• 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)

Experience South Africa like never before on this comprehensive journey! Arrive in Cape Town to your elegant hotel and spend four nights exploring the highlights of this spectacular city. On the next leg of your trip, traverse the gorgeous coastlines of the Indian Ocean and enjoy a game drive in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Then, visit the most famous of all the game reserves in South Africa, Kruger National Park. Your unforgettable odyssey comes to an end in the gorgeous metropolis of Johannesburg.

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South Africa Highlights & Safari



amazing trip December 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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
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Well Worth it October 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This tour has far exceeded my expectations. An avid independent traveler, I admittedly am skeptical of large tour groups. However I would not have experienced all that Southern Africa has to offer if traveling alone. This tour delivered it all, from the beautiful crystal blue coastline of Cape Town, the intensity of Zululand, the spectacular Blyde River Canyon, inspirational Johannesburg, the wild Kruger National Park...and the optional extension to one of the seven Natural Wonders of the world, the magnificent Victoria Falls. We could not have had a better tour guide than Jonathan Muller. His efficiency and professionalism provided me with a new respect for group touring. He came to know each personality in our group, and embraced each individual's sensitivity . With 35 person onboard, that was no easy task. Jonathan is truly a people person, also patient and knowledgeable...all aspects of a great tour guide. He kept us entertained during the long motor coach rides with humor and personal views of his homeland. While we were all enjoying ourselves during downtime, Jonathan was behind the scenes making arrangements and phone calls, so that our tour succeeded with only one glitch, a missing suitcase that eventually arrived to the hotel. All included hotels were high quality, per US standards. The beds were all comfortable. Some had bathtubs whereas the others had huge showers with strong water flow. All had room safes, only two did not have a refrigerator, and two did not have a television. We were greeted at every hotel with a non-alcoholic beverage, and room keys were distributed expeditiously. Dining opportunities were convenient at all locations. The included buffet meals were top notch. If there is any negativity to mention, it occurred during the end of our 3 day extension to Zimbabwe. Everyone was really hot, exhausted, and ready to return home. Victoria Falls itself was absolutely breathtaking, and the side trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana was was also memorable. Unfortunately, we didn't have Jonathan to hold our hands, so there was a little more exertion on our parts. However the guides and bus drivers that we had were all very friendly. I'm really glad that I did the tour and the extension; one of the best trips I've ever taken.
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Everyone should go on this tour! October 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
There are several reasons this was a fantastic trip: 1) the itinerary had a little bit of everything, from the amazing city life of Cape Town to wildlife safaris to the natural beauty of Victoria Falls to the apartheid museum in Joburg. 2) Jeremy Poole was our tour director. He made sure everything was organized, he took special requests, he offered great advice, and he was always patient. But what really made him such an amazing host was his knowledge of and his passion for his country in every aspect, from its history to its geography and botany. I doubt that we would have learned as much or been as captivated by South Africa had he not been our guide. 3) the accommodations, value for money, meals covered, etc. were all excellent. This was our first Smartour but will not be our last.
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Breathless Beauty September 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just retuned from African Highlights with the Victoria Falls extension. Can not say enough about Jeriemy Poole, tour director, and the entire once in a lifetime African experience. The whole tour was fantastic and I did every single optional tour. Well worth it. I highly recommend this tour. It's my second tour with Smartours and I'm booking 2 more trips for next year. You get your monies worth and then some.
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Great trip! September 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a great trip! We saw and learned a lot in our group of 22. Tour guide Jeremy Poole was informative, passionate and shared his extensive knowledge of South Africa and the region. He kept us on schedule, entertained and informed above and beyond. The hotels were great (Swaziland hotel was so-so but okay for just one night, but the other hotels and lodges were fantastic!). Food was great too. A nice combination of buffets and chances to dine out on your own. smarTours gives a lot of value for the price and everything was delivered as stated and more.
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Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating sojourn to South Africa begins as you depart New York today.

Day 2: Arrive Cape Town.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest and most spectacular city, where you’ll be met and escorted to your hotel, ideally located near the vibrant V&A Waterfront. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Sheltered beneath the dramatic shape of Table Mountain, Cape Town is indeed one of the world’s most unique cities. This morning, a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour to explore the charms of the city. Ride by cable car to the top of Table Mountain for glorious city and bay views. Descend and travel through the Malay Quarter and the city center for a chance to view and photograph impressive Table Mountain from a distance. Your tour ends at the vibrant V&A Waterfront where the balance of the day is at leisure. You may relax at one of the many cafes, stroll around and browse the craft and art shops or sample South Africa’s renowned wines.

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

A memorable full day excursion to Cape Peninsula begins with a scenic drive passing steep mountains, secluded coves, and sweeping beaches en route to Cape Point at the southern tip of the Peninsula. Stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay before arriving to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. The reserve is rich with flora and fauna and you may see baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. Savor the stunning views of the coastline where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. After lunch at a famous seafood restaurant follow the majestic coastline along False Bay and stop at Simon’s Town, where you’ll visit the Penguin colony. Lastly, visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and enjoy the magnificent display of indigenous South African flora before returning to Cape Town late this afternoon.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel

Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping or relaxing! An optional excursion to the charming winelands region just outside Cape Town is available. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity.

Day 6: Cape Town/ Zululand/ Hluhluwe.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge

Board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Journey to the charming resort village of Westbrooke, where you may enjoy a stroll on the golden sands of the Indian Ocean shoreline. Later, travel northwards through canefields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of the African tribal peoples. Arrive at your hotel located near the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for saving the white rhinoceros from extinction. Emdoneni Lodge 

Day 7: Hluhluwe Game Reserve/Zululand.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Emdoneni Lodge

An exciting day begins with a morning game drive in open safari vehicles to explore the magnificent animals and species in the fascinating Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Later, visit Dumazulu Village and experience the everyday life of the Zulu tribe, renowned for its warrior culture. Witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and a ceremony of beer drinking. A special Zulu lunch will be served. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 8: Hluhluwe/Swaziland.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Lugogo Sun Hotel

Today, continue your scenic drive north and cross the border into the tiny Kingdom of Swaziland. Shop for unique African souvenirs at the colorful markets and see basket weavers at work. Lugogo Sun Hotel.

Day 9: Swaziland/Kruger National Park.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kruger Gate Lodge

Drive through the beautiful countryside of the province of Transvaal to the world famous Kruger National Park. Encompassing some of the most stunning and diverse terrain, the park is South Africa’s premier game sanctuary. An unforgettable game drive in your own motor coach this afternoon takes you in search of the wild. Your upscale lodge is located near the park. Kruger Gate Lodge.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Kruger Gate Lodge

Your safari today includes a morning game drive, in open vehicles, in search of the parks many residents including the “Big Five”: Lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino and hopefully the more elusive leopard. You may also spot hippopotamus and crocodiles as well as zebras and giraffes. Plains game and bird life also abound. Have your camera ready! After a lunch break, return to the park for an afternoon open-vehicle safari.

Day 11: Kruger Park/ Mpumalanga/ Sandton (Johannesburg).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City

Drive through Mpumalanga (formerly Eastern Transvaal) panoramic wild countryside and enjoy unparalleled views of densely forested mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Arrive in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, one of the greatest spectacles of Africa. Proceed to Bourke’s Luck Pot Holes, a place of African legend containing bizarre holes cut into rock by powerful river erosion. Later relish sweeping views from God’s Window. Proceed to Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center. Garden Court Sandton City Hotel.

Day 12: Soweto Excursion/Apartheid Museum.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Garden Court Sandton City

This morning learn more about South Africa’s turbulent past and its hope for the future on a fascinating tour to Soweto, a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Peek into the past – hostels, Freedom Square and the struggle for liberty. Tread the paths to greatness by the late Nelson Mandela and visit his former house. This afternoon, visit the Apartheid Museum, the pre-eminent museum in the world exposing the rise and fall of apartheid and South Africa’s tumultuous journey through the 20th century. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner feasting on a traditional South African buffet.

Day 13: Depart South Africa.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure for last minute shopping or independent pursuits before transferring to the airport for your return flight.

Day 14: Arrive USA.

Your memorable journey comes to an end as you touch down in New York this morning.

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Price Per Day:

$ 214 per day
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Sep-25-2018Oct-08-2018$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Oct-02-2018Oct-15-2018$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Oct-04-2018Oct-17-2018$ 3,199LimtedReserve
Oct-09-2018Oct-22-2018$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Oct-23-2018Nov-05-2018$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Oct-30-2018Nov-12-2018$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Nov-13-2018Nov-26-2018$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Nov-20-2018Dec-03-2018$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Dec-04-2018Dec-17-2018$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Dec-26-2018Jan-08-2019$ 3,599LimitedReserve
Jan-08-2019Jan-21-2019$ 3,199Reserve
Jan-08-2019Jan-21-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Jan-15-2019Jan-28-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Jan-22-2019Feb-04-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Jan-29-2019Feb-11-2019$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Feb-05-2019Feb-18-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Feb-12-2019Feb-25-2019$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Feb-26-2019Mar-11-2019$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Mar-05-2019Mar-18-2019$ 2,999LimitedReserve
Mar-12-2019Mar-25-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
Mar-19-2019Apr-01-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Mar-26-2019Apr-08-2019$ 3,199LimitedReserve
Apr-02-2019Apr-15-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
Apr-17-2019Apr-30-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
Apr-23-2019May-06-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
May-07-2019May-20-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
May-21-2019Jun-03-2019$ 3,299LimitedReserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 449
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via South African Airways
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris incl. admission fees
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Director throughout
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature.
Optional Activities

Victoria falls extension:

  • Add $989 per person double occupancy / $1189 single
  • Half-Day Cultural Heritage & Township Tour (Approx. $40 per person)
  • Winelands Tour (Approx. $48 per person)
  • Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving*** (Approx. $148 per person, including breakfast, packed lunch, hot soup and transfers)
  • Full-Day Chobe National Park (Botswana) Safari & Tour (Approx. $175 per person)
Meals Included:

18 meals: 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 5 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
  • Night 1: International Flight: South African Airways
  • Nights 2-5: Cape Town: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel OR Cape Town: President Hotel
  • Nights 6-7: Hluhluwe: Emdoneni Lodge
  • Night 8: Swaziland: Avani Ezulwini Valley Hotel
  • Nights 9-10: Kruger National Park: Kruger Gate Lodge OR Sabi River Sun Resort
  • Nights 11-12:  Johannesburg: Garden Court Sandton City
  • Night 13 Main: International Flight: South African Airways
  • Nights 13-15 Extension: Victoria Falls: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
  • Night 16 Extension: International Flight: South African Airways
Start City
Cape Town
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing

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