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.

Cost (Total for 4 travelers) :


  • $240 for 4 one-way coach tickets from Johannesburg to Capetown on Kulula Air
  • $211 for 2 one-way coach tickets from Capetown to Johannesburg on British Airways


  • $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)


  • $60 for 1 month South African sim-card for 500 minutes talk time (with International calling) and 2 GB data


  • $525 for Wild Card for 4 travelers (2 couple packs) which covered

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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