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South Africa Tour & Trip Reviews

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William

Sep 2015

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Excellent trip

Excellent trip

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Brianna P.

Feb 2023

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I will definitely keep this company in mind for my next non-business trip!

I have traveled a lot for work, but I needed a trip away for fun. In my travels, I heard about CharlieTheTraveler and their tours around the world. They delivered in...

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Carl C.

Feb 2023

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I knew there was a lot to do in South Africa, but CharlieTheTraveler seemed to know the best of the activities.

I knew there was a lot to do in South Africa, but CharlieTheTraveler seemed to know the best of the activities. I was provided first-class treatment from the minute ...

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Beth Davidson

Feb 2023

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I would have never had enough patience to sit down and plan everything CharlieTheTraveler planned for this trip.

When I booked my trip to South Africa, I was mostly excited about the wildlife I would see. Within hours of arriving, we were brought on tour of Kruger National Park...

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Harry P.

Feb 2023

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I never imagined there to be so much to see in terms of natural landscapes in South Africa.

I never imagined there to be so much to see in terms of natural landscapes in South Africa. However, CharlieTheTraveler knew the perfect spots to bring us. I was ama...

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Denise F.

Feb 2023

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My trip to South Africa was perfect!

My trip to South Africa was perfect! I loved every minute of the trip planned by CharlieTheTraveler. Every tour brought a new experience. I appreciated that there wa...

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Sierra A.

Feb 2023

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I am very disorganized when it comes to planning, so I was thankful to find CharlieTheTraveler tours.

I am very disorganized when it comes to planning, so I was thankful to find CharlieTheTraveler tours. I booked the trip to South Africa because of the balance of nat...

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Simon B.

Feb 2023

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I felt CharlieTheTraveler knew exactly what I was looking for in a tour of South Africa.

I felt CharlieTheTraveler knew exactly what I was looking for in a tour of South Africa. I wanted structure, which they provided in daily tours, but I also wanted so...

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Harrison K.

Feb 2023

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I was surprised by how much this 11-day tour of South Africa included.

I was surprised by how much this 11-day tour of South Africa included. The accommodations and tour guides provided by CharlieTheTraveler were perfect for the trip. I...

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Christine N.

Feb 2023

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I would recommend CharlieTheTraveler to anyone who is looking for an adventurous yet relaxing trip.

I love animals, so the numerous wildlife tours I was brought on in South Africa was right down my alley. I could not have planned a more perfect trip, as it was very...

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Mary J.

Feb 2023

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I am a conservationist, so I appreciated the trip to South Africa through CharlieTheTraveler.

I am a conservationist, so I appreciated the trip to South Africa through CharlieTheTraveler. The tours of the natural parks and the tour around Saint Lucia Game Res...

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Jerry Stich

Feb 2023

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We are extremely happy with Paul and the places we have seen.

We are extremely happy with Paul and the places we have seen. He is very flexib...

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Jackie P.

Feb 2023

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CharlieTheTraveler made me a believer in touring companies!

CharlieTheTraveler made me a believer in touring companies! I never had a great experience with other companies, as I always felt I was either too bored or too activ...

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Marco K.

Feb 2023

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I felt blessed to find CharlieTheTraveler did all of this for their customers.

I personally struggle when I travel abroad, as there is so much research that goes into finding activities, planning the transportation to and from places, and picki...

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Robin S.

Feb 2023

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I found CharlieTheTraveler very organized in all of the activities they planned.

I found CharlieTheTraveler very organized in all of the activities they planned. They seemed to think of everything while preparing me for my trip to South Africa. I...

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Natalie W.

Feb 2023

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It was evident CharlieTheTraveler goes the extra mile in planning and organizing their trips, especially for the trip to South Africa that I booked.

It was evident CharlieTheTraveler goes the extra mile in planning and organizing their trips, especially for the trip to South Africa that I booked. It was authentic...

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Roger T.

Feb 2023

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I felt confident booking through CharlieTheTraveler as they were organized and had great reviews on all of their tours.

I felt confident booking through CharlieTheTraveler as they were organized and had great reviews on all of their tours. I wanted to go to South Africa and found thei...

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Spencer M.

Feb 2023

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Every day of the 11-day trip was organized and planned seamlessly so everything was smooth.

I wanted to take a unique trip with my spouse, but many touring companies were cheesy, unorganized, and seemed boring. I came across CharlieTheTraveler and discovere...

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Nicole J.

Feb 2023

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Each of the tours by CharlieTheTraveler included so many exciting activities, so it was an easy decision to book my trip to South Africa through them.

Each of the tours by CharlieTheTraveler included so many exciting activities, so it was an easy decision to book my trip to South Africa through them. I was pleased ...

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Sean L.

Feb 2023

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All of the tour guides provided by CharlieTheTraveler on the South Africa trip offered authentic experiences of the sites we were brought to.

All of the tour guides provided by CharlieTheTraveler on the South Africa trip offered authentic experiences of the sites we were brought to. They were knowledgeable...

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Editor’s Take

What to Look For in South Africa Tour Reviews

Most trip reviews tend to focus on some or all of these 5 key areas, not all of which may be relevant to you: the tour guide, travel company, service level, country or countries traveled in, and the trip itinerary.

Remember, just because you see a 1 star review doesn’t necessarily mean that person disliked the country.

First, for a majority of travelers, the flight to South Africa is long. From many spots in the United States, you’ll spend near 21 hours each direction in the air. Australia and Asia experience similarly long flights. For travelers who find themselves having a layover, consider an overnight layover, where you can spend a night sleeping in a bed. This helps ease exhaustion, especially for those who can’t sleep on planes. You’ll arrive ready for your South African adventure.

There are some security issues when it comes to South Africa, which can be a shock for some travelers. Especially if you go to Johannesburg, you’ll feel the more “dangerous” sides just by being outside and driving through the city. This should not discourage you from traveling to South Africa!

Being prepared and knowing your surroundings, it can help immensely. Many homes have bars on the windows, and security guards, even in the higher end areas. Violence was a huge concern, and can still be, but don’t let this break your trip. There will be a shock but shortly after, travelers see this is just the way of life in South Africa.

Many travelers have mentioned South Africa as one of the best experiences of their life, which is no surprise. Between the ocean, the mountains, the wineries in the capelands, and the wildlife, it’s pretty hard to not enjoy yourself. There is surely something that everyone will enjoy. South Africa is filled with history, art, and great food. There are endless adventures, and the pace of life is very relaxed.

Many reviewers mentioned the safari. Some may say a day or two is enough for a safari. You can see these animals at the zoo. This is far from the truth. There are very few things that beat seeing a family of elephants strolling during sunrise, or watching the hippo crossings between dusk.

Looking in the brush for the lions trying to hide from the hot sun, and zebras running through the grass. All of it is amazing and every game drive is different. Every animal encounter is magical.

Another South Africa “hot spot” among reviewers is Cape Town with a side trip to the wine area, either Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. Stroll through the cute towns filled with restaurants, shops, and markets. Hop on the wine tram, that transports you between wineries in the region.

Consider a stay in a bed and breakfast. Transportation between wine country and Cape Town is about an hour, and there are numerous buses that leave each day between the two. While this is an easy day trip, you may want to consider staying overnight. The region makes for a great weekend trip!

If you want a professional take on traveling in South Africa, see the Travelstride South Africa Guide »