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Reviews of Johannesburg Tours
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 219 Great 42 Average 1 Disappointing 1 Terrible 0
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals



Exceeded my Expectations! July 2019


South Africa Highlights & Safari

For someone who usually plans every detail of my travels...going on a group tour was not something I relished. Plus, I knew that Smartours was considered a “budget” travel company, so my expectations weren’t that high. However, other than a few minor inconveniences, this trip exceeded my expectations. The magical African landscapes and its kind, welcoming people made this adventure one of the best vacations I’ve been on. Pros: Well-paced itinerary that gave us the opportunity for some free time to plan our own activities, smallish group (25) of lovely, considerate, fellow travelers (we were in the minority of “younger” folks and we are in our 50s), excellent included tours, mostly lovely hotels/lodges, amazing breakfasts/dinners, included porter services at all stops, Smartours CEO personally responded quickly to our inquiry regarding booking cost concern, and our delightful and attentive guide Jonathan. Cons: 6 hour scheduled layover, most uncomfortable 14+ hour flight ever via South African Airways, trip extension Vic Falls guide was very personable, but not very attentive, Smartours sends trip info only 2 weeks prior to departure (would love to have had this info sooner), several of the optional tours were mediocre. But honestly...if you’re a frequent traveler...these concerns are pretty minor. I will definitely be recommending the South Africa Tour to friends for value/quality and hope that ST keeps its word about limiting group sizes to under 25. I will definitely use them again in the future! Read more

Operator SmarTours



Cycling Drakensberg and Kruger October 2018


Cycling the Drakensberg & 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 the wild animals in Kruger.

Tallis ably assisted by Vuyo were first rate tending to all our requirements.
All the meals prepared by the leaders were excellent considering the
facilities available to them, more than enough for everyone and dietary
requirements well catered for.

Be prepared for some long challenging hill climbs but scenery is worth the

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Operator Exodus Travels



Diverse trip that exceeded (already high) expectations! October 2018


Cycling the Drakensberg & Kruger

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 like there was a good amount of time for non-cycling
activities: visiting several historical / archeological sites of interest,
hiking, swimming on multiple days, and enjoying a beer in the evening. The
cycle days also weren't rushed, with good breaks for coffee and lunch on most

Our lead guide, Peter, was fantastic: so experienced in leading cycle trips
and a conservationist on top of it, which was particularly insightful for our
time in Kruger.

The accommodation was all very comfortable and the many meals prepared by the
guides were great: including several barbecues and often hot breakfasts or
lunches at picnic spots!
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Operator Exodus Travels


We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional. Read more

Operator Discover Corps



Helpful and knowledgeable July 2018


Discover South Africa and Victoria Falls

Hi Ayesha, Glenn and I had a most wonderful trip to South Africa and Zambia. There were 18 in the tour group and we all got along famously. Our tour guide from Johannesburg was Catherine Boshof (spelling?) and she was great. She has 20 years experience so provided us with so much detail and a lot of laughs. All hotels and their staff were so helpful and knowledgeable, and the rooms were very nice. All meals were delicious. Overall, Glenn and I had a wonderful time in two such beautiful countries. It is our hope that we return to Africa one day. I really need to see the big 5 up close and personal! Regards,
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Operator Indus Travels



The trip was fantastic! February 2018


Discover South Africa With Victoria Falls

Our trip was fantastic. Much more than we ever expected. The Capetown leg you recommended was unbelievable. It was made especially great by our guide Renee. She was always on-time, knowledgeable, exceedingly friendly, and had many great recommendations and suggestions. The guides were excellent and the game drives we went on were magical. We saw all of the big five and had some great adventures * Victoria Falls was mostly dry but that was because of the dry season. Here, again, the guide was always prompt and informed. We did some walking around in Livingstone and drank in the culture. All the transfers we on time, all of the guides were excellent, and there wasn't a single glitch. Kudos. Obviously this tour was not your "sit in a bus and take in the scenery" type tour. It was exactly what we wanted. Read more

Operator Indus Travels

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