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South Africa tours

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 tour. 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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Our recommended tours in 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.

  • Isandlwana in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa Battlefields

    Battlefields and Midlands

    • Soak up the art and culture of Durban and sample local Afro-Indian delicacies.

    • Relax at a countryside retreat in the Midlands, taking leisurely strolls along the river.

    • Find out about the history of the Battlefields, touring the sites with a knowledgeable guide.

    • Go hiking, horse riding or mountain biking in the Drakensberg Mountains.

    13 days from £2,605pp

  • On the road to Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse

    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 £2,655pp

  • The Battlefields, South Africa

    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 £2,995pp

  • Rhino, Greater Kruger Park

    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 £3,105pp

  • Table Mountain South Africa

    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 £3,375pp

  • A pride of lions in the Kruger

    Classic Kruger Safari & Mozambique by road

    • Track the Big Five during morning and afternoon game drives in Sabi Sand Wildtuin.

    • Follow the Panorama Route to Hazyview, taking in valleys, waterfalls and canyons.

    • Relax on the white-sand beaches of Mozambique’s Machangulo Peninsula.

    • Have a picnic on a secluded island and go snorkeling, fishing, diving and kayaking.

    12 days from £4,115pp

  • Santorini Mozambique, deck area outside suite

    Luxury Kruger Safari and Vilanculous Beach

    • Track the Big Five on twice daily game drives.

    • Discover the 350 bird species found within the Kruger National Park.

    • Enjoy a scenic transfer and marvel at the breathtaking views on the Panorama Route.

    • Kayak, dive and snorkel in Mozambique's warm Indian Ocean waters.

    11 days from £5,775pp

  • Leopard South Africa

    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 £6,995pp

  • Rhinos, Kruger, South Africa

    Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

    • Discover Cape Town’s history and culture on a private walking tour and Robben Island visit.

    • See African penguins and stroll through the Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Cape Peninsula tour.

    • Spend a day wine tasting in the Cape Winelands.

    • Journey across South Africa aboard the Rovos Rail, visiting lesser-known areas of the country.

    • End with a Big Five safari in the Sabi Sands Wildtuin private reserve, bordering the Kruger.

    13 days from £8,755pp

  • Mokoro, Botswana

    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 £8,870pp

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Beach tours with a touch of exploration

These tour ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each tour 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. They are only suggestions though, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

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a Humpback whale, Hermanus

Whale watching in South Africa

The annual migration of southern right whales to South Africa’s coast creates a flurry of excitement around Walker Bay, where the whales come to have their young. From boat trips to coastal walks and whale festivals, South Africa specialist Jaanki shares her whale-watching tips.

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Rovos Rail

Train journeys in South Africa

Watch the scenery unfold as the clackety-clack of rail tracks pass beneath you. A trip on the famous Blue Train or Rovos Rail in South Africa are two of the great train journeys of the world.

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Self-driving in the Kruger National Park

Self-driving in South Africa

With well-maintained roads and little traffic, a self-drive trip is a flexible way to explore South Africa's southern coast. Country specialist, Toby, selects his favourite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.

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White rhino, Eastern Cape

South Africa safaris: our guide to the parks & reserves

South Africa offers some of the continent's premier wildlife destinations, such as the private reserves of the famous Greater Kruger Park. The country is also home to the largest number of places where you have an opportunity to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo).

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Leopard in 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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White Rhino

Family holidays & safaris in South Africa

From sunny beaches to remarkable whale watching and child-friendly safaris, South Africa offers a huge variety of experiences for families of all ages. Our South Africa specialist Toby explains how to get the most of your time in the country.

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Cape Town, South Africa

What to do in Cape Town

Cape Town is a fantastic, cosmopolitan city with a superb location under Table Mountain. Any trip to South Africa is likely to include a few days here and our specialists can advise you on the many things you can see and do in this iconic city.

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Three Tree Hill, The Battlefields

Activity holidays in South Africa

From great white shark cage diving and whale watching, to exploring caves and a stroll around a beautiful vineyard, there's plenty our country specialists can recommend if you would like to organise a tailor-made holiday to South Africa that's full of activities.

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Gorah Elephant Camp, Eastern Cape Game Areas

A trip of two halves: the Garden Route and Eastern Cape safari

You can take in many of South Africa’s highlights along the Garden Route, from Plettenberg Bay’s golden sands to the Tsitsikamma Forest. End with a Big Five safari in the Eastern Cape. South Africa specialist Cara outlines things to see and do along the route.

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San Rock Art guide, Bushmans Kloof

The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is the most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It encompasses Namaqualand, famous for its spring flowers; the red sand desert of the Kalahari with its black-maned lions; and the Cederberg Mountains, the last haven of the Bushmen, or San.

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