GETTING HERE FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS

1. DOOR TO DOOR SERVICES

“MZANSI EXPERIENCE” IS A BRAND NEW SERVICE OFFERING DIRECT OR ‘HOP ON HOP OFF’ TRANSPORT BETWEEN JOHANNESBURG AND CAPE TOWN. WE ARE AN OVERNIGHT STOP SO YOU CAN NOW TRAVEL DOOR TO DOOR FROM THE NORTH OR THE CAPE AS FOLLOWS:

  • JOHANNESBURG TO/FROM SANI LODGE
    BUSES RUN FROM JOHANNESBURG TO SANI LODGE ON MONDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS, DEPARTING AROUND 7.30AM AND REACHING US AROUND 7PM. THEY DEPART FROM SANI LODGE TO JOHANNESBURG ON TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SUNDAYS. THEY STOP OFF ALONG THE WAY AT INKOSANA LODGE IN THE CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG, AMPHITHEATRE BACKPACKERS IN THE NORTHERN DRAKENSBERG AND THE TOWN OF HARRISMITH. BOOKINGS CAN BE DONE ONLINE AT www.mzansi.travel
  • HOGSBACK AND THE EASTERN CAPE TO/FROM SANI LODGE
    BUSES RUN FROM HOGSBACK TO SANI ON MONDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS, DEPARTING AROUND 7.30AM AND REACHING US AROUND 7PM. THEY DEPART FROM SANI LODGE TO HOGSBACK ON TUESDAYS, FRIDAYS AND SUNDAYS. THEY STOP OFF ALONG THE WAY AT MTHATHA (WHERE SHUTTLES CONNECT TO PORT.ST.JOHNS, COFFEE BAY AND BULUNGULA) AND CHINTSA. BOOKINGS CAN BE DONE ONLINE AT www.mzansi.travel
    (TWO MORE DAYS TRAVEL FROM HOGSBACK VIA PORT ELIZABETH TO KNYSNA, THEN KNYSNA VIA THE R62 ROAD TO CAPE TOWN.)
  • TO/FROM DURBAN
    NUD EXPRESS is a scheduled service running daily between Sani Lodge and Durban. It leaves Sani Lodge in the morning and leaves Durban for the return journey in the afternoon. A more flexible service also operates, enquire with Alex.
    Distance SL – Durban 250km,(around 3,5 - 4 hours’ drive)
    COST (one way):
    DURBAN AIRPORT: R650 per person
    DURBAN HOSTELS : R550 per person
  • TO/FROM THE SOUTH COAST OF KZN:
    EASY MOVE JUNIOR CABS run this new route traveling via Ixopo to the KZN South Coast, taking in destinations such as Umkomaas (diving at Aliwal Shoal), the hostels at Umzumbe and Umtentweni and as far south as Margate Airport. Timing is on a flexible, any time basis.
    Sani Lodge – Umzumbe 250km (Around 3,5 - 4 hours’ drive)
    COST (one way):
    R1200 per trip if 1 – 3 people in the vehicle
    R400 per person if 4 or more people
    Phone Number: 0767192451(Moses). If you can’t get hold of him on that number, try 0822130373 or else contact Derek on 0761995823. Also on Whatsapp or by email to easymovejuniorcabs@gmail.com

2. SHUTTLES FROM BAZ BUS AND OTHER BUSES

NOTE: ALL SHUTTLES MUST BE BOOKED BY YOU IN ADVANCE

PIETERMARITZBURG/MERRIVALE (Conections to Johannesburg, Northern Drakensberg and Durban):
Distances: Sani Lodge – PMB 150km (around 2 – 2,5 hours’ drive)
Sani Lodge – Merrivale 130km (around 2 hours’ drive)

  • NUD Express is a scheduled service running daily between Sani Lodge and Merrivale (Baz Bus pickup/drop off point) and Pietermaritzburg (other buses). It leaves Sani Lodge in the morning and leaves Pietermaritzburg and Merrivale for the return journey in the afternoon. A more flexible service also operates, enquire with Alex.



    COST (one way):
    PIETERMARITZBURG: R350 per person
    MERRIVALE: R350 per person
    Phone Number: Alex on 0796967108 – either phone or send text message or email info@underbergexpress.co.za

  • Minibus taxis: Operate daily. These are shared taxis used commonly by local people. They go when they are full.
    COST (one way) : Around R90 between Underberg and Pietermaritzburg and R33 between Sani Lodge and Underberg.

KOKSTAD (Connections to Port Elizabeth, the Wild Coast and the KZN South Coast) SL – Kokstad 150km (Around 2 – 2,5 hours’ drive)

  • Easy Move Junior Cabs: is a dedicated service which will run for you at any time of any day. Their rates are per trip, and their vehicles can carry 1 – 4 passengers.
    COST (one way):
    KOKSTAD:
    R600 per trip if 1 person in the vehicle
    R700 per trip if 2 people
    R240 per person if 3 or more people

    Phone Number: 0767192451(Moses). If you can’t get hold of him on that number, try 0822130373 or else contact Derek on 0761995823. Also on Whatsapp or by email to easymovejuniorcabs@gmail.com


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SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR RECEPTION. RECEPTION OPENING HOURS ARE 7AM TO 9PM. GUESTS PLANNING TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 9PM, WILL NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.