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Explore the mesmerising country of South Africa with Distant Journeys and embark on an adventure you’ll never forget. With our Spectacular South Africa escorted tour, taking in the country’s highlights at a leisurely pace, you’ll be guided to the very best sights and experiences in South Africa, with enough freedom to enjoy your travels as you please too.

Among the world-class locations we visit on our South African touring holidays are Cape Town, The Garden Route and Umhlanga Rocks: amazing places you simply must visit at least once in a lifetime. Also included in our South Africa tour packages are some of our personally chosen highlights, such as a visit to Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Gardens, as well as a historical and architectural tour of Pretoria.

Our South Africa tours also include the choice of two safari adventures to suit you, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalo. Choose from a trip to the Ubizane Nature Reserve, staying in a traditional safari lodge, or a railway safari from Durban with Rovos Rail. And if you’re not ready for the adventure to end, you can enjoy a three-night stay at the breath-taking Victoria Falls, the perfect finale to your South African holiday.

Along the way, you’ll be guided by our expert Distant Journeys Tour Manager, who is there to ensure you get the very best from your holiday, whether there are arrangements you need or you’re simply seeking advice on the local area. With flights, transfers, hotels, breakfasts and several activities taken care of for you, you can rest assured you will be guaranteed a brilliant tour of South Africa with Distant Journeys.

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SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking a tour of South Africa (departing from September 2020) will be entitled to a two night homebound stopover in Dubai for the incredible price of only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy) or flights with BA for a supplement of only £29 (normally £195). Please see the offers tab for more details.

 

South African experience and expertise

You can be confident that our tours to South Africa are of the highest standard, as our Directors have a combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry. On top of this, they’re genuine South African experts who love this destination and know everything there is to know about creating the best tours of South Africa from the UK.

All our South African touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913), so you can be 100% certain that your money is secure when you book.

 

South Africa holiday highlights

Escorted tours of South Africa have many and varied highlights, and below are just some you will experience on Distant Journeys South Africa tour.

  • Cape Town – a leisurely 5 night stay in this beautiful city, with a fascinating sightseeing tour included
  • Table Mountain – a cable car ride to the top of magnificent Table Mountain (weather permitting)
  • Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – just two of the places we visit when touring from Cape Town
  • The Garden Route – enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic towns and pretty villages along this celebrated route
  • Ubizane Nature Reserve experience (if selecting)  – including morning and evening safaris in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Durban and Pretoria – enjoy included sightseeing tours in these fascinating and diverse cities
  • Rovos Rail Durban Safari (if selecting) – an all inclusive two night rail safari aboard ‘the most luxurious train in the world’
  • Victoria Falls (optional extension) – spend three nights close to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall and a World Heritage site.

Providing exceptional value while maintaining the highest standards is at the heart of everything we do.

Excellent Hotels

We know that your accommodation in South Africa is an extremely important part of your holiday, which is why we generally use hotels with at least a four-star rating. Not only that, but our carefully selected hotels in South Africa are situated in the best locations for you to explore.

So many experiences included

Visit South Africa with Distant Journeys, and you’ll enjoy so many incredible experiences, at no extra cost. From riding a cable car to the top of Table Mountain and enjoying a leisurely drive along the Garden Route, to experiencing a safari in a way that suits you, they’re all included in the price of your South Africa tour.

 

Our South Africa tours include

  • Return economy class flights
  • A choice of UK departure airports at no additional cost
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £267 per person
  • Lunches in Cape Town and en route to Port Elizabeth
  • All meals on Rovos Rail (if selected)
  • All meals in Ubizane Nature Reserve (if selected)
  • Experienced tour managers and drivers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise

At Distant Journeys, we think we’ve found the perfect balance of freedom and flexibility that every escorted tour of South Africa needs.

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! On our 18 day Spectacular South Africa tour, our flights with Emirates depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmigham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow. Just pick whichever one suits you best. Please ask one of our travel experts if you would like to fly with British Airways from London Heathrow.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to have the flexibility to enjoy experiences that really interest you. And our Spectacular South Africa tour gives you the choice between a traditional two night safari in a game reserve with four included game drives, or a two night all-inclusive Durban Safari rail journey on board the luxurious Rovos Rail train.

Would you like to stay a little longer?

Who wouldn’t? So why not extend your holiday by going to see the World Heritage site Victoria Falls?  This optional extension to your tour includes a three night stay in the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Or if you have family and friends in South Africa and would like to spend time with them after your tour, you can! Arranging flights for you to accommodate this is all part of the service.

Book your place on our Spectacular South Africa escorted tour before 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

To help break up your journey (and give you an opportunity to experience a fantastic city), enjoy a two night stopover in Dubai on the homeward journey for the very special price of just £29 per person, based on two sharing.  Your offer includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the deluxe Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel, and return airport – hotel transfers.  Single travellers will pay £58 for this offer.

Option 2

Fly direct to and from South Africa, with British Airways from London Heathrow, for only £29 per person. The usual supplement is £195 per person.

Please note: These offers only apply to tours departing from September 2020.

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Award-Winning Holidays

Award-Winning

We are delighted to have received four awards in the last three years, including ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’ at the British Travel Awards.

99% Customer Satisfaction

Distant Journeys have achieved an incredible 99% satisfaction rating, verified by independent reviews provider Feefo and we have been awarded their highest Gold Trusted Rating.

100 % ATOL Protected

All our holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority meaning you can book with complete confidence knowing your money is 100% safe.

Guaranteed Price Promise

We want you to have the peace of mind you are paying the best price for your holiday, so Distant Journeys guarantees this through our Price Promise.

  • We will reward you for booking early. The earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.
  • We never offer last minute discounts, so you can be confident you’ll never see your holiday cheaper once you have booked.
  • We will never add surcharges onto the cost of your holiday, once you have booked.
  • We will price match any identical holiday you find and give you £200 off a future booking.


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