South Africa Safari with Adventures by Disney

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Published on August 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm with 6 Comments

After much delay, we are bringing you the third and final installment of Teresa Cory’s Adventures By Disney Safari to South Africa. She was excited to experience this tour so she could get a firsthand look at how amazing an Adventures By Disney vacation actually is! In case you didn’t know, Adventures By Disney are specially guided tours that allow you to travel all over the world in Disney style.

Day 7—George-Joberg-Hoedspruit

Word of the day: Safari –means journey in Swahili. (We had a special word each day of our trip.)

Early start-Kynsna to George airport to Joberg to Hoedspruit Airport. We were told it was a REALLY long runway, which I figured out why—it was built to be an emergency space shuttle landing site!

Across the street is the entrance to Kapama

We boarded our open air jeep and crossed the street to Kapama. We learned dos and don’ts on the trip (Don’t stand up, Don’t touch the big thorns, lean over or duck when your guide says to, and be quiet when he says to!). The temperatures were warm in the afternoon but coolish in the morning and evening.

Look, but don't touch!

 

We were greeted with cool towels and checked into our hotel room.

Cool towels for everyone!

Very comfortable accommodations.

The amenities were modern.

Game reserve orientation and lunch.

Afternoon bush drive—we got a flat twice –on the afternoon drive and back from the dinner.

Boma dinner lit by lanterns.

Day 8- 9 Kapama

The Day 8 word of the day: Boma –boma is Swahili for an enclosure used for livestock.

We had morning snacks each day before heading out for our morning game drive. After viewing the animals (and getting very close), we headed back for breakfast. On Day 8 we had a bread workshop and learned about different forms of archery.

Bead workshop and archery

We had lunch and afternoon tea each day followed by an afternoon game drive and dinner. On day 9 we had a snake and insect program. Instead of an after breakfast drive, we had a spa visit! After lunch we had tea and a bush survival course.

A Dung Beetle!

Word of the day for day 9: Braai—Afrikaan for Barbacue or roast

We ended the day with an evening game drive and a Farewell Braai.

Game Drive Photos

The game drives were so amazing. Here are a few of the fantastic animals that we saw during our different trips.

 

 

Can you see the cheetahs?

 

 

 

Conclusion

The South Africa Adventures By Dsiney is just wonderful. The service is impeccable and the people are truly glad you are there. I never felt unsafe either. Everyone speaks English, so there is never a language barrier. The exchange rate is really good (roughly 1USD=7Rand). The most confusing thing on the whole trip was the conversion while shopping. (289 Rand is how many dollars?)

I was simply in awe of the animals on the Safari. Seeing the animals in their natural habitats makes you see the world with different eyes.

Have you ever taken or wanted to go on safari?

Teresa Cory is founder of Fairy Godmother Travel (Dusty calls me the head pixie). I have been a Disney-only travel agent for 10 years. I’ve been planning MiceChat group trips for several years and am proud to have been selected as the “Official Travel Agency of MiceChat.com”. I’m a native Texan and live in Houston with my husband and our rescued Dachshunds. Both of my boys are in college at Texas A&M. Contact Teresa at FairyGodmotherTravel.com for MiceChat group trip information or for any of your Disney travel needs (or email[email protected]).

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  1. When you say open air jeep
    you mean open air jeep:)

  2. The jeeps were cool in the morning and evening, especially when you sped up to find a certain animal! The guides all had walkie-talkies and if one saw a certain animal (the rhinos are over on such and such road) the jeeps in the area would race over so the guests could see them.

    You know those goofy looking safari vests? I totally recommend them. There is not much storage to take what you need in the jeep and all those pockets come in very handy.

    The jeeps were all named after Disney characters. Ours was Pumba. Was feeling guilty about eating warthog the night before :(

    Being on a real reserve is much different than on the Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari. The animals roam and you never know what you would see (except you always saw giraffes –they like to walk right across the road in front of you and are very quiet when they come out of the bush)

    Rhinos are loud. They make huffing and grunting noises.
    Millipedes tickle your hands.
    Dung beetles are AWESOME! They are like Tuck and Roll from “A Bug’s Life”–roll up the tiny hill, don’t quite make it, roll back down the tiny hill. Our jeep was in stitches.

    The lions were VERY hard to find, and when we did we were the only jeep there for about 20 minutes. I have about 500 pictures of the lioness. Every time she would move an ear or a paw we took a ton of more pictures. One other jeep got to see her and she had enough of that and moved on. We were extremely lucky to see her at all.

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  4. MUST!! BOOK!! Where’s my wallet!?!

    …And when did it get so empty?? :(

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