South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari

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Dates: Mar-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 11

Activity Level: 3

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $6,999

Non-member: $7,700

2015

REI Member: $7,199

Non-member: $7,925

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $2,099

Internal Airfare: $899

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 19–29
  • Nov 5–15
  • Dec 2–12

2015

  • Mar 9–19
  • Apr 14–24
  • Oct 12–22
  • Nov 2–12
  • Dec 2–12

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Group Size: 4-10

Activity Level: 3

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Road Cycling
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Wildlife Safari

Accommodations:

Hotels, 6 nights; Guesthouse, 1 night; Safari lodge, 3 nights.

Trip Highlights

  • Hike, kayak, cycle, and explore South Africa's natural and cultural highlights
  • Enjoy a 3-day safari at the famous Sabi Sand Reserve in search of the Big 5
  • Explore the Cape Winelands by bike and taste some of the local vintages
  • Hike Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain and kayak to an African Penguin colony
  • Discover the Drakensburg Mountains, a premier hiking destinations

Few destinations on Earth can rival amazing South Africa, with its alluring mix of breathtaking scenery, stirring history, and exhilarating adventure. Our multisport trip showcases South Africa's natural and cultural highlights, full of opportunities to discover its incredible land, people, and wildlife.

Our journey begins in spectacular Cape Town, nestled between the sandstone cliffs of Table Mountain and the deep blue Atlantic coastline. Here, we kayak to an African Penguin colony, cycle through the beautiful Cape Winelands, and hike to the summit of Table Mountain for a stunning panorama.

Next, we fly northeast to the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We hike from our hotel into the heart of the Drakensberg Mountains—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—among jagged peaks, towering pinnacles, and deep gorges. Ending our journey, we seek out the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo) in the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park.

Throughout our adventure, we sample the flavors of local cuisine and spend our evenings in comfortable lodging ranging from charming guesthouses to deluxe safari camps.

Want to make the most of your stay in Africa? Visit iconic Victoria Falls on our 3-day extension.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Welcome gathering at our hotel, centrally-located in Capetown.
  • Day 2 - Kayak to an African Penguin colony and hike at the Cape of Good Hope.
  • Day 3 - Hike up Table Mountain for fantastic views, then visit a township.
  • Day 4 - Cycle and taste our way through the vineyards of the Cape Winelands.
  • Day 5 - Fly to Durban and drive to the spectacular Drakensburg Mountains.
  • Days 6-7 - Explore the beautiful Drakensberg, a UNESCO World Heritage park.
  • Days 8-10 - Go on a 3-day safari in Sabi Sands Reserve, home to the "Big Five. "
  • Day 11 - Fly to Johannesburg and bid a fond farewell before departing for home.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Welcome gathering at our hotel, centrally-located in Capetown.

    Your trip begins today in Cape Town, South Africa. Affectionately known as "The Mother City", Cape Town's natural beauty, cosmopolitan atmosphere, outdoor accessibility and rich cultural diversity all combine to make South Africa's oldest city (founded in 1652) a fantastic starting point for our adventure. We'll be met at the Cape Town airport upon arrival and transferred to our centrally-located boutique hotel in the leafy Gardens neighborhood. A welcome gathering will be held in late afternoon, followed by a short orientation briefing conducted by our guide. We have the remainder of the evening at leisure to sample one of the great restaurants on nearby Kloof Street or just relax in the comfort of our hotel. Overnight in Cape Town for the next three nights.

  • Day 2 - Kayak to an African Penguin colony and hike at the Cape of Good Hope.

    After breakfast this morning, we head out for a full-day exploration of the wild Cape Peninsula. Our first stop will be Simonstown (approx. 45-minute transfer from our hotel) where we'll jump into our double kayaks for two hours of relaxed paddling in the fresh sea air of False Bay to Boulders Beach and the nearby African Penguin colony. After enjoying the antics of these little birds, we'll stop for lunch in a local seafood restaurant before continuing our drive down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope in Table Mountain National Park. Near the convergence point of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean currents, the Cape was first reached by European explorers in the late 15th century and later became an important stop along the spice trade route between Europe and the East Indies. Our own stop will include an hour-long uphill hike from the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Point, a rocky promontory offering awe-inspiring views of the rugged coastline and shimmering waters of False Bay. En route back to Cape Town, we'll navigate the 114 curves along Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most spectacularly scenic coastal roads, before returning to our hotel in late afternoon. Dinner tonight will be at the lively Cape Town Waterfront where we'll enjoy the festive atmosphere of our surroundings. All meals included.

    Sea kayaking: Approx. two hours (suitable for novices). Hiking: 2 miles on a well-marked path with 850' elevation gain.

  • Day 3 - Hike up Table Mountain for fantastic views, then visit a township.

    We get an early start today as our sights are set on conquering the 3,000-foot summit of Table Mountain! Beginning at the lower cable car station and accompanied by an experienced guide, we hike up the front face of the mountain along the Platteklip Gorge route. This trail offers magnificent vistas from bottom to top as well as an introduction to the indigenous "fynbos" flora of the Cape region, the smallest but richest of the world's six plant kingdoms with some 8,600 flowering species. Upon reaching the top of the gorge, we're greeted with panoramic views of Table Bay, Robben Island, the nearby peaks of Lion's Head and Signal Hill, the Twelve Apostles and distant Cape Point. We spend some time on our high perch with Cape Town stretching out below our feet before boarding the cable car for a breathtaking descent back to the base of the mountain.

    After rendezvousing with our waiting vehicle at the cable car terminus, we'll take a short drive to the township of Langa. Like many other townships, Langa was created during the apartheid era as a dormitory area for the non-white working class. In addition to a stop for lunch, we'll enjoy a walking tour of the township and gain a better understanding of the efforts being made to face the challenges of post-apartheid South Africa. We return to our hotel in late afternoon to refresh before dinner and enjoy our evening meal in one of Cape Town's great local restaurants. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-4 hours on trail with 2,500' elevation gain. This is a strenuous, weather-dependent hike. Those wishing to skip the hike will have the morning at leisure and will be transferred to the Table Mountain cable car station at midday to rendezvous with the group hikers at the top of the mountain.

  • Day 4 - Cycle and taste our way through the vineyards of the Cape Winelands.

    Located approximately one hour's drive from Cape Town, the majestic mountain scenery, picturesque vineyards and historic estate architecture of the Cape Winelands combine to make this famous region one of the most beautiful wine-growing regions in the world. We set out to explore the Winelands by bike today, cycling the quiet back roads and stopping at some of the estates to taste the celebrated vintages produced here. Our loop ride begins this morning in just outside the lovely village of Franschhoek, founded by the French Huguenots in 1688 and nestled in a valley between towering mountains in the heart of the Winelands region. Our route leads us through the peaceful countryside to a number of charming wine farms. We'll stop for wine tasting at Glenwood Estate before continuing on to the Holden Manz Wine Estate for lunch. Following lunch we will wind our way through the La Provence region to Franschhoek where we spend the night. Dinner is on our own tonight allowing us to choose from the many excellent eateries located within walking distance of our small guesthouse. Breakfast and lunch included.

    Cycling: 15 miles over gently rolling terrain on a combination of paved and dirt roads.

  • Day 5 - Fly to Durban and drive to the spectacular Drakensburg Mountains.

    We transfer to the Cape Town airport this morning for the two-hour flight northeast to Durban where we'll board our private vehicle for the drive to uKhahlamba-Drakensberg National Park (uKhahlamba translates as "Barrier of Spears" in Zulu and Drakensberg as "Dragon Mountains" in Afrikaans). The jagged mountain range that lies within the park forms a 120-mile-long barrier between South Africa and the independent Kingdom of Lesotho to the west and, rising to over 11,000', includes Africa's highest peak south of Kilimanjaro. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, the park contains a variety of habitats that play host to almost 300 bird species and 48 species of mammals including reedbuck, duiker, eland, caracal, jackal, mongoose, baboon and porcupine. The region also contains the highest concentration of rock art south of the Sahara with over 20,000 individual Bushmen (or San people) paintings having been recorded. We arrive at our hotel in late afternoon, in time to appreciate our first views of the park's lofty peaks before sitting down to a hearty dinner. Overnight at the Cathedral Peak Hotel for the next three nights. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Driving time: 3 hours from Durban to the Cathedral Peak Hotel.

  • Days 6-7 - Explore the beautiful Drakensberg, a UNESCO World Heritage park.

    We spend the next two full days in this hiker's paradise, discovering the trails and dramatic natural beauty of the park's Cathedral Peak region. The location of our hotel allows us to begin our hikes directly from our doorstep and local guides intimately familiar with the Cathedral Peak trail network join us on our explorations. Many of the walks in this area treat us to marvelous views of cascading waterfalls, lush yellowwood forests, massive rock buttresses and the soaring 3,000-meter summits of the Cathedral Peak range. Our guides will assist us each day in selecting memorable hikes based on current conditions that showcase the variety of scenery and terrain this fantastic area has to offer. All meals included.

    Hiking: 6-10 miles (4-6 hours) each day, with 1,200-2,500' elevation gain.

  • Days 8-10 - Go on a 3-day safari in Sabi Sands Reserve, home to the "Big Five. "

    The final leg of our odyssey has us packing our hiking boots away and pulling out our safari shirts as we bid farewell to the Drakensberg and head north towards the wonders of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Sharing a 31-mile unfenced border with the immense and wildlife-rich Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve offers some of the best opportunities in Southern Africa to observe many of the continent's large predator and prey species, as well as a large variety of smaller mammals and birds, in their natural environment.

    On the morning of Day 8, we return to Durban for our short flight to Nelspruit, followed by a 90-minute transfer to the deluxe Savannah Lodge located within the Sabi Sand Reserve. The lodge itself consists of seven large individual suite units, each with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. The central facilities include a lounge and open-air dining room built under thatch with views of a perennial waterhole. Our days at Savannah begin before dawn as we want to be out and about at first light when wildlife activity is at its most intense. Each morning, after a hot cup of coffee or tea, muffin or croissant, we'll climb aboard our vehicles and head into the reserve in search of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and Cape buffalo) as well as a host of additional species including hyena, zebra, warthog, hippo, giraffe and the critically endangered African wild dog. Birding is also outstanding here and may include sightings of the Lilac-breasted Roller, Red-backed Shrike, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Marabou Stork, Lappet-faced Vulture and raptors such as the Brown Snake Eagle and Martial Eagle, the largest eagle in Africa.

    After each morning exploration, we return to camp for brunch and have the middle of the day to ourselves to read, swim, watch for wildlife gathering at the camp's waterhole or even take a short bushwalk with one of the lodge guides. Each afternoon, we gather again for lunch at approximately 3 p.m. and begin our late-day game drive shortly thereafter. As our game drives all take place within the borders of a private reserve, our rangers have the liberty of driving off-road allowing us to get closer to the animals we find (always, of course, making sure to maintain enough distance to avoid interfering with the animal's natural movement and behavior). Our open Land Rovers offer unobstructed views of the animals and the landscape ensuring we don't miss any exciting moments and allowing group members interested in photography to capture the best images possible. With almost 25,000 acres of accessible wilderness in its backyard, game drives from the lodge are always varied and generally filled with close-up wildlife encounters from start to finish. We spend three nights at Savannah, celebrating each day's extraordinary sightings with our guide and traveling companions. All meals included.

  • Day 11 - Fly to Johannesburg and bid a fond farewell before departing for home.

    After a final early morning game drive, we enjoy breakfast at camp before transferring back to the Nelspruit airport for our flight to Johannesburg. We arrive in Johannesburg by mid-afternoon, in time to catch evening connecting flights back to the U.S. this evening. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Price Includes

All accomodations as specified on the itinerary; transfers as noted on itinerary including arrival transfer at Cape Town airport; all meals as noted on the itinerary; professional guide accompaniment throughout; all daily excursions/activities and associated gear as noted including sea kayaking in False Bay and Winelands cycling; wine tasting.

Not Included

Round-trip international airfare to Cape Town/from Johannesburg; domestic airfare Cape Town-Durban, Durban-Nelspruit, Nelspruit-Johannesburg ($899 for these 3 flights); international entry/departure taxes; travel insurance; excess baggage charges; pre and post-trip tours; items of a personal nature; gratuities.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Special payment and cancellation policies apply to this trip. The $400 per person deposit is non-refundable at time of sign up. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure at which time the cost for the internal airfare is also non-refundable. At 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the land cost is non-refundable (in addition to the internal airfare). At 30 days or less prior to departure all costs are non-refundable.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

We've scheduled our departures to operate during South Africa's late spring and early fall months, both great times of year to visit the various destinations on our itinerary. In Cape Town, expect typically sunny days with daytime temperatures in the 70s, dropping into the 50s at night. As we move northeast to the Drakensberg Mountains, daytime temperatures can range from the mid-60s to low 80s with nighttime temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Spring and fall months in the Drakensberg are generally regarded as the most comfortable average between the heat of summer and cold of winter with spring offering the added bonus of wildflowers. Sabi Sands will be warmer with days in the low to mid 80s and nights in the 60s. Game viewing is exceptional in Sabi Sands year-round and our lodge rooms will be air-conditioned should air-conditioning be required. In general, participants must be prepared for weather conditions that can vary greatly, particularly in the mountainous Drakensberg where rain is always possible. Please plan to arrive equipped with appropriate gear and clothing based on the specific recommendations of the trip Gear List.

Qualifications

This safari trip is rated Moderate [3]. Our itinerary incorporates a variety of different activities including hiking, cycling and sea kayaking. Hikes range from 2-10 miles in length (1-6 hours) and include elevation gains of up to 2,500'. All hikes are on well-marked trails but some do include steep uphill sections. Our 20-mile cycling day is mostly on paved roads; options for longer rides will be available. We sea kayak for two hours on one day at a relaxed pace using sit-on-top kayaks. The kayaking is suitable for novices. The safari portion of the itinerary is not physically demanding but includes some vehicle travel over potentially rough terrain. All participants should arrive in good physical condition, prepared for an active 11 days of exploration. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 3-4 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking/walking with some elevation gain and ideally some cycling if possible. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active adventure trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Kayaks and paddling gear
  • Hybrid bicycles
  • Bicycle helmets
  • Group first aid kit
  • Poncho on safari should it rain
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft-sided suitcase (wheels and retractable handle are fine)
  • Daypack for camera, water bottles and extra clothing
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
City Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for city wear or when traveling
Outerwear
  • Lightweight rain jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
  • Lightweight fleece or synthetic top / jacket
Clothing
  • T-shirts, some synthetic
  • Long sleeve shirts (some light-colored for safari)
  • Shorts, some synthetic
  • Hiking pants (zip-off legs are great)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks
  • Liner socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (for hotel/safari lodge swimming pools)
Clothing Accessoires
  • Sun hat
  • Lightweight wool or fleece hat (for cooler temperatures while on early morning/evening game drives)
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves (for cooler temperatures while on game drives)
  • Bandana
  • Bicycle shorts
Footwear
  • Hiking boots - lightweight, water resistant, broken in
  • Comfortable walking shoes/sandals for evenings and for use while touring and on safari
Travel Accessories
  • Water bottle(s), 1-quart size or hydration system
  • Toiletry kit with toothpaste/brush
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sun block and lip balm w/high SPF (35-50+)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first-aid kit + anti malarial
Optional Field Gear
  • Gaiters (see Things to Consider)
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries and lens cleaner
  • Waterproof camera case for kayaking
  • Fanny pack for carrying camera while cycling
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Small binoculars (highly recommended for safari)
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Travel pillow
  • Small quick dry towel
  • Electrical plug adapter and/or converter
  • Spare contact lenses or prescription glasses
  • Several zip-lock plastic bags
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Trekking poles
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Ear plugs
  • Travel-size laundry detergent packets for hand-washing clothing

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots), and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • The hiking terrain in the Drakensberg Mountains can be muddy, slippery, rocky, uneven and/or dusty. Depending on the time of year, the grasses can be high and using gaiters can keep the plant burs from sticking to your socks and getting in your boots, especially if you prefer to hike in shorts.
  • Most seasons there may be a couple of stream crossings. Bringing a small quick dry towel may be nice to have for drying your feet before putting your boots back on.
  • Bring clothing that is light in weight and color, which ventilates and protects you from the sun. Neutral, light-colored clothing is best for the safari, to blend into the landscape and not stand out to wildlife. Camouflage and bright colors are not recommended. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve fleece or synthetic top, especially for early morning and late afternoon game drives.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip. Bring your favorite blister-prevention remedy such as Moleskin or Blister Block.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens users should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • We recommend that you carry a photocopy of your passport (the personal id information page) with you and keep it separate from your passport.

 

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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      5.0

      The best trip ever!

      By Granulocyte

      from Nashville, TN

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      • Accommodations
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      • Exceeded Expectations
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      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
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          Comments about REI Adventures South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari:

          Outstanding trip!

            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • We had the time of our lives on this honeymoon adventure! Gavin was the best guide anyone could ever ask for! Great group of people touring the most amazing country!
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • Safari!
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • GO ON THIS TRIP!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This is the ultimate adventure and more.

            By Schlumpfe

            from Portland, OR

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Cultural Activist, Curious explorer, Nature Enthusiast, Passionate Traveler

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            • Accommodations
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            • Culture
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Group Camaraderie
            • Guides
            • Nature And Beauty
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Quality Equipment Provided
            • Service
            • Transportation
            • Well Organized Itinerary
            • Wildlife

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                Comments about REI Adventures South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari:

                Don't miss any activities, everything is worth it. When you have an opportunity to see/buy the local, tribal art - take it. Pack light - there are laundry facilities at most lodges. The safari drives are always amazing - even in the rain. Ask questions - the guides have great answers. Enjoy every minute!

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Cultural Activities, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts, Trust REI, Well-organized Schedule
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • South African wide-spread experience that mixed high energy activities, exploring the outdoors, viewing wildlife in its natural habitat, staying in sustainable lodges that support the community, and being able to visit local communities and people.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Wildlife, hiking in Drakensberg, visiting local communities - meeting the people, dining with them and enjoying their cooking, hearing them play their music, and seeing their dances. Everything is a highlight on this trip, but these were my favorite times.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • This is not only a quality, authentic adventure into the very best of South Africa, fit into 11 days, it is also an experience that includes the best of guides that are knowledgeable and passionate about their work and their country. You'll be treated as a guest and a friend, and you'll learn about the roots and preservation of South Africa and how it came to be who it is today.

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                5.0

                Trip of Several Lifetimes!

                By WanderingTattler

                from Eagle River, Alaska

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                • Exceeded Expectations
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                    Comments about REI Adventures South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari:

                    This trip provided such an intense range of experiences in South Africa's natural and cultural history that one comes away with a much greater understanding of and appreciation for this country than one would expect in 10 days. Gavin and local guides are superb; their natural and cultural history expertise is matched only by their infectious love of their extraordinary country. This was my 6th REI trip and, while all were excellent, this was the best yet due to the diversity of experiences in the itinerary. I felt privileged to be part of this trip.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • As promised, it's a sampler of the diverse experiences of SA from the wildlife and hiking amid three iconic national parks to cycling in wine country to sea kayaking to spending time in an urban township.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Gotta go with the incredibly intimate encounters w/wildlife in Savana Private Game Reserve.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Move this to the top of your list--don't wait!

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