About the tour: Experience South Africa

Often described as a ‘world in one country’ South Africa offers an amazing, diverse and fascinating range of experiences that make it stand out from anywhere else in the world. So, if you’re looking for that once-in-a-lifetime holiday, then this Grand Explorer tour is the answer! Flying in to Cape Town, this journey of discovery begins with the chance to visit Table Mountain in Cape Town. As we continue, we see Robben Island, Rorke’s famous battleground, and travel along the world-famous Garden Route. Then…as if this tour couldn’t get any better, we also experience an unforgettable open Safari at Kruger National Park before arriving at Johannesburg. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes

  • 15 nights hotel with breakfast
  • 2 lunches & 8 evening meals
  • Return flights to South Africa
  • Airport transfers in South Africa
  • Internal flight from Port Elizabeth Airport to Durban
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • Local English-speaking guide on all sightseeing excursions
  • Excursions and visits as detailed in the itinerary

18 days from £3,339 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

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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    Fly overnight from Heathrow to Cape Town.

    • Included meals: Dinner*

    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 Guided City Tour
    Cape Town

    Included highlights

    • Cape Town Guided City Tour

    Optional highlights

    • Table Mountain Cable Car Ride

    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 Peninsula

    Included highlights

    • Cape Peninsula
    • Cape Point

    Optional highlights

    • Boat Trip to Duiker 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
    Cultural Tour
    Robben Island

    Included highlights

    • Malay Quarter
    • Robben Island
    • Cultural Tour
    • Langa Township
    • Gugulethu Township

    A day at leisure in Cape Town.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Cape Town
    Cape Town

    Included highlights

    • Cape Town

    This morning we leave Cape Town and drive into the winelands. You will experience the ‘City of Oaks’, through a wine tasting and cellar tour. We travel overland along the scenic Route 62 to Oudtshoorn, the ‘Ostrich Capital of the World’. Check-in at the overnight hotel in Oudtshoorn before an ostrich farm tour followed by a barbecue dinner at the ostrich farm.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Wine Tasting & Collar Tour

    Included highlights

    • Wine Tasting & Collar Tour
    • Ostrich Farm & BBQ Dinner

    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
    Cango Caves

    Included highlights

    • Cango Caves

    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 Reserve Head & Caves Guided Walk

    Included highlights

    • 4x4 & Trailer Drive
    • Knysna Lagoon Ferry Trip
    • Knysna
    • Thesen Island Oyster Educational Tour

    Optional highlights

    • Knysna Reserve Head & Caves Guided Walk

    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
    Tsitsikamma National Park

    Included highlights

    • Tsitsikamma National Park

    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 City Tour

    Included highlights

    • Durban City Tour
    • Zulu Dancing and Cultural Show
    • Shakaland - Tour of the Homesteads

    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
    Rorke's Drift

    Included highlights

    • KwaZulu-Natal
    • Rorke's Drift

    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

    Included highlights

    • Swaziland

    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
    Swazi Culture

    Included highlights

    • Swazi Culture

    Optional highlights

    • Kruger National Park Game Drive

    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 Open Safari
    Kruger National Park Open Safari

    Included highlights

    • Kruger National Park Open Safari

    Enjoy a day at leisure.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    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
    Panorama Route & Johannesburg

    Included highlights

    • Panorama Route & Johannesburg

    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*

    Included highlights

    • Soweto

    Morning arrival in London Heathrow.

    • Included meals: Breakfast*

    *Meals marked with an asterisk are taken in flight.

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

    Travel Insurance from £83.00 (18 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person). Single Room Supplement from £399.00 (18 days).

    Prebookable Excursions

    • Afternoon Kruger National Park Game Drive - £48
    • Full Day Hermanus Tour - £55
    • Full Day Kruger National Park Game Drive - £60
    • Full Day Aquila Safari Tour - £130

    Experience South Africa 18 days from £3,339pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay in standard rooms at 3 and 4-star hotels throughout your holiday in the hotels listed below, or similar. 

    Four nights at The Fountains Hotel, Capetown; overnight at Marriott Protea Hotel Oudtshoorn Riempie Estate, and two nights in Knysna at the Knysna Log Inn Hotel.

    You will then stay overnight at The Kelway Hotel, Port Elizabeth; two nights at Shakaland Hotel, Kwazulu Natal; overnight in the Happy Valley Hotel, Mbabane, Swaziland; three nights at Nkambeni Tented Lodge, Kruger National Park and overnight at the Kopanong Hotel in Johannesburg.

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

    Flights are from London Heathrow to Cape Town and returning from Johannesburg. Regional connections to Heathrow are available from Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle for a supplement. All prices and airports are subject to availability. Flight supplements may apply. Please call for more details. This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

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