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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 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, 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 Bayala Private Game Reserve, 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.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: Book your place on our Spectacular South Africa tour by 1st March 2021 for any departure after September 2021 and save £200 per person.

South African experience and expertise

Our Directors have a combined experience of over 60 years in the travel industry and are genuine South African holiday experts who know everything there is to know about 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.

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

Your money is 100% safe when you book with Distant Journeys. All our South African touring packages are fully-bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL no. 10913) and if Distant Journeys need to change any of your travel plans before your departure due to Covid-19, you have the option to change to another tour, or cancel your holiday with a full refund.

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
  • Bayala Private Game Reserve experience (if selecting)  – including morning and evening safaris in their 30,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness.
  • 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 Bayala Private Game 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, you can choose to fly with Lufthansa, via Frankfurt or with British Airways. In addition to London Heathrow departures, both airlines offer a choice of regional UK departure points including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. 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. And our Spectacular South Africa tour gives you the choice between a traditional two night safari in a private 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.

Special Offer

Save £200 per person! Celebrate the launch of our 2021/2022 season and book onto our Spectacular South Africa tour by 1st March 2021, departing from September 2021 and you’ll receive a £200 per person saving.

 

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 Platinum Trusted Rating.

100 % Financial Protection

All Distant Journeys holidays are fully bonded by the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in the confidence 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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