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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Life changing South African adventure November 2015

5.0

South Africa Highlights & Safari

The only word that I can think of to describe my recent smarTours South African adventure is: life-changing. I am blown away by this company's ability to deliver a trip that exceeded my expectations on all levels and left me eager and excited to book my next trip with smarTours. To anyone that may think they don't have the energy to plan an exotic vacation, or the funds aside to see the world, trust me when I say that smarTours is your answer! They really couldn't have made things easier for me or more cost effective; the itinerary was masterfully organized, down to each and every detail... My tour director, Ron, managed to share all of the spectacular sights of South Africa, while simultaneously captivating the group with the insights of the country's people, conflicts and rich history... I feel very fortunate to have found smarTours. Now I just need to decide where I want to go next! Read more

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Had a good time! October 2015

5.0

Zanzibar to Cape Town

Just come back from my amazing 34 day Zanzibar to Cape Town trip. It flew past - I had such a good time. Sam and Julius, my trip leader and driver, were awesome, really helpful and funny and had lots of interesting stories to tell. Had a great group too and have so many fantastic memories. From the white sands of Zanzibar, the smiling, waving children of Malawi, walking with lions and swimming at the top of Victoria Falls, gliding through the reeds of the Okovango Delta in a mokoro, elephants wandering through the campsite, seeing all the wildlife drinking from the watering hole at Etosha, skydiving over the Namibia dunes in Swakopmund, climbing up Dune 45 through the mist only for it to clear with the sunrise to going up to the top of Table Mountain and feeling on top of the world in Cape Town. Really want to go back and I've only been home a day. If you are hesitating about booking - just go for it! I loved every second, well maybe not taking down tents at 5am but practically every second! Acacia are a really good company, our truck seemed so much nicer than some others who didn't even have lockers inside the truck. I will be back to do the Kenya to Zanzibar leg of the trip at some point in the future and know I won't even bother looking at another company to do the trip! Read more

Operator Acacia Africa

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Guide(s) : Emma and Alf were knowledgeable September 2015

5.0

Kruger & Coast

Guide(s) : Emma and Alf were knowledgeable, patient, funny and flat out amazing. _x000D_
Itinerary: incredibly varied itinerary (countryside, beaches, game viewing, cities) kept things interesting. Several two night stops also helped break up the trip.
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Operator Intrepid Travel

JM

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Fantastic trip! August 2015

5.0

Wildlife Research in South Africa Expedition

I enjoyed 1 mouth out in South Africa on Karongwe game reserve. I can say I had the time of my life, getting involved with wildlife research. I really enjoyed Telem tracking the Lions and Elephants, it was exhilarating tracking them and so rewarding finding and seeing them feeding or relaxing it was fantastic. I meat so many great people from all over the world, it was great to meet like minded that share the same passion as myself. I really appreciate being able to visit a new country, getting out and seeing Kruger park and the Panorama route were also great. I had such a fantastic time that I plan to return on to a GVI program as soon as possible. Read more

Operator Global Vision International

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I had a great experience. James was an excellent tour guide. April 2015

5.0

South Africa & Swazi Quest

My trip to South Africa was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I would highly recommend this tour to my friends and family. James was highly knowledgable of South Africa. He was flexible towards the group to arrange optional activities that we were interested in. He has a great personality that made everyone feel comfortable, and made this one of the best 3-weeks of my life. Thanks, James! Read more

Operator G Adventures

FP

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We enjoyed the tour October 2017

4.0

Cape to Falls - 22 days

Long days as expected on the truck for the first week we weren't sure if this was the part of Africa we expected. It was mostly geology, which while interesting made everyone wonder when the animals and wilderness camping would start. After that it did start and was amazing and just got better each stop after Swakopmund. Amazing experences and close proximity to wildlife. We would have liked more nights of back country camping such as we had in the Okavango Delta and Chobe and thought most nights would have been in these type of locations rather than urban campgrounds. That said, it was a rewarding adventure with a great Crew of David, Ian and Munya. Read more

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