South Africa FAQs
No, South Africa does not require a visa for American passport holders.
We include all accommodation and transportation within South Africa (not the flight to South Africa).
Most breakfasts and 8 meals are also included.
We also include several excursions like a food tour, wine tastings in Cape Wineland, a tour of Robben Island, a township tour, a thermal pool visit and a few others.
This tour will have a moderate activity level and if you can not walk/hike 4-5 miles, this trip may not be for you.
Yes, we are building in ‘roam time’ in Cape Town and along the Garden route. Note, we will have a planned itinerary for our research purposes each day which you can join or do your own thing.
Yes, breakfasts and some meals are not included and we estimate $30/day extra is required.
This trip is in February when the weather is expected to be hotter.
South Africa does not have a good reputation when it comes to safety. Much of this is overblown but its reputation didn’t come out of anywhere. South Africa still has problems with crime, including violent crime.
Like any place, parts are safe and parts are unsafe. You will be traveling in a group and in Cape Town, you will be fine from a safety perspective as long as you don’t put yourself into a dangerous situation (i.e. pick up strangers in a bar or walk down a dark street alone).
We will also implement the buddy system, so no one walks around (especially at night) alone.
We are staying at a mix of hotels throughout our stay. Since this is our first trip, we have no thoroughly vetted them but are going by reviews and word of mouth.
100% yes! The secret to bringing back wine is to dedicate a suitcase to this endeavor.
Please note, that US Customs allows a certain amount of fortified wine duty-free. Do your research on how much you are comfortable bringing back.
Tour dates are February 4 -13, 2023.
All flights should be booked to Cape Town with an intended arrival on Saturday, February 4, 2023. This usually means booking your departure flights on Friday, February 3, 2023.
Megan & Lindsey will be in South Africa from Feb 3rd – 14th. Please contact us if you wish to stay for that duration as we can adjust your tour price.
In addition to Megan & Lindsey, we are allowing 4 enthusiastic explorers to join us on this field trip.
The price of this trip is double occupancy. There is a $800 surcharge for single room.
Yes, we require travel insurance as flights leaving the US have been more and more unpredictable.
The Adventure Gals partners with World Nomads for its insurance. Travel insurance offers travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, from a canceled flight to a serious illness—or in rare cases, the financial default of a travel supplier. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their travel plans, they face two potentially major financial losses—money invested in nonrefundable pre-payments and medical expenses that in many instances may not be covered by health insurance.
Deposit Requirement: A deposit is required (most trips) immediately after days of booking request. A booking can not be guaranteed without a deposit.
Tour Costs: Each tour must be paid in full no less than 60 days before departure. 50% of the tour must be paid no later than 120 days before departure. If booking within this time frame, the trip must be paid 100% at the time of booking. If tour fees are not paid within these time frames, tour deposits will be forfeited.
Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. If you cancel your Trip 90 days or more before the start date of the Trip, then you will receive a refund of 100% of the total money paid to The Adventure Gals minus the 10% non-refundable fee. If you cancel your Trip within 90 days before the start date of the Trip, then you will receive a refund of 50% of the total money paid to The Adventure Gals, minus the 10% non-refundable fee. Any cancellations made 59 days or less before the trip’s start date receive no refund. No refunds will be given to no-shows. No refunds will be given to someone who has failed to pay their balance on time and/or decides to withdraw from the Trip after the Trip has started. In the event of a cancellation, the appropriate refund shall be sent out within 4 weeks from the date of cancellation. Please note that payments paid via Stripe or PayPal are entitled to refunds less processing fees.
Tour Cancellations: The Adventure Gals reserves the right to cancel any tour for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in-country and reservations made with local hotels.
There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. Cancellation fees are as follows: 150 – 121 days before the start of the trip – 50% refund given plus the 10% cancellation fee 120 days or less before the start of the trip – no refund will be given No refunds will be given to no-shows. No refunds will be given to someone who has failed to pay their balance on time and/or decides to withdraw from the trip after the trip has started. In the event of a cancellation, the appropriate refund shall be sent out within 4 weeks from the date of cancellation. Any cancellation must be submitted in writing to The Adventure Gals (letter or email). Once the cancellation has been received and processed, The Adventure Gals and its representatives have no other obligations to travelers on canceled trips, including any costs or fees related to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets and other additional travel service reservations made by The Adventure Gals for you or made directly by you, including but not limited to, additional hotel nights, airport transfers, guided tours, meals, and so forth. The cancellation is policy is strictly enforced due to logistical endeavors and reservations made with various local entities.
The Adventure Gals reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each traveler as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. The Adventure Gals can not reimburse you for any flights booked for this trip. This is 100% the responsibility of the traveler. If a trip is canceled due to acts of nature, it will be rescheduled for new dates and no refunds will be offered. Monies can however be transferred to different trips and a refund could be offered if that trip is less than what was paid. Please note that payments paid via Stripe or PayPal are entitled to refunds less processing fees.
We are not offering refunds for any tour participants who catch Covid-19 before the trip departs. No tour participants who have tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of departure are eligible to go on this trip. Please refer to our cancellation policy for the refund information.
South Africa has lifted all Covid restrictions but vaccinations are required to enter.