal or a bit of all. With Baz Bus you are never really alone, just smile at your neighbour on the bus and soon you’ll be rattling on about exciting travel experiences. All the hostels and adventure centres offer fun activities and tours so you’ll never have a dull moment!
We all like to travel in some form of comfort and we all have a favourite nook we like to nestle in at home such as a favourite couch or chair. So, I am sure you are wondering what your “travel nook” is going to look like if you travel with Baz Bus.
You will travel in 22 – seater semi-luxury VW crafter buses with trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles.
We also have the following available on the bus:
On-board TV & videos
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???Don’t forget to “enjoy the journey and not just the destination” and we at Baz Bus certainly try to ensure you have a magical journey. We are proud to say that we carry over 10 000 independent travellers on our buses each year!
I often get asked “How does it work, please explain?”
These are 3 main points to take note of on the timetable:
1. Days of Departure:
These are the scheduled departure days for each city along the route. For example, if you are in any city between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and you want to travel with Baz Bus to another city, the bus departs Cape Town on these days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Let us go on a virtual trip so you can get an idea of how to read the timetable. For example; you spent a few days exploring Cape Town and now plan to leave Cape Town and spend 2 nights in Swellendam. You have to check the timetable for the following information:
– Days of departure
– Departure times
– Shuttle notes (if applicable).
Days of departure:
Refer to the heading: Cape Town <-> Port Elizabeth section
Then refer to the sub heading on the left hand side of the timetable which lists the days of departure: Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
Departs Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat
2.Scheduled Departure Times
Now you have to check what time the bus will pick you up from your hostel in Cape Town and drop you off at the hostel in Swellendam.
Refer to the heading: Cape Town <-> Port Elizabeth section
You will see listed the pick up time for Cape Town is 07:15 –> 8:30am.
This means that Baz Bus will pick up passengers (including you) from all hostels in Cape Town between these times. There is also a specific hostel pick up time so please confirm the time with your hostel or the Baz Bus office. Now you want to know what time we will arrive in Swellendam.
Refer to the heading: Cape Town <-> Port Elizabeth section
You will see listed the drop off time for Swellendam is 11:45 –> 12.00pm.
All pick up and drop off times are the same for each city along the route. So you were dropped off in Swellendam at 11:45 –> 12.00pm so when Baz Bus picks you up again it will be the same time 11:45 –> 12.00pm.
Also, remember that you must be ready to leave at least 15 minutes prior to all scheduled departure times.
As our buses do not travel throughout the night we have 2 compulsory overnight stopovers which are Port Elizabeth and Durban.
To reach out of the way places or remote areas such as the Wild Coast etc, shuttle services are operated by the hostels in these remote areas. There are extra charges for these. Please contact the hostel of your choice for further details and to book your shuttle in these areas. For example if you choose to go to Coffee Bay please refer to the section: Shuttle Services and then refer to the applicable shuttle note i.e.: Mthatha (Coffee Bay/ Mpande/ Port St Johns) #5 for details.
Recently CNN chose Cape Town as one of the “best loved cities in the world”.
If you travel with Baz Bus you have the choice to start in Cape Town or Johannesburg and travel along the coast. Why not start in Cape Town and visit Table Mountain which was voted one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Hike up to the top or go with the cable car and enjoy spectacular views over the city.
Book a Cape Peninsula Day Tour with Baz Bus. This is a full day tour where you will travel along a scenic route via Hout Bay, Boulders Beach, and Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point Nature Reserve.
Don’t forget to move on though!!!
The Baz Bus route covers the following regions where you will discover more untouched beautiful natural scenery and have enriching cultural experiences.
Garden Route (Cape Town – Port Elizabeth) – Renowned for its diverse range of adventure activities and the highest Bungy jump in the world!!
Wild Transkei Coast (Eastern Cape) – Untouched African beauty along a rugged African Coastline
Kwazulu Natal (Durban) – Soak up the subtropical splendour. Hot curries and cool waves!
Drakensberg Mountains -The highest peaks in Southern Africa and gateway to Lesotho. Pony trek the remote mountain villages and meet the mountain people.
Kruger Park and Surrounding areas – The biggest Game Park in Southern Africa! Spot the big 5! (Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino & Lion)