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South Africa Tours

Two spectacular 18-day itineraries to South Africa visiting the country's 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, or our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail itinerary, 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, 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. 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. And if you’re not ready for the adventure to end, you can enjoy a three-night stay at the breath-taking Victoria Falls, or a six-night stay incorporating an additional three nights in 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, 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 OFFER: Book your place on either of our Spectacular South Africa tours by 30th June 2022 for any departure from August 2022 and save £150 per person.


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South African experience

Our Directors have a combined experience of over 75 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 ten-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 is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, we will give you the option to change to another tour, defer your holiday to a later departure date or cancel your holiday with a full refund.

Award-winning tours

Distant Journeys works hard to create and deliver escorted tours of a high quality, and we are very grateful when this effort is reflected in the customer feedback we receive. Since 2016 Distant Journeys has won multiple awards for our Australasia tours at the British Travel Awards, and we have also been awarded silver in the ‘Best Small Escorted Tours Company’ for the last two years.

We are now very proud to have won awards for our Spectacular South Africa tours; at the 2019 British Travel Awards, we won the silver award for ‘Best Holiday Company to Sub-Saharan Africa’. In 2020, we went one better and won this category outright – a wonderful accolade and something that gives us enormous pride.

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.
  • Victoria Falls & Chobe National Park (optional extension) – spend three nights at Victoria Falls followed by three nights in Chobe National Park, Botswana; one of Africa’s greatest wildlife destinations.

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 & Covid Guarantee

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 both our 18 day Spectacular South Africa tour, and our Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail, you can choose to fly with British Airways, or with Lufthansa, via Frankfurt. 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. Choose our Spectacular South Africa tour for a traditional two night safari in a private game reserve with four 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?  Our optional Victoria Falls, extension includes a three night stay in the luxurious Ilala Lodge Hotel. Or choose our six-night Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park extension and follow your stay in Victoria Falls with a wonderful three nights in Chobe National Park, Botswana, in close proximity to some of Africa’s greatest wildlife. 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 £150 per person! Book onto our Spectacular South Africa or Spectacular South Africa including Rovos Rail tours departing from August 2022 by 30th June 2022, and you’ll receive a £150 per person saving.



Award-Winning Holidays

Distant Journeys has won 10 awards in the last five 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).

Our Covid Guarantee

For your peace of mind, if Distant Journeys is unable to operate your tour due to Covid-19, you will be given the choice of changing your tour or you may choose to receive a full refund.


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