Guided Coach Tour in South Africa

15 Day South African Surprise Tour

The South Africa Surprise Tour takes you on a fully escorted tour and African safari through one of the world's most exciting countries including all the must-see highlights from Johannesburg to Cape Town passing through 5 provinces as well as the kingdoms of Swaziland and Lesotho.

Experience all the beauty and diversity on the South Africa Surprise Tour , a luxury coach tour, offering experiences from true Africa safaris in the world renown Kruger National Park to the Kingdom of Zululand and the majestic Drakensberg Mountain ranges. We will also stop at various well known tourist destinations such as the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, St Lucia, Durban, the Garden Route and Cape Town. This magnificent luxury coach tour takes you on a journey to all the corners of South Africa and covers all the highlights that you would not want to miss!

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 Surprise Tour:

  • Enjoy an interpretative boat cruise in Blyde River Canyon on the South Africa Tour
  • View the spectacular God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Seek out the ‘Big Five’ in the Kruger National Park.
  • Enjoy a Swazi cultural experience.
  • Visit a traditional African craft market in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia – a World Heritage Site.
  • Experience the bustling city of Durban and it's renown beaches
  • See the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains & Howick Falls
  • Tour through the Garden Route, visiting well known attractions such as the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Knysna Heads
  • Free time in Cape Town to take in the sights of South Africa

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14 Breakfasts, 4 diners

15 Days
Luxury Coach Tour

Day 1 Johannesburg
On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you’ll be met by your representative and assisted to your shuttle transfer service that will transfer you to your hotel. You have the remainder of the day at leisure until 19h00 when we all meet at the hotel reception for a welcome briefing on the tour and a chance to meet your fellow travellers.
Accommodation: Protea Hotel OR Tambo or similar 

Arrival in Johannesburg
Accommodation check-in is from 14h00. Shuttle service on Day 1 starts at 05h15 and ends at 23h00. If you are arriving on a very early morning or late evening flight, please inform your Travel Agent, to make alternative transfer arrangements.

Day 2 Johannesburg to Mpumalanga
This morning we leave for Mpumalanga, dropping several hundred feet into the lush subtropical region of the Lowveld. Travel along with the circular Panorama Route, visiting the view sites of the Blyde River Canyon, home to the Three Rondavels and one of the natural wonders of Africa; gasp at the glory of God’s Window, with a boundless view of mountains and fertile plains and visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Why not experience an exclusive el fresco bridge dinner, overlooking the magnificent Sabie River under a star-studded sky (optional and for your own account)?
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion -
Sabie River Bridge Sunset Dinner
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate 

Day 3 Mpumalanga
We have a bright and early start to the day to experience the wonders of exploring the Kruger National Park in our closed vehicle.  Why not join a thrilling open-vehicle safari through the Kruger National Park (optional and for your own account)? The Kruger National Park is an internationally renowned game reserve of nearly 2 million hectares that supports the largest variety of wildlife species on the African continent.  Keep a lookout for the wonderful flora and birdlife that abounds.   We return to our hotel around lunchtime and your afternoon is at leisure to relax. Consider joining an African dinner feast and an evening of traditional Shangaan storytelling (optional and for your own account).
Meals: Packed Breakfast
Optional Excursion -
Full Day Kruger Open Vehicle Safari / Shangaan Cultural Dinner Experience
Accommodation: Hippo Hollow Country Estate 

Day 4 Mpumalanga to eSwatini (Swaziland)
This morning we travel to eSwatini (Swaziland), an independent Kingdom within the borders of South Africa, known for its lovely scenery, crafts and colourful indigenous culture. An interactive cultural experience introduces us to the charming people of Eswatini and their traditions. We travel via the capital city, Mbabane, to the beautiful Ezulwini Valley overnight in eSwatini (Swaziland).
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lugogo Sun

Day 5 eSwatini (Swaziland) to St Lucia
This morning we journey through Eswatini (Swaziland) into Zululand.  Our journey continues into the Kingdom of KwaZulu-Natal where ancient traditions and modern cultures of both Zulu and Settler have combined into a vibrant society living in peace and harmony. There is an option to enjoy an afternoon open vehicle game drive in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve (optional and for your own account). Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon overnight.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Afternoon Safari
Accommodation: Anew Hotel Hluhluwe

Day 6 St Lucia to Durban
Guests have the option to take a morning boat cruise (optional and for own account) on Lake St Lucia, to experience Africa’s largest estuarine system, before heading off to Durban. An orientation tour of Durban, that travels along the Golden Mile, the beachfront promenade, The Point Waterfront and harbour introduces us to this multicultural, vibrant seaside city. The orientation tour concludes with a visit to the Durban Botanic Gardens before arriving at our hotel late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion -
St Lucia Game Viewing Boat Cruise
Accommodation: Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Day 7 Durban to the Drakensberg
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or perhaps explore the bustling Umhlanga Beach with a stroll along the Promenade mile that buzzes with energy as surfers, joggers and cyclists take to this seaside playground. Then we head into the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We visit the impressive 300-foot-high Howick Falls, located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands town of Howick. Our journey continues through the Southern Midlands Meander Route, arriving at our hotel, situated on a scenic World Heritage site, mid-afternoon. Your afternoon is at leisure to soak up the surroundings, or enjoy fishing, hiking and even horse riding in clean mountain air (optional and for your own account). Sit down to an extensive dinner buffet at your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel

Day 8 Drakensberg
Enjoy a full day at leisure to soak up the surroundings of the magnificent Southern Drakensberg Mountains. There are also many leisure activities to be enjoyed at the Resort. Consider joining a thrilling 4x4 tour up the spectacular Sani Pass into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho (optional and for own account). Enjoy an evening dinner at your hotel with a wide variety of local specialities to choose from.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Excursion - Sani Pass 4x4 Adventure Tour
Accommodation: Drakensberg Gardens Hotel

Day 9 Drakensberg to Eastern Cape
This morning we continue south to the Eastern Cape entering the fourth of the provinces and the birthplace of Nelson Mandela (fondly known as Madiba). En route we see the old traditional way of life in the homeland area known as the Transkei and stop for lunch (own account) outside the capital of Umtata.  We continue via Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and house, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in Chinsta East, on the beautiful, unspoilt Eastern Cape Coast. A delicious seafood buffet awaits you for dinner at your lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Crawford’s Beach Lodge

Day 10 Eastern Cape to Tsitsikamma
We awake to the sounds of the crashing waves and have the morning at leisure to unwind with beach sand between our toes.  The beach stretches on uninterrupted for many kilometres and the thick indigenous beach forest is a haven for an amazing variety of birdlife.  We set off heading south to the Tsitsikamma Forest.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tsitsikamma Village Inn

Day 11 Tsitsikama to Knysna
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the spectacularly beautiful Tsitsikamma Forest, which provides scenic walking opportunities.  A short walk to the Storms River Mouth offers some magnificent views of the gorge and the river below. Arrive in Knysna, known as the oyster box of South Africa, for check-in at your hotel. Enjoy a dinner filled with culinary delights at the hotel’s trendy restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Accommodation: Premier Hotel The Moorings

Day 12 Knysna to Oudtshoorn to Mossel Bay
After breakfast, we travel inland over the spectacular Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn, known as the ‘feather capital of the world’ because of its ostrich industry. We visit a working ostrich farm and then explore the famous Cango Caves. Walk around the famous Cango Caves with their magnificent dripstone formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight in Mossel Bay.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Diaz Hotel & Resort 

Day 13 Mossel Bay to Cape Town
Today’s journey ends in Cape Town. On the way, we stop off in Albertinia to visit a well-known aloe factory. In this area, the Cape Aloe grows wild on many farms and is still harvested in the traditional, labour-intensive way, providing a livelihood for unskilled, independent tappers. We drive via Swellendam, Worcester and through the Huguenot Tunnel before arriving in Cape Town in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens 

Day 14 Cape Town (Unescorted)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps join a sightseeing tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain (optional and for own account), or spend the day exploring the magnificent Cape Winelands on a full-day Winelands tour (optional and for own account) or join a full-day tour of the Cape Peninsula, with its dramatic coastline and spectacular scenic beauty (optional and for own account). Although a small city, Cape Town is packed with sightseeing attractions, excellent bars, cafes and restaurants as well as colourful craft markets. Alternatively, relax on one of Cape Town’s many pristine beaches. Overnight in Cape Town.
Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursions:

  • African Dinner & Drumming
  • Morning City Tour & Table Mountain
  • Full-Day Peninsula Tour
  • Full-Day Winelands Tour

Accommodation: Sunsquare Cape Town Gardens 

Day 15 Cape Town
This morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel by 11h00. The remainder of the day will be at leisure until your transfer to Cape Town International airport.
Meals: Breakfast

Tour Ends

South Africa Surprise Tour

  South African Rand
(Subject to ROE)
(Subject to ROE)
01 Jan 2022 -
30 Apr 2022
R 31,280 pp sharing
R 39,590 pp single
US$ 2,085 pp sharing
US$ 2,639 pp single
€ 1,840 pp sharing
€ 2,328 pp sharing
01 May 2022 -
30 Jul 2022
R 29,420 pp sharing
R 37,810 pp single
US$ 1,961 pp sharing
US$ 2,520 pp single
€ 1,730 pp sharing
€ 2,224 pp sharing
01 Aug 2022 -
31 Dec 2022
R 32,270 pp sharing
R 41,170 pp single
US$ 2,151 pp sharing
US$ 2,744 pp single
€ 1,368 pp sharing
€ 2,421 pp sharing


Rates in South African Rand are fixed. Rates in US$ and Euro are subject to exchange rates.
Private Tours available on request
Minimum 2 guests / Maximum 40 guests

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation in an 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
  • 14 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
  • Hotel porterage included
  • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy

Tour Excludes:

  • Optional Tours
  • Lunches & Beverages
  • Services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance and medical repatriation

Visa Requirements:

This tour travels through eSwatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho. Please check visa requirements, as certain nationalities may require visas to travel through eSwatini (Swaziland) and Lesotho.

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, currency exchange, fluctuations, and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.


  Departure Dates
January 9
February 6
March 6
April 10
May 8
June 5
July 3, 17
August 7, 21
September 4
October 2, 16
November 6, 20
December 4

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