Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival.
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Car A great option, with affordable rental rates, a good road network and the car-based South African lifestyle; the drawback is dangerous drivers.
Baz Bus The backpacker shuttle is a convenient and social option between Cape Town, Durban and Jo'burg/Pretoria.
Mzansi Experience Offers a similar experience to the Baz Bus.
Train Tourist class is an underused secret (with sleeper coaches and dining car), linking Jo'burg to Cape Town and the coast.
Air An affordable way to cover long distances.
Bus Lines including Greyhound, Intercape and Translux are useful, covering the country in comfortable vehicles at reasonable rates.
Shared Taxi These are OK for short journeys but less practical over long distances as there are various safety and security issues.