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Dave Varty

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on New York to Londolozi for Lunch

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Chelsea Allard
Explorer

We were really impressed with SAA when we visited in March/April. They are very generous with meal plans compared to US domestic flights. The crews were all very friendly, which was nice, too. We flew JFK to ORT, but first had to get to JFK. Now that we’re familiar with the trip it’ll be much easier the second time around (and we’ll go straight to Londolozi without visiting Cape Town first). I was surprised our transatlantic flight didn’t have receptacles to charge devices, but we made it without losing power so that was a relief. Now we know it can be done. 🙂

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

We’ve taken the JFK – JNB SAA flight at least three times and always recommend it to others. We have to fly cross country from SanFrancisco first, but we stay overnight near JFK; the 11:15 am takeoff time leaves plenty of time to grab the hotel shuttle back to the terminal. In fact, I’m ready to leave again right now!

Doug Hammerich
Explorer

My partner and I flew Emirates, San Francisco to Dubai, then Dubai to Capetown where we wished to spend a few days. Then, Capetown to Skukuza on SAA, where we were met by Ranger Kevin and Tracker Ray for a Land Rover ride through the veldt to Londolozi, arriving at lunch time.
After Londolozi, we went to Vic Falls in Zimbabwe, which was sort of a letdown after the fabulous timewe had in Londolozi. From Vic Falls, we flew SAA to Johannisberg for our Emirates flight to Dubai and San Francisco.
(Parenthetically, Dubai has an outstanding business class lounge.).

Arden A.
Explorer

We gladly fly from San Francisco to South Africa once a year. Knowing what awaits us makes the almost endless trip worthwhile. Having been to Pioneer twice & Founders twice, can’t wait to return!😘🦏😘🧜🏼‍♀️

Vin Beni
Senior Digital Ranger

We also enjoyed our initial trip to Johannesburg on SAA from JFK and are doing it again in July. Great experience and the “vacation” begins long before you arrive!

Mark Ditts
Explorer

That’s all well and good but am battling to see the point

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Mark,
The point of what? The post or visiting Africa from New York?

Best regards,
James

Al Kaiser
Senior Digital Ranger

This made me smile, Dave, being quite familiar with such a journey albeit from Hong Kong. Nothing quite beats the jet lag like the 9:30 call at the gate to board the Skukuza flight!! All the best for the holidays and new year.

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Hi Al,
Yip, that pre-bush adrenaline spike is all you need to wake you up properly! Hope you never fall asleep in the terminal and miss it!

Looking forward to having you back!
Best,
James

Judith Guffey
Senior Digital Ranger

Travel time from Hawai’i to Londolozi is about 40 hours. First leg: Honolulu to Los Angeles. Then pick up Emirates to Dubai (a layover here) and another Emirates to Joburg. Then pick up by Fed Air and on to Londolozi airstrip. My favorite trip in the entire world. Going home to Londolozi.

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