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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 spoiled 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 flavor of what is possible and what works particularly well on a tailor-made vacation. 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.

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.

10 Days from $2,060pp

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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.

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

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

  • Take relaxing strolls along Plettenberg Bay’s golden sands.

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

13 Days from $2,415pp

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Western Cape self-drive discovery

  • Hike up Table Mountain with a private guide for sweeping views over Cape Town.

  • 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.

13 Days from $2,490pp

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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 with a guide for some incredible views across Cape Town and the ocean.

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

  • Go wine tasting in the towns of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

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

9 Days from $3,815pp

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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.

15 Days from $5,280pp

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Self-drive Botswana safari

  • Exciting self-driving in a fully equipped 4x4.

  • Visit two contrasting areas of Botswana.

  • Learn about San Bushmen, visit famous baobabs and enjoy the vast night skies.

  • Finish with a classic safari experience on the fringes of the Okavango Delta.

8 Days from $6,520pp

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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.

9 Days from $7,275pp

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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.

11 Days from $8,995pp

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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.

  • Learn about South Africa’s history on a private tour around Soweto and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.

12 Days from $10,465pp

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