South Africa - Best Tours & Trips 2019

570 South Africa tours from 212 tour companies. 658 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
One of the world’s most physically beautiful countries, South Africa has become a favorite destination for active travelers. Beyond its superb natural surroundings, its vast cultural landscape spans the ages from ancient African civilizations to landmarks of the anti-apartheid era. South Africa tours may include game parks, cities, cultural excursions, scenic drives -- or all in one -- so settle in with Stride and find your idea ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Best of South Africa Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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15 days
$ 338 / day
$ 5,075
From : $ 6,242
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See South Africa's wildlife and birds on Safari
  • View Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth
  • Visit the Kruger National Park, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Swaziland, Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna, an Ostrich Farm and the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay and Table Mountain by Cable Car
Visits:
Cape Town, Durban, Kruger National Park, South Africa, Swaziland
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Safari Cruise & Victoria Falls

6 days
$ 366 / day
$ 2,195
From : $ 2,700
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Get the perfect opportunity to take pleasure in the wildlife and birdlife
  • Enjoy the incredible relaxing experience of cruising on the Chobe River
  • Awesome view of magnificent Victoria Falls
  • Cherish brilliant safari experience
Visits:
Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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South Africa – Wildlife Conservation Experience

Discover Corps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 350 / day
$ 3,495
From : $ 4,718
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Going behind the scenes of the conservation efforts to protect endangered species
  • Feeding orphaned baby rhino at a sanctuary to save these gentle beasts
  • Tracking the “Big 5” throughout Kruger National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
  • Learning firsthand about wildlife conservation from experts at the country’s largest reserve
  • Reading and playing with disadvantaged children who want to learn English
  • Visiting a center that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild animals
  • Playing a hands-on role in conservation using camera traps to track leopards and other animals
  • Relaxing poolside at our basecamp, located inside a private nature reserve
  • Admiring the third largest canyon on earth, filled with subtropical vegetation and dazzling birds
Visits:
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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South Africa Highlights & Safari

SmarTours
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14 days
$ 214 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 7,847
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • See the Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Explore amazing Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Visit to Kruger National Park
  • Vist Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
Visits:
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Table Mountain, South Africa
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Africa Encompassed Southbound

Intrepid Travel
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63 days
$ 130 / day
$ 8,207
From : $ 11,490
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • With gorilla permits included in the price of the trip, seek out the rare mountain gorilla on a trek through Uganda's steamy forests and spend an unforgettable hour in their presence
  • The chance to spot and get close to all of the Big Five in Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Experience the two sides of Jinja, a riverside retreat at the source of the Nile but also the adventure capital of Uganda
  • Explore the stunning Serengeti and discover animals unlike any you have ever seen
  • Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof safari 4WD for a chance to see a Black Rhino
  • Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar enjoying white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean
  • Discover the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa. A Unesco World Heritage site, the ruined city was first constructed in the 11th century and is thought to be a royal palace for the Zimbabwean monarch
  • Camp out in the lush Okavango Delta and enjoy mokoro rides and bushwalks
  • Learn about the hunter-gatherer traditions of the San people outside of Grootfontein
  • Slide down a hot sand dune in Sesriem
Visits:
Etosha National Park, Kampala, Lake Malawi, Luangwa, Nairobi, Rhodes, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lusaka, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rift Valley, Victoria, Victoria Falls, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda
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12 Day South Africa, Vic Falls & Botswana Acr ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 572 / day
$ 6,867
From : $ 7,828
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a top international destination
  • Visit Sabi Sands is South Africa's premier private game viewing destination
  • See the natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction
  • Enjoy boat cruise on the Chobe River, as well as daily game drives
Visits:
Cape Town, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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South Africa & Victoria Falls

Abercrombie & Kent
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 755 / day
$ 6,795
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Combine contrasting - but consistently luxurious - stays in the city center, wild bush and picturesque Victoria Falls during a single itinerary
  • Discover the Cape of Good Hope and the Boulders African penguin colony
  • Dive into local cuisine with Chef's Table experiences, dining on a chef-led progressive dinner and cooking traditional dishes side-by-side with a chef
  • Experience game drives, bush walks, hippo walks, astronomy and wildlife lectures during a stay at Lion Sands, the only reserve in South Africa to offer safari in both the Sabi and Sand rivers ecosystem
  • Cruise the Zambezi River at sunset, taking time to appreciate the fiery African sky
  • Explore thunderous Victoria Falls by private walking tour and private cycling tour
Visits:
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Livingstone, Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, Zambezi River, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Wild & Remote South African Safari

Global Basecamps
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 783 / day
$ 8,610
From : $ 10,590
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Game drives through the wild of South Africa and the Tuli Block in Botswana
  • Far away from the crowds
  • Walking and biking opportunities
  • Unique access to areas rarely seen with your own private guide
Visits:
South Africa, Botswana
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15 Day South Africa, Livingstone & Botswana A ...

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 508 / day
$ 7,620
From : $ 9,373
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Okavango Delta
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on the Chobe River, as well as daily game drives, guided nature walks and tours of the local community
  • Explore Livingstone
  • Explore the plains that surround you on a morning and evening game drive in Sabi Sand Private
  • Discover Cape Town
Visits:
Cape Town, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe
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Safari, Wine Route and City Escape

Evaneos
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 172 / day
$ 1,350
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Cape Town, South Africa
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11-Day South Africa Luxventure Safari

Ker & Downey Africa
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 583 / day
$ 6,414
From : $ 7,312
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cape Town
  • Visit Kruger National Park, viewed on guided game drives will provide a  lifetime wildlife encounters
  • View of Drakenstein Mountains in the distance as you experience some of South Africa's most beautiful landscapes
  • Enjoy the famous food and wine culture of Cape Town city
  • Experience a safari like you haven't before - a Cape Town Jazz Safari
  • You'll visit Franschhoek
Visits:
Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Robben Island, South Africa
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South Africa Ultimate Adventure & Safari

11 days
$ 673 / day
$ 7,399
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike, kayak, cycle, and explore South Africa's natural and cultural highlights
  • Enjoy a 3-day safari at the famous Sabi Sand Reserve in search of the Big 5
  • Explore the Cape Winelands by bike and taste some of the local vintages
  • Hike Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain and kayak to an African Penguin colony
  • Discover the Drakensburg Mountains, a premier hiking destination
Visits:
Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Table Mountain, South Africa
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South Africa: Western & Eastern Cape Explorer

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 359 / day
$ 3,948
From : $ 4,856
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • On this itinerary, explore a fraction of South Africa's hundreds of miles of coast
  • First explore the region around Cape Town, including wine tasting and city life
  • Then explore the east with adventure activities, and a wildlife safari
Visits:
Cape Town, South Africa
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The Big Overlander Northbound - 47 days

47 days
$ 74 / day
$ 3,495
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Kenya: Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites. The Great Rift Valley. Lake Nakuru National Park and lake. Meet local children at the East African Mission Organisation. Lake Naivasha, the highest Rift Valley lake. The Masai Mara, Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Masai Mara tribal lands.
  • Uganda: Kampala, the lively capital. Lake Bunyoni, spectacular scenery. Jinja, Nile rafting. The Equator Crossing.
  • Gorilla Trekking(an optional excursion). Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla park in Uganda.
  • Tanzania: Arusha, the safari gateway. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. Mikumi National Park (transit only).
  • Zanzibar:Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed).
  • Malawi: Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes, with beautiful beaches, bays and inlets.
  • Zambia: South Luangwa NP, Livingstone & Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia's gateway to Victoria Falls.
  • Zimbabwe:UNESCO - listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Great Zimbabwe Ruins.
  • South Africa: Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship game reserve. The scenic Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon. Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city.
Visits:
Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
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South Africa In Depth

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 181 / day
$ 2,899
From : $ 3,914
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a game drive in the internationally renowned Kruger National Park
  • Visit the World Heritage site of St. Lucia on the southern tip of Isimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Indulge in some leisure activities in the awe-inspiring Southern Drakensburg Mountains
  • See the towering rock formations in the incredible Cango Caves
  • Relax and soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the beautiful city of Cape Town
Visits:
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Top South Africa Experiences and Attractions

Top South Africa Experiences

Taking a safari tour at Kruger National Park and spotting the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo

Exploring the exciting coastal city of Cape Town

Getting a real taste of local life touring one of the townships in the Cape Flats area of Cape Town.

Enjoying an afternoon of winetasting in the South African Winelands

Marveling at mountains, forests and waterfalls along the Panorama Route, one of South Africa’s most famous scenic drives.

Experiencing the unique city of Soweto

Touring the prison and jail cells where the late president Nelson Mandela was held on Robben Island during the apartheid era

Going on a culinary tour and tasting South Africa’s unique cuisine

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South Africa Trip Reviews

658 South Africa Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 509
Great 135
Average 10
Disappointing 2
Terrible 2
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Great tours

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great tours and travels services thanks you

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Operator Advantage Travel

A fabulous experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My daughter and I have just completed this tour. We had a brilliant guide, an entertaining driver and a great group of fellow travellers. We did the camping option. The tents were easy to set up and disassemble. The mattresses provided were very comfortable. The food was excellent in quality and quantity. We saw many animals and travelled through some amazing National Parks viewing incredible wildlife. I strongly recommend this tour.

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Operator Explore!

A thorough insight

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

This trip is the best of the best with everything you need to know, see, do and hear to have a splendid, very informed time while in South Africa.

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Operator Cape Insights

Experience of a lifetime

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Everything about this tour was flawless! Accommodations well located, safe and gorgeous; guide, Colleen Webster, informative, knowledgeable, helpful beyond expectations; and a general "good egg." Safaris were incredible with lots of animal sitings. What an adventure! Gate 1 is affordable, offers the BEST accommodations and guides. I've never been disappointed with Gate 1, but they REALLY OUTDID themselves with this lifetime experience! I would highly recommend this tour company and tour!

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Operator Gate 1

Excellent

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We lived in the African bush for 10 days. Accommodations were wonderful - tents with nice furniture and attached bathrooms. Plenty of hot water! Food was delicious and quite sophisticated. But the best were the wildlife experiences led by an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. All the staff were kind and professional.

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Operator Discover Corps

amazing travel experience that we will always cherish.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a wonderful family adventure arranged through Chris at Hands Up Holidays in our recent trip to Africa. We knew we wanted to accommodate the varying interests of our three children, aged 16, 13 and 11, with a travel experience that would expose them to a world outside of our normal, somewhat sheltered, life. Chris worked with us to find the best options within the short time that we had, and the volunteering in a small village in Zambia was the highlight of our two and a half week trip to Africa. The quality of the charity we worked with, The Butterfly Tree, was outstanding and inspiring. In addition, after discussion of our preferences and budget, the choices for accommodation and safari that Chris chose for us were a perfect fit. Thank you for such an amazing travel experience that we will always cherish.

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Operator Hands Up Holidays

South Africa Tours and Travel Guide

South Africa Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Spanning nine provinces and eight UNESCO heritage sites, South Africa is a haven for adventure seekers, history buffs, naturalists, wine connoisseurs, and hikers, among many others.

The smallest province, Gauteng, is the most densely populated and hosts a powerhouse of attractions, including Johannesburg (the largest city) and the township of Soweto, site of the anti-apartheid 1976 uprisings. Johannesburg, which was built on the discovery of gold in 1886, hosts the Apartheid Museum, which documents South Africa’s freedom struggle. Just outside the city, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site contains some of the most important paleo-anthropological discoveries in the world, with 14 excavated fossil sites and 200 unexplored caves.

What to see in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities, sitting right off the Atlantic Ocean. For views of the city and the ocean, hike up Table Mountain. If hiking isn’t your thing, there is also a cable car that will take you to the top and back down.

Note, you’ll have to take the cable car back down Table Mountain, even if you hike. It’s too steep to hike back down. Another great options for unbeatable views is Signal Hill. Drive or walk to the top of the hill, to be met with views of the city, the ocean, and Table Mountain.

Watch the sunrise over Table Mountain, or the sun set over the Atlantic. You can even paraglide off of Signal Hill! This makes for a great alternative hike, because it isn’t as steep as Table Mountain.

There is plenty of outdoor activities in Cape Town, and opportunity to see wildlife and plants. Visit the Kirstenbosch Arboretum, sitting on the south side of the of the base of Table Mountain. Many travelers make this a single day trip, starting their morning at the Arboretum, and winding up the hiking trail to the top of Table Mountain.

The Kirstenbosch Arboretum is a botanical garden. Winning the “International Garden of the Year” award in 2015. Also at the garden is the treetop canopy walkway, known as the “Boomslang,” winning another title in 2015, the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. Another must visit in Cape Town is the Cape of Good Hope and Boulder Beach, home of the “penguin beach.”

Check out the hundreds of penguins up close (the beach is closed off, but plenty of close viewing points) who like to chill out on the beach. You’ll even catch a few who like to wander over to the ocean, and be swept back by the waves onto the beach. Another great day trip is to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive for nearly two decades before being released.

A must visit is the Cape Winelands. Visit the Stellenbosch/Franschoek region for some relaxing time outside the city. Take the wine tram and visit multiple wineries throughout the region. Enjoy the small town filled with shops and restaurants, while taking in the views.

You may get to spot some wildlife! Up in the higher hills of the wineland, there are signs saying beware of the baboons. It’s not uncommon to come across baboons in the road while in South Africa. Make sure to stay on the lookout! Another highly recommended area nearby is Camps Bay, a neighborhood in Cape Town.

Sitting on the beach, this luxurious area (think Beverly Hills) is home to great shopping, plenty of restaurants, the beach, and awesome views. Stroll through the neighborhood and admire the fancy cars and beautiful homes that overlook the ocean.

What to see in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is one of the most popular cities in South Africa. Johannesburg is also intense, so it’s important to be aware of what areas you should and shouldn’t visit. Not to say this should dissuade you from the city, because there are some awesome spots.

Just be careful of your surroundings. A popular neighborhood is the Maboneng Precinct, filled with food, markets, trendy shopping and art. Another great neighborhood is the Sandton neighborhood. South Africa has had a rough past, and one way to learn about this is by visiting Soweto.

You can also find the Mandela House in Soweto. A visit to the Apartheid Museum allows visitors to learn about the apartheid era through exhibits (warning, some are graphic). A great option for families is Gold Reef City, an amusement park based on the gold mining industry.

Johannesburg has plenty of markets, that depend on the day of the week. One popular market, the Market on Main, happens on Sundays. Saturday offers the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein, filled with innovative foods. Food from across the globe is sold here, as well as different arts and souvenirs.

If you’re in Johannesburg, consider checking out the Administrative capital of South Africa, Pretoria. There is a botanical garden, a zoo, and numerous nature reserves.

The Western Cape

Many tours take in the Western Cape’s natural attractions, including Cape Point, home to scenic bays, beaches, rolling hills and valleys. Cape Point falls within the Cape Floral region, which harbors nearly 20 percent of Africa’s flora. Along the province's eastern coastline lies the picturesque Garden Route, which stretches from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The perfect end to a Garden Route tour is a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth.

South Africa’s main beach scene runs north and south of Durban on the east coast. To the west sprawls the Cultural and Natural World Heritage Site uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, home to the Drakensberg, South Africa's largest mountain range and more than 600 rock-art sites, with paintings by the San people who once roamed here. The province is the heart of the Zulu Kingdom.

Game Drives in South Africa

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park (Africa’s oldest) is one of the most well known safari destinations in the world. This is a great option for those looking to do a self-guided tour, since the paths are well-marked. Guided tours are also a smart option, because the guides know the park, and know what to look like. There are safari options for people who are on a budget, as well as those who are looking to splurge on this opportunity.

For wildlife spotting, including the Big Five, Kruger  is the place. Tours typically include morning and evening game drives and bush walks -- and often add on scenic drives along the waterfall-and-mountain-laden Panorama Route as well as deep Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons on earth.

Pilanesburg National Park

Sitting about 2.5-3 hours northwest of Johannesburg is Pilanesberg National Park. This is a great option for those who want a closer safari than Kruger, since drive time is about half of what it would take to get to Kruger. S

tride Travel Writer Brooke stayed at Bakubung Bush Lodge in March 2019 when she went to South Africa. She raved about the gorgeous views, the incredible brunch and dinner buffets, and her overall stay. The lodge offers sunrise and sunset drives, when the animals are most active and you get away from the sweltering heat.

Groups are usually capped off at 16 per vehicle, making for an intimate experience. Many people go to Kruger park because it’s so well known, but Brooke highly recommends considering a visit to Pilanesberg.

The Garden Route

A spectacular way to see the diverse landscapes of South Africa is the Garden Route. The Garden Route stretches from the Storms River to Mossel Bay, and can continue up to Cape Town.

See the gorgeous landscapes of South Africa, including beaches and rivers, forests and mountains, and potential for wildlife sightings (Stride Travel Writer, Brooke, encountered baboons on the road twice!). If you’re looking to add the Garden Route to your route, here are some places that are worth a visit:

1. Marine Big 5 Safari in Hermanus – a different type of safari, observe the “big 5” wildlife of the region: whale sharks, seals, penguins, dolphins and seabirds.

2. Wilderness National Park – great for hiking, canoeing, and visiting the beach. Where else can you see forest, mountains, and the oceans within 30 minutes of each other!? If you’re seeking adventure, consider tandem paragliding or canyoning in Wilderness.

3. Knysna Elephant Park – Homing and housing for orphaned African Elephants. An ethical way to see wildlife up close!

4. Plettenberg Bay is a great stop for whale and dolphin watching.

5. Another noteworthy visit – if you’re heading from George to Cape Town, take a detour to visit CapeL’aghulas. Take a photo where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, which is also the most southern point of the African continent!

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Things to Know Before You Go

Getting to South Africa

Most flights into South Africa arrive in either Johannesburg or Cape Town. From there, there are connecting flights to smaller airports in the country. Alternatively, you can drive across the border if you’re visiting a neighboring country.

How to get around South Africa

South Africa is a huge country! Unless you are spending a lot of time in South Africa, or staying in a particular region, you’re better off flying between cities, if you’re trying to visit Johannesburg and Cape Town.

City driving can get busy, and drivers can be aggressive, especially in Johannesburg. If you’re visiting Joburg, using uber or public transportation is your best bet. It can be unsafe driving through the city, because of the high crime rate.

Parking is difficult to come by, but Uber is extremely affordable in South Africa. The bonus there is you don’t have to worry about navigating the busy traffic, trying to park your car, and worrying about potential crime. In Cape Town you’re safer driving (but the traffic is very bad), though there is also great public transportation.

Driving is an option for those wanting to take the garden route. For the most part, roads are well developed, and it gives you a chance to see the countryside. South Africa has such diverse landscape, it’s worth it to visit parts of the countryside.

It’s absolutely stunning. For those who are questioning if they can adjust to driving on the opposite side of the road, it’s fairly manageable. Once you get in the car, it’s easy to navigate and catch on, especially if you’re on the road with other cars.

How Much Time Should I Spend in South Africa?

There is so much to see in South Africa. One could spend several months in South Africa and only touch the surface.

Somewhere between two and three weeks is a good time frame to get familiar with the land. Especially for travelers who decide to drive parts of the country (such as the Garden Route), the trip should not be rushed.

Because of the diversity of the country, one should see at least two cities (Cape Town, Durban, and/or Pretoria). A safari is a must for trips to South Africa. Having several day tours (between 3-5) allows for more opportunity to spot all of the “Big 5”.

Again, there is no guarantee you’ll get to see all 5. Some may be questioning spending five days in the bush on a safari, but it truly is a once in a lifetime experience. Every animal sighting is magical, even if it’s the fifth or sixth time seeing a zebra on one game drive. The calmness and quiet beauty is unlike any other experience.

Other Tips for South Africa Travel

  • Use caution in South Africa. Don’t flash your money/high end items, know where you’re heading, and be mindful. Highly consider grabbing an uber or driving, especially at night, even if the distance seems walkable. You can never be too careful, and this is the place to err on the side of caution.
  • On the flipside, South Africa is an amazing place to visit, and so diverse. If you have an opportunity to hop around the country to different cities, do it! The Western Cape and Eastern Cape have diverse landscapes and you should try to see different parts of the country.
  • South African currency is the rand. Traveling, shopping, accommodation and food is all extremely affordable in South Africa.
  • South Africa is big on tipping. If you go out to eat, expect to tip. A surprise to many visitors is the tipping of parking lot security guards who watch over your car while you’re out shopping, at the beach, etc. Most tips range from 2-10 rand.
  • South Africa has three capitals: Bloemfontein (judicial capital), Cape Town (legislative capital) and Pretoria (the administrative capital).
  • There are no vaccines required to travel to South Africa, except for visitors from a country with a yellow fever endemic. Proof of the yellow fever vaccination is required upon arrival in South Africa.
  • A fun idea for getting around is joining a hop-on-hop-off tour bus. Both Johannesburg and Cape Town offers this tour option. Get dropped off right at the attractions, spend as much time as you went at said attraction, and jump back on the bus to head towards your next destination. Since many of these tour buses have an upper deck, it’s also a great way to see the city from a different point of view.

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