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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is a 9day South African tour worth it?

While 9 days on a tour in South Africa can certainly give you a taste of the country and allow you to see some of its major highlights, it’s not enough time to see everything the country has to offer. South Africa is a vast and diverse country with many different regions and attractions, and it can take weeks or even months to fully explore. That being said, a 9-day tour can be a great way to get an introduction to South Africa and see some of its most iconic destinations, such as Cape Town, Kruger National Park, and the Garden Route. You can also focus your itinerary on a specific region or theme, such as wildlife, culture, or adventure, to make the most of your time.

 

What is not included in a 9 day South African tour?

Some common exclusions to look out for are:  The cost of international flights to South Africa, and you will need to make your own travel arrangements to get to the country. Visa fees are not typically included in tour packages. It’s important to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellation, and other potential issues. This is usually not included in a tour package and needs to be purchased separately. While many tours include some meals, others may only include breakfast and leave you to purchase lunch and dinner on your own. Some 9 day tours may include optional activities, such as hot air balloon rides, bungee jumping, or helicopter tours, that are not included in the basic tour package. Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff are not typically included in the tour package and should be budgeted for separately.

 

If I have to choose one region of South Africa for a 9day tour, which one should it be and why?

Choosing one region of South Africa for a 9-day tour will depend on your personal interests and what you want to experience during your trip. Here are three popular regions to consider:

 

  1. Cape Town and the Garden Route in the Western Cape Region: This region is known for its stunning natural scenery, from the iconic Table Mountain to the dramatic coastline of the Garden Route. Cape Town is a vibrant city with a rich cultural scene, while the Garden Route offers opportunities for wildlife viewing, outdoor adventures, and relaxation in picturesque towns such as Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

 

  1. Kruger National Park and the surrounding area in Mpumalanga/Limpopo Region: If you’re interested in wildlife viewing and game drives, this region is a must-visit. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa and is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). There are also many private game reserves and lodges in the surrounding area that offer luxurious accommodations and exclusive wildlife experiences.

 

  1. Durban and KwaZulu-Natal: This region is known for its rich Zulu culture, beautiful beaches, and diverse landscapes. Durban is a lively coastal city with a thriving food scene and many cultural attractions, such as the Durban Botanic Gardens and the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The surrounding area offers opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, and exploring historic battlefields and cultural sites.

 

Ultimately, the region you choose will depend on your interests and preferences. Consider what you want to experience during your trip and do some research to find the region that best fits your travel style.