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One of the world’s most physically beautiful countries, South Africa has become a favorite destination for active travelers. Beyond its superb natural surroundings, its vast cultural landscape spans the ages from ancient African civilizations to landmarks of the anti-apartheid era. South Africa tours may include game parks, cities, cultural excursions, scenic drives -- or all in one -- so settle in with Stride and find your ideal match.

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South Africa Trip Reviews


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South Africa Tour Reviews - Summary
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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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A comprehensive and very enjoyable trip in this incredible country! October 2018

4.0

Johannesburg to Cape Town

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
A thoroughly enjoyable trip!

This trip is pretty full on and many hours are spent on the bus, travelling
from place to place. However, as the scenery is constantly changing this adds
to the whole experience.

Whilst not as wildlife rich as some other countries I've visited it still had
it's wonderful moments. I didn't expect to see so many hyena's, an animal
which I've never understood the reaction of many people; that being "they're
so ugly". I've always found them to be beautiful! Lions eluded us but we did
manage to see a leopard and African painted dogs, which felt very lucky
indeed. Also spotted two young male giraffes squaring up to each other and
practice fighting. That also felt like a rare privilege to see.

If you want wide ranging experiences from a holiday this is definitely for
you! I loved it!
Exploring the Drakensberg mountains, where we did a small walk.

I could very easily spend a whole week (or longer) in this one area alone. I
actually felt this way many times during the trip so pinning down a single
inspirational moment is an impossible task for me.

As South Africa is such a large country, this trip was always going to a
taster for me. I will definitely return and hopefully spend more time in the
areas I most liked.


Petro was a fantastic guide and was always there to help; full of
information, particularly that of South Africa's history, ensures that you'll
always find the longer journeys interesting.

I must also mention Joel, who was not only the driver but did many other jobs
such as preparing the meals, particularly the braais (South African
barbeque). We never went hungry! Even people who didn't like certain foods
were catered for!

Both guides worked extremely hard and I often felt that especially after the
long drives the group could easily have eaten out. This would have meant that
the guides, after the long driving days, wouldn't have to cook for the group!


I travelled in August and underestimated how cold it was going to be,
particularly in the coastal regions. I should have packed a couple more
thicker jumpers and some thicker trousers too.


I highly recommend this trip if you want a fully rounded experience and
something to give you a taste of this amazing country!

This trip has certainly renewed my faith in Exodus as previously I'd had a
couple of very disappointing trips, which I learnt were run by another
company, based in Tanzania. Trips in the Southern African countries (at least
the ones I've been on) have been run by Mask; these encompass all the best
trips I've ever done.

You'll not be disappointed!


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Operator Exodus Travels

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An amazing journey October 2018

5.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is an amazing journey through different climates as you head due north
into the sun. A stunning landscape which is continuously changing plus
amazing encounters with animals and birds in the parks. Even in our tents at
night we were entertained by the sounds of elephants, hippos and night jars
and in Victoria Falls the distant thundering of the falls. Towards the end of
the trip you can also engage with locals.
There were so many inspirational moments. Standing on top of the Big Daddy
Dune, rhinos illuminated by a waterhole at night, elephants playing in water,
the best apple crumble in the middle of the desert. A loo with an amazing
view over the Fish River Canyon, Hippos in the night, Vic Falls in the first
light of the morning, Quad biking in the dunes at Swakopmund, birds, birds
and more birds, Helicopter over the Falls,.


Our guides, led by Justin, worked incredibly hard to ensure we could enjoy
the journey.


We were never hungry (Justin was a great cook), we slept well (stretcher beds
with mattresses) and there were frequent comfort breaks even if there were no
facilities only a “bushi bushi “ and the desert does not always have
those! We were with a great bunch of people who were all prepared for the
conditions and developed a good camaraderie.

We took South African Rand with us which was also accepted throughout
Namibia, one for one. In Zimbabwe any currency is accepted as they don’t
have their own. US dollars is easiest . You need USD cash for the border visa
and for anything the guide takes you to as a group, although credit cards are
widely accepted. But we could not obtain cash anywhere, even directly from
the banks.

Optional extras at Victoria Falls not to be missed – afternoon tea at the
Victoria Falls Hotel, really good value with stunning views of the distant
“smoke” from the falls and the sinking sun changing colours, the Outlook
café for snacks and meals with stunning views and the screams of zip liners!
At Vic Falls in late August the Devil’s pool and boiling pot hike were not
available as the water was still too high at 35% of full capacity. There is
so much to do and see here, and you won’t want this trip to end – we
stayed on a couple days at the Vic Falls rest camp.


Our only disappointment was that one of the highlights, as per the trip
notes, had not been booked – the 3 nights inside the national park to see
animals at the waterhole at night time. However, our guide told us about this
en route and a contact direct to Exodus did ensure we had one night at a
waterhole. Something worth confirming in advance as this highlight is not to
be missed. Not only does it mean you can see animals at night but also you
are already well inside the park in the morning to catch early sightings.


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A wonderful/difficult, stunning/arduous, inspirational/uncomfortable Adventure! October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was my seventh Exodus tour. It was a trip with stunning sights--the Cape
of Good Hope and Table Mountain, the dunes of the Namib desert, the
incredible animals of Etosha and Chobe Parks, hippos and crocs along the
Chubango River, the magnificent Victoria Falls. But this trip is not for
those looking for an easy tour. The drives are long and sometimes exhausting.
Tent camping is not for everyone, and there is a lot of it, and the bus for
this particular trip was not appropriate--too small for a group of 16 plus 3
guides and associated equipment with no heat and no ac. Our guides (Andrew,
Skoo, and Innocent) were wonderful--hard working, knowledgeable, and deeply
devoted to our well-being. We also had an amenable group, and that's
important, because we were in fairly close quarters to each other on this
trip.
Seeing four lions come out of the bush toward a waterhole in Etosha Park
teeming with other animals, only to see those animals part like the Red Sea
to make room for their feared predators. Blasting through a stage five rapid
on the lower Zambezi River. Catching magnificent African sunsets.


Andrew was always working very, very hard. He was friendly, tolerant,
incredibly knowledgeable, and devoted to making sure we had the best trip
possible.


A good headlamp is essential as are wet wipes (packed in a ziplock bag to
make sure they don't dry out). In early September, South Africa isn't just
cool, it's COLD, so if you travel at that time, bring a good coat, stocking
hat, and gloves (which are also important for handling the small tent hooks).
Beyond Swakopmund, it gets very hot, so you have to pack for both extremes.
Bring a swim suit--you'll want to use it. Also, be sure to pay extra to take
the open-air 4-wheel-drive game drive in Etosha. It was worth every penny.
Make sure whatever you use for a camera has a LOT of memory--you will take
more photos on this trip than any other. Your sleeping bag must be
comfortable, as you'll spend a lot of time in it. I also brought along an
inflatable pad which helped a great deal, and don't forget a pillow! The
dust/dirt roads in Namibia are often very rough, and you will get bumped
around a lot, but if you want to see some of that country's great sites, and
you will, then you have to put up with its roads!


If the bus has a license plate reading DF-00-CY-GP, and you have more than
ten people in your group, insist on another one, or get ready for a rough
trip.


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Elephantastic October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
This was an amazing trip covering thousands of kilometres, a plethora of
wildlife and geological features and some insight into some of the cultures
of the countries visited.
I thought it would be the elephants crossing the river at Chobe, or canoeing
on the Zambesi, or Victoria Falls, or seeing giraffes or or or - the list
goes on.
However, the sudden gorgeous orange red glow of the African sunsets will stay
with me forever as will sitting by the waterhole in Etosha and watching the
animals arrive, especially the 40 elephants.


Our guides were Ende - the outgoing, but sensitive, leader anxious to please
us whilst keeping us in check to make sure that we fitted in a very full
itinerary, Andrew who was quietly extraordinarily efficient and always on the
lookout to make sure we were all right, and Innocent whose knowledge of birds
and stars was phenomenal. Their cooking was amazing - don't believe the trip
notes' description of 'basic'. It wasn't long before we felt we were
travelling with knowledgeable friends. Thank you Ende, Andrew and Innocent.


Take a hat, binoculars, anti mosquito spray and keep clothes to a minimum.
Warm sleeping bag, (possibly + liner). Some long journeys, so you might want
a kindle.


Great, though if you are just into wildlife, there may be a better trip for
you.


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Amazing Southern Africa October 2018

4.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Full on tour of Namibia, Chobe, Vic Falls and Cape Town which was enjoyed by
my family of 4 , age range 16-53.
Should have taken season 3/4 sleeping bags for the camping as southern
Namibia is cold at night in August!
The hosts Ande Andrew and Innoccent were efficient at running a tight ship.
Chobe National Park at sunset with the birds in their flocks going to roost.
Watering holes in Etosha National Park were phenomenal.At one point there
were at least 40 elephants by the water together with impalas, zebras, eland
and a couple of giraffes,not forgetting various bird species.
Sossusvlei dunes ever phenomenal in Namibia and Deadvlei’s skeleton acacias
very photogenic.
Sunrise and sunsets have left a golden impression of the entire holiday.


Excellent time keeper who has leadership qualities of an army general which
he relaxed once he had sussed out the group.


For the camping trip ensure you take a suitably warm sleeping bag and
clothing . Travel light as there’s a lot of loading and unloading into the
truck.
Soft back packs are ideal.


Thank you for a memorable trip.


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Operator Exodus Travels

South Africa Tours and Travel Guide


South Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Spanning nine provinces and eight UNESCO heritage sites, South Africa is a haven for adventure seekers, history buffs, naturalists, wine connoisseurs, and hikers, among many others.

The smallest province, Gauteng, is the most densely populated and hosts a powerhouse of attractions, including Johannesburg (the largest city) and the township of Soweto, site of the anti-apartheid 1976 uprisings. Johannesburg, which was built on the discovery of gold in 1886, hosts the Apartheid Museum, which documents South Africa’s freedom struggle. Just outside the city, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site contains some of the most important paleo-anthropological discoveries in the world, with 14 excavated fossil sites and 200 unexplored caves.

The "Mother City"

Cape Town, in the Western Cape province and dubbed South Africa’s “Mother City,” is sandwiched between towering Table Mountain and bustling Table Bay harbor. Part of the extensive Table Mountain National Park mountain chain, Table Mountain can be accessed on foot or via the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – a must on any itinerary. Another “don’t miss” stop in Cape Town, Robben Island, is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in incarceration.

Cape Town is also known for its beaches, nightlife, art galleries and a wealth of vineyards. Many travel providers include the trip to Cape Winelands on their tours, with wine tastings and gourmet meals on the docket. Cape Town also marks the starting point for tours to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Some 3,000 African penguins call the beach home, and you can get close-up views of their daily activities. In spring, southern right whales visit the coastline.

The Western Cape

Many tours take in the Western Cape’s natural attractions, including Cape Point, home to scenic bays, beaches, rolling hills and valleys. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral region, which harbors nearly 20 percent of Africa’s flora. Along the province's eastern coastline lies the picturesque Garden Route, which stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The perfect end to a Garden Route tour is a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth.

South Africa’s main beach scene runs north and south of Durban on the east coast. To the west sprawls the Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, home to the Drakensberg, South Africa's largest mountain range and more than 600 rock-art sites, with paintings by the San people who once roamed here. The province is the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.

Kruger for Wildlife

For wildlife spotting, including the Big Five, Kruger National Park (Africa’s oldest) is the place. Tours typically include morning and evening game drives and bush walks -- and often add on scenic drives along the waterfall-and-mountain-laden Panorama Route as well as deep Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth.

With so much to consider, Stride can help take the stress out of proceeding on your South Africa journey. Simply compare what our travel providers have to offer, make your choices, and you’ll soon be on your way to the splendid southern tip of Africa.

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Continent:

Africa

Local Attractions:

Kruger National Park; Table Mountain, Amphitheatre, Cape Winelands, Durban beaches, Blyde River Canyon and Many More

Top Activities:     

Wildlife viewing, Exploring Culture & Safari

Similar Destinations:       

TanzaniaKenyaBotswanaNamibiaZimbabweZambia & Uganda

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