Vacations usually cost a lot but they don’t have to. In this article, I will talk about ways you can make your South African trip and make it an amazing one.
A trip to South Africa can be cheap and enjoyable too, if you know the ways and means to cut down the expenses. Granted you are in a foreign country without the kind of knowledge that a local would have on the least expensive ways. This is why I have come up with 5 easy and efficient ways to travel on a budget in South Africa.
Travel by bus to mingle and explore better
Bus travel is one of the cheapest and safest ways to enjoy your South Africa trip. The country has several popular bus companies such as Baz Bus, Intercape etc. that ply exclusively for backpackers. You can hop on a bus right from any of the main airports.
The fare is cheap and you also get to meet up with fellow travelers. Most of the buses take you through the important cities and tourist spots.
While the buses are comfortable and air conditioned, you have to consider other means of transport when you reach your destination. And most often the bus routes are fixed, so you will not be able to explore at your will.
Flying is not as expensive as you think. By booking flights on Flysaa, you can easily save money and enjoy the trip too. South Africa has its own budget airlines that connect almost all the airports here. The booking can be done with credit card.
And best of all, you need not worry about last minute bookings being expensive as the price remains low for the major routes. And the cheapest flights are those that ply early in the morning or other inconvenient timings. Of course, you have to pay more for the meals and checked baggage.
To get the best travel experience of the terrain, go during the green or low season instead of the dry winter time. This costs less and you will not have to contend with the tourist crowds.
The green landscape and spectacular view of the region can be savored better without being jostled by peak season crowds.
This is a more relaxed way to travel and cheaper too when you consider the air travel cost. The roads are comfortable to drive on and traffic is not an issue.
You can make as many stops on the way to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, beach coast and reserves in your own time. You can also reduce costs by splitting the charges with two or more travellers. But make sure you take the necessary precautions to keep your valuables safe.
Take the train
While the railway is not as popular as road transport, main cities such as Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town etc. have a good railway system that caters to all budgets.
The journey is safe, comfortable and stops are more so you can plan your itinerary easily. Make sure to check the railway timetable for the stops and fares.
As you can see, you can save money aplenty with the above ways. By planning ahead on the spots you want to explore, you can pick and choose the travel route by air, bus, train or car. You can even combine the transport modes to explore more spots in a shorter time and without shelling more money than necessary. And last but not least, make use of the internet. Search for the latest and cheapest deals on travel and boarding. Pick a reliable travel website to find out how you can make best use of the seasonal deals on offer.