South Africa Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Cape Town and the Garden Route - Premium Adventure

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 434 / day
$ 6,079
From : $ 8,207
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Two nights and four game drives at Amakhala Safari Lodge - each lodge with its own private plunge pool.Walks at Tsitsikamma National Park and the World Heritage Site of De Hoop Nature Reserve.A day of wine tasting with food pairings at two wineries in Stellenbosch.Encounter African penguins amongst the granite rocks of Boulders Beach.Epic views from the summit of Table Mountain.Two nights at the stunning Ocean View House in the upmarket Camps Bay suburb of Cape Town.
Visits:
Cape Town, Garden Route, Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Cape Town & Winelands

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 243 / day
$ 1,705
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Take a walking tour around Cape Town and learn about the hardship of slavery, colonial life in The Cape, the tragedy of apartheid
  • Relax in the lush environs of Stellenbosch with a glass of wine in hand after a city tour
  • Take in the beauty of Cape Town's coast while driving along the Cape Peninsula via Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Enjoy a free day in Cape Town to explore places such as Robben Island, Table Mountain and/or the atmosphere of the V & A Waterfront
Visits:
Nelson, Robben Island, Table Mountain, South Africa
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Kruger Experience - Lodge (5 days)

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,720
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience a private game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on two full day game drives
  • Stay in a comfortable safari lodge in a communal setting with friendly hosts
  • Take in amazing views at the viewpoint over the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Kruger & Cape Town Short Break by Plane

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 265 / day
$ 4,405
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience a private game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on two full day game drives
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Relax in the lush environs of Stellenbosch with a glass of wine in hand after a city tour
  • Take in the beauty of Cape Town's coast while driving along the Cape Peninsula via Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Cape of Good Hope
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Nelson, South Africa
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Kruger Lodge Experience

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 214 / day
$ 1,325
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience a private game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on a full day game drive
  • Stay in a comfortable safari lodge in a communal setting with friendly hosts
  • Visit the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels on your return trip to Johannesburg
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Wild Kruger Camping

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 236 / day
$ 1,020
From : $ 1,323
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Take a memorable sunset safari in a private game reserve
  • Enjoy two full-day game drives in the Kruger National Park
  • Relax by a campfire under a starry sky while listening to the sounds of the night
  • See the spectacular Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels on you return trip to Johanessburg
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Kruger Lodge Experience (3 days)

Intrepid Travel
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
3 days
$ 220 / day
$ 1,070
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Experience a private game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on a full day game drive
  • Stay in a comfortable safari lodge in a communal setting with friendly hosts
  • Visit the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels on your return trip to Johannesburg
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Cape Town Explorer

8 days
$ 347 / day
$ 3,350
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Cape Town
  • VIEW the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Point lighthouse and Betty's Bay penguin colony
  • VISIT Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus, Robben Island, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands
  • Connect with Locals
  • Local Specialist
  • Make A Difference
Visits:
Table Mountain, South Africa
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Best of South Africa

15 days
$ 360 / day
$ 5,395
From : $ 5,825
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • SEE South Africa's wildlife and birds on safari
  • VIEW Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • VISIT Bourke's Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • Local Specialist
  • Stays with Stories
Visits:
Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Essence of South Africa

10 days
$ 415 / day
$ 4,695
From : $ 4,850
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Cape Town
  • VIEW the Castle of Good Hope, Boulder's Beach penguin colony, Mandela House in Soweto
  • VISIT Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Hermanus, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum
  • Connect with Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • Local Specialist
  • Stays with Stories
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, South Africa
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Learn to be a Safari Guide in Kruger National Par ...

Contiki
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 206 / day
$ 1,649
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Extreme (1*)
Highlights
  • Wildlife encounters on 10 x fully guided Game Drives/Walks throughout various areas of the park
  • Daily practical instruction and experiences designed to mirror Safari Guides Training
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Best of South Africa

15 days
$ 360 / day
$ 5,395
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Visit Bourke's Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and Table Mountain by Cable Car
  • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on safari
  • Connect with Locals
  • Stays with Stories
  • Dive into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visits:
Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Essence of South Africa

10 days
$ 503 / day
$ 5,025
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town
  • Visit Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Hermanus, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
  • View the Castle of Good Hope, Boulder's Beach penguin colony and Mandela House in Soweto
  • Connect with Locals
  • Stays with Stories
  • Dive into Culture
  • Dive into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visits:
Johannesburg, Table Mountain, South Africa
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South Africa: An Elegant Adventure 2021

12 days
$ 833 / day
$ 9,990
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • In the heart of the reserves
  • spot leopards
  • lions
  • elephants
  • impalas
  • and zebras… attend wine tastings
  • special presentations and lectures with local experts... and experience the vast legacy of cultural and natural history that makes up South Africa! Learn more about the struggle against apartheid
  • travel up Table Mountain for extraordinary views of 'the end of the continent
  • ' and meet some elephants during your two-night stay at Victoria Falls – a highlight of our South Africa tours. And when you cruise the Zambezi River at sunset... you know that South Africa has a place in your heart forever more.
Visits:
Johannesburg, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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Best of South Africa with Victoria Falls

12 days
$ 251 / day
$ 2,979
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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1,597 South Africa Tour Reviews - Summary 96% Recommend

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Communication

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great agents always willing to answer any questions!

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Operator ACIS

I have loved working with ACIS since…

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have loved working with ACIS since 2005 and I’m looking forward to my next trip this summer!

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Operator ACIS

Sept 2022 was my 23rd trip with ACIS…

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sept 2022 was my 23rd trip with ACIS (along with an AIFS 6 week back in the day with Mom the French teacher) and it was outstanding! I went to a teacher conference in Lisbon and was inspired to create a full itinerary for adults just to Portugal. We had great hotels, food, wine, and tours to cork factory, a winery in the throes of picking grapes, and a port tasting. All under the wonderful Tour Manager Sarah-Kate Redding. ACIS also lined up individual tours for each day of Lisbon, Evora, Coimbra, and Porto with guides who spoke excellent English. The entire group of 24 LOVED Portugal. Many thanks to ACIS for a job well done!!! Elaine Bixiones

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33 trips!

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  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I just finished my 33rd trip with ACIS! I am now retired from teaching art and switched from student trips to adult trips. Just like the wonderful trips with students, my adult trips are amazing as well. The hotels and meals were great, as always, and all my adults were very happy. There was a hotel that had a problem with the reservation, and ACIS bumped us up to a 5 star amazing hotel! Thanks acis, you took wonderful care of us once again ! I already have adult trips to Peru and Morocco planned, with Portugal in the works! Thanks ACIS!

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TWO of the BEST Trips Ever!

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I toured Greece in June, and Scotland/Ireland in July and they were two of the BEST trips ever! Despite some chaos in the travel industry, ACIS made everything seamless and worry-free! Our Tour Managers, Edoardo D'Ardia and Stan Pretty, were kind, funny and incredibly adept at making things fun! Top notch hotels, centrally located, great food, and every moment just shone with fun and interest. Two wonderful groups of travelers, two amazing trips. Can't wait for next summer!

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Like no other

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I have tried to travel with other Educational Travel Companies in the past and never have had success, I believe due to lack of hands on involvement and personal connection. From the minute I contacted ACIS, there has been tremendous support getting my trip put together, a group formed and assistance with any troubleshooting needed. Even at 4:00 am in the airport I had a number I could call and a real person answered to help. They are incredibly student centered, thoughtful and helpful.

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Operator ACIS

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