Explore South Africa

  • 18 Day Tour
  • 27 Sights Visited
  • 3 to 4 Star Rating

South Africa is often described as a “world in one country” because in every aspect – from its landscapes to cultures, from its people to places, from its human heritage to its natural history, it is astonishingly diverse. See many of the highlights on this journey of discovery. See the sights, hear the voices, feel the energy.

Day - 1

Fly overnight from Heathrow to Cape Town.

  • Included meals: Dinner*

Day - 2 - Cape Town

Upon arrival, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel. Although rooms may not be available, there will be time to freshen up before our included, guided city tour. First, we make our way to Table Mountain Cable Way for an optional cable car ride to the summit, weather permitting (cable car ticket is at extra cost). After descending, we travel past famous landmarks such as St. George’s Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We return to our hotel for a four-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast*

Cape Town

Table Mountain

City Hall

Malay Quarter

Day - 3 - Cape Peninsula Tour

Included excursion to Cape Point and some of the most spectacular views in the world. We pass through Sea Point and Camps Bay with its glorious views of the Twelve Apostles, then the fishing village of Hout Bay where you can join an optional boat trip to Duiker Island. We continue to the Cape Point Nature Reserve and see a variety of wildlife, returning to Cape Town via Simon’s Town, where we visit the penguin colony, Fish Hoek fishing village and Muizenberg. We will also stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Cape Peninsula

Cape Point

Hout Bay

Boulders Beach

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Day - 4 - Cultural Tour & Robben Island

Join our full-day, included Cultural Tour. We sail to Robben Island, the former prison colony where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. You will be guided by a Robben Island Tour Guide, a former political prisoner from the island. The tour will show you the life and stories of the island prison’s history, including viewing the cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for years. Back on the mainland we set off on a Township Cultural Tour. We will be welcomed in the traditional African manner in the townships of Langa (the oldest formal township) and Khayelitsha (the largest formal settlement). Visit the Malay Quarter and Gugulethu Township, meaning ‘our pride’, which was established as a result of the migrant labour system. Visit a ‘shebeen’, an informal tavern, where you can meet and interact with the local community.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Robben Island

Day - 5 - Free Time in Cape Town

A day at leisure in Cape Town.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day - 6 - Winelands and Ostrich Farm Tour

We leave Cape Town and drive into the winelands. Our first stop will be in Stellenbosch, the ‘City of Oaks’, where you can enjoy an informative cellar tour followed by winetasting. We continue onto Franschhoek, where you can enjoy another winetasting before departing overland along the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’. Included ostrich farm tour followed by a barbecue dinner at the ostrich farm. Overnight stay in Oudtshoorn.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stellenbosch

Day - 7 - Cango Caves

Join an included informative Cango Caves tour. You will be taken into the bowl of the earth and view the spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations. Afterwards, we continue over the scenic Outeniqua Mountain Pass to Knysna for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Cango Caves

Day - 8 - Knysna

Depart for Knysna’s waterfront, where we will enjoy a Featherbed Nature Reserve Eco excursion led by a specialist guide, providing information on the history, fauna and flora of the reserve. The tour includes a return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head, a 4x4 vehicle and trailer drive up to the reserve head, stopping at spectacular viewpoints along the way, and an optional guided 2.2km walk down from the head through coastal forest and into ancient sea caves. We end with a delightful lunch, then return to the waterfront for an included oyster educational tour on Thesen Island, giving you the chance to learn how to shuck your own oysters with the included half a dozen oysters per person, paired with white wine.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Knysna

Day - 9 - Garden Route

We continue along the scenic Garden Route and on to Port Elizabeth. En route, we will stop off at Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River and visit the Big Tree. Almost 800 years old, this majestic yellowwood tree towers over its neighbours at nearly 37 metres tall (with a width of nine metres!) We arrive late afternoon into Port Elizabeth for an overnight stay and include transfers to the Broadwalk Casino Complex.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Tsitsikamma National Park

Day - 10 - Durban, Zulu Dancing and Cultural Show

Early departure, then fly to Durban. Upon arrival, enjoy an included city tour before we continue to Shakaland for an included tour around the homesteads which provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the locals. Tonight, we enjoy an included dinner and Zulu Dancing and Cultural Show. We stay for two nights in Eshowe.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Durban

Day - 11 - Rorke's Drift

Depart for a tour of the Battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with a Specialist Battlefield Guide. Our tour includes a light lunch. We make our way back to Shakaland through spectacular scenery in the province of KwaZulu- Natal.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isandlwana

KwaZulu-Natal

Day -12 - Swaziland Cultural Show

Enjoy the second part of the Cultural show – stick-making and stick fighting – before departing for the magical kingdom of Swaziland. We will stop off at the famous Swazi Candle Factory and continue through Swaziland’s beautiful hills. After a stop at a Swazi market, we reach our hotel in Swaziland for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Swaziland

Day - 13 - Swazi Culture

We continue through Swaziland stopping en route at the famous Swazi Glass Factory, Ngwenya Glass. We continue onto Jeppes Reef border post for our re-entry into South Africa and continue to the Kruger Park Region where we stay for three nights. Why not enjoy an optional game drive into the Kruger National Park this afternoon?

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Kruger National Park

Day - 14 - Kruger National Park Open Safari

Enjoy an included, full-day Open Vehicle Safari within the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The highly experienced ranger will ensure optimal game viewing with his in-depth knowledge of the African bush.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Kruger National Park

Day 15 - Free Time

Enjoy a day at leisure.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day - 16 - Panorama Route & Johannesburg

Leaving the Kruger, this morning we drive along the Panorama Route with breathtaking vistas around every mountain corner. We continue towards Johannesburg for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Bourkes Luck Potholes

Pinnacle

Three Rondavels

Day - 17 - Soweto

Enjoy an included, half-day tour of Soweto, a vast township that grew from a forced settlement in 1904, that aimed to segregate races and ethnicities in early Johannesburg. Transfer to O.R. Tambo International Airport for your flight to the U.K.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner*

Day - 18

Morning arrival in London Heathrow.

  • Included meals: Breakfast*

Prices are per person, based on two sharing

Extras: optional excursions; single room supplement £295; travel insurance from £70; admission to museums and places of interest except those mentioned as included; gratuities; meals, other than those shown; flight supplements where applicable.

Deposits: The deposit for this holiday is £300pp. A further payment of £900pp is to be paid to us 30 weeks before departure and the balance payable 15 weeks before departure. 



FAQ's about our tours

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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We do have holidays that are suitable for wheelchair users, however the person using the wheelchair will need to be able to get on and off the coach if a coach tour is booked. Our coaches are not suitable for someone who is wheelchair reliant as we can only take folding wheelchairs that are stored in the luggage compartment.

We cannot guarantee that assistance will be available for the disabled person / wheelchair user and such bookings will only be accepted if that person is travelling with an able-bodied person who is fully able to attend to the needs of his/her co-traveller.

Passengers travelling by Eurostar in standard class seats must be able to walk 200 yards (183 metres) unaided. Please note; only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on board standard class Eurostar coaches, as these must be stored in the luggage storage areas. Any passengers who are wheelchair reliant are required to be allocated in the 'Standard Premier' coaches where wheelchair user spaces are located. As these spaces are limited to 1 per train you must advise us immediately if you require them in order that we can reserve with Eurostar.

Excursions on our tours visit places of interest and public buildings. These may not be able to accommodate people with walking difficulties and wheelchair access may not be available. Excursions which include sightseeing tours may involve walking long distances and sometimes over cobbled or uneven surfaces.

The accommodation we use on our tours may not have ground floor rooms and in some instances lifts will not always be available. Occasionally access to your hotel may involve walking distances from the coach park and some hotels have a flight of steps to the Reception.

It is very important that checks are made with regard to the suitability of a tour for you prior to you make any booking with us.

We accept collapsible wheelchairs and we can also accommodate Electric Scooters however they must be easily dismantled by the customer and each component must weigh less than 20kg and the scooter no more than 60kg in total. The scooter must also have a dry cell battery. Please call before booking so we can make sure the tour suits any extra requirements.