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.
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.
Explore the history of Cape Town and tour the Cape Peninsula with a private guide.
Drive through incredible scenery and visit charming towns along the Garden Route.
See whales off Plettenberg Bay (July - November) and spot seals and dolphins all year round.
Enjoy guided game drives on an Eastern Cape safari, looking out for the Big Five.
Take a guided walking tour of Cape Town and visit Robben Island.
Hike or take the cable car up Table Mountain for views over the city, mountains and ocean.
Track wildlife such as elephant, cheetah and wild dogs in Kruger’s Sabi Sand Wildtuin reserve.
See, hear and feel the spray of Victoria Falls from a boat, helicopter or micro light.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get up close to the Big Five in Kruger.
Enjoy a boma dinner in the African bush.
Relax on Mozambique's idyllic beaches.
Admire the Bazaruto Archipelago's marine life.
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.
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.
Some of our favorite travel guides
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.View this travel guide
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 favorite drive, taking in the Garden Route, South Africa’s Winelands and finishing with time on safari.View this travel guide
Spot the Big Five from your own plunge pool, embark on a tour of Cape Town's harbor aboard a private yacht, or hire your own photographer guide to improve your photography skills, we've plenty of ideas for making sure your tailor-made trip in South Africa is truly luxurious.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
As the name suggests, this region is home to the world-renowned Kruger National Park, and this is where you'll be able to spot the Big Five on safari. The area is also home to some fantastic lodges and you'll be spoiled for choice when deciding where to spend a night or two.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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 plan a tailor-made vacation to South Africa that's full of activities.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
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