Baz Bus was lifted off the ground in November 1995 by Barry Zeidel, a qualified accountant, entrepreneur and retired backpacker. Barry had travelled around Europe as a backpacker on a similar concept. He was amazed at the benefits of the service and did not have to worry about the stresses of driving a car in a strange town. He was not stuck in a rigid itinerary and best of all he met many other like minded travellers.
When he came back to South Africa he did intensive research into backpacking around the country. South Africa did not have a developed infrastructure, especially in the form of public transportation, making it more difficult for backpackers to get around.
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 busses each year!
Our passengers come from all over the world and are encouraged to meet fellow passengers on board the bus and share travel stories. Our passengers' safety is our top priority. Passengers are never left unattended and are escorted by the driver into the backpacker hostel of their choice.
Baz Bus has a fleet of 19-seater semi-luxury busses, all with on-board TVs & videos and trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles. Our friendly drivers keep passengers informed with basic route information. One of the busses carries a trailer of mountain bikes and is used for our 100% fun Cape Peninsula day tour.
Baz Bus is committed to promoting South Africa as a preferred backpacker's destination and recognizes the importance of intense international marketing to increase the flow of travellers to South Africa. Our well established transport network provides these travellers with a safe and reliable way to travel the country.
Baz Bus team includes 37 permanent staff around the country. We offer intense in house training for all our staff, equipping them with high service levels to communicate with our guests.
Baz Bus strives to be a proactive company involving ourselves in various community projects.
Every year, to co-incide with our annual Baz Bus birthday bash, we visit a children's school or creche and make a donation and have an interactive fun day between those visited and the backpackers themselves.
In the past few years we have supported various community soccer teams in Hout Bay, a childrens shelter in Woodstock and Wola Nani's community centre in Khayelitsha for women & children living with HIV/ AIDS.