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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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One Week Garden Route Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town, and spend the day relaxing, Head over to the waterfront for dinner, and take an evening cable car ride up table mountain for the best views of the city!

Day 2: The second day is a free day in Cape Town. One option is a day trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive for two decades. Another option is a day trip to the Cape of Good Hope, complete with a trip to Boulder’s beach to see the penguins!

Day 3: Head out to the winelands and spend the day exploring the different wineries of the area. Look out for wildlife, as baboons are known to be in the area! Spend the evening strolling through the town of Franschhoek for awesome restaurants and shopping.

Day 4: Make your way to the most southern tip of the African continent, Cape L’agulhas. Visit the lighthouse and see where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet. Enjoy the great coastal views, and consider a thrilling activity such as shark cage diving, or whale watching.

Day 5: Keep heading west on the garden route towards wilderness. Here, you’ll find beautiful mountain views, awesome beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities. Consider a kayak tour, hiking, or some relaxing beach time.

Day 6: Continuing on the Garden Route, head towards Port Elizabeth to the town of Addo. The day will be spent at the Addo Elephant National Park. Take a game drive and search for animals such as Lions, Leopards, Rhinos and Elephants, to name a few. Spend the evening in the park.

Day 7: Spend the morning doing one more game drive, before packing up and heading towards Port Elizabeth. If time allows, spend some final moments on the beach or cruising through the town. From here, you will depart on your flight back home.

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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Jo'burg to Cape Town August 2016

5.0

Johannesburg to Cape Town

We travelled almost 4500k around Southern Africa; with wonderful scenery and experiences, knowledgable guide, fabulous cook. Highly recommend it as a great way to see loads and get a feel for the various regions and peoples. Lovely place to finish (Cape Town). Felt very safe throughout the trip.
Scary - being 3 metres away from 3 rhinos (on foot).
Thought provoking - visiting Lesotho and staying in the lodge which supported the local community.
Different prospective - guide at Rookes Drift with his insight and knowledge
Ahh moment -stroking a full grown cheetah, as a surprise visit!
OMG - so many fabulous elephants, and a massive herd of 3/400 buffalo!

Fabulous, very well organised, caring and knowledgeable. Always ready to answer questions, give advice etc......
Cook also needs mentioning as she was able to feed all of us with amazing meals three times a day! Her morning fruit salad was always different and fresh (better than many hotels).

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Don't take sleeping bags, not needed, but take. Swimming costume as you will swim in some amazing places.

Take advantage of clothes washing, so you won't need to pack so much. Use mozzie stuff. Be prepared for no internet or phone reception in some places, make the most of it!

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Highly recommended. July 2016

5.0

Wild Africa: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia

This program was my fourth sub-Sahara African safari (previously: Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa). My experiences in each safari was different, but this program ranked with the best. Highly recommended. Read more

Operator Road Scholar

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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

Operator SmarTours

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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

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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

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