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South Africa – Tours

Tours in South Africa

From the verdant rolling hills of the Cape Winelands to the picturesque scenery of the Garden Route; and from the tropical forests of Kruger National Park to the vibrant bustling streets of colourful Cape Town and the soaring mountains watching over it, South Africa is as diverse as it is beautiful.

The experiences on offer here can be overwhelming – make sure you don’t miss a thing on our comprehensive 15-day Grand Tour of South Africa. Beginning in the multi-faceted and multicultural Johannesburg, your immersive South African adventure sees you exploring the buzzing streets of this eclectic city, enjoying fine dining, visiting trendy bars and fascinating museums such as Museum Africa, dedicated to South Africa’s growing presence in the modern arts and fashion scene.

Next, you’ll stop off at Kruger National Park for a thrilling safari experience, tracking the majestic Big Five on an exhilarating 4x4 game drive, as well as cheetah, hyena, hippo and giraffe. Journeying along the epic Garden Route, you’ll observe truly breath-taking vistas of rugged mountains adorned with indigenous forests, tranquil lakes, pristine beaches and lagoons, before ascending the enormous Table Mountain by cable car for awe-inspiring aerial panoramas of the ‘Mother City’, Cape Town.

For something a little more refined, take our Cape, Whales and Winelands tour and sample world-class wines from some of South Africa’s best wineries in Stellenbosch, enjoying al fresco dining and gourmet picnics as you take in stunning rural scenery. Your adventure culminates in the charming fishing  village of Hermanus, camera at the ready, with your eyes scouring the horizon in search of breaching Southern right whales.

12 days

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: East bound

 

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...

Wildlife holidays

Shongololo Express - Dune Express: East bound
15 days

Grand Tour of South Africa

Guide Price £4,529 pp  

Whether you're travelling to South Africa for the first time or you've had a taste and want to see more, our comprehensive 15-day tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the true spirit of this captivating country. We've...

Safari holidays

Grand Tour of South Africa
3 days

Shayamanzi Houseboats

 

Shayamanzi Houseboats, the first houseboats in South Africa, are some of the best houseboats in Africa. Cruise along lake Jozini, view the beautiful scenery of the Lebombo mountains and most of all spot the wonderful wildlife that call the Pongola...

Safari holidays

Shayamanzi Houseboats
4 days

Rovos Rail

Guide Price £1,739 pp  

Founded in 1989, this truly elegant train transports its passengers past the landscapes of South Africa, through the plains of Namibia, across the majestic Victoria Falls. Experience a safari adventure in wonderful places like Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania or...

Escorted tours

Rovos Rail
8 days

Wildlife and Warriors Tour

Guide Price £2,129 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...

Adventure holidays

Wildlife and Warriors Tour
7 days Franschhoek

Cape, Whales and Winelands Tour

Guide Price £2,159 pp  

You'll start your tour in Cape Town , an eclectic melting pot of culture, awarded the accolade of 'best city in the world' many times – and for good reason. As stylish as it is vibrant, experience lush botanical gardens,...

City holidays

Cape, Whales and Winelands Tour
2 days

The Blue Train

Guide Price £1,029 pp  

In the 19th century a dream was born – a dream of linking Africa’s vast south to the north by rail. Passing by the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands...

Adventure holidays

The Blue Train
12 days

Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari

Guide Price £2,329 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...

Adventure holidays

Garden Route and Eastern Cape Safari

Expert Tips

Martyn

Destination Executive

“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.”

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

“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.