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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.

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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.

13 Days from $2,740pp

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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.

6 Days from $2,805pp

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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.

11 Days from $2,820pp

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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.

10 Days from $2,885pp

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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.

13 Days from $3,290pp

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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 $4,990pp

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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 $7,815pp

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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.

10 Days from $8,295pp

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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.

11 Days from $9,580pp

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