AS the number of backpackers and youth hostels grew so did the need for transportation to get the backpackers around.
One company that sprung up to fill this gap is Baz Bus.
By operating the hop-on hop-off idea, with pick ups and drop offs at the country's youth hostels, the bus allows visitors plenty of independence in planning their South African experience.
Company founder and managing director Barry Zeidel admits that the concept is one he imported from Down Under. "I got the idea from the Slow coach and Oz Experience. Like Australia, South Africa is ideal for the hop-on, hop-off concept.
"It took a while for us to get the thing up and going. We started off by picking up from just one hostel in Port Elizabeth." Three years later, Baz Bus now runs eight vehicles ferrying passengers from Swaziland to Cape Town and most points in-between.
Baz Bus stops at over 40 cities and towns although the number of pick up and drop off points varies - from over 35 hostels in Cape Town alone to one, Coral Divers, in Sodwana Bay.
'We provide a door-to-door link between most hostels," adds Zeidel. "It's great for young travellers because they can go where and when they please and spend as long as they want between stops.
We've taken the worry out of how they are going to reach their next hostel...the regular buses can't offer this service." Baz Bus vouchers (exchangeable for tickets in SA) are available from STA Travel outlets in London
Johannesburg/Pretoria to cape Town via Swaziland and Zululand costs 105 one way (180 return), Cape Town to Durban is 95 one way (180 return). The number of stops passengers can make along the way is unlimited.
- For further information contact Baz Bus on -27-21-439-2323; Fax: -27-21-439-2343; email; firstname.lastname@example.org