Safari in South Africa - Adventures by Disney Wrap Up
Guest Blogger Coleen Bolton concludes her Adventures by Disney trip to South Africa.
After spending about two weeks with the same people it was very hard to say goodbye, especially to our wonderful guides Craig and Chris.
Adventures by Disney surpassed all of my expectations and I know that is largely due to the guides. Every day they were there sharing their passion and excitement for where our adventure was taking us. They did an amazing job of keeping us all together and on schedule which couldn’t have been easy with 40 guests and an adventure that included a few trips through different airports.
They were always on top of everything and making adjustments as needed to be sure we all had a stress-free adventure and that we didn’t miss anything.
If there was something you wanted to do during the free time they were right there to help you make it happen.
They also always seemed to have that one thing you might have forgotten such as sunblock, band aids, or hand sanitizer. As a mom who is used to always having to be the one that remembers everything it was really nice to realize I didn’t have to do that on this trip. The best part was that I didn’t have to plan where we would go each day and I didn’t have make sure we got there on time. I was able to just sit back and have the guides tell me where to be and all I had to do was show up.
There were a few kids on our Adventure and even though our schedule was very busy with some long days all the kids seemed to do really well. The youngest was 9 and I would say that is probably the youngest I would suggest for this adventure.
Disney of course does have special name for the kids, they are Junior Adventurers. There were some special things on the Adventure that were just for the Junior Adventurers and even though some of us adults really wanted to join the Juniors we couldn’t. I think it is great that Disney has some things on each adventure that gives the kids a chance to be on their own.
I do think this Adventure did a great job of showing us multiple sides of South Africa. I went into this Adventure thinking Africa was just safaris and savannas. It was amazing to see there is so much more than I pictured. We got to see so much, yet I never felt like we were doing too much or were being rushed.
Africa was a place on my bucket list that I never really thought I would get to see and I thank Disney for making that dream a reality. I had thought that going to Africa would be a one-time thing, but I really fell in love with South Africa and am already thinking about going back.
This was my first Adventures by Disney and I am sure it won’t be my last. Cruising used to be my favorite way to travel, but Adventures by Disney easily took that top spot.
If you have looked at the prices for an Adventure you might think they are expensive but I can say from experience they are worth every penny! If you were to price a cruise for the same length of time and then add in the cost for all the excursions you would need to do to even come close to all the things you get to do on an Adventure by Disney I think you would see that an Adventure is a great deal.
You might ask what makes Adventures by Disney different than some other land tour company and that is easy to answer -- it’s the Disney Difference. First off I think most people would agree that when you are doing something with the Disney name you are pretty sure you are going to get quality. For me I also feel safer doing something that Disney is part of. Going off to a foreign country like Africa isn’t something I would have done without a feeling that I would be safe throughout my entire trip.
Then of course there are the little things, like we never waited in line to do things and most times what we got to do was exclusive to Adventures by Disney. We would hear people comment as we walked by following the Adventures by Disney sign and even if we couldn’t understand the language they were speaking it was clear they were thinking, "Wow, how did they get to do that?"
A big Disney difference were the wonderful people that Disney found to be part of our Adventure -- those that shared their knowledge, passion, and their personal stories at the different places we visited. These people enhanced our adventure and made it even more memorable.
Again I also have to mention our guides, as I cannot imagine any other tour company having guides that are as good as Disney's. Every day they were sure to tell us one thing and I have to say it right back: “we love you guys too!”
Thank you again to Craig, Chris, Janco, Alphie, Prince, and all the other wonderful people who made my Adventure unforgettable!
Now to think about which Adventure should I take next?