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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.

  • Battlefields and Midlands

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Western Cape self-drive discovery

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Classic KwaZulu Natal self-drive tour

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Mpumalanga self-drive & Kruger safari

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Highlights of South Africa self-drive

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Classic Kruger Safari & Mozambique by road

    South Africa and Mozambique
    • 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

  • Luxury Kruger Safari and Vilanculous Beach

    South Africa and Mozambique
    • 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

  • Luxurious South Africa & Victoria Falls

    South Africa and Zambia
    • 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

  • Cape Town to Kruger: Luxury South African Rail Journey

    South Africa
    • 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

  • Cape Town, Botswana & Victoria Falls

    South Africa, Botswana and Zambia
    • 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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Wine tours of South Africa

South Africa's wine is world-renowned and there are a number of tours you can include in a tailor-made trip of South Africa that allow you to sample these tasty tipples. Our specialists are able to recommend suitable vineyards for you to explore based on your own taste.

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Wine regions of South Africa

Within easy driving distance of Cape Town are the valleys of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, also known as the Winelands. If you enjoy a nice Merlot or Chardonnay, our specialists can help you to plan a trip that includes a visit to this area of South Africa.

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Safaris in South Africa’s Greater Kruger Area

Whether you’re on a self-drive safari in Kruger National Park or enjoying guided activities in a private reserve, South Africa’s Greater Kruger offers some of the densest wildlife populations on the continent. Safari specialist Andrew outlines your options for a Kruger safari.

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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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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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Isandlwana tour from Isibindi Zulu Lodge

KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal has many of South Africa’s greatest attractions crammed into one province: Durban, green rolling countryside, the Drakensberg Mountains and the Battlefields, an area containing legendary military sites such as Spioenkop, Blood River, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.

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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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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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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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