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Trip ideas to South Africa

Trip ideas to South Africa

All the trip 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.

The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive


  • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.

  • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.

  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.

  • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek in one of the many restaurants.

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.

9 Days from £1,475pp

with international flights from a choice of 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.

Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

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

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

  • Watch game drinking and bathing in the waterhole from your lodge.

  • Relax in your lodge's infinity pool and spa after a safari.

8 Days from £1,640pp

with international flights from a choice of 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.

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

  • Watch game drinking and bathing in the waterhole from your lodge.

  • Relax in your lodge's infinity pool and spa after a safari.

Discover South Africa

  • Explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula on private guided excursions.

  • Drive through the arid Karoo landscape and explore the Garden Route.

  • See whales off the coast from Plettenberg Bay (July - November) and spot seals, dolphins and other marine life all year round.

  • Enjoy a big game safari in the Eastern Cape.

  • Car hire and excursions are included in the cost of this trip.

15 Days from £1,845pp

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

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Discover South Africa


  • Explore Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula on private guided excursions.

  • Drive through the arid Karoo landscape and explore the Garden Route.

  • See whales off the coast from Plettenberg Bay (July - November) and spot seals, dolphins and other marine life all year round.

  • Enjoy a big game safari in the Eastern Cape.

  • Car hire and excursions are included in the cost of this trip.

Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

  • Hike in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains.

  • Discover the fascinating history of the Battlefields area.

  • Enjoy a safari in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

12 Days from £2,140pp

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

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Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour


  • Hike in the stunning Drakensberg Mountains.

  • Discover the fascinating history of the Battlefields area.

  • Enjoy a safari in Zululand Rhino Reserve.

Western Cape self-drive discovery

  • Enjoy views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

  • Learn about South Africa's apartheid history on a tour of Robben Island.

  • Relax in the quiet coastal town of Paternoster.

  • See the stunning scenery and learn about the history of the Cederberg Mountains.

  • Various excursions are included in the cost.

15 Days from £2,300pp

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

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Western Cape self-drive discovery


  • Enjoy views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

  • Learn about South Africa's apartheid history on a tour of Robben Island.

  • Relax in the quiet coastal town of Paternoster.

  • See the stunning scenery and learn about the history of the Cederberg Mountains.

  • Various excursions are included in the cost.

Highlights of South Africa self-drive

  • Take a trip to the summit of Table Mountain in Cape Town for fantastic views over the city and ocean.

  • Enjoy wine tasting at some of the award winning estates in the Winelands region.

  • Visit Addo Elephant National Park for some time on safari.

  • A private Cape Town walking tour and Table Mountain hike are included in the cost.

15 Days from £2,345pp

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

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Highlights of South Africa self-drive


  • Take a trip to the summit of Table Mountain in Cape Town for fantastic views over the city and ocean.

  • Enjoy wine tasting at some of the award winning estates in the Winelands region.

  • Visit Addo Elephant National Park for some time on safari.

  • A private Cape Town walking tour and Table Mountain hike are included in the cost.

Johannesburg, Cape Town & Eastern Cape Safari

  • Take a guided tour around Soweto and learn about South Africa's apartheid history.

  • Climb Table Mountain for some incredible views across Cape Town.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula to see the penguins at Boulders Beach and visit the Cape of Good Hope.

  • Visit the famous wine regions around Cape Town.

  • See some of South Africa's most iconic wildlife on safari in a private game reserve.

  • Tours and excursions are included in the cost.

11 Days from £3,275pp

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

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Johannesburg, Cape Town & Eastern Cape Safari


  • Take a guided tour around Soweto and learn about South Africa's apartheid history.

  • Climb Table Mountain for some incredible views across Cape Town.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula to see the penguins at Boulders Beach and visit the Cape of Good Hope.

  • Visit the famous wine regions around Cape Town.

  • See some of South Africa's most iconic wildlife on safari in a private game reserve.

  • Tours and excursions are included in the cost.

Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls

  • Spend time discovering Cape Town.

  • Take in the spectacular view from Table Mountain.

  • Track Africa's Big Five on safari in the Kruger National Park.

  • Explore the breathtaking Victoria Falls.

12 Days from £3,455pp

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

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Cape Town, Kruger & Victoria Falls


  • Spend time discovering Cape Town.

  • Take in the spectacular view from Table Mountain.

  • Track Africa's Big Five on safari in the Kruger National Park.

  • Explore the breathtaking Victoria Falls.

Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls

  • Enjoy stunning views across Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands on two full day private escorted tours.

  • Search for the Big Five on a luxury safari in a private game reserve.

  • View the incredible natural wonder of Victoria Falls.

  • Take a tour around Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg to learn more about South Africa's history.

  • Tours and excursions are included in the cost of this itinerary.

14 Days from £5,080pp

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

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Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls


  • Enjoy stunning views across Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain.

  • Explore the Cape Peninsula and the Winelands on two full day private escorted tours.

  • Search for the Big Five on a luxury safari in a private game reserve.

  • View the incredible natural wonder of Victoria Falls.

  • Take a tour around Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg to learn more about South Africa's history.

  • Tours and excursions are included in the cost of this itinerary.

Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

  • Explore the charming city of Cape Town.

  • Enjoy tours of the Cape Peninsula, Winelands and Robben Island (included in the price).

  • Relax on a luxury rail journey through South Africa.

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

13 Days from £5,160pp

with international flights from a choice of 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 the Cape Peninsula, Winelands and Robben Island (included in the price).

  • Relax on a luxury rail journey through South Africa.

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

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 Bazaruto's marine life.

10 Days from £5,935pp

with international flights from a choice of 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 Bazaruto's marine life.

Cape Town, Botswana & Victoria Falls

  • Take in the incredible views of Cape Town from Table Mountain.

  • Enjoy a peaceful mokoro trip, a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta as your boat drifts silently through the reeds.

  • Track Africa's big game on safari.

  • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and take a trip to Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the Falls.

13 Days from £7,120pp

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

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Cape Town, Botswana & Victoria Falls


  • Take in the incredible views of Cape Town from Table Mountain.

  • Enjoy a peaceful mokoro trip, a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Okavango Delta as your boat drifts silently through the reeds.

  • Track Africa's big game on safari.

  • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and take a trip to Livingstone Island, right on the edge of the Falls.

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Part of our Hidden Beaches collection, these trip ideas are our answer if you’re looking for relaxation but still have the urge to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent exploring. That could be taking in a city, a safari, discovering the local culture or just hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a dedicated Hidden Beaches specialist would tailor-make your holiday.

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 £2,780pp

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 £3,743pp

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

Azura and Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

This two week trip in South Africa and Mozambique allows you to experience both safari and beach, a perfect combination.

14 Days from £5,223pp

4 nights Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, all-inclusive, including safari activities; 7 nights Azura Benguerra, all-inclusive. 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 £5,346pp

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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Grand tour of South Africa

Grand tour of South Africa

South Africa has so many highlights that many people choose to revisit. However, if you would like to experience all of the main attractions in one trip, you can do so as part of a grand tour. Our specialists will help you make the most of your time in South Africa.

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