Scheduled Tour from Johannesburg

8 Day Best of South Africa Tour

Experience the Best of South Africa Tour, a scheduled tour combining world-class safari game viewing and 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.

Your tour starts with a visit to Constitution Hill and the historic Liliesleaf Farm as well as an orientation tour of Pretoria before we make out way to Mpumalanga for an exciting safari tour passing through Kruger and a private game reserve. We also take you on a scenic journey on the Panoramic Route visiting the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle for extraordinary views the region.

Next, you will make our way down to Cape Town, 'the mother city', to enjoy free time in South Africa's most beautiful province. Tours and excursions in Cape town are optional and can be added to your trip (various guide tours 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 Saturdays
Johannesburg at 07h00 (Rosebank, Sandton Hotels)
*Pick up from the airport by arrangement.

Highlights of the Best of South Africa Tour:

  • Johannesburg and Soweto sights
  • ‘Big 5’ 5-star private game reserve
  • Kruger National Park game viewing
  • Tick off the Panorama Route sights
  • Cape Town sights

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7 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners

8 Days / 7 Nights
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Day 1 - Arrival in Johannesburg
On arrival, guests are met and transferred to the hotel. After lunch (own account) guests visit Constitution Hill and the historical Liliesleaf Farm, recognised as one of South Africa’s leading heritage sites. Return to the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before dinner at the hotel (own account).

Overnight at The Capital on Bath or similar

Day 2  Johannesburg to White River via Pretoria  (B, D)
After breakfast, the tour departs from Johannesburg to White River by way of Pretoria. In Pretoria, guests visit the Voortrekker Monument which is one of the largest museums in South Africa where guests will view the biggest marble frieze in the world. The tour continues to the Union Buildings, where guests can enjoy the views and have a photo opportunity at the Nelson Mandela statue. Enjoy lunch en route (own account) to the Lowveld. Arrive at the hotel bordering Kruger National Park in the late afternoon, and enjoy time at leisure before dinner.

Overnight at Kruger Gate Lodge or similar

Day 3 Kruger National Park (B, D)
Guests wake up early and receive a breakfast pack to enjoy in the iconic Kruger National Park. Join an open safari game drive, spending a half day in the park. Track the ‘Big 5’ and a variety of other wildlife and bird species. The park boasts one of the largest and most successful conservation schemes in the world, and the diversity of fauna and flora promise an unforgettable bushveld experience. Exit the park in time for lunch at the hotel (own account). Spend time at leisure at the hotel and enjoy peaceful time next to the swimming pool or on the deck overlooking the park. Guests embark on an afternoon game viewing experience in a closed vehicle. Arrive at the hotel in time for dinner around a camp fire.

Overnight at Kruger Gate Lodge or similar

Day 4 Hazyview to Hoedspruit via Panoramic Route (B, D)
After an early breakfast, guests head to one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent topographical 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, Lisbon Falls, and the Pinnacle. Once at the lodge, guests enjoy high tea before heading off for an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle, then return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at Makalali Main Lodge or similar
Included - 2 game

Day 5 Hoedspruit to Johannesburg (B)
Guests go for an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle and then head back to the lodge for breakfast. The tour then returns to Johannesburg, via the charming town of Dullstroom, where guests can stop for lunch (own account) and take a short walk through the town (time permitting). Guests arrive in Johannesburg in time for an early evening flight to Cape Town.

Guests are transferred from Cape Town International Airport to the boutique hotel. Dinner is enjoyed at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar

Excluded from the tour rate:
Flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town.
This flight can be included in your tour - please contact us for a fare to be added to the tour rate.

Day 6-7  Two Full Days at Leisure in Cape Town (B)
Cape Town boasts a smorgasbord of delights, including an impressive mountain range, inviting nightlife, extensive shopping venues, world-class art, and cultural events. Guests have the opportunity to explore Cape Town and surround on their own, or select guided day tours to gain insight from local tour guides whilst experiencing the Cape in the most efficient way with total peace of mind.

Be guided on a Cape Point full-day tour (own account) including Cape Point, Boulder’s Beach (entrance fee for own account) and Kirstenbosch Gardens, Winelands full-day tour (own account) or Cape Highlights full-day tour (own account) which includes a visit to Cape Point, a wine tasting and city sights.
Or select a My Cape Town flexible private full-day tour (own account) to explore areas further from the city with a limit of 300km (or 9 hours) with a private tour guide and vehicle.

Dinner is savored at a V&A Waterfront restaurant or at the hotel (own account).
Overnight at La Splendida Hotel or similar

Day 8 Day of Departure (B)
Guests enjoy breakfast at the hotel before spending the last day of the tour at leisure. Guests can book Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and enjoy the revolving cable car ride up the mountain (own account and weather permitting). Table Mountain is a unique conservation area and affords its visitors the best views of Cape Town. Guests are transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

Best of South Africa Tour

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
01 Nov 22 -
31 Oct 2023
R 29,440 pp sharing
R 17,665 pp sharing
US$ 1,522 pp sharing
US$ 915 pp single
€ 1,395 pp sharing
€ 838 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 Saturdays
The tour is available in English & German 

Child Policy:
Children under 7 years are not allowed.
Children (7-11yrs) 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 in 3 and 4-star hotels, plus 5-star private game lodge 
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Excursions: short Johannesburg city orientation tour, short Pretoria city orientation tour, morning open safari vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park, afternoon closed vehicle game drive in Kruger National Park, afternoon and morning open safari vehicle private game reserve game drives
  • Entrance fees: Constitution Hill, Liliesleaf Farm, Voortrekker Monument, Blyde River Canyon, Lisbon Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle, conservation fees into Kruger National Park and a private game reserve
  • 3 shared airport transfers (within 2 days before or after the tour)
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle (8 seaters)
  • Experienced tour guide and driver or driver/guide
  • Green Seat donation in support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, SAN Parks Honorary Rangers and 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
  • 7 lunches & 4 Dinners
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
Rates are subject to change due to increases in fuel charges and increases imposed by suppliers.


2022 - 2023 Departures Dates
January   7, 14, 21, 28
February   4, 11, 18, 25
March   4, 11, 18, 25
April   1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May   6, 13, 20, 27
June   3, 10, 17, 24
July   1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August   5, 12, 19, 26
September   2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October   7, 14, 21, 28
November 5, 12, 19, 26  
December 3, 10, 24, 31  

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