Thrill to seeing wild animals in their natural environment and be stunned by their majesty. Explore Cape Town, ride to the top of awe-inspiring Table Mountain and travel to the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the continent. Whatever site you're visiting on this incredible adventure, delight in seeing diverse plant and animal life and spectacular scenery!
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If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter South Africa and return to the United States.
U.S. passport holders traveling to the Republic of South Africa for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes do not need visas. Your passport must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and must contain at least two blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry into the country is sought in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. Please be advised that if you do not comply with this regulation, you run the risk of being forced to return to your previous destination at your expense. Also be sure to allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details.
There must be certified birth certificates for all children in a party who are under age 18. In addition, guests 18 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent. If you are not a U. S. citizen, please check with the South African Embassy or Consulate for information on documentation requirements.
You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.
PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY FOR TELEPHONE CALLS made to access CIBT specialists.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of checked baggage per person plus one carry-on per person, due to internal flights within South Africa.
• 1 checked bag not to exceed 20kg/44lbs.
• 1 carry-on bag not to exceed 7kg/15lbs and not to exceed dimensions 22x14x9" (so that it can fit under the seat or in overhead compartment).
• 1 small item may also be carry-on, i.e. purse, coat, umbrella.
With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.
Comfortable shoes are needed as this adventure includes a considerable amount of walking. Most attire is casual, although one "smart casual" outfit is recommended. Layered clothes are best, especially sweaters or jackets for cooler mornings and evenings.
• T-shirts (short and long-sleeved)
• Collared shirts
• Light sweater
• Jeans or long pants
• Casual dress/skirt (optional)
• Lightweight rain jacket
• Close-toed shoes
• Sturdy-soled walking shoes
• Stretch wool cap, scarf and gloves when traveling during May - August
• Warm sweater when traveling during May - August
• Camera/video camera
• Extra batteries or charger for camera
• Electric adapter
• Insect repellant
Since South Africa is situated in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are the reverse of those in North America, with midwinter in June and July and midsummer in December and January. In general the country enjoys a sunny climate all year round. Cape Town and the southernmost part of the Western Cape have a mild, changeable winter—the time most rainfall occurs, with temperatures ranging from a high of 64°F (18°C) and a low of 45°F (7°C). Summers tend to be warm to hot where highs and lows can reach 79°F (26°C) and 61°F (16°C), respectively. Overall, the average annual temperature in Cape Town is 63°F (17ºC). The summers in the interior regions of the country, including the Kapama Game Reserve are hot with more frequent rain. Winters are dry and warm, although they can sometimes be chilly at night.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
International Arrivals on Direct Flights into Cape Town
Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport (CPT), follow airport signage to the passport control/ immigration area. Once you've gone through passport control, follow additional airport signage directing you to baggage claim.
When you've secured your luggage, proceed to the Arrival Hall, where a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign will greet you. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation to your hotel.
International Arrivals into Johannesburg with a Connecting Flight to Cape Town
When boarding your first flight, it is important that your checked luggage is tagged through to Cape Town—not just to Johannesburg (this is to assure the luggage arrives at your ultimate destination in the event it's delayed or somehow routed separately). Even though Cape Town is the final destination and your luggage is tagged all the way through to Cape Town, you still will need to collect your luggage in Johannesburg to clear it through South African Customs control. Your international flight arrives in Johannesburg's Oliver R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). From your aircraft, proceed through passport control before collecting your luggage. Once cleared through Customs, you will turn your checked luggage back over to the luggage transfer desk. The personnel there will assure your luggage is then routed to your Cape Town flight. Once you arrive in Cape Town (CPT), collect your luggage (which has already been cleared by Customs in Johannesburg) and proceed into the Arrival Hall where a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign will greet you. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your ground transportation to your hotel.
On the final day of your Adventure, an early afternoon flight will bring you from the Kapama Game Reserve to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg for your return flight home. To assure a comfortable connection in Johannesburg, your evening flight should not be scheduled any time prior to 6:00 PM.
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The unit of monetary currency is the South African rand. ATM machines are available in most places to obtain cash in the local currency, and credit or debit cards are widely accepted. However, cash and travelers' checks are suggested to settle most accounts. From time to time you may have trouble paying with travelers' checks, but you will be able to exchange them at local banks or post offices. Your Adventure Guide can help you with any currency issues or language barriers.
Adventure Guide Gratuities
Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, per Adventure Guide, per day.
Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day—$8 - $11 USD
• For a 10-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $80 - $110 USD.
• A family of 4 for a 10-day adventure: $320 - $440 USD per Adventure Guide.
For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $640 - $880 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.
Adventures by Disney has arranged for all of your accommodation and transportation needs during your stay in South Africa as specified in your trip itinerary. If you choose to visit other parts of the country on your own, we highly advise you to hire a driver and car to escort you during your travels. Please ask your Adventure Guide for assistance regarding any transportation arrangements you may need.
Besides English, South Africa has 10 other official languages: Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu, with Afrikaans being the first or second language of the majority of South Africans. However, English is widely understood in urban areas and is the dominant language of the government and media.
The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to South Africa:
English Akrikaans Pronunciation Hello Hallo Hallo Goodbye Totsiens Totseens Good morning Goeie môre Gh-oo-ee maw-re Good afternoon Goeie middag Gh-oo-ee-uh midd-ahgh Goodnight Goeienag Gh-oo-ee-nah-gh Yes Ja Yah No Nee Kneer Adventure Avontuur Avan-toor Cheers! Gesondheid Gazoon-teit
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.
- Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded
If you are coming from the U.S., you are advised to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding travel. Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements for vaccinations for travel to South Africa.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
You will fly into Cape Town International Airport (CPT). International flights into Cape Town generally arrive midday if the flight is routed through a European gateway such as London or Frankfurt. Flights departing East Coast gateways such as Atlanta, Dulles or New York typically arrive in the evening hours in Cape Town. Some flights departing the USA may include a changeover in Johannesburg en route to Cape Town. Regardless of your flight's arrival time you will be met at the Cape Town airport and transferred to your hotel.
On the final day of the adventure, an early afternoon flight will bring you from Hoedspruit to O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg for your return flight home. To ensure a comfortable connection in Johannesburg, your evening flight should not be scheduled any time prior to 6:00 PM.
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For South Africa, transfers are included from the Cape Town International Airport (CPT) to the Cape Town hotel on your arrival day. On your departure day, you will be flown to the O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg with a mid-afternoon arrival time that comfortably allows connections to departing evening international flights.
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Yes, you may stay in South Africa before our itinerary begins. Pre-night stays in the Cape Town hotel are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Post-night stays are not available. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
Travel from your hotels to sites in and near Cape Town and within the Garden Route region will be by motor coach. On Day 5, you will fly on a commercially scheduled flight from Cape Town to the Garden Route. On Day 7, you will fly on a commercially scheduled flight from the Garden Route to Hoedspruit via Johannesburg. On Day 10, you will fly on a commercially scheduled flight from Hoedspruit back to Johannesburg.
- What is the climate like?Expanded
Since South Africa is situated in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are the reverse of those in North America, with midwinter in June and July and midsummer in December and January. In general, the country enjoys a sunny climate all year round. Cape Town and the southernmost part of the Western Cape have a mild, changeable winter—the time most rainfall occurs—and a warm to hot summer. The winters in the interior regions of the country, including the Kapama Game Reserve, are mostly dry, cool and often chilly at night. Early morning and evening game drives can be quite chilly and adequate warm clothing is required. Many guests find that a wool stretch cap, a scarf and gloves, combined with cool weather layers of clothes, are sufficient to remain comfortable. The game drive vehicles are equipped with wool blankets for covering legs and torsos. Summers are hot and experience more frequent rain.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
This is an active trip. However, all the activities are easy, and you can always choose to opt in or out as you wish. There are swimming pools at all 3 hotels; however, none are heated. There may be up to 2 hours of casual walking during a full day of activity in Cape Town and along the Garden Route. There is a short, easy bike ride in the Winelands area on Day 4. Game-viewing on Days 7-10 is enjoyed while riding in 4x4 vehicles. While nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if enjoyed separately, the full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
We recommend that children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel on our South Africa trip. This is based on several factors including flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months, and the amount of physical activity involved. Last but not least, the game viewing at Kapama for the final 3 days of the trip involves close encounters with large wild animals such as lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos and rhinoceroses. A level of maturity is required to understand that sitting still and staying quiet is essential for fully enjoying this unique experience. Therefore, children should be a minimum of 6 years old for the game drives. Because each child is different, please call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served each morning in buffet style and offers a variety of dishes. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat and pasta or rice entrées; vegetables and salad; and desserts and fruit. Some included meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to allow you and your family time to enjoy meals by yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in locations where you have many dining options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of, and solely responsible for, providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
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