Explore South Africa Tour (Comfort / Inclusive) 18 days

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Accommodated Small Group Top Pick



+ Single Supplement EUR 355 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced EUR 2495. Currency fluctuations may occur

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  • Starts: Johannesburg
  • Ends: Cape Town

Countries Visited

South Africa, Swaziland

Why You'll Love this Tour

When it comes to adventure, South Africa's ever-changing scenery is the perfect canvas on which to paint an activity-packed trip. In 18 days you’ll hike rugged mountains, sip on world-famous wines in picturesque valleys, join khaki-clad rangers on wild safari game drives, bungee jump from the Garden Route's Bloukrans Bridge, and so much more! Top it off with learning about the region’s tumultuous history through insightful museum tours and you’ll gain a much deeper understanding of the fabric of South Africa.

  • The explore South Africa tour requires participation from all group members. This entails assisting with the food preparation, washing of dishes, keeping the truck clean. Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind is needed on the trip. The guide is registered with the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa (FGASA).

Tour Style Accommodated Small Group Top Pick
Countries Visited South Africa, Swaziland
Starts Johannesburg
Ends Cape Town
Group Size Max 17
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
Length 18 days
Tour SKU ACS0308

Tour Price

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



+ Single Supplement EUR 355 (Optional)

Price Disclaimer: Tour is Priced at EUR 2495. Currency fluctuations may occur

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Tour Reviews

Review by Selen Tabanli who traveled on the Explore South Africa Tour:

I have completed my journey in South Africa. Everything ran perfect, and I had fun. Thank you for all your suggestions. Tour was great. I will come back when I save enough money for the next trip. Thank you for your assistance.

Dates Tour Length: 18 days

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  • Meals - 17 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • Accommodation - Hotel/Lodge (15 nights), Twin - bedded tented units (2 nights)
  • Registered guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Permits
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Private Game Reserve Morning Guided Walk
  • Private Game Reserve Afternoon and Night Drives
  • Panorama Route
  • God's Window
  • Bourke's Luck Potholes
  • 3 Rondawels
  • Full Day Game Drive in Southern Section of Kruger National Park
  • Siebe Rock
  • Zululand Bush Walk
  • Drakensberg World Heritage Site
  • Drakensberg Hike
  • Nelson Mandela Capture Site
  • East Coast Beaches
  • Waterfall Walk
  • Hike along the coast
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Hike
  • Tsitsikamma National Park Suspension Bridge Walk
  • Cape Point National Park
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Wine Tasting
  • Table Mountain Hike


  • International Airfares
  • Travel insurance (Get Adventure Travel Insurance) and medical insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Visa costs
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if camping
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Other items of a personal nature


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

Included in the Tour Price

  • Scenic drive down to the Lowveld region
  • Kruger Private Game Reserve
  • Morning and afternoon guided experience in Big 5 area
  • Panorama Route
  • 3 Rondavels
  • Pilgrim’s Rest
  • Southern section of Kruger National Park
  • Full day game drive
  • Scenic drive through Swaziland/eSwatini
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Tugela Gorge hike
  • Scenic drive through Southern Drakensberg
  • Local farm stay
  • Scenic drive to the Wild Coast
  • Hike along the coast
  • Scenic drive in Eastern Cape
  • Historic town of Cradock
  • History tour
  • Mountain Zebra National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Coastal Hike
  • Cape Agulhas (southernmost tip of Africa)
  • Waenhuiskrans / Arniston Fishing Village
  • Scenic drive to Cape Town

Other Activities

Johannesburg (Pre and Post Tour)

  • Soweto Tour - From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours
  • Johannesburg City Tour - From ZAR590 per person for 3 hours
  • Soweto & Johannesburg Combo - From ZAR850 for 5 hours
  • Apartheid Museum - Duration: 3 hours ZAR550
  • Cradle of Humankind- Duration: 4 hours ZAR990
Pretoria City Tour 
  • Duration: 4 ½ hours ZAR850
  • Duration: 8 hours for the extended tour, incl. lunch ZAR1500
Cape Town
  • Cape Town Half day Township tour: 3 ½ hours ZAR 515
  • Robben Island: 3 ½ hours ZAR 320 excludes taxi to ferry
  • Hop on – Hop off bus: Red route through the V&A Waterfront; City; District 6; cable way; Camps Bay; Sea Point; 2 hours non stop; R 200 for the whole day
  • Hop on – Hop off bus: Blue Route to V&A Waterfront; Kirstenbosch; Hout Bay; World of birds; Camps Bay; Sea Point; ZAR200 for the whole day
  • Full day Peninsula tour: R 850, Half day without Kirstenbosch ZAR 585
  • Full day Wine route: R 850, Half day ZAR 585
  • Full day whale watching trip to Hermanus ZAR 810 (seasonal) Excludes transport to Hermanus
  • Abseiling off Table Mtn: ZAR 700, excluding cable car tickets
  • White shark diving: ZAR 1350 includes drive to Gansbaai; boat trip; snorkel or dive in cage; picnic lunch
  • Tandem Paraglide from Lions Head: ZAR 1100
  • Helicopter flips: Various options from ZAR 2000 to ZAR 3000
  • Horse riding in Hout Bay: 2 hour ride ZAR 350
  • Historic walking tour through the city: Every day from the tourist information in Burg street. ZAR230
Optional Activities available on this tour at your own expense 


Day 1: Johannesburg – Bush Lodge, South Africa

Leaving at 06h30 from Johannesburg, we journey through the picturesque route that leads us to Mpumalanga. On the way, we travel past Pretoria, pay a visit to Dullstroom where we will enjoy brunch before making our way to the Drakensberg escarpment before reaching the untamed lowveld. We spend the next 2 nights in a comfortable Bush Tented Lodge in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. Being neighbours to the Kruger National Park, our tents are beautifully designed in order to blend in with our surrounds. The camp boasts soft beds, en-suite bathrooms, a revitalizing splash pool and incredible views over the vegetation that encircles us. In the evening, dinner is prepared on a crackling open fire.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Lodge tented units – Twin beds with en-suite
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive down to the Lowveld Region, Private Game Reserve Accommodation
Distance: 490 km

Day 2: Bush Lodge, South Africa

We begin today by dipping local rusks into a good cup of coffee before embarking on a lovely game walk. We trek for around three hours, seeking out game and making frequent stops in order to be educated about the ways of the bush. A guide and tracker will lead you through all the walks in the Park. We make our way back to camp for an early afternoon brunch, after which we spend some time unwinding by the pool. In the afternoon we climb aboard an open vehicle in order to conduct a game drive that transforms into a lengthy, but thrilling, evening game drive.

Residing in the bush in the evening grants us the chance to observe plenty of nocturnal creatures which would usually be difficult to spot. Dinner is a delicious bush ‘braai’, before we are lulled to sleep by the distant calls of the wild.

Meals: Brunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bush Lodge tented units – Twin beds with en-suite
Included Highlights: Morning guided walk in Big 5 area, Afternoon game drive / Night drive
Distance: 20 km (Game Drive)

Day 3: Panorama Route – Hazyview, South Africa

Up early, after breakfast we set off for the beautiful Panorama Route. First up, Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cosy little town of Graskop where we will enjoy lunch (own expense). After lunch we head down the Kowyn Pass on our way to a log cabin in Hazyview that is built on stilts in the indigenous forest alongside the Sabie River.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Hazyview Lodge – Log Cabins
Included Highlights: Panorama Route, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, 3 Rondavles
Optional Activities: Gorge Swing
Distance: 195 km

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Day 4: Kruger National Park, South Africa

We depart from our bush camp early today in order to journey to the famous Kruger National Park, where we spend the rest of the day observing game from the fantastic height of our safari vehicle. We will spend time game viewing and making brief stops along the way to stretch our legs and enjoy a brunch. Late in the afternoon we will return to the Greenfire Lodge Hazyview to rest.

Meals: Brunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Hazyview – Log Cabins
Included Highlights: Southern Section of Kruger National Park, Full day game drive
Distance : +/- 160 km

Day 5: Swaziland – Zululand, South Africa

We journey south to the Swaziland border and complete some border formalities, before passing through the Kingdom of Swaziland. We will enter into an area of incredible scenery and past countless traditional homesteads and fields of sugarcane. We will have some time to interact with the locals and see how they make a living. We then enter Zululand towards evening, a region once ruled by the famous Shaka Zulu. This area is filled with game reserves and remarkable scenery. Our following two nights are spent at a bush camp in Zululand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Foresters Arms
Included Highlights: Scenic Drive, Sibebe Rock
Distance: 290 km

Day 6: Zululand, South Africa

After a good night’s rest we begin the day in a leisurely way before heading off on a game drive in the renowned reserve. Many animals are protected in this reserve, which is a lush area. You will get to see Black and White Rhino which are constantly under threat for their horns. We return to our camp in for the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: White Elephant Bush Camp
Included Highlights: Scenic Dive through Swaziland, Bush Walk
Distance: 225 km

Days 7 – 8: Drakensberg, South Africa

We head up into the hills of Kwazulu Natal which are packed with history around the wars raged during the Boer and Zulu wars.  Our lunch stop will be at one of the famous battlefields in the area where we will have time to learn a bit more. This afternoon we reach the majestic Drakensberg mountain range, “Barrier of Spears”. We transfer to a 4X4 vehicle, and then enjoy an exciting drive (or walk) on mountain tracks high up to the Greenfire Lodge Drakensberg.

Two nights are spent in cosy log cabins and we will have plenty of time for day hikes, exploring our surrounds of this National Heritage Site. A walk to the San Rock Art gallery is well worth it and for the more adventurous pony trekking is also available.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Accommodation: Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge
Included Highlights: Drakensberg World Heritage Site, San Rock Art, Drakensberg Hike, Vulture Colony
Optional Activities: Horse Riding, Fishing
Distance: 390 km on day 7

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Days 9 – 10: Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Today we are heading for the Indian Ocean after a transfer to our vehicle. Our journey today takes us to the Natal Midlands with curio shops, arts and crafts and other interesting activities. You can experience some local cuisine for lunch near Nottingham Road before we continue on to our accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Dolphin Coast. The beach is a stone’s throw away and you can listen to the soothing sounds of the sea. Today you can relax on the beach and swim in the warm Indian Ocean or stroll through the village and visit with the friendly locals. We will enjoy a Fish BBQ / Braai on the balcony on one night.

Meals: Breakfast x2, Dinner
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Dolphin Coast
Included Highlights: Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Natal Midlands Scenic Drive, East Coast
Optional Activities: Visit Durban
Distance: 300 km on day 9

Days 11 – 12: Wild Coast, South Africa

We head down south out of Durban following the coast to the – The Wild Coast – a definite highlight of the tour. This area used to be an independent homeland from South Africa and as a result had very little development resulting in endless unspoiled beaches, natural estuaries, fields of rolling grassland, and a the colourful traditional Xhosa villages. We will spend two nights at a remote lodge and will spend a full day exploring this rugged but beautiful area.

Meals: Breakfast X2, Lunch X2, Dinner X2
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Wild Coast
Included Highlights: Scenic drive to the Wild Coast, Private beach, Waterfall walk, Hike along the coast
Distance: 380 km on day 11

Day 13: Frontier Country, South Africa

Today we leave the lush coastal frests and make our way into the “Frontier Country”, an area that was host to many frontier wars. We spend the night in comfortable accommodation which overlooks the university town of Grahamstown.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Mountain View Manor
included Highlight: Scenic drive in Frontier Country
Distance: 534 km

Days 14 -15: Garden Route, South Africa

We will journey to the Tsitsikamma National Park where we will enjoy a walk along the rugged coast and over the suspension bridge spanning the Storms River. Upon our return trip, adrenaline junkies will be able to try out the world’s highest bungee jump at 216 metres. This evening is spent in the Storms River area. There are optional activities (own expense) such as sea kayaking trip, a mountain bike ride through the forest and a tour of the local town. The next day we make our way to Knysna where you will have time there to explore this quaint town and spend more time on the activities available.  One lunch and one dinner will be at your own expense.

We spend the night in the Storms River area. The area offers a variety of activities for guests. Optional excursions include kayak trips, mountain bike rides in the forest, a tour of the local township, and many more (own expense).
The next day guests will depart from Storms River and make their way to Knysna where they will spend the night and have time for some more activities. One lunch and one dinner will be own expense.

Meals Included: Breakfast X2, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Day 14 Storms River Village Lodge, Day 15 Wayside Inn
Included Highlight: Tsitsikamma National Park, Hike in Tsitsikamma, Suspension Bridge Walk
Optional Activities: Boat Cruise, Bridge Bungee Jump, Mountain Biking
Distance: 290 km on day 14, 90 km on Day 15

Days 16  -18: Cape Town, South Africa

We have a relaxing start to the day, departing from Knysna and journeying through the Lake District on to the ‘Whale Route’ that winds around the Hottentots Holland Mountains, toward our final destination. Upon our arrival in the Mother City of Cape Town in the early evening, we check into our Greenfire Lodge Cape Town. Cape Town is most definitely one of the most stunning cities in the world and it is here that we will spend our last two days of the tour, visiting Cape Point, Hout Bay, the Waterfront, secluded beaches, a wine farm and various other highlights. We will also embark on a hike up the city’s iconic Table Mountain. Lunches and dinners in Cape Town will be at your own expense.

Our thrilling tour comes to an end on Day 18, but you are welcome to book another night at the lodge in Cape Town through us. If you decide to fly back home on this day, please ensure you have time for an airport transfer and check in times (up to 3 hours).

Meals Included: Breakfast X3
Accommodation: Greenfire Lodge Cape Town
included Highlights: Cape Point National Park, Cape of Good Hope, Wine tasting, Table Mountain hike, Coastal roads
Optional Activities: Shark cage diving, Parasailing, Boat cruises
Distance: 550 km on day 16

The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

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