Adventure Luxury Travel (formerly Jon's Dive & Travel Services) had their recurring, South Africa, Small Group Cape Town & Kruger Private Reserve Adventure lead by Jon Haraty, a Certified South Africa Travel Expert. Our Group of 9 met at JFK Airport on the morning of August 5th. After introductions, we prepared to board our South African Airways flight to Johannesburg. I always recommend South African Airways for several reasons. First they have the most legroom in coach than any other carrier to Africa. Second, the flight from JFK is a direct flight into Johannesburg and it is the only one leaving in the morning, meaning you can arrive in Johannesburg, go through customs and immigration and catch your local flight to Cape Town, arriving in the afternoon with plenty of time to explore the waterfront and eat.
After our 15 hour flight, where we were treated to South African wines, fine food, and a fantastic entertainment system, we deplaned in Johannesburg went though customs and collected our luggage, exchanged or US Dollars for South Africa Rands. (Hint: if you are exchanging money, make sure you check the exchange fee as well as the exchange rate. What looks like a great deal my not be.) The current exchange rate is excellent! Your Us Dollars will go a lot further than several years ago.
The group now proceeded to find the SAA counter to check our luggage again for out domestic flight to Cape Town. We then walked around the large airport a bit before proceeding to our departure gate for our flight to Cape Town. (hint: do not accept help to get to your next gate after going through customs. There are many people that will offer to help you navigate the airport and even try to carry your bags. Don't accept any help! They will take you and then demand money and if you don't give them enough, they will harass you until you do!!)
Stay tuned for Day One in Cape Town in our next Blog Post!