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South Africa Tour & Trip Reviews

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Christina

Sep 2015

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The Trip has been organized very well.

The Trip has been organized very well. You could always talk to the leader if you had a question or a problem and he gave us as many informations as posible. I had a...

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David

Sep 2015

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The crew was great: MJ very personable

The crew was great: MJ very personable, experienced, and fun to be with; Simon a highly entertaining and competent cook; and John the friendly, perfect driver. The i...

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Patrick

Sep 2015

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The best Guides! (MJ, Simon, John) it

The best Guides! (MJ, Simon, John) it was all the time funy :)

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Samira

Sep 2015

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Very good guides and excellent experiences!

Very good guides and excellent experiences!

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Lydia

Dec 2019

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Had the best time.

Travelling alone I was nervous about the trip but I had nothing to worry about and had the best time. Evans as guide and Ernest as our driver could not have been nic...

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Matthew

Nov 2019

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This trip was amazing

This trip was amazing. It's an experience I will remember forever. Our tour guide, Jay was outstanding and he made every second of the trip better with his great per...

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Crystal

Nov 2019

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This trip was one of a life time!

This trip was one of a life time! I was a solo traveller and being apart of this group that quickly turned to family helped me grow and of course showed me parts of ...

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CHRISTIAN

Nov 2019

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An amazing trip

This trip was everything and nothing short of incredible. KB and Aaron were the best guides imaginable and set us up for an amazing trip of animal spotting, enjoy th...

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Sara

Sep 2019

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An authentic and genuine experience!

There is no question, this trip was incredible! If you’re lucky enough to be paired with the “dream team” Rene and Cosmos you will not be disappointed! Amazing locat...

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Kelsey

Jun 2019

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it was an absolutely life-changing experience.

This was my first group trip and my first time to Africa, and it was an absolutely life-changing experience. Everyone in the group was so great, and we were all open...

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Shelley

Apr 2019

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the most amazing things that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

If you are considering doing a Safari trip but you are travelling alone and have some safety concerns, then look no further. This is the trip for you. This was an un...

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Haley

Dec 2018

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This trip was awesome.

This trip was awesome. It was the first I’ve done, and I will definitely be doing more. Traveling with other people my age and with my interests really made it easy ...

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Luiz

Sep 2015

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Everything was perfect!! Our guide, Johannes, explain

Everything was perfect!! Our guide, Johannes, explain us everything what we saw along the trip and also gives us detailed information. Congrats also to our driver an...

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Alicia

Sep 2015

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Wonderful trip, group, leaders, and overall experience

Wonderful trip, group, leaders, and overall experience

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Stacey

Sep 2015

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I was very happy with every stage

I was very happy with every stage of the tour I felt like Jo did a great job showing us authentic experiences wherever we went. Camping accommodations were very comf...

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Davina

Sep 2015

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Easy to cover significant area of country

Easy to cover significant area of country without having to...

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Joel

Sep 2015

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Knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Great value.

Knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Great value.

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Anonymous

Oct 2018

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Diverse trip that exceeded (already high) expectations!

A wonderful trip full of beautiful varied scenery, challenging cycles, wildlife, and history! While we did spend substantial amounts of time cycling, it also felt ...

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Anonymous

Oct 2018

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Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger

This tour is not a race it’s about taking your time and embracing the scenery, culture and everything the trip has to offer. Seeing the diversity of the scenery and...

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Anonymous

Jan 2018

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Cycling and Safari in South Africa

This was a good trip with a great balance of cycling and safari. However, there are some really long transfers between days, not just the transfer to and from the ...

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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 »