Hop-on Hop-off Cape Town – Johannesburg – 1 Month

Suggested Itinerary

For Departure on any other day of the week, please adapt your itinerary to our timetable.

DAY 1 – MONDAY – CAPE TOWN TO STELLENBOSCH

07:15 – 08:30 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Cape Town.

09:00 – 09:15 – Baz Bus Drop-off at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West where your shuttle service will take you to your accommodation in Stellenbosch. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

09:15 – 09:30 – Check-in at your accommodation for 1 night.

Examples of accommodation in Stellenbosch:

Stumble Inn

Stellenbosch Traveller’s Lodge

Lord Charles Hotel

Best activities to do in Stellenbosch:

DAY 2 & 3 – TUESDAY – STELLENBOSCH TO HERMANUS

09:00 – 09:15 – A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation in Stellenbosch and drop you off at the Lord Charles Hotel where you’ll board the Baz Bus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

09:45 – 10:00 – Baz Bus drop-off at Botriver Hotel in Botriver where a shuttle will take you to your accommodation in Hermanus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

10:15 – 10:30: Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Hermanus:

Zzzone Backpackers

Bot River Hotel

Best activities to do in Hermanus:

  • Whale Watching from June to November
  • Walk along the epic Hermanus Cliff Path for breathtaking views, spotting whales in the ocean
  • Swim and chill out at Grotto Beach. A clean Blue Flag beach with white sands
  • Go for a swim at Voelklip Beach or picnic on the grassy area
  • Walk up Hoy’s Koppie to see amazing 360 degree views of Hermanus
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve offers a variety of good hiking trails
  • Buy something local at the many Flea Markets
  • Visit the Tiger Eye Manufacturing plant and Crystal Garden or Scratch Patch
  • Go Shark Cage Diving at one of the coolest shark infested areas
  • Sea kayak in Walker Bay
  • Zip line over the ocean from one cliff to the other 

DAY 4 & 5 – THURSDAY – HERMANUS TO MOSSELBAY

09:45 – 10:00 – A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation in Hermanus and drop you off at the Botriver Hotel where you’ll board the Baz Bus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

13:45 – 14:15 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Mosselbay.

14:20 – 14:30 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Mosselbay:

Mosselbay Backpackers

Hotel Portao Diaz

Best activities to do in Mosselbay:

  • Sky diving
  • Trips around Seal Island or Deep Sea Fishing trips
  • Quad biking /Sea Kayaking / Tube riding
  • Scuba Diving / Bungy Jumping (65m at Gouritz Bridge)
  • See 4 of the Big 5 during a Game Drive Safari
  • Visit the Cape St.Blaise Lighthouse
  • Take a gamble at the Garden Route Casino
  • Hike one of the many hiking trails
  • Horseback safaris (no experience needed)  
  • Explore the point of the Human Origin Experience
  • Take part of Mossel Bay historical ghost walk
  • Whale Watching Tour from a boat
  • Visit the FREE Janine Iron and Washing Museum. No joke. Very highly recommended.
  • Hike along the St Blaize Trail and enjoy the most amazing cliff top views
  • Go swimming at Santos Beach, a Blue Flag beach with a naturally calm bay.

DAY 6 & 7 – SATURDAY – MOSSELBAY TO OUDTSHOORN

13:45 – 14:15 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Mosselbay.

15:15 – 15:30 – Baz Bus drop-off in George where your shuttle will take you to your accommodation in Oudtshoorn. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

15:35 – 15:45 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Oudtshoorn:

Backpackers Paradise

Queens Hotel

Best activities to do in Oudshoorn:

  • Swartberg Hiking Trail (R1550)
  • Bird Watching in Swartberg (R1450)
  • Venture the Cango Caves
  • Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch (standard ticket)
  • Ostrich Farm Tour Experience
  • Khoi San Cultural Trail
  • 2 hour Bush Safari
  • Sundown Bush Dinner
  • Giraffe/ Buffalo Experience
  • Elephant Walk and Feed
  • Visit the Safari Ostrich Show Farm
  • Buffelsdrift Game Farm
  • Explore the Rust in Vrede Waterfall
  • Ride an Ostrich
  • Meerkat Experience
  • Wilgewandel Camel Farm (short camel rides possible)
  • CP Nel Museum
  • Tandem sky Dive

DAY 8, 9 & 10 – MONDAY – OUDTSHOORN TO KNYSNA

12:30 – A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation in Oudtshoorn and drop you off at the pick-up point in George where you’ll board the Baz Bus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

16:35 – 16:45 – Drop off at your accommodation in Knysna.

16:50 – 17:00 – Check-in at your accommodation for 3 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Knysna:

Island Vibe Knysna

Jembjo’s Knysna Lodge

Best activities to do in Knysna:

  • Knynsa Sunset Cruise (R600)
  • Knysna Oyster Tour (R650)
  • Scootour Knysna (R490)
  • 1 Hour Double Kayak Hire (R300)
  • Abseiling the Knysna Heads
  • Paragliding, Scuba diving and quad biking form part of ‘must do’ activities
  • River tubing or boat rides
  • Visit the Feather Bird Nature Reserve
  • Hike the Buffels Bay Trail
  • Visit Knysna Elephant Park
  • Enjoy the Garden of Eden Forest Walk
  • Horseback through the Knysna Forest

DAY 11 & 12 – THURSDAY – KNYSNA TO THE CRAGS

16:35 – 16:45 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Knysna.

18:15 – 18:30 – Drop-off at your accommodation in The Crags.

18:35 – 18:45 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in The Crags:

Wild Spirit Lodge

Rocky Road Backpackers

Best activities to do in The Crags:

  • Multi-Day Hikes in the Garden Route National Park
  • Visit Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
  • Horse riding (beach trails)
  • Waterskiing, Scuba Diving, Kite Surfing
  • Cycle from the Crags to Natures Valley
  • Walks in Natures Valley Section of the Garden Route National Park
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Visit The Crags Elephant Sanctuary
  • Visit Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
  • Explore Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary

DAY 13 – SATURDAY – THE CRAGS TO PORT ELIZABETH

Note: Port Elizabeth is a COMPULSORY overnight stop.

18:15 – 18:30 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in The Crags.

21:45 – 22:15 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Port Elizabeth.

22:20 -22:30 – Check-in at your accommodation for 1 night.

Examples of accommodation in Port Elizabeth:

Lungile Backpackers

Island Vibe Harbour Masters House

Beachwalk B&B

Best activities to do in Port Elizabeth:

  • Full Day Addo Elephant Park Tour (R1895)
  • Morning Safari in Addo Elephant Park Tour (R1313)
  • 2 Day Addo Elephant Park Safari & Wild Cheetah Tracking Tour (R5500)
  • Island Cruise and Big Safari Tour
  • Kragga Kamma Safari
  • Port Elizabeth City Guided Tour
  • Craft Beer Tour
  • Cultural township tour
  • Wonder around at Cape Recife National Park
  • Shamwari game reserve: spot the Big 5
  • Take part in a city Tour and dicover the Lighthouse, Feather marketall, Settler cottage; no 7 castle hill museum, Apple Express
  • The beaches offers great swimming, surfing, sailing, diving, sand-boarding, angling, scuba diving activities
  • Visit the wreck of Sacremento
  • Explore Van Staden’s flower reserve for FREE

DAY 14, 15 & 16 – SUNDAY – PORT ELIZABETH TO KENTON ON SEA\ALEXANDRIA

06:45 – 07:15 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Port Elizabeth.

08:15 – 08:25 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Kenton-on-sea/Alexandria.

08:30 – 08:45 – Check-in at your accommodation for 3 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Kenton-on-Sea/Alexandria:

Woody Cape Backpackers

Woodlands Cottages

Best activities to do in Kenton on Sea/Alexandria/Port Alfred:

  • Visit the Little Brewery on Wharf Street in Port Alfred 
  • Boat cruise on the Kowie River
  • Pig & Whistle (the country’s oldest pub) in Bathurst.
  • Game drives
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Sand boarding
  • Scuba diving, Surfing, Canoeing
  • Sea cruises
  • Bathurst Tours
  • Whale and Dolphin watching 

DAY 17 & 18 – WEDNESDAY – KENTON ON SEA TO CHINTSA

09:00 – 09:20 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Kenton-on-Sea/Alexandria.

12:00 – 12:15 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Chintsa.

12:20 – 12:30 – Check in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Chintsa:

Bucanneers Backpackers

Crawford Beach Lodge & Cabins

Best activities to do in Chintsa:

  • Learn to Surf
  • Volunteer at a  Rural school project
  • Visit Bonanza Beach
  • FREE Canoeing
  • Join an epic Booze cruise
  • Pack your picnic at the many unspoilt beaches
  • Abseiling
  • 4×4 Safari / Mountain Bike Trail / Adventure Safari
  • Ikwenkwezi game reserve
  • Beach volley

DAY 19 & 20 – FRIDAY – CHINTSA TO MDUMBI

12:00 – 12:15 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Chintsa.

14:30 – 15:00 – Baz Bus drop-off in Mthatha where your shuttle will take you to your accommodation in Mdumbi. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

15:05 – 15:10 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Mdumbi:

Mdumbi Backpackers

Swell Eco Lodge

Best activities to do in Mdumbi:

  • Dolphin sightings
  • Enjoy the most unforgettable sight with long beaches, rolling hills and natural valleys
  • Forest walks
  • Surfing lessons
  • Coastal hikes e.g. to the shipwrecks
  • Forest walks
  • Brave the waterfall of 18m or 21m jump
  • Surfing lessons
  • Stay in traditional mud huts with a traditional village

DAY 21, 22 & 23 – SUNDAY – MDUMBI TO UMTENTWENI

14:30 – 15:00 – A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation in Mdumbi and drop you off at the pick-up point in Mthatha where you’ll board the Baz Bus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

19:40 – 19:50 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Umtentweni.

19:50 – 20:00 – Check-in at your accommodation for 3 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Umtentweni:

Lombok Lodge

The Spot Backpackers

Best activities to do in Umtentweni:

  • Umtentweni Area:  visit the main Beach at the mouth of the Mtentweni River.
  • Explore the undiscovered beach at Umzumbe Beach
  • Baggies Beach (Warner Beach) is a favourite among surfers
  • Visit traditional Villages
  • Gateway to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve for zip lining and an epic bungee swing
  • Join a booze cruise
  • Golf Course
  • Go sea kayaking, Canoeing , Water Skiing, Scuba diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse Trails
  • Spot Cape Clawless Otters
  • Swim in a tidal pool
  • Hit the waves with some world class surfing
  • Arts and Craft Trails
  • Visit the famous Oribi Gorge Game Park

DAY 24, 25, 26 – WEDNESDAY – UMTENTWENI TO DURBAN

Note: Durban is a COMPULSORY overnight stop.

19:40 – 19:50 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Umtentweni.

22:00 – 22:30 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Durban.

22:35 – 22:45 – Check-in at your accommodation for 3 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Durban:

Curiocity Durban

Smiths Cottage

Happy Hippo Backpackers

Best activities to do in Durban:

  • Swing off the Moses Mabida Stadium
  • Stadium and Beach Segway Glide
  • Ushaka Segway Glide 
  • Visit the popular Ushaka Marine World
  • Visit the Insanely cheap Victoria Street Market for really cool souvenirs
  • Visit the Kwamhule Museum [Apartheid Museum]
  • Harbour cruises
  • Visit Florida Roads nightlife
  •  Join a local walking City tours
  • Grab some hot curries or Indian spices at the Indian Markets and taste a famous Durban bunny chow ( you haven’t been to Durban if you don’t have not tried one!)
  • Take part in a Zulu Tour, Face to Face with the Zulu culture
  • Take a gamble at Sun coast Casino
  • Skydiving
  • Learn how to surf
  • Cycle on the beachfront promenade

DAY 27 & 28 – SATURDAY – DURBAN TO HOWICK (SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG)

07:30 – 08:30 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Durban.

09:30 – 10:00 – Baz Bus drop-off in Howick where your shuttle will take you to your accommodation in Southern Drakensberg. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

10:05 – 10:10 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Example of accommodation in Southern Drakensberg:

Sani Lodge

Best activities to do in Southern Drakensberg:

  • Hike the Giants Cup Trail
  • Experience rural Zulu life for real with the Bhengus
  • Horse riding and Pony trekking
  • Discover the ancient Bushman Rock Art
  • Join a soap making course
  • Hike to Carlisleshoek Waterfall
  • Paragliding, hang gliding & fixed-wing gliding
  • Trout fishing
  • 4 x 4 trails

DAY 29 & 30 – MONDAY – SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG TO NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG

09:30 – 10:00 – A shuttle will pick you up at your accommodation in Southern Drakensberg and drop you off at the pick-up point in Howick where you’ll board the Baz Bus. (Shuttle service is run independently, and an extra fee may be applicable. Please arrange your shuttle service with your accommodation in advance)

12:45 – 13:15 – Drop-off at your accommodation in Northern Drakensberg.

13:20 – 13:30 – Check-in at your accommodation for 2 nights.

Examples of accommodation in Northern Drakensberg:

Amphitheatre Lodge & Backpackers

Little Switzerland Resort

Best activities to do in Northern Drakensberg:

  • Hike to the world’s 2nd Highest Water Fall : Tugela Falls in Royal Natal National Park
  • Horse Back through the slopes of the Amphitheatre Mountains
  • Many other hike to Cathedral Peak, Cleft Peak, Giants Castle, Champagne Castle  
  • Rock climbing
  • Take a Day Tour to Lesotho
  • Fishing

DAY 31 – WEDNESDAY – NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG TO JOHANNESBURG

12:45 – 13:15 – Baz Bus pick-up at your accommodation in Northern Drakensberg.

17:00 – 18:00 – Baz Bus drop-off at your accommodation in Johannesburg.

18:05 – 18:10 – Check-in at your accommodation for as long as you wish.

Examples of accommodation in Johannesburg:

Curiocity Johannesburg

Once in Joburg

Brown Sugar Backpackers

Lebo’s Backpackers

Best activities to do in Johannesburg:

  • Experience Value-for-Money Kruger Park Safaris
  • Johannesburg, Soweto Apartheid Museum Day Tour (R1700)
  • Explore the Cradle of Humankind (R2500)
  • Bungee Jump from Soweto Towers
  • Picnic at Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
  • Rawr at the Lion Park or Admire Rhinos at the Rhino Park
  • Day trip to Sun City, Lost City or Pilandsberg
  • Get on top of Africa Tower  and explore the tallest building in Africa
  • Explore Cullian Diamond mine tours and take a ride at Gold Reef City
  • Visit Randburg Waterfront
  • Splash out at Montecasino or Caesars palace
  • Explore the street art of Maboneng
  • Eat at the Neighboorgood Market in Braamfontein
  • Shop Up a storm in Sandton

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