Guided Tours from Johannesburg

12 Day South African Explorer Small Group Tour

Our South African Explorer Small Group Tour is ideal for a guided journey in South Africa covering all the essential sights. Why wait? Book your journey with Getaway Africa today!

Start your journey on our South African Explorer Small Group Tour in Cape Town winding your way along the Garden Route and the country's most scenic coastline up to Port Elizabeth. Along the way you will find many hidden treasures from the massive caves of Oudtshoorn (Cango Caves), the stunning views from Knysna Heads and its Lagoon to the natural wonders at the Tsitsikama Forest Reserve and fun activities at Stormsriver. 

Upon reaching Port Elizabeth you will board the flight to Johannesburg where you will have free time to join some of the optional activities on offer before we head to the Kruger National Park for some thrilling game viewing in South Africa's most iconic nature reserve.

This tour offers a wide range of optional excursions excluded from the tour price that can be added as per your preference. Getaway Africa also offers extended stays in Johannesburg and Cape Town should you like to explore more of these cities.

Highlights of the South African Explorer Small Group Tour:

  • Visit the Tsitsikama National Park & Storms River Mouth known for its wide range of outdoor activities
  • Cruise on the Knysna lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Explore the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn
  • Guided Safaris in the Kruger National Park
  • Amazing scenic vistas on the Panoramic Route with sights like God's Window, Blyde River Canyon & Bourke's Potholes
  • Option to extend your stay in Cape Town to allow time to explore the city and the Cape Winelands region
  • Optional tours to join in Johannesburg including Soweto & City tour, Cradle of Humankind or Pretoria Tour.

See Also: 7 Day Kruger & Zulu Kingdoms & 15 Day South African Surprise Tour

Summary

11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners

12 Days
Small Group Tour

Day 1: (Mon) Cape Town to Mossel Bay
This morning you will be met by your local tour guide and depart for the scenic Garden Route. Travel along Sir Lowry’s Pass, with its magnificent views, to Grabouw and Elgin, a lush landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. Our journey continues to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. The area has largely been untouched and unexplored with its rugged coastline being the graveyard for many a ship. The historic Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is considered the icon that signifies the tip of Africa. After this thrilling experience, we continue via historic Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, to Mossel Bay, from where the Garden Route extends to the Storms River in the east. Overnight in Mossel Bay.
Accommodation: Diaz Hotel & Resort

Day 2: (Tue) Mossel Bay to Oudtshoorn
After breakfast we continue our journey to Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world and home to the spectacular limestone caverns of the Cango Caves. Visit an Ostrich Farm for a guided tour. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local wine estate before setting off on a tour of the Cango Caves, one of the world’s great natural wonders, sculpted by nature through the ages.
Overnight in Oudtshoorn.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: La Plume Guest House 

Day 3: (Wed) Oudtshoorn to Knysna
After breakfast, travel over the Outeniqua Pass to George, the sixth oldest town in South Africa, with many historical landmarks like the Slave Tree and King Edward VII Library building; said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in the town. The tour travels via Wilderness, an attractive holiday resort to Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, nestling on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route. Enjoy a lagoon cruise to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (weather permitting), where you can take a trailer ride to the top of the Western Head to enjoy panoramic views of the town and lagoon, returning for lunch. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore this charming town set around a natural harbour lagoon.
Overnight in Knysna.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Rex Hotel

Day 4: (Thu) Knysna
Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Knysna area. Your journey will include a visit to the Garden of Eden, set in the lush, green, indigenous Knysna forest. The major attraction is the forest itself, beautiful yellow wood trees, thick green foliage and streams. Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, where you will be able to see a variety of primates, roaming free in the forest. The sanctuary is well known for its efforts to rehabilitate and free previously caged primates. The tour continues to the famous Eastern Head, where you will enjoy spectacular views of the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). Afterwards you’ll travel to Brenton on Sea, a breath-taking holiday location and a nature lover’s paradise with its unspoilt beaches and peaceful surroundings. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.
Overnight in Knysna.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Rex Hotel

Day 5: (Fri) Knysna to Tsitsikama
Travel to Plettenberg Bay, the jewel of the Garden Route, before visiting Birds of Eden sanctuary, the biggest single free flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary was developed to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds. Our journey continues to Bloukrans Bridge, the highest single span arch bridge in the world, currently offering the highest commercially operated Bungy Jump in the world. Visit the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth (weather permitting). The Tsitsikamma National Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Day 6: (Sat) Tsitsikama to Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg
Head eastwards along the Tsitsikamma Forest to Port Elizabeth, known as the “friendly city” with a wonderful climate. Travel to Port Elizabeth Airport for an onward flight to Johannesburg, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to relax (unescorted).
Overnight in Johannesburg.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: HI Sandton

Day 7: (Sun) Johannesburg
Spend a full day exploring Soweto and surrounds. The tour starts with a visit to the prestigious Apartheid Museum, located in Johannesburg’s Ormondo suburb. The museum covers the full history of the Apartheid era in South Africa. From here you will continue to Soweto for a tour through this vibrant township. You will visit the Hector Peterson Memorial that commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against Apartheid. Continue to the Liliesleaf Heritage Site for a tour. Once known as Liliesleaf Farm this fascinating heritage site is closely linked to the Rivonia Treason Trial that lead to Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. In the early 1960’s Liliesleaf was a sanctuary where most prominent leaders of South Africa’s struggle against Apartheid sought shelter, attended secret meetings and engaged in key debates on political and military policy and strategy. You will learn in detail what happened during those days and the ultimate arrest of Nelson Mandela.
Return to your hotel for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: HI Sandton

Day 8: (Mon) Johannesburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure and unescorted. Perhaps join a tour to Maropeng, the Cradle of Mankind (optional and for own account) or enjoy some shopping at Nelson Mandela Square, home to a variety of shops and boutiques catering for all tastes and budgets.
Overnight in Johannesburg.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: HI Sandton

Day 9: (Tue) Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
This morning you will be collected from your hotel, heading east to the Mpumalanga region. After freshening up at your lodge enter the world famous Kruger National Park and spend the afternoon game viewing in your closed touring vehicle. The park offers some of the best game viewing and wildlife opportunities in the world – and you’ll soon appreciate the challenges of managing this unique reserve. After an action packed afternoon in the Kruger Park, enjoy authentic cuisine from the region, around a cosy campfire at your lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Day 10: (Wed)  Kruger National Park
The day begins with early morning coffee or tea, followed by a thrilling open vehicle game drive (with English speaking game ranger) through Kruger National Park with pre-packed breakfast. Your guide will endeavour to spoil you with sightings of the ‘Big Five’, general game and prolific bird life. Return to the lodge for lunch (own account) and a short siesta. In the afternoon we will journey once again through the magnificent expanses of the Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna. Enjoy an afternoon of game viewing in your closed touring vehicle pursuing the Big Five and other rare and endangered species. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available.
Return to the lodge for a dinner of African specialities, served outdoors by the light of a campfire.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Day 11: (Thu)  Mpumalanga
Enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore the magnificent Panorama Route, one of the most scenic routes in the region, offering glorious views, spectacular landscapes and exquisite waterfalls. Visit majestic sights including God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and Blyderiver Canyon – the third largest canyon of its kind in the world, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the charming village of Graskop, one of the first gold mining camps in the country. Optional (own account) open vehicle game drives are available, should you prefer not to join the Panorama Route tour.
Return to your lodge for a delectable buffet Boma Dinner, served under the light of the stars.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Kruger Gate

Day 12: (Fri)  Mpumalanga to Johannesburg
Enjoy breakfast before starting the return journey to Johannesburg. Arrive in Johannesburg, at OR Tambo International Airport, at approximately 14h30, where the tour ends on arrival.
Meals: Breakfast

South African Explorer

In ZAR Tour Rate
 Single
01 Jan - 30 Apr 2021 R38,600 pp sharing R45,200
01 May - 30 Sep 2021 R37,790 pp sharing R44,390
01 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 R38,600 pp sharing R45,200

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Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 18 guests  

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Arrival and departure airport shuttle transfers
  • Professionally escorted with our professional tour guides
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities, on a twin share basis
  • Open Vehicle Safaris
  • 11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners & 1 Lunch
  • Hotel porterage included
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy

Rates Exclude:

  • Flight from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg (Recommended schedule BA6244 at 14h30)
  • Optional Tours
  • Lunches & Beverages
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation
Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.

 

Departure Dates 2021
January 11, 25
February 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 26
May 10, 24
June 14, 5, 19
July 5, 19
August 2, 16, 30
September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6
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