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South Africa Tours

Spectacular itineraries to South Africa. Also featuring Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and eSwatini.

South Africa has everything you could wish for in a holiday destination – vast savannah brimming with wildlife, world-class cities rich with history and vibrant culture, stunning scenic wonders such as Table Mountain and the Garden Route, a glorious year-round climate and friendly, welcoming people. Our meticulously designed and insightful Classic Tours, Rail Tours and a brand-new Small Group Safari, allow you to truly explore this fascinating country, as well as neighbouring Botswana, Namibia and more.

Classic Tours

Our Classic escorted tours such as our Spectacular South Africa tour or our Very Best of South Africa tour are a great way to travel and experience a country’s scenery, culture and sights with a group of like-minded people, guided by a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Manager and local guides or rangers who will bring the destination to life. Your carefully crafted touring itinerary includes a variety of wonderful activities and sightseeing excursions, many meals, and accommodation in top-quality hotels throughout. With our classic tour groups, good company and camaraderie is guaranteed.

Iconic Rail Journeys

South Africa’s scenic views are also perfectly matched by the elegance and style of travel from a bygone era, when travelling by rail on two of the most luxurious trains in the world. The distinctive sapphire-coloured carriages of the legendary Blue Train will take us on a 1,600 km journey from Pretoria to Cape Town on our Very Best of South Africa tour. We also have several itineraries featuring rail journeys with the iconic Rovos Rail, including African Rail AdventureSpectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail and the brand-new Namibian Rail Safari and South African Rail Discovery. On board you can expect stylish interiors, comfortable cabins, impeccable dining and the services of a Train Manager. Travelling by rail allows you to explore at a relaxed pace, with no need to unpack and pack your belongings in between stops. Many miles can be covered overnight, giving you more places to discover during the day, with many different calling points and activities included.

Spectacular Safaris

Southern Africa is one of the world’s greatest safari regions, teeming with unparalleled wildlife, and each of our holidays will bring opportunities to experience the area’s incredible natural world. Depending on your choice of itinerary, some of the spectacular safari options on our itineraries include the world-renowned Kruger National Park in South Africa, incredible Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, and the true wildlife paradise of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Our brand-new small group safari tour, In Search of the Big Five, offers an unrivalled safari experience with stays in several private game lodges in the heart of the South African bush. As well as unforgettable game drives, these authentic accommodations are perfectly placed to observe the species surrounding them. Get your camera at the ready!

Explore more of Africa…

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 in Cape Town, Botswana’s Chobe National Park or Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls, or a six-night stay incorporating both Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park – 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 and beyond with Distant Journeys.

SAVE £200 per person! Book one of our South Africa tours departing from September 2024 and save £200 per person. Offer ends 1st July 2024.

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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 18-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

Where would you like to fly from?

To get your journey off to the best possible start, Distant Journeys over you flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Should you wish to add a connecting flight from Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Belfast City Airport, Distant Journeys will arrange this, at no extra cost.

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 proximity to the falls it’s an excellent base to explore the sights. Then combine the two for a 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.


Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 18 awards over the last seven 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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