South Africa Transportation

South Africa transportation is much more straightforward than in any other African nation. The country’s tourism infrastructure is very well-developed and the roads and highways in most of the frequently traveled areas are very good. This means that car rentals are a viable option for many visitors. You can also choose a bus in South Africa for many routes within the country – and you will be traveling in modern, comfortable vehicles. South Africa trains provide yet another option that often allow you to travel in legendary luxury.

Major car rental companies providing South Africa transportation include Avis, Thrifty, Hertz, and Budget along with smaller, locally owned companies with cars, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and motor homes. Car rentals can easily be obtained at the airport and in major cities, making it easy to plan your transportation to coincide with your itinerary. Two of the areas that are most rewarding for a self-drive vacation are along the 100 miles of coastline called the Garden Route and the beautiful wine area around the historic town of Stellenbosch.

The routes for a bus in South Africa cover Cape Town in the Western Cape through Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The lines continue through Kimberley in the Northern Cape, Kroonstad and Bloemfontein in the Free State, and Pretoria and Johannesburg in the Gauteng region. The lines also cover Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal region and Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga area.

There are also tour buses that provide hikers and backpackers with door-to-door service to the next hostel, with the flexibility of getting on and off the bus as often as you like as long as you have a ticket. Tickets range from seven- to 21-day passes and cover Johannesburg or Pretoria to Cape Town, as well as Cape Town to Durban or Port Elizabeth. This bus in South Africa provides a convenient and safe way to travel for independent vacationers.

The South Africa trains can provide luxury suites and fine dining, and they also offer an opportunity for luxury safaris, if you're interested in seeing the country's wildlife more closely. Trains are an excellent choice for vacationers who like to travel in style and would prefer not to rent a car.

The legendary Blue train in South Africa is luxury on wheels, and it has repeatedly been named at the World Travel Awards as the world's leading luxury train. Each suite is fitted with a full en-suite bathroom, phone, air-conditioner, and TV. A butler is on duty for the convenience of the guests along with excellent dining, high tea, and fine wines. This train travels the route between Cape Town and Pretoria, with two short legs from Pretoria to safari lodges. The second of the luxury South Africa trains is Rovos Rail, and their service is excellent as well. The classic restored trains retain their original Victorian elegance and each spacious suite combines the original Edwardian ambiance with new technology, full bathrooms, fridge, a personal safe, and private lounges. These two train lines provide some of the most enjoyable transportation in South Africa.

Although not as fancy as the South Africa trains that often provide very luxurious accommodations, different companies operate comfortable single and double-decker coaches along inter-city routes between major urban areas in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Upington. The amenities include air-conditioning and heating, reading lights, onboard restroom facilities, audio and visual entertainment options, and comfortable reclining seats.

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