Top South Africa Attractions

Kruger National Park

Table Mountain

Robben Island

Apartheid Museum

Panorama Route

Cape Winelands

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Top Activities in South Africa

Safari in Kruger National Park

Bird watching

Wildlife viewing

Photography

History tours

Touring Johannesburg

Wine tasting

Hiking

Camping under the stars

Taking in the views from Table Mountain

Scuba diving

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Classic South Africa Itineraries

Highlights of South Africa in 1 Week

South Africa is a great destination for first time visitors to Africa. Not only will you see amazing wildlife on a classic safari, there are amazing coastal drives, and exciting Cape Town. South Africa is also rich with history - providing amazing context to the wider, disparate yet connected cultures of Africa. Kruger National Park, which was established in 1926.

Day 1-2, Cape Town: Seal Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, coastal drive, Robben Island.

Day 3, Johannesburg: Apartheid museum, guided walking tour of Soweto. Optional Excursion to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation center

Day 4-7, Greater Kruger National Park: Established in 1926, Kruger National Park is one of the top viewing areas for the “Big 5” (Lions, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Leopard, and Rhino). Also visit God’s Window viewpoint, Blyde River Canyon, and Timbavati Reserve.

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South Africa in 2 Weeks

South Africa is an incredible destination that offers everything from big game safaris to traditional cultural excursions that explore the rainbow nation’s African roots. In the span of 2 weeks you can easily hit all the major sights, including the big city of Johannesburg, the famous Kruger National Park, the history and natural landscapes of Cape Town and a nature intensive drive up the coast to Port Elizabeth.

Day 1-2, Johannesburg: Visit the historic Apartheid Museum and take a guided walking tour through Soweto, the largest township in Johannesburg. Drive to the Cradle of Humankind and see the paleoanthropological site and million-year-old hominin fossils. Finish with an optional visit to the Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeesport Dam.

Day 3-5, Greater Kruger National Park: The famous Kruger National Park is the largest of all game reserves in South Africa and was established in 1926. Here you can take a safari to spot the “Big 5”- Lions, Buffalo, Rhinos, Leopards, and Elephants. Try to take game drives at different points in the day (including night time) to catch a glimpse of all the different wildlife. Visit the cultural village and experience traditional foods, dances and local beadwork.

Day 6-9, Cape Town: Explore the neighborhood of Bo Kaap by foot and try Cape Malay cuisine. Go snorkeling or take a boat ride to see the Cape Fur seals at Hout Bay. Climb to the top of Table Mountain and watch the sun set over Cape Town at Lions Head. Take a coastal drive to Simon’s Town and sit with the African penguins at Boulders Beach. Visit the tip of the African continent at Cape Point.

Day 9-10, Stellenbosch: Drive from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and taste test your way around the many wineries.

Day 11-14, Garden Route Drive: Take a beautiful road trip up the coast from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth and see ancient mountain ranges, coastal plains and nature reserves. Stop in Knysna to see The Heads and take a walking tour of Featherbed Private Nature Reserve. Carry on to the Cango Caves in Outdshorn and explore the limestone chambers. Drive up the country road Route 62 and see the Karoo Plains, vineyards and orchards. Take optional excursions to Addo National Park for a game drive, Tsitsikamma marine reserve or Wildnerness National Park for bird watching and canoeing.

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South Africa & Beyond in 3 Weeks

A 3-week adventure across the Southern part of Africa will bring you to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique, the ancient deserts of Namibia, and the big game reserves of South Africa. This excursion will expose you to several vibrant cities and their respective histories of colonial influence and native African traditions. Along with this cultural immersion, you’ll also be able to go off the beaten path and explore the natural wonders of the region, including old mountain ranges, coral reefs and game parks full of wildlife.

Day 1-6, Mozambique

Day 1-2, Maputo: Immerse yourself in the colonial history of Mozambique with a visit to the Museu Historia, Fortaleza de Maputo and Vila Algarve. Check out the local handicrafts at FEIMA, an art and food market. Try some local Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken.

Day 3-6, Bazaruto Archipelago: The Archipelago is made up of 5 islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magarugue, Santa Carolina and Bangue. Here you can island hop via boat on a Dhow Safari and adventure through the marine conservation area that makes up the National Park. Go scuba diving or snorkeling and explore the coral reefs, try game fishing in the Indian Ocean, and catch a glimpse of some whales and dolphins. Spend some time relaxing at one of the many beautiful dune beaches.

Day 7-16, South Africa

Day 7-8, Johannesburg: Visit the historic Apartheid Museum and take a guided walking tour through Soweto, the largest township in Johannesburg. Drive to the Cradle of Humankind and see the paleoanthropological site and million-year-old hominin fossils. Finish with an optional visit to the Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeesport Dam.

Day 9-12, Greater Kruger National Park: The famous Kruger National Park is the largest of all game reserves in South Africa and was established in 1926. Here you can take a safari to spot the “Big 5”- Lions, Buffalo, Rhinos, Leopards, and Elephants. Try to take game drives at different points in the day (including night time) to catch a glimpse of all the different wildlife. Visit the cultural village and experience traditional foods, dances and local beadwork.

Day 13-16, Cape Town: Explore the neighborhood of Bo Kaap by foot and try Cape Malay cuisine. Go snorkeling or take a boat ride to see the Cape Fur seals at Hout Bay. Climb to the top of Table Mountain and watch the sun set over Cape Town at Lions Head. Take a coastal drive to Simon’s Town and sit with the African penguins at Boulders Beach. Visit the tip of the African continent at Cape Point.

Day 17-21, Namibia

Day 17-21, Windhoek: Explore the city and visit the Christ Church, Alte Feste, Heroes’ Acre and Schwerinsburg. Go on a walking tour through Daan Viljoen Game Park and see the local wildlife. Spend the day in Sossusvlei, the home of the famous red dunes in the southern part of the world’s oldest desert at the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Make sure to visit Deadvlei and watch the sunset at Dune 45.

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Teach, Read, Learn – Volunteering in South Africa

Spending a day with Masicorp was one of the more meaningful things I did during my stay in Cape Town. They gave us a safe, exciting experience into the culture and provided us with the opportunity to give back to the community. It was wonderful having lunch with one of the businesses they support and seeing the beautiful coast of Cape Town. Read more

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amazing trip December 2016

5.0

South Africa Highlights & Safari

Ron McGregor was the tour director for our group of 21 people. His comments and suggestion were most appropriate and informative. although he is not as an effective shopper as some of the ladies in our group. We saw everything that we could have wanted to see for the days available in SA. Gave drives in all 3 reserves were as advertised and we did see all of the big 5 with the exception that we did see several adult males none were the mature adults with the manes to match. all hotels were above average and the furnished buffet breakfast buffets were above average especially the Protea lodge breakfast. the coach and drivers were excellent for our trips and the park guides were very informative and seemed to enjoy finding the animals for our group. 1st day in Kruger we watched a leopard casually drink from a creek and the fade into the trees. This was our first experience with SmarTours but will definitely not be the last as we were totally Read more

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Capetown and the Garden Route October 2016

5.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

A great ride along the South Coast taking in some spectacular scenery, sights and sounds, great food and drink - and very reasonable due to the exchange rate (great for UK visitors, not so much for the South African economy).
Some breathtaking views, particularly looking over Knysna (where it would have been good to spend more time), Table Mountain and Robben Island. We were lucky that our guide there was an ex-prisoner and he really brought to life his experiences there.

Tshepo and Mr John the driver made a great team. Tshepo tackled the difficult job of making the trip a happy and memorable one for a diverse group of 16 with tact and patience. Along with the most infectious laugh. Any issues - or matatas - were sorted out swiftly.

Pack plenty of layers - it was pretty windy in places. And essential if you're on the South African Airways flight, the flight home was freezing.
Try to fit in a township tour - we booked this through the hotel in Capetown as it is not offered as an optional by Exodus, which is a shame. Although a bit uneasy about it at first, I'm glad I did it and if you want to scratch beneath the surface and find the real South Africa I think it is really beneficial.

As mentioned in previous reviews, there is not enough time between arriving in Joburg and the connecting flight to Port Elizabeth due to the inefficiencies at the airport. If direct flights for those on the group flights were available back to the UK from Capetown I would have happily paid a bit extra. For those booking their own flights, leave plenty of time for transit.

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Fabulous adventure October 2016

5.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

This was a fantastic trip taking in beautiful scenery, planned and optional tours, with great food and wine. Most people think of safaris when they think of South Africa ,but there is far more to this amazing country than wild animals.
Several - going up Table Mountain in the cable car; visiting Robben Island (optional); Chapman's Peak Drive - breathtaking scenery; the game drives and seeing so many wild animals; a visit to two of the Cape Town townships - this was not an included trip nor an optional trip, but I asked to do it as I couldn't see how you could go to South Africa without seeing how the vast majority of people live - it was sobering and thought provoking but imperative to do from my point of view.

Tshepo was excellent - helpful, accommodating and with a maturity and wisdom way beyond his years. He tried hard to accommodate everyone's wishes, which were often very diverse. He had a great sense of humour and spent ages answering numerous questions from group members. He had to deal with some awkward dynamics within the group and he did this admirably and with sensitivity. Thanks Tshepo, and John, our very capable and interesting driver, for an amazing 11 days.

Weather was chillier than I expected (Oct 8th departure) and varied so take lots of layers.
Be prepared for lots of sitting in the minibus on this trip but this has to be done to see the Garden Route - the bus could have been more comfortable though.
Do the zip lining at Tsitsikamma! - scary but fantastic! 12 out of the 16 members out of our group did this, including our lovely 85 and 81 year olds!

We didn't stay in Hermanus but in an 'Or Similar' hotel which was ok but an hour's drive away, so that was disappointing. Tshepo and John made up for this by driving people into Hermanus at different times to accommodate their wishes.
It was chaos and stressful at J'burg airport on the way out, long queues at passport control and we only just made our connecting flight. I would suggest to Exodus that direct flights are taken to avoid this.

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An amazing first African experience October 2016

4.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

An amazingly varied trip with a lovely group of people. Fantastic wildlife, scenery, history, culture and company. This was my first trip to Africa and its definitely opened my eyes to continent I want to explore further now.
The two days we spent in Tsitsikamma national park were a real highlight. The lodges we stayed in were right on the coast, so you go to sleep to the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below. The walking in the park was amazing and varied- with a coastal walk along the start of the Otter trail to a large waterfall, forest walks and a walk across suspension bridges to a look out high on the hill. These are all optional but we enjoyed them all and saw some fantastic animals and birdlife. Among other highlights was the day in Addo elephant park - the first time we had been on safari and our first close up encounter with elephants - and hiking up Table Mountain!

Our group leader (Craig) had an encyclopaedic knowledge of local wildlife and I really appreciated that for this trip as he could immediately tell you what you were looking at and gave us pointers on what to look out for in the different places we visited. This is the kind of stuff you need in the moment (before whatever it is flies/walks off) and you just can't get that from a Rough Guide! Craig was always mindful of our safety, whether that was in Cape Town (no walking at night, taxis only!) or when leading us on day hikes up Table Mountain and in Tsitsikamma. Nothing was too much trouble - from getting up early to take us to our optional whale watching trip, to wielding the gaffa tape and screwdrivers to fix our leaky minibus roof!

Other reviews have highlighted the same point, but this trip just feels a day or two too short, so unless Exodus act on this feedback and extend the trip slightly, we would, with hindsight, have booked our own flights and stayed an extra day or two in Cape Town. This would also have meant we could have booked with British Airways and taken a direct flight back to the UK. South African Airways, while OK, wouldn't necessarily be my choice for future flights - we were very cold on both overnight flights, so pack a fleece and maybe even a hat for the plane!
Although a lot of the food is very similar to what you will find in the UK, you can also find African dishes on most menus and the steaks everywhere are amazing. Prices are cheap compared to UK prices and the quality was uniformly excellent everywhere we went.

We travelled in September, which is Spring in South Africa and a lovely time of year, but a bit unpredictable in terms of the weather. We were lucky as it was mostly warm and dry (18-23 degrees C) but it did get colder (12 degrees) at night and we had a couple of days that were also about 12 deg C when I wish I'd packed an extra jumper, especially for the boat trips we took and when we were on the coast.

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