Testimonials From Our Guests

Our clients are our best advocates. They highly recommend our personalized travel service and expert local guides to friends and colleagues planning a trip to South Africa. Here's what some of them say:

Our experience in the Cape Town area was extraordinary, comprehensive, mind expanding, moving, and possibly the best week of our lives!!! Not to be missed!!

John and Dorothy Newlin, Delaware, USA

The Williams College field hockey team loved their experience in South Africa. The competition was excellent and the field hockey facilities were first class. We also benefitted greatly from the community outreach program. I would highly recommend this trip to any college field hockey program.

Alix Barrale - Head Field Hockey Coach Williams College
South Africa Trip 2006

Joleen's intimate knowledge of South Africa--its cultures, its history, its important and beautiful places--makes her the best in the business. Professional and detail-oriented, Joleen also has that rare knack of organizing trips that are truly meaningful, and she does all of this with a dedication that comes from the heart. My trip to South Africa with her and a group of students in 2001 was the best travel experience of my career.

Robert Rue
English Teacher, Basketball Coach, Writer
The Calhoun School, New York City

My husband and I traveled to South Africa with Joleen Hyde two years ago. We went with students from our school and as such the trip was part tourist destination and part community service. The trip was designed to meet the needs of both high school students and older teachers such as ourselves. Well organized and competitively priced, Joleen's enthusiasm and pride in showing off her country made the trip without doubt, one of the best traveling experiences we have had. Joleen is a natural tour guide and I would recommend traveling with her on any kind of excursion through her native country.

Mary and David DeSalvo, USA

Joleen was instrumental in planning our trip to South Africa. Having worked together years ago, I remembered her as a caring, kind, thoughtful person, and her home is in Cape Town. So when it came to getting some help in planning our trip, I asked Joleen if she could recommend a travel agent in SA. Instead, she said she, herself, would help us. She recommended many places for us to go, people to see, contacts in SA if we needed them while there. our itinerary covered everything we wanted to see and much, much more, yet it was flexible and suited our needs. Her recommendations were right on target, and she was most helpful in keeping costs at a reasonable rate. Our trip to SA couldn't have been better, thanks to Joleen!

Mary and Arno Loessner, USA, 2012

I had an absolutely amazing visit to South Africa, that in just two weeks exposed me to a huge variety of experiences and possibilities. Thanks to African Sun Tours, I'm already trying to figure out when I can go back! You will not find a person who knows and loves South Africa more than her.

Forrest Brown, University of Virginia

It is always hard to entrust your children to anyone besides your family/friends - you always want someone who will love and care for your child as you would. As nervous as I was sending my child to a foreign country alone knowing I could not reach him at a moment's notice, my fears evaporated as soon as I saw how Ms. Hyde cares for your child as much as she would her own. Her love and genuine caring for "her" children is evident and I honestly felt so comfortable knowing that my son would be with her.

As a parent you want your child to see and "feel" the world and be safe - I cannot imagine a trip that accomplishes that like a trip to South Africa with Ms. Hyde! As my son said on his return --it was perfect! The people, the culture, the experience... the trip opened his eyes to the world. I feel sure it was the beginning of his many travels. I am grateful that Ms. Hyde provided a wonderful (and safe) first step!

Shannon Mayo, USA