The best parts of this tour were the two days at Kruger Wildlife Park and the trip to the Cape of Good Hope. Hotels were great and most meals were also. The only real disappointment for me was time spent at the Natural History Museum in Capetown. We had only 40 minutes or so to explore and the museum has little to offer. I went on my own to the South African Jewish Museum and Holocaust Museum and found that much more interesting. More free time to explore Capetown would have been appreciated also. Our tour director was wonderful, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Shopping was great and very economical. While I'm not sure I would have been able to afford upgrading my seating for the flights, the option would have been appreciated. 24 hours of travel time in economy seats was harsh.
zoftig / Adult traveler Tucson, Arizona / Posted on July 02, 2016
Beautiful South Africa!!
South Africa is an amazing country and the trip allowed us to fully experience it. The safari was a once in a lifetime experience!! My only issue is that I wish we had more flexibility in choosing the itinerary. There are a few things we would have exchanged for others, like a visit to a diamond mine.
/ Adult traveler Brooklyn, New York / Posted on August 23, 2015
We Love South Africa
On all levels from the hotel accommodations, local tours to Robbins Island and more, guides and most importantly the people of South Africa, our group had a life affirming experience. We experienced city, rural, suburban environments, connected with a social service agency and visited a local school. I am determined to return to this amazing country again.
Tattle / Group leader New York, NY / Posted on August 14, 2015
My first time to the African continent was amazing! Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Due to the fact that our guide, Duane, was the most knowledgeable person on African culture I ever will meet. He provided us with such an indebt information on the history, economy, agriculture , animal wildlife, of Johannesburg, CapeTown and surrounding area. I now have a wonderful journal of my first hand experiences on one of the best EF Tours I have ever been on.
Junebugslive / Adult traveler Stroudsburg PA / Posted on August 13, 2015
Dream Comes True
This trip exceeded all of my expectations thanks to the meticulous planning by our group leader and the expertise our tour director. I especially enjoyed our safari and accommodations. The scenery of Africa is breathtaking. Other notable highlights included our visit to Robben island and to The Cape of Good Hope.
AfricanDreamer / Adult traveler E. Stroudsburg, PA / Posted on August 06, 2015
I traveled on the South Africa tour from June 15th to June 25th with 10 other students and 4 chaperons. The first flight had a 3 hour delay and we almost missed the connecting flight, so when we finally got to Johannesburg we weren't in the best mood. However we were amazed by how great our tour guide was and how much fun we immediately began having. The food was always fantastic no matter where we went, everything was cheap for us to buy, and literally every person we met was extremely friendly and people were always willing to wave to you as you went by on the tour bus.
The majority of us agreed that Kruger National Park's safari was the most fun because back home we'd always loved safari animals and going to the zoo. So to have these animals in the wild right in front of us was amazing. Just the bus ride to the national park and back was amazing because we got to stop at a bunch of cool places along the way.
The hotels were all great and accommodating, and our guide allowed us to alter the itinerary when we wanted to see a certain place or do something different.
Overall the only thing that I really disliked was how how short the tour was. For the amount of money I paid I feel it should have been at least a few days longer. I suppose the flights took up a huge sum of the money paid. I did however earn all the money for this trip myself at my basic job at Walgreens so this is absolutely affordable if you work hard even when you're just a high school student.
The people, food, cities, towns, scenery, animals, and history drew me in and left me wanting more. I especially miss Cape Town now and want to go back! I highly recommend this tour to anyone that is willing to go to Africa. Don't listen to anybody that tells you it's dangerous or you will get a disease. We had no trouble at all and didn't see a single mosquito. It was fantastic and made me rethink the typical American view of Africa.
youngadventure2015 / Student traveler Sussex, Wisconsin / Posted on June 28, 2015
Tour guide was an excellent guide. Betsy was an excellent coordinator. would love for EF Tours to provide input immediately and options for upgrading the flights to comfort, particularly when flying such long hours. More consideration in time of flights would have been nice. Return trip we were in airports and flying in excess of 24 hours....did not seem to be good planning or use of our travel days.
bailey7382 / Adult traveler West Point, VA 23181 / Posted on June 27, 2015
This trip was a good introduction to the southern part of Africa. The overall experience was quite positive, though I thought there were some organizational/logistical issues that could have been handled more smoothly. Some of the "advertised" itinerary as it applied to Johannesburg were not delivered. It was especially disappointing to miss the Apartheid Museum. Our tour director did try to make up for this omission in other ways, and, while commendable, was still not the same as promised. I realize that circumstances sometimes dictate improvisational measures and almost all travel includes such contingencies, but I felt this was a major omission. Our tour director was quite knowledgeable and generally very accessible and friendly. The accommodations were quite nice, much better than I had anticipated. This was my first excursion to this part of Africa, so I have nothing with which to compare it, but I was quite glad that I availed myself of this opportunity. It was indeed a very rewarding and unique experience.
Redbird / Adult traveler Sheridan, WY / Posted on August 12, 2014
My Daughter's trip to South Africa with EF Tours was a once in a lifetime experience and she had a great time. EF handled all the details and I didn't have to worry about her safety. My daughter tells me the tour guide was pleasant and informative. I really liked the payment plan. Thank you EF Tours!
jjamms / Parent Truro, Massachusetts / Posted on May 15, 2014
This was an amazing experience for me and my students. The tour is definitely one of the pricier ones, and the trip is LOOOONNNG, but it was so worth it.
Our tour guide was fantastic. He knew everything about South Africa and was great with the students. My kids absolutely LOVED him.
The hotels we stayed at were all really nice. The lodge at Kruger National Park was awesome, and the cultural village across the street (thought it wasn't quite what I expected) wound up being one of the highlights of the trip.
Food was very good as well. This was my first EF Tour, but the other adults on the trip remarked that this was hands down the best food they had ever eaten on an EF tour.
Cape Town is stunning, though you probably won't have time to do everything that's on the itinerary. We went to the Castle of Good Hope on the last morning and skipped out on the South Africa Museum. Camps Bay (though not on the itinerary) was another favorite of the kids.
If you're concerned about safety, don't be. Everything we visited was completely safe, though you do have to make sure that you don't put valuables in your luggage! A few of the kids had their stuff picked through at the airport in Johannesburg.
Overall, highly recommended!
BTraveler / Group leader Boulder, CO / Posted on May 11, 2014