Scheduled Tour from Johannesburg

13 Day South African Explorer Tour

Experience the best of South Africa with our 13-day South African Explorer Tour, a scheduled tour with world-class safari game viewings and ending in beautiful Cape Town. Spot the ‘Big 5’ in a world-renowned private game reserve and appreciate the awe-inspiring sights of the Panorama Route and Cape Peninsula. Savour local cuisine and cherish true hospitality.

Enjoy game viewing in 3 different areas; stay at a private game lodge and see Africa’s ‘Big 5’. Spot unique wildlife at a World Heritage Site; board an ocean safari; enjoy a sunset oyster cruise on the Knysna Estuary and walk through the Tsitsikamma Forest.

Tours and excursions in Cape Town are optional and can be added to your trip (various guide tours are on offer).

This tour is an extended version of the Wild & Scenic Kruger Tour and is also available as a private tour.

*This tour departs on selected Sundays
By arrangement from O.R. Tambo International Airport

Highlights of the Best of South Africa Tour:

  • Big 5’ private 5-star game lodge
  • Kruger National Park game viewing
  • Tick off the Panorama Route sights
  • Game viewing in a World Heritage Site
  • Dolphin watching on an ocean safari
  • Township school visit
  • Sunset Knysna oyster cruise
  • Tractor tour on an ostrich farm
  • Olive and wine-tasting

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12 Breakfasts & 4 Dinners

13 Days / 12 Nights
South Africa

Day 1 - Arrival in Johannesburg
On arrival at the airport, you will be collected and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or explore the famous suburb of Sandton offering many shops and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. Dine at the hotel or in the city (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika or similar – Breakfast

Day 2  Johannesburg to Makalali Game Reserve via Dullstroom
You will be collected from the hotel and travel east to the province of Limpopo, via Dullstroom. We will stop for lunch (own account) en route and arrive at a private game reserve, to enjoy a guided, open-vehicle game drive. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner drinks (own account) and dinner.
Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar – Dinner, breakfast, and 2 game drives

Day 3 Makalali Game Reserve to Hazyview via Panorama Route
Experience an early morning start in the bushveld on a guided, open-vehicle game drive. You will enjoy coffee and rusks in the bush before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent attractions: the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondavels. The Panorama Route affords guests memorable views of the more significant sites in this area, including God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Lunch (own account) is enjoyed along this scenic route. The tour stops in Hazyview for the evening.
Overnight at Casa do Sol Hotel & Resort or similar – Dinner and breakfast

Day 4 Hazyview to Eswatini via Kruger National Park
Enjoy an early breakfast before departing the hotel, and head towards Mpumalanga’s flagship attraction – the Kruger National Park. A closed vehicle game drive allows you to take in the park and view the ‘Big 5’ and other fauna and flora. Enjoy lunch (own account) en route to the Kingdom of Eswatini. Guests enter at the Jeppes Reef border. Arrive at the hotel later in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Mantenga Lodge or similar – Dinner and breakfast

NOTE: When entering the Kingdom of Eswatini, guests must ensure they are in possession of a valid passport and for nationals of applicable countries, multi-entry visa regulations apply (own account).

Day 5 Eswatini to St Lucia
fter an early breakfast, we stop to visit the Swazi Candle Factory and Crafts Market. Exit Swaziland at the Lavumisa Border post and enter South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province in an area colloquially referred to as the Elephant Coast. In the late afternoon, we arrive at the hotel and have the opportunity to freshen up before pre-dinner drinks and dinner (both own account).
Overnight at Forest Lodge or similar – Breakfast and 1 game excursion

Day 6 St Lucia to Umhlanga
Before breakfast, we embark on an open safari vehicle and enjoy a game drive through South Africa’s first World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a colloquial reference roughly translated as ‘miracle and wonder’. Observe hippos, crocodiles, and an abundance of birds on an eco-friendly boat cruise on the lake. You can have lunch (own account) while taking in the lake vista before departing for the coastal town of Umhlanga. Enjoy dinner at the beachfront hotel or in town (own account).
Overnight at The Capital Pearls or similar – Breakfast

Day 7 Umhlanga to Port Elizabeth
Breakfast is enjoyed at the hotel and the morning is spent at leisure. Take a walk along the promenade or spend time on the beach. You will be collected from the hotel and transferred to King Shaka International Airport for a flight to Port Elizabeth (flight not included). On arrival, guests are met and transferred to a city hotel. Dine (own account) at the hotel or at a restaurant of choice.
Overnight at Southern Sun the Marine or similar – Breakfast

Flight is not included

We can assist with internal flights on request

Day 8  Port Elizabeth to Knysna via Tsitsikamma Forest
You will be collected from your hotel and head west to Knysna via Storms River and the Tsitsikamma Forest; in the heart of the Garden Route. We will stop at Storms River and enjoy a short walk to the suspension bridge to take in the views. Enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area, home to century-old trees, then continue on to the picturesque town of Knysna. After arrival and check-in, guests board the informative Knysna oyster cruise to sample oysters and enjoy a sundowner. Guests savour an evening’s dinner next to the Knysna Estuary (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Breakfast

Day 9 Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and back
After breakfast, we make our way to Plettenberg Bay. We depart from Lookout Beach on a marine excursion (weather permitting) dedicated to the observation and conservation of marine mammals. This Fair Trade Tourism-certified ocean safari affords you an extensive and memorable whale, dolphin and seal-watching experience. Back on shore, you can enjoy a relaxing lunch (own account). In the afternoon, we take a guided tour of the Qolweni Township, school, and crèche. This is a community development programme; allocated tour proceeds fund the education of Qolweni’s children. You are invited to donate pencils, books and other stationery. Take the scenic drive back to Knysna; spending the afternoon at leisure or exploring the village of Knysna. In the early evening, we enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at the Knysna Waterfront (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays or similar – Breakfast

Day 10 Knysna to Oudtshoorn via Wilderness
After breakfast, the tour departs for Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo via the Outeniqua Pass, over the Outeniqua mountains. Lunch en route (own account). Oudtshoorn is the principal town of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world. We visit the Cango Caves in the Cango Valley before an olive tasting, paired with Protea rosé or juice, at this evening’s boutique guest house. Enjoy dinner in this quaint setting.
Overnight at Surval Boutique Olive Estate or similar – Dinner and breakfast

Day 11 Oudtshoorn to Cape Town via Route 62
After breakfast, we visit a working ostrich farm for an informative tractor tour of the farm on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Departing the farm, the tour traces Route 62, the region’s iconic freeway. You can enjoy a wine tasting (own account) and the sweeping views of the Tradouw Valley. Lunch is enjoyed en route (own account). We arrive at a Cape Town hotel in the late afternoon. Dine at the hotel or a city restaurant (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Breakfast

Day 12 Cape Point Full-Day Tour
After breakfast, we join a guided full-day Cape Point tour. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak and the Cape Peninsula. Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve; Boulders penguin colony (own account); quaint coastal villages and Rhodes Memorial site. Dine at one of many city restaurants (own account).
Overnight at Protea Hotel by Marriott Fire & Ice! Cape Town or similar – Breakfast

Day 13 Day of Departure
Enjoy breakfast and spend the day at leisure. A scheduled transfer to the Cape Town International Airport concludes the tour.

13-Day South African Explorer Tour

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
01 Nov 23 -
31 Oct 2024
R 62,055 pp sharing
R 77,570 pp sharing
US$ 3,395 pp sharing
US$ 4,250 pp single
€ 3,160 pp sharing
€ 3,950 pp single

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Rates in South African Rand are fixed. Rates in US$ and Euro are subject to exchange rates.
Private Tours available on request

This tour departs on selected Sundays
The tour is available in English, German & French

Child Policy:
Children under 7 years are not allowed.
Children (7-11 years old) qualify for a 50% reduction off the per-person sharing rate, subject to sharing the same room with two full-paying adults.
Only one child is permitted per 2 adults sharing and subject to availability at properties.

Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 3 and 4-star hotels; 5-star private game lodge
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Entrance fees: Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, conservation fee into Kruger National Park and private game reserve and Garden Route National Park (Storms River) conservation fee
  • Transfers: All airport transfers (2 days before or after the tour)
  • Excursions: 2 open safari vehicle game drives in a private game reserves and 1 game drive in iSimangaliso Wetland Park, St Lucia Estuary boat cruise, sunset Knysna oyster cruise, ocean safari, ostrich farm tractor tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, olive and
    wine tasting, Cape Point full-day tour
  • Green Seat: Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism

Optional Tours in Cape Town:

  • Cape Highlights Full-Day Tour
  • Cape Point Full-Day Tour
  • Winelands Full-Day Tour
  • My Cape Town Flexible Private Full-Day Tour
  • Mother City Untold Stories Storytelling Half-Day Tour

Tour Excludes:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Porterage
  • 13 Lunches & 8 Dinners
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
Rates are subject to change due to increases in fuel charges and increases imposed by suppliers.


 2023 - 2024 Departures Dates

7, 14, 21, 28

February   4, 11, 18, 25
March   3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April   7, 14, 21, 28
May   5, 12, 19, 26
June   2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July   7, 14, 21, 28
August   4, 11, 18, 25
September   1,8, 15, 22, 29
October   6, 13, 20, 27
November 5, 12, 19, 26  
December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  

Bilingual Tour (English & German)
French Tour

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