Baz Bus, South Africa's only national backpacker bus service, recently celebrated 10 years in operation. This hop-on, hop-off bus company has come a long way and from small beginnings.
The Baz Bus concept was lifted off the ground and on to the road in November 1995 by Barry Zeidel. Barry 'Baz' had the inspiration whilst backpacking overseas and seeing similar concepts in Europe (Slow Coach) and Australia (Oz Experience) and decided to bring the idea home to South Africa. A qualified accountant, entrepreneur and backpacker, he hired an assistant to help answer calls and two drivers to drive his two new buses between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
In the early days, the buses travelled from Cape Town via Port Elizabeth, Durban, Johannesburg and Kimberley and back to Cape Town. However due to customer demand the coastal route between Cape Town and Johannesburg was made bi-directional. More and smaller buses with trailers, as well as no time limit on tickets ,were introduced. For a few years, Baz Bus extended as far as Zimbabwe's famous Victoria Falls, but these days Baz Bus's route stretches from Cape Town along the East coast to Durban and Johannesburg, via the Drakensberg Mountains and Swaziland. The buses now travel daily in both directions to Port Elizabeth and five times a week to Durban, 365 days a year.
The growth of Baz Bus occurred simultaneously with the growth of the backpacking industry in South Africa. The number of hostels continues to grow all the time, and the standard of South Africa’s hostels is conceded to be among the best in the world.
In 2005, Baz Bus is proud to have built a reliable reputation with international travellers and agents and the company has grown to a dedicated team of 40 staff around the country and a fleet of ten 19-seater semi-luxury Sprinter buses, all with on-board TV's & videos and trailers capable of carrying surfboards and bicycles. Baz Bus successfully transports over 15 000 independent travellers each year between the backpacking lodges of South Africa. 90% of travellers are international guests; however there has been a steady increase in South African travellers eager to experience the backpacking concept in their own country. Baz Bus offers door-to-door hostel pick ups and drop offs for travellers, so there is no waiting at bus stations or worries about getting lost.
Baz Bus is committed to promoting South Africa as a preferred backpacker's destination. Besides the hop-on hop-off bus service, Baz Bus has diversified into three other exciting backpacking products, namely; Baz Bus Flexi-Tour Adventures, Baz Bus' very own Cape Peninsula Day Tour and more recently Baz Bus’ 7 and 14 day Travel Passes.
Cape Point Weekender-Rand–Extender extended
The above packages have been extended to December 2006 for South African visitors only to Cape point. Cape Point's Week-Ender-Rand-Extender packages are available at the entrance gate. ( SA IDs to be presented on request).
Looking for a place for Sunday breakfast? Don't look any further and come to join us for only R65 per adult, and R55 each for children under 15 and pensioners. You will get true value for money including: entrance to the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park, Funicular ride to the lighthouse, Fynbos breakfast at the Two Oceans Restaurant and a R10 shopping voucher at the logo shop. All you have to do is arrive at the gate before 10h00 on Sundays and request the weekender package. You will be given a special entry ticket. Note that breakfast is served until 11h00 and bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. It's even better value for Wild Card holders who pay only R50 per adult, whilst Wild Card kids and Wild Card pensioners pay only R45 each.
The packages are also available on Fridays and Saturdays for all entrance at Cape Point Gate after 15h00. For only R65 per adult, and R55 each for children under 15 and pensioners. The package includes: entrance to the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park, Funicular ride to the lighthouse, Prego Roll and beer OR Two filled Pancake and tea/coffee at the Two Oceans Restaurant and a R 10 shopping voucher at the logo shop. Note that the restaurant closes at 18h00 and exit of the Park must be done by sunset. Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. This is even better value for Wild Card holders who pay only R50 per adult, whilst Wild Card kids and Wild Card pensioners pay only R45 each.