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Old 07-31-2011, 08:13 PM   #16
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My 12 year old daughter and I did the ABD trip to South Africa in June (June 17-29, 2011). We had a fantastic time. The Johannesburg airport was no problem at all. We were met by an ABD representative at the airport after we passed through customs. I could have taken care of the transfer to the Capetown flight on my own, but I was glad to have a representative there. A volcano had erupted in South America and the ash cloud had drifted across the ocean to South Africa. Because of this, all flights to Capetown were cancelled. The airline put us up in a hotel, which was nice since they didn't have to (a volcanic eruption is considered an "act of God" and therefore the airline doesn't have to accomodate you for the night). Anyway, the Disney rep met us and ushered us through the airline line to make a new reservation for the next day and waited with us while we waited for the hotel transfer. As I said, I could have taken care of this myself, but after 24 hours of traveling, it was nice to have someone else take care of the details!

On the return, we had about nine hours to wait in the Johannesburg airport. It is a very nice airport; in some respects, more modern than some I've been in in the US. There is a nice food court, and once you go through security, lots of shops.

The whole excursion was the trip of a lifetime. The guides, Jason and Craig, were incredible. It is a FABULOUS trip!
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My 12 year old daughter and I did the ABD trip to South Africa in June (June 17-29, 2011). We had a fantastic time. The Johannesburg airport was no problem at all. We were met by an ABD representative at the airport after we passed through customs. I could have taken care of the transfer to the Capetown flight on my own, but I was glad to have a representative there. A volcano had erupted in South America and the ash cloud had drifted across the ocean to South Africa. Because of this, all flights to Capetown were cancelled. The airline put us up in a hotel, which was nice since they didn't have to (a volcanic eruption is considered an "act of God" and therefore the airline doesn't have to accomodate you for the night). Anyway, the Disney rep met us and ushered us through the airline line to make a new reservation for the next day and waited with us while we waited for the hotel transfer. As I said, I could have taken care of this myself, but after 24 hours of traveling, it was nice to have someone else take care of the details!

On the return, we had about nine hours to wait in the Johannesburg airport. It is a very nice airport; in some respects, more modern than some I've been in in the US. There is a nice food court, and once you go through security, lots of shops.

The whole excursion was the trip of a lifetime. The guides, Jason and Craig, were incredible. It is a FABULOUS trip!
in johannesburg - what hotel were you in?
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:53 PM   #18
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In Johannesburg the airlines put us up in a hotel overnight since we couldn't fly due to the volcanic ash. It was a Southern Sun hotel, exactly the same as the one in Capetown. When we got to Capetown the next day and checked into our room, I was stunned to see the exact same room as the one we'd been in in Joburg.
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