Oct 09

September 2018: South Africa Trip Introduction


I have been wanting to visit South Africa (especially for safari at Kruger National Park) for a while after my first safari visit at Kenya Masai Mara National Park. I decided to combine my parents yearly USA visit with it so we fly out from US to South Africa and then do some safari and also visit Cape Town. After the trip, my parents flew back to India and we came back to USA.

South Africa Trip Flight Itinerary

I will be posting the following trip reports and reviews in the coming days.

  • Airline Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class – Los Angeles to Hong Kong
  • Airline Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class – Hong Kong to Johannesburg
  • Trip Report: Kruger National Park Safari for 8 Nights
  • Trip Report: Cape Town Trip Report
  • Hotel Review: Protea Marriott Cape Town Breakwater Lodge
  • Trip Report: Hermanus Trip Report
  • Hotel Review: Hermanus Dorpshuys Guesthouse, Hermanus
  • Airline Review: Qatar Airways Business Class – Johannesburg to Doha
  • Airline Review: Qatar Airways Business Class with Qsuites – Doha to New York JFK
  • Airline Review: American Airlines Business Class – New York JFK to Los Angeles

Cost (Total for 4 travelers) :


  • $385 for 9 days Avis car rental (Mid-size SUV) from Johannesburg
  • $135 for 3 day Avis car rental (Mid-size SUV) from Cape Town


  • $1750 for 8 nights (2 rooms) at Kruger National Park camps (3 nights Skukuza Rest Camp, 3 nights Satara Rest Camp, 2 nights Lower Sabie Rest Camp)
  • $200 for 1 night (2 rooms) at Hermanus Dorpshuys Guest House (B&B)

Miles/Points/Certificates Redeemed:

  • 250,000 Alaska Airlines miles for 4 one-way business class tickets Los Angeles to Johannesburg
  • 150,000 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles for 2 one-way business class tickets from Cape Town to Los Angeles
  • 125,000 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles for 2 one-way business class tickets from Johannesburg to Kolkata
  • 60,000 Marriott Rewards Points for 3 nights (2 rooms) at Protea Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Miles/Points/Cash-back Earned:

  • Cash purchases were done with cards earning mainly Membership Rewards points

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