20 Day Best of South Africa – Small Group Tour

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Accommodated Lodges Small Group

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  • Best of South Africa Small Group Tour
  • Knysna Garden Route
  • Lions Kruger National Park
  • Drakensburg Mountain Range
  • Cape Winelands
  • Cango Caves Tour
  • Lesotho Donkey Tour
  • Addo National Park
  • Addo Elephant Tour
  • Cape Town tour
  • Table Mountain Cable Car
  • Best of South Africa Tour
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  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Cape Town

Countries Visited

South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland

Why You'll Love this Tour

Experience the Best of South Africa highlights on this Johannesburg to Cape Town Tour. Safari with the wildlife of the magnificent Kruger National Park, breath in the fresh air of the towering Drakensberg Mountains and marvel at picturesque coastlines along the Garden Route. Immerse yourself in colourful cultures and enthralling history as you enjoy this all-encompassing tour of South Africa.


Tour Style Accommodated Lodges Small Group
Countries Visited South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Min 4 Max 14
Age Range All Ages
Length 20 days
Tour SKU ACS4106

Tour Price

Currency conversion estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)


FROM

R47,460 R46,274

+ Single Supplement USD 830

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at From USD 3180. Currency fluctuations may occur


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From: USD 3180

+ Single Supplement USD 830

Dates Tour Length: 20 days


Currency estimated. Base currency is South African Rand (ZAR)

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Included

  • 19 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • All transport in fully kitted vehicle
  • Game drives and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees
  • Experienced local guide
  • Kruger: Game drives in the iconic national park in tour vehicle
  • Kingdom of Swaziland: Visit to Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary including guided birding walk. Interactive cultural experience at a chief’s homestead
  • St Lucia: Afternoon boat cruise in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Hluhluwe: Wildlife viewing in the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Game Reserve on a game drive
  • Drakensberg Mountains: guided walks
  • Kingdom of Lesotho: Experience traditional Basotho lifestyle while pony trekking in Lesotho
  • Game driving in Addo Elephant National Park in tour vehicle
  • Oyster tasting experience
  • Cango Caves
  • Cape Winelands: Wine tasting and cellar tour
  • Cape Town: Full day scenic Cape Peninsula tour

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Optional activities
  • All drinks
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curios and tips
  • Travel insurance and visas

Activities

Some of the activities you can take part in on this tour.

Activities Included on the Best of South Africa Tour:

  • Game Drives in Kruger National Park
  • Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary including guided birding walk
  • Interactive Swaziland homestead cultural experience
  • St Lucia wetland boat cruise
  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi wildlife game drive
  • Drakensburg guided walks
  • Lesotho Pony Trekking
  • Addo Elephant Park game drive
  • Oyster tasting experience
  • Cango Caves guided tour
  • Wine tasting and cellar tour in Cape Winelands
  • Full day scenic Cape Peninsula tour


Other Activities

Johannesburg

  • Apartheid Museum Tour
  • Gold Reef City Tour
  • Johannesburg City Tour
  • Soweto Tour
  • Lesedi Cultural Village Tour
  • Sun City Tour

Kruger National Park

  • Full Day open vehicle Game Drive (R1160)

Addo Elephant National Park

  • Sundowner Game Drive (incl. snacks and drinks)

Cape Town

  • Full Day Cape Winelands Tour
  • Winelands with Bicycles
  • Cape Town City Cycle Tour
  • Township Tour
  • Shark Cage Diving (Gansbaai)
  • Whale Route Tour
  • Give Back Cultural Field Trip

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, you will be transferred to the Safari Club where you will have the remainder of the day to explore and relax. You will have a pre-departure meeting with your guide this evening at 18:00.

Accommodation: Safari Club or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool and restaurant)

Day 2: Johannesburg – Mpumalanga, South Africa

We head off early today travelling east towards Mpumalanga on a journey filled with panoramic passes, waterfalls, lush valleys and forests. Tonight, we stay in the small town of Graskop on the Drakensberg escarpment, at the foot of the Panorama route.

Accommodation: Graskop Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar and restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 385 km

Day 3 – 4: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Making our way to the Kruger National Park we enjoy a scenic drive through the incredible Panorama Route. Revel in seeing the Blyde River Canyon, filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. We take some time at Bourke’s Luck Potholes with it’s age old rock formations.

This afternoon we head to the Kruger National Park where we will spend the next two nights. Here you can expect to venture on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in our tour vehicle viewing some of the best wildlife in Africa.

Please note: There is an optional game drive in an open game-viewer vehicle, available at an additional expense.

Accommodation: Berg en Dal Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast x 2
Distance: 250 km

Day 5 – 6: Kingdom of Swaziland

Today we make our way to The Kingdom of Swaziland which is a beautiful landlocked country bordered by Mozambique and South Africa and one of the three remaining monarchies in Africa. You will have time to explore and discover the culture and traditions of the Swazis.

We will spend two nights in the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland’s very first wildlife sanctuary with hippo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope. This afternoon’s guided walk will allow us to spot these animals along with Swaziland’s infamous birdlife.

On day 6 we enjoy an interactive cultural experience when visiting the Umphakatsi Chief’s homestead. Here you will have an opportunity to take part in many activities such as grinding maze, plaiting mountain grass or joining the children in song and dance. Today we lunch the Swazi way with a taste of their local food.

Accommodation: Mlilwane Rest Camp or similar (beehive huts with en-suite bathrooms, restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Distance: 190 km

Day 7 – 8: Zululand, South Africa

Today we travel back into South Africa via Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. We visit a craft market en-route before arriving at our lodge late afternoon. The next day, we visit the oldest game reserve in Africa, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. This reserve is home to the black and white Rhino and serves in the conservation efforts of this endangered species.

In the afternoon we visit South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park while getting up close with hippos and crocodiles as we enjoy a boat cruise on the St. Lucia estuary.

Accommodation: Ezulwini Game Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & dining area)
Meals: Breakfast x 2
Distance: 440 km

Day 9 – 10: Drakensberg, South Africa

As we make our way inland, we head to the northern stretches of the Drakensberg. This mountain range is renowned for its 3482 m tall mountains and magnificent forests. Covering a length of 1000 km, South Africa’s highest mountain range is picturesque throughout. We spend our next two nights exploring this World Heritage Site on guided walks.

Accommodation: The Cavern or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, bar & restaurant)
Meals:  Breakfast x2, Lunch x1, Dinner x2
Distance: 540 km

Day 11 – 12: Lesotho

As we enter Lesotho, you will discover why this landlocked country is on the itinerary. It’s spectacular natural beauty coupled with rich cultural heritage make it truly worth a visit. Experience the traditional Basotho culture in Malealea, with their strong traditions and beliefs. Take an age old form of transport as we go pony trekking the following day and discover why this is a Basotho transport of choice.

Accommodation: Malealea Lodge or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & dining area)
Meals: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x1
Distance: 420 km

Day 13: Cradock, South Africa

Next we uncover traditional Karoo hospitality as we enter Cradock, a former frontier stronghold and historical landmark. This town is significant for farming of cattle, dairy and fruit but also boasts magnificent starry skies. Indulge in the Karoo way of life and explore beautiful old buildings.

Accommodation: Die Tuishuise or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar & restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 415 km

Day 14: Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

This exclusive Eastern Cape Nature Reserve is home to one of the densest populations of African elephants in the world and the last of the flightless dung beetle. Addo Elephant National Park offers a spectacular game viewing experience so we head off in our tour vehicle in search of elephant, black rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo. We end the day off relaxing at the watering hole while spotting the nocturnal animals and hearing their calls.

Please note: If you would like an additional game viewing experience in an open game-viewer vehicle, this is available at an additional expense.

Accommodation: Addo Elephant Rest Camp or similar (bungalows with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 300 km
Optional Activities: Sundowner game drive (incl. snacks and drinks) – extra charge

Day 15 – 16: Tsitsikamma, South Africa

The Garden Route is one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions due to the lush landscapes and scenic coastline. We explore the scenery on a hike through the Tsitsikamma Forest’s short trails. We spend the next two nights in the Storms River Village.

Please note: At an additional cost there is an option to bungee jump at the Bloukrans River

Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms, swimming pool, restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast x2
Distance: 240 km

Day 17: Knysna to Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Today you will be led to the renowned Knysna Heads which overlook the town and lagoon. Indulge in an educational and interactive oyster tasting experience, don’t shuck it till you try it. Continuing our journey south we make our way over the Outeniqua Mountains to the Little Karoo arriving in Oudtshoorn. This feathery town is known as the ostrich capital of the world and also boasts the famous Cango Caves where we take the afternoon to explore the natural stalagmites and stalactites before heading to our accommodation for the night.

Accommodation: Mooiplaas or similar ((rooms with en-suite bathrooms, bar, restaurant and swimming pool)
Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 280 km

Day 18 – 19: Cape Town, South Africa

Today we enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour experience in Stellenbosch, a quaint university town on our route to Cape Town. Upon arriving in Cape Town, you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure. With so much to offer, you can choose to relax with sundowners on the beautiful beaches, or go shopping at the V&A Waterfront.

On day 19 we travel through the ‘Mother City’  exploring its charms and highlights on a Cape Point tour.

Accommodation: The Townhouse Hotel or similar (rooms with en-suite bathrooms and restaurant)
Meals: Breakfast x2
Distance: 450 km

Day 20: Cape Town, South Africa

End off this fantastic adventure along South Africa’s scenic route by taking your final moments to reflect. Catch one last view of the city atop Table Mountain or experience Cape Town’s culinary scene before your transfer to the airport as you wave goodbye to the city that stole your heart.

Meals: Breakfast

Onward Travel Plans

Due to on the road variable beyond our control (such as border crossings, traffic, delays, etc) on the tours. The end time on the last day can’t be guaranteed and therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the accommodation like on tour? You will stay in mid-range accommodation ranging from lodges to chalets and tented camps. Located either in National Parks or along river banks and other places of interest. You will have mostly private bathrooms with a shower and toilet and some properties have additional facilities such as swimming pools and restaurants/bars. What kind of tour vehicle can I expect? You will travel in either a fully equipped Toyota Quantum, Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Vito or other with comfortable seating, a music system as well as air-conditioning. Please keep in mind that travel times may be affected by adverse road conditions and weather.

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