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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 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 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.

  • 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.

    13 days from $2,675pp

  • Blood River in KwaZulu-Natal

    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.

    11 days from $2,840pp

  • Leopard, Kruger National 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.

    6 days from $3,355pp

  • 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.

    10 days from $3,685pp

  • 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.

    13 days from $3,755pp

  • 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.

    10 days from $5,185pp

  • 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.

    9 days from $7,705pp

  • 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.

    10 days from $9,485pp

  • 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.

    11 days from $11,765pp

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