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South Africa Tours

Tours of South Africa take you to cosmopolitan cities, rugged coastlines, the spectacular Garden Route, safaris and valleys full of excellent vineyards. It’s the ideal place to experience the train journey of a lifetime, as well as being a fantastic spot for a road trip. South Africa is home to some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife, best wines, most exquisite cuisines and warmest hospitality. Browse our selection of suggested itineraries below for inspiration.

For a taste of the country’s main attractions book our 15 day Grand Tour of South Africa. This carefully crafted itinerary has been created by our Destination Specialists to ensure you get the most from your time here. Experience the country’s two main cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town, see rolling green valleys as you taste exquisite wines, enjoy a safari and visit the beautiful national parks.

If you're restricted by time, but not wishing to miss out on the beautiful sceneries that South Africa has to offer, book our compact four day Highlights of the Garden Route tour. Begin in beautiful Cape Town before taking in the seaside towns, landscapes and national parks of the Garden Route. If you prefer to blend wildlife with the winelands and one of South Africa’s biggest cities, book our Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands tour.

4 days Oudtshoorn

Highlights of the Garden Route

Guide Price  £799  pp  

Discover the unrivalled natural wonders of South Africa and enjoy the hidden gems of the world-famous Garden Route as you journey from your starting point in vibrant Cape Town to the coastal town of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape...

Adventure holidays

Highlights of the Garden Route
7 days Whale Watching

Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands

Guide Price  £1,999  pp  

South Africa is known for its enviable natural beauty; magnificent mountains, incredible beaches, lush forests and sweeping vineyards. Our Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands tour lets you experience South Africa’s incredible scenery and immerse yourself in the country’s rich...

City holidays

Discover the Cape, Whales and Winelands
12 days a bridge over a body of water

Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari

Guide Price  £3,599  pp  

This 12-day self drive holiday gives you the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Cape Town and its surrounding scenery, including Table Mountain and Robben Island, as well as stunning beaches and pretty coastal villages. Leaving Cape Town, you'll...

Self drive holidays

Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari
12 days a large long train on a track near a field

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: Eastbound

Guide Price  £6,099  pp  

Experience Africa’s stunning and expansive landscapes in style aboard the luxurious Shongololo Express. Your first-class safari adventure will see you taking one of six scenic routes across the plains and undulating hills of South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe...

Iconic journeys

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: Eastbound
8 days a hand holding a colorful blanket

Wildlife and Warriors Tour

Guide Price  £2,099  pp  

This extensive tour offers you breath-taking scenery and wildlife along with cultural experiences, as you journey between Johannesburg and Durban. Breathe deeply as you take a leisurely drive along the awe-inspiring Panorama Route, punctuated by cascading waterfalls, dense forests, caves...

Couples Holidays

Wildlife and Warriors Tour
15 days a view of a city

Grand Tour of South Africa

Guide Price  £3,899  pp  

It’s easy to see why South Africa is one of our most popular destinations on the African continent. This fascinating country is rich in adventure, history, wildlife and wonderful food - an ideal location if you’re looking for a unique...

Wildlife holidays

Grand Tour of South Africa
22 days a large body of water with a mountain in the background

Explore Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Guide Price  £5,099  pp  

Travel from Cape Town, South Africa via the Kalahari to Namibia , Botswana and Victoria Falls on this 22-day Explore Cape Town to Victoria Falls tour. Starting in the bustling city of Cape Town, you’ll move through the unique landscape...

Safari holidays

Explore Cape Town to Victoria Falls

Expert Tips

Lucy

Destination Specialist

“Take the cable car up to Table Mountain. The views are awe-inspiring, especially as the sun sets as the cities begins to twinkle. Remember to bring a coat as it can get chilly, and a little windy.”

Indianna

Sales Performance Leader

“For a unique animal encounter, consider heading to one of the Outdshoorn ostrich farms. They make for brilliant selfies, and there’s always the opportunity to sample local vintages at nearby wineries here, too.”

Christie

Destination Executive

“Lovers of flora will be in their element at Port Elizabeth’s Van Staden Wildflower Reserve. With 500 acres of exotic and indigenous wildflowers on display, set amid sweeping plateaus, riverbanks and cycling trails, it’s a lovely way to escape the hubbub of the cities.”

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to its dramatic scenery, formed of soaring mountain ranges, vast desert dunes, rolling emerald hills, deep canyons and thundering waterfalls, South Africa is also home to an abundance of incredible wildlife. Here you’ll find the mighty Big Five, crocodiles, giraffe, zebra, hyena, and hippos to name but a few. Its cities are known the world over for their friendly, modern and cosmopolitan feel, with Cape Town being named the world’s best city numerous times.

The South African rand is the country’s official currency. You will find that while exploring the cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, ATMs are widely available, and credit cards are largely accepted by restaurants, bars and hotels. As you would expect, the further you venture from these cities, the less available ATMs become, and the more likely it is that you’ll require cash for purchases.

There are as many as 11 official languages spoken across South Africa, with English being among the most popular of second languages spoken by its citizens, and arguably the most widely spoken. You won’t have much difficulty conversing with the locals here, so there’s no need to buy a phrasebook.

Combining an extensive array of exotic wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery with thriving, modern cities, South Africa is a haven for every traveller under the sun. Witness the Big Five, explore its lively city streets, sample delicious wine and immerse yourself in South Africa’s extraordinary past.

Why you'll love South Africa...

• Tracking the iconic Big Five on an unforgettable safari experience
• Whale watching off the coast of Hermanus
• Wandering the buzzing, colourful streets of the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town.
• Sampling delicious wines and al fresco dining in Stellenbosch
• Discovering South Africa’s growing art scene at Museum Africa
• Taking selfies with the ostriches of Outdshoorn
• Riding the cable car to the top of Table Mountain and gazing on the amazing vista below
• Marvelling at the splendid Cape Dutch architecture
• Roadtripping along the scenic Garden Route
• Trekking through Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve
• Spotting Cape fur seals, sharks, penguins and dolphins at St Croix Island Marine Reserve
• Relaxing and people-watching on the famous Camps Bay beach

Did you know?

• Nearly half of all the gold ever mined in the world has come from Witwatersrand, South Africa.
• South Africa’s Sunland Bar is set inside a 6,000-year-old baobab tree.
• Should you stumble upon a meteorite here, you must immediately notify authorities, as they are protected under the country’s National Heritage Law.