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Baz Bus Wildlife Safari - Kruger

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Baz Bus Wildlife Safari - Kruger

Has anyone used the Baz Bus add-on for their 4-day Kruger Wildlife Safari? I am booking a Baz Bus ticket to do Capetown to Joburg but wondering if anyone has opinions on the safari experience they offer compared to exclusive Kruger operators? I am not really interested in the self-drive option.

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1. Re: Baz Bus Wildlife Safari - Kruger

Hey SoozSolo

I'm in the same position myself, and wondered if you went with the Baz Bus package in the end?

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Hi to both of you,

What exactly does the Baz Bus tour of Kruger include? Where are you accommodated? How do the Baz Bus game drives work?

I would guess its one way to experience the world renowned Kruger National Park. I don't think its close to the best option to see the splendour of Kruger from a bus. There are much better options like the specialised tour operators who operate from outside Kruger and do daily guided drives within Kruger, which you mentioned in the OP. Or the private safari lodge option in one of the reserves bordering Kruger, if your budget allows.

I'm sure I've seen other similar posts. Perhaps you can do a TA search for Baz Bus Wildlife Safaris In Kruger to see other historical threads on this.

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Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Hey Brett,

This is a link showing what the safari package includes:

www.bazbus.com/RouteSelect.aspx?Route=BB01

I'm interested in this option because I'm a female solo traveller who doesn't drive and I want to make it as hassle free as possible. Get picked up form Jo'burg and taken right there and dropped back to Jo'burg after.

Is there a Kruger tour company that you could recommend that's not too expensive and would pick me up and drop me back from and to Jo'burg?

The more I look, the more confused I get!

Thanks

Edited: 10:01 am, July 29, 2013
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Hi 1C_J,

I've had a look at the link and even at the full itinerary.

It seems that safaris are not done in a bus as I incorrectly assumed, just based on the 'Baz Bus' part of the name. I guess that's what happens when one makes assumptions.

It does seem like a viable all inclusive possibility for you being a single traveller, with drives being conducted in open game viewing vehicles, I would hope by qualified and knowledgeable guides. They even do a drive in the private Thornybush Reserve. I'm just a bit confused by this - "We operate a Sunset Game Drive in Thornybush Big 5 Game Reserve, which is well known for fantastic game and night drives, with excellent game viewing. This drive is done in 4x4 open game viewing vehicles. We depart after dinner when game viewing is at its best." I'm not sure how nit can be a sunset drive, which would normally depart a reasonable time before the sun has set, in order to enjoy the sunset. Also by me I'm not sure that the best game viewing is at night. You do get to see nocturnal animals that you might not see during the day, but the best way this is done by private lodges is to set off in the middle of the afternoon around 3:30/4pm and come back after dark, which would incorporate a night drive. Perhaps this is just an error in the itinerary? There are also some other nice aspects of the trip like part of the Panorama Route to see The Blyde River Canyon and 3 Rondavels and the wildlife rehab centre. It does seem like the focus is on game viewing, as most of the available days are spent on safari.

Accommodation does seem quite basic sharing in permanent tents, with an optional extra upgrade.

I would be interested to hear from others who have done this to get first hand trip reports. I am obviously basing my post on what I have seen from the itinerary and the Porcupine Bush Lodge(apparently located in the Timbavati Game Reserve)website which in itself is quite basic and doesn't offer too much in the way of detail.

What is your budget for your safari part of the trip?

I'm not sure if this helps at all.

Regards.

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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Brett, you're a great help!

My budget is no more than 400 pounds (I think that's around 6000 Rand).

Obviously I'd prefer comfort, but if it's only for a few nights, I don't mind getting a sleeping bag out.

The priority is to be out spotting the animals for as much time as I can.

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I would go for Wild Wings if i were you.They will pick you up and drop you off at Johannesburg and the guide Simon is a witty, charming bloke with an encyclopaedic knowledge of flora and fauna and the most amazing eagle eyes for game spotting! He is also a fantastic cook which is a defenite bonus after an amazing days game viewing. Check out their website and my 2 reviews.

As an alternative to Kruger you could try Nyala Game Lodge which is just outside of Hoedspruit it is a lovely well accomodated budget self catering lodge that provides two game drives a day in the price with the lovely Gideon as your guide. You can find out about Nyala through Ronel van Deventer at Safari Destinations. She runs a one woman operation but will give you honest impartial advice and will get you accomodation at the best price Again check out my Nyala review

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Thanks Whitleybaymags.

I'll look into them now.

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Hope you are successful and enjoy your trip. We are self driving for 3 weeks through Kruger in 4 weeks time and counting the days down!!!!!

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10. Re: Baz Bus Wildlife Safari - Kruger

Hi SoozSolo,

What did you end up doing for the Kruger portion of your trip? I'm in the midst of planning a solo trip to SA (leaving in two weeks!). I'd like to embark on a three or four day safari after I land in Johannesburg and before flying to Cape Town. Would love any insight you can offer from your travels!

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