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South Africa Tours

Four spectacular itineraries to South Africa visiting the country's many highlights

Explore the mesmerising country of South Africa with Distant Journeys and embark on an adventure you’ll never forget. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, our Spectacular South Africa escorted tour, our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail, our Very Best of South Africa, or our African Rail Adventure, you will take in the country’s highlights at a leisurely pace, be guided to the very best sights and experiences in South Africa, and have enough freedom to enjoy your travels as you please too.

Among the world-class locations we visit on our South African escorted tours are Cape Town, The Garden Route and Durban: 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, a stay in The Cape Winelands, as well as a historical and architectural tour of Pretoria.

Our South Africa tours also include a number of safari experiences, where you will have the opportunity to spot the ‘Big Five’: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants and Cape buffalo. Our Spectacular South Africa tour, stays at the Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp, situated in the heart of Zululand. Or if you prefer the romance of the train, choose our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail, which visits Spioenkop and Nambiti private game reserves. On our Very Best of South Africa tour, we stay in the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Finally, on our African Rail Adventure, there are numerous wildlife experiences, including The Kruger, Kapama Private Game Resereve and Hwange National Park.

And if you’re not ready for the adventure to end, dependent on your choice of tour, you can extend your holiday with a three-night stay at the breath-taking Victoria Falls, a three-night extension in Chobe National Park, or even a six-night stay incorporating both Victoria Falls and Chobe – the perfect finale to your South African holiday.

Along the way, you’ll be guided by our expert Distant Journeys Tour Manager (or your Train Manager if travelling by rail), 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 an unforgettable tour of South Africa with Distant Journeys.

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Escorted touring experience

At Distant Journeys we are true escorted touring experts. From our knowledgeable Directors and Reservations consultants at Head Office to our Tour Managers on the ground, each person plays a unique role in ensuring you have the holiday of a lifetime.

We have extensive experience in the travel industry and in creating the best escorted tours of South Africa from the UK. You can be confident that our escorted tours to South Africa are of the highest standard.

Our success is evident having now become 13-time winners at the prestigious British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted rating.

Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our Australasian touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913).

Award-winning tours

We have won numerous awards at the British Travel Awards, most recently ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’, ‘Best Small Holiday to Sub-Saharan Africa’ and ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Holiday Company’.

Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and this is reflected across our company. We have received an incredible 4.8/5 customer experience rating with independent reviews provider Feefo, and were awarded its highest ‘Platinum Trusted’ rating, for consistently delivering an excellent level of customer service.

South Africa holiday highlights

Escorted tours of South Africa have many and varied highlights for your to experience. Dependent on your chosen itinerary, below are just some you will experience on Distant Journeys South Africa tour.

  • Cape Town – a leisurely stay in this beautiful city
  • Table Mountain – a cable car ride to the top of magnificent Table Mountain
  • Cape Point  – where two ocean’s, the Atlantic and the Indian meet
  • The Garden Route – enjoy breathtaking scenery, historic towns and pretty villages
  • Cape Winelands – discover the picturesque valley’s and vineyards of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
  • Bayala Private Game Reserve – includes morning and evening safaris in their 30,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness.
  • Rovos Rail – an all inclusive two, or 11-night rail adventure  aboard ‘the most luxurious train in the world’
  • Blue Train – an exciting all-inclusive luxury journey from Pretoria to Cape Town
  • Kruger National Park – go on safari within South Africa’s most celebrated national Park
  • Victoria Falls – spend three nights close to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall and a World Heritage site.
  • Chobe National Park – spend three nights in Chobe National Park, Botswana; one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations.

Quality & Value

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 to looking for Africa’s Big Five on safari, 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
  • Incredible excursions
  • All meals and selected drinks when travelling on Rovos Rail or the Blue Train
  • Experienced tour managers, train managers and drivers
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • Our Price Promise & Covid Guarantee

Where would you like to fly from?

It’s up to you! All our tours of South Africa; our 25-day The Very Best of South Africa tour, both our 18-day Spectacular South Africa tour, and our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail, and our 16-day African Rail Adventure tour, fly with British Airways. In addition to London Heathrow departures, we offer a choice of regional UK departure points including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen – all at no extra cost!. Please ask one of our travel experts for more details.

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. In addition to a number of Freedom days on the majority of our tours, when you choose our Spectacular South Africa tour you can choose, a traditional two night safari in a private game reserve with three included game drives, or choose our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail, for 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, Zimbawbe or experience the delights of Chobe National Park in Botswana. Our optional Victoria Falls, extension includes a three night stay in the luxurious Ilala Lodge Hotel. With it’s close proximty to the falls it’s an excellent base to explore the sights. Or choose our three-night Chobe National Park extension, best known as being home to Africa’s largest elephant population. Can’t decide? Then combine the two for w wonderful six-night Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park extension. 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.

Special Offer

Special Offer
Save £150 per person! Book any of our South Africa tours departing from September 2023 by 30th June 2023, and you’ll receive a £150 per person saving.


Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 13 awards in the last six years, at the British Travel Awards, and we have been awarded Feefo’s highest Platinum Trusted Rating for customer satisfaction.

Guaranteed Price Promise

Know you are paying the best price for your holiday with our Price Promise. We never offer last minute discounts and we guarantee the earlier you book the better the offer you’ll receive.

100% Financial Protection

Book in the confidence your money is 100% safe. All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 10913) or ABTOT (number 5427).


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