Essential South Africa Tour

$1990 per person
7 days
South Africa

FREEDOM TO EXPLORE South Africa Value Tour & Safari

Experience the comfort and convenience of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. This South Africa value tour begins with sightseeing in Cape Town, then enjoy amazing wildlife viewing and game drives in Limpopo Province. Look out for antelopes, hyenas, cheetahs and the famous 'Big Five'!
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See the sights of Cape Town and experience the thrill of amazing wildlife viewing in South Africa. This top value tour is the ideal introduction to Africa and has so much going for it. Stay in comfortable accommodation, including a 4-star classic lodge , and enjoy incredible game drives in small safari vehicles. Fingers crossed you get to spot lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino - famously known as the 'Big Five'.

What's included

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Departure Location
Cape Town, South Africa
Return Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Additional Information
Departs Wednesdays & Saturdays: Contact us for available departures & current prices Booking Code: SAESG7M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Daily breakfast
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Internal flights
  • Meals as per the itinerary
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about hotel stays in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flights from Australia: Please request a quote for special international airfares. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote.

Tour overview

Experience the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own during this South Africa value trip!

This tour offers a great introduction to South Africa, including animal viewing game drives and time to experience the city of Cape Town. A city tour will help you get your bearings and pick up local travel tips about Cape Town. Then during your free time in the beautiful city, there are plenty of optional tours available for those of you who are keen to see as much as possible during your stay.

Fly to Johannesburg and drive to Limpopo Province, where amazing game drives and animal viewing bring the thrill of being in Africa to life. While staying at a classic lodge you’ll get to enjoy wildlife drives in small, non-air conditioned safari vehicles. Early mornings and late afternoons are best, to avoid the midday heat when animals are at rest. This is your chance to look out for lion, leopard, cheetah, herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as incredible bird viewing opportunities on a breathtaking safari!



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Few things can match the thrill of seeing lions in the wild in South Africa!

Special features

  • Experience Cape Town on a panoramic city tour
  • Thrilling game drives & wildlife viewing in magnificent Limpopo Province
  • This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own.
  • Expert tour leader is on hand with advice & tips to enhance your trip
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Arrive in Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town, undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you make your own way to the hotel (ask us about pre-booking a transfer), look out for the city's iconic symbol, Table Mountain in the distance. Tonight, discover some of Cape Town's world class restaurants on your own.
Overnight: Cape Town


Cape Town City Tour

This morning, meet with your Tour Manager to learn about all of the must-see sights of Cape Town before you depart on a city tour. Driving to the city centre, pass famous landmarks such as the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 by the Dutch East India Company and City Hall, a splendid baroque building, and of course the Grand Parade. See St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pass the Company Gardens and the Malay Quarter. The route then leads to Kloof Nek and the magnificent Table Mountain. Relax at a cafe while you take in the views from the base of the mountain. Perhaps ascend to the summit by cable car* (ticket not included) and marvel at a bird's eye view of the city and its beaches. Continue to the V & A Waterfront where you will have the opportunity to learn the story of diamonds while touring prominent Shimansky Jewellers & Museum. The 45-minute tour reveals the origins of diamond mining and includes explanations of colour, cut and clarity. Following the tour (or for those who do not wish to participate) stroll through the adjacent V & A Waterfront with its endless shopping and dining opportunities before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening, treat yourself to dinner at one of the trendy outdoor seaside restaurants, while watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean.
*Table Mountain Aerial Cableway closes for annual maintenance in July & August. Exact dates will be advised in early 2022.
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast


Full Day in Cape Town

While in Cape Town, outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the optional tour to the stunning Cape Peninsula, known for its steep mountains, secluded coves and beautiful pristine beaches. The Cape of Good Hope within Table Mountain National Park is surrounded by a rich biodiversity and is home to at least 250 species of birds as well as antelope, ostrich and baboons. Walk the rugged cliffs, or, take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular, a beacon for early explorers that climbs uphill to the old lighthouse. Afterward, visit Boulders Beach to see the unique spectacle of penguins waddling freely, and walk-through spectacular Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Optional: Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour
Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast


Full Day in Cape Town

Spend the day at leisure in Cape Town. Perhaps join the optional South African Wine Tour* which takes you along the country's principal wine route to the scenic towns of Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch with tastings along the way. Alternatively, thrill seekers will not want to miss the optional excursion to "Shark Alley" to experience great white shark cage diving.* Tonight, attend the optional Traditional African Dinner Experience for a memorable evening of live performances and African gastronomy before returning to the hotel.
*The South African Wine Tour and Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving operate simultaneously. Passengers may opt to participate in only one of these tours
Optional: South African Wine Tour
Optional: Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving
Optional: Traditional African Dinner Experience

Overnight: Cape Town
Meals: Breakfast


Fly to Johannesburg - Limpopo Province - Evening Game Drive

This morning fly to Johannesburg, known as "Gauteng: the City of Gold". Upon arrival, drive to Limpopo Province located just three hours outside of bustling Johannesburg. Your stay will be at a game reserve where the varied habitats provide ideal conditions for an astounding selection of large mammals including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino) other predators such as hyena and jackal, and a variety of antelope from red hartebeests to eland. Here, accompanied by a ranger, uncover the magic of the African bush in this wildlife wonderland. In the late afternoon, enjoy an exciting game drive in a landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, tumbled mountains, valleys, and grassland plains. Game sightings include a variety of predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah with herds of elephant and buffalo that can often be seen at close range. The game and bird viewing opportunities are truly incredible. This evening recount your sightings with your fellow travellers while dining at the lodge.
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Morning and Afternoon Game Drives

Depart early for a morning game drive, or participate in the optional Balloon Safari. Drift peacefully above the beautiful landscape, watching for wild game below. A glass of sparkling wine awaits you at the end of the journey. Join the rest of your group on the morning game drive in open safari vehicles where you might see not only the large majestic beasts but also the smaller mammals, birds and insects.

After lunch, relax at the lodge before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Return in time for dinner and toast to your final night in South Africa.
Optional: Mabula Balloon Safari
Overnight: Limpopo Province
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Depart South Africa

Awake early this morning and set out on your final game drive. After an early lunch, bid farewell to the bush and travel east toward Johannesburg. Arrive to the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 4PM for your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 6:50PM. An extra night in Johannesburg can be arranged if need be (own expense).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

More about South Africa

South Africa is a fascinating country full of contrasts, rich cultural heritage, imposing natural wonders and of course many of the most remarkable animals on earth. Table Mountain is a stunning backdrop to the city of Cape Town. The Western Cape boasts beautiful beaches and is prime wine growing country. Inland you'll find many impressive wildlife reserves, including Kruger National Park, famous for its wildlife viewing opportunities and being home to the 'Big Five' (leopard, lion, rhino, buffalo and elephant).
See the sights of Cape Town and experience the thrill of amazing wildlife viewing in South Africa. This top value tour is the ideal introduction to Africa and has so much going for it. Stay in comfortable accommodation, including a 4-star classic lodge , and enjoy incredible game drives in small safari vehicles. Fingers crossed you get to spot lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino - famously known as the 'Big Five'.

My Travel Experience Review

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This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. It's fantastic value for a tour that includes sightseeing in Cape Town and amazing game drives in Limpopo Province. Let us know if you'd like to stay longer, add optional tours or include airfares from Australia.

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The brochure includes details of the inclusions, itinerary (where applicable) and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Tour departures

This tour departs select Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Prices will vary depending on your travel date. Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and cost.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is 3:00pm but this is just a guide and details will be confirmed upon confirmation.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customisation. This moderately active program is intended to offer an introduction to the two most South African experiences, animal game drives and the city of Cape Town. Game drives take place in the early morning and late afternoon to avoid mid-day heat when animals are at rest. Game drives will be performed by small, non-air-conditioned safari vehicles. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Additional optional sightseeing is available to enhance your holiday. While on safari, on the motor coach and at remote lodges, WiFi service is not available or extremely limited.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Essential South Africa Tour

$1990 per person
7 days
South Africa

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