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South Africa trip ideas

South Africa trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

South Africa is a land of contrasts, from the untamed wilderness of the Karoo to the glittering skyline of Cape Town. Visitors are truly spoilt for choice with so many regions to discover, but our specialists have extensive experience here and have carefully devised a range of itinerary ideas to give you a flavour of what is possible and what works particularly well on a tailor-made holiday. These include a tour of the Winelands, a self-drive route through the Eastern Cape and the chance to learn about traditional Zulu culture in KwaZulu Natal.

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Ideas for your trip to South Africa

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in South Africa, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Western Cape self-drive discovery

  • Enjoy a shared tour of the magnificent Cape Point and Cape Peninsula

  • Take a private tour of Robben Island to learn about South Africa’s apartheid history.

  • Go wine tasting at the various estates in and around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

  • Enjoy game drives in a private nature reserve, looking for zebra, wildebeest and antelope.

  • Relax and stroll on the beach in the laid-back coastal town of Paternoster.

15 Days from £2,675pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Battlefields and Midlands

  • Relax and enjoy the countryside in the Midlands of KwaZulu Natal.

  • Go horse riding and fishing during your stay in the Midlands.

  • Learn about the Anglo Zulu battles as they are brought to life by the excellent guides.

13 Days from £2,750pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

  • Drive along the Panorama Route for incredible views over the Drakensberg Escarpment.

  • Stay in a luxurious lodge in the private Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.

  • See the Big Five on morning, afternoon and evening game drives in the Kruger.

  • Head out on bush walks with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about the area's wildlife.

8 Days from £2,895pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Highlights of South Africa self-drive

  • Hike up to the summit of Table Mountain for sweeping views over the city and ocean.

  • Learn about Cape Town’s chequered history on a private guided walking tour.

  • Indulge in wine tasting at some of the award-winning estates in the Winelands region and go on a walking tour of the historical town of Stellenbosch.

  • Take relaxing strolls along Plettenberg Bay’s golden sands and enjoy whale and dolphin spotting.

  • Spot the Big Five and other wildlife species on safari in Addo Elephant National Park.

15 Days from £3,080pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

  • Visit local artisans and sample some of the excellent food on offer in the Natal Midlands.

  • Follow hiking trails independently or with a guide in the striking Drakensberg Mountains.

  • Discover the history of the Battlefields area on a guided tour of two battle sites.

  • Spot the Big Five on morning and afternoon game drives in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

12 Days from £3,100pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cape Town to Windhoek: West Coast self-drive

  • Explore South Africa's lesser known west coast.

  • Visit pretty seaside fishing villages.

  • Drive through mountains, deserts and wild flowers.

  • Learn about local culture and history with San Bushmen.

  • Hike the world's second largest canyon.

16 Days from £4,810pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Kruger safari & Mozambique explorer

  • Get up close to the Big Five in Kruger.

  • Enjoy a boma dinner in the African bush.

  • Relax on Mozambique's idyllic beaches.

  • Admire the Bazaruto Archipelago's marine life.

11 Days from £6,460pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls

  • Enjoy views across Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain and tour Robben Island.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula and go wine tasting in the Winelands on two private tours.

  • Spot the Big Five on a luxury safari in a private game reserve within the Kruger.

  • Admire one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, visiting Zambia’s Victoria Falls.

12 Days from £6,700pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

  • Explore the charming city of Cape Town.

  • Enjoy tours of Cape Town, Cape Point & Peninsula, Robben Island and Winelands

  • Relax on a luxury rail journey through South Africa.

  • Search for the Big Five on safari in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin.

13 Days from £7,605pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Cape Town, Botswana & Victoria Falls

  • Explore Cape Town’s history and coastline and admire the city from the summit of Table Mountain.

  • Track big game in Botswana and see smaller creatures on a guided bush walk.

  • Take in the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta on a peaceful mokoro trip.

  • Admire the natural spectacle of Victoria Falls from the air and visit nearby villages and markets.

13 Days from £9,250pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Seapoint Boutique Hotel & Kruger National Park, South Africa

Spend an exciting few days on safari in South Africa before flying over to Mauritius for a relaxing week in a charming, boutique hotel.

13 Days from £3,187pp

3 nights nThambo Camp, including Full Board and game drives; 1 night Johannesburg airport hotel; 7 nights Seapoint Boutique Hotel including half board. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

Prince Maurice and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve South Africa

Enjoy a fantastic safari in South Africa followed by relaxation at the beautiful 5* Constance Le Prince Maurice Resort in Mauritius.

13 Days from £4,467pp

3 nights Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, all-inclusive, including safari activities; 7 nights Constance Le Prince Maurice, half board. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + Wildlife or Scenery

The Oberoi Mauritius and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve South Africa

A perfect combination of 'Big 5' safari in the Sabi Sands and ultimate relaxation at the Oberoi in Mauritius.

13 Days from £5,814pp

3 nights Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, all-inclusive including game viewing; 7 nights The Oberoi Mauritius, half board. Includes flights and transfers.

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