Overall, the trip to South Africa was good, however, the travel connections were terrible and hence I cannot recommend this trip to others given the same flight connections. Newark to Athens (2 hr layover) 5, hour flight to Dubai, 5 hour layover and then a 9.5 hour flight to Johannesburg. Returning was worst as we have to go through multiple security checks in Athens. As far as the trip, our tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. Hotels were very nice and the last dinner in a Traditional African restaurant was amazing! EF needs to stream line the agenda between Johannesburg and Kruger National Park. as you could reduce the stay n Johannesburg 1 night and fly at night to Cape town instead of wasting most of one day travelling. There were some issues with one of the other EF groups travelling, however, if EF wants to discuss those items please contact me offline. Again, country was very nice, but travel plans in/out from Newark were terrible.
Brianr / Adult traveler Somerset, NJ / Posted on July 30, 2018
Too Much Wasted Time
We began Day 1 - as our flight was scheduled at 11:55 pm, this is hardly a day!
We had two stopovers, one of which was not on the ticket as it was a "fuel" stop, yet some passengers had a ticket to Athens as their destination?? When we arrived 2 days later - (remember, day 1 counts?) we learned that a group from LA had a direct flight from Atlanta and another option was a direct flight from JFK- this seems to make the most sense for the groups from NJ PA and NY. This in effect gave the LA group 1-1/2 days extra in the country than the NJ, PA or NY group for the same amount of money-grossly unfair!
Two days o the eight were spent on a bus, more wasted time.
All the accommodations and food were wonderful. The tour director, B.F.M., was fantastic, knowledgeable and very flexible.
Teacherjc / Group leader Somerset NJ / Posted on July 23, 2018
It was such a great experience!
JLSSSSSSSSSSSS / Student traveler Cedar Grove, NJ / Posted on July 05, 2018
South Africa is amazing! It was the most beautiful place I've been (and I've been to a few different countries) with its beach views and mountain backgrounds. Amazing sight seeing from Kruger Park safari to Boulder Beach and Robbin Island. A visit of local communities has richly added to my life experiences and invisible knapsack. The cultural experience and food were great. And, the accommodations were notable. Overall an incredible trip!
globalgirl01 / Student traveler Atlanta, GA / Posted on June 25, 2018
Eye-opening and thrilling!
This was a trip that truly did provide a full glimpse of South Africa; from Soweto to Kruger to Cape Town, I feel like we really saw everything we needed to! Cape Town was my personal favorite since we were near the beach, and the safari is something you can only imagine until you experience it yourself. I would definitely recommend this tour because it’s nothing like you would see in Europe or elsewhere- South Africa’s culture and landscape is stunning and something that everyone should witness! My only two complaints are that our game driver arrived an hour late leaving us to stand in the cold for an hour (40 degrees), but considering how great the safari was, it’s barely a complaint now, and we ate a lot of junky food on the trip. Heck, we are in Africa, we shouldn’t be eating burgers and fries!
Mazzy / Student traveler Murrells Inlet, SC / Posted on June 24, 2018
This was an amazing trip.
I really enjoyed visiting South Africia. I to learned so much about the culture and history of the people, and saw South Africia in a different light than portrayed on TV. The people was very welcoming and the scenic drive from Johnansburg to Kruger National park is gorgeous. Capetown has a beautiful Waterfront, beautiful beaches, and botanical garden. The food was great, so I would say this tour is something I would do again if given the opportunity.
Cshele / Adult traveler Chester, Virginia / Posted on June 23, 2018
Wonderful experience! Great planning, attention to detail, and excellent tour guides. Learned a lot and saw amazing scenery.
Africaman / Adult traveler Brentwood, TN / Posted on June 16, 2018
I really enjoyed the South Africa tour it was a lifetime experience ...
EvyT / Adult traveler Racine Wisconsin / Posted on July 09, 2017
Once in a Lifetime Adventure
A few Johannesburg stops/visits did not occur as detailed on the itinerary. Kruger National Park Safari was amazing...saw 20+ different animals! Cape Town was one of the most beautiful coast lines I have ever seen! Overall, highly recommend a visit/tour to this part of the world!!!
Georgia88 / Adult traveler Atlanta, GA / Posted on July 07, 2017
My Africa Experience
I really enjoyed my experience. I enjoyed learning about other cultures. I enjoyed learning new facts and experiencing the sights. I did not like that we did not get to try authentic cuisine and that the tour guide didn't seem to listen to what our group wanted to do.
africagirl2017 / Student traveler Kenosha, WI / Posted on July 04, 2017