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South Africa Tours

South Africa Tours

The best way to explore South Africa is with Distant Journeys. Our escorted tours to South Africa not only ensure you experience all of the country’s highlights, but packages them together at a leisurely pace, to ensure you can fully immerse yourself in this incredible country.

On our South African touring holidays, you can tick Cape Town, The Garden Route and Durban off your to-do list as we explore all their best bits. What’s more, you have the flexibility to choose a safari adventure to suit you – either staying at a traditional safari lodge in Ubizane Nature Reserve or joining the luxurious Rovos Rail for a Durban Safari. And you can extend your holiday with a three night stay at wonderful Victoria Falls.

Our South Africa tour packages also include a tour of Cape Point and beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens, the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a visit to a cheetah sanctuary in Pretoria, and guided tours throughout South Africa by your experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager. So by taking our 18-day Spectacular South Africa tour, you are sure to see and do the very best.

Find our more about the Spectacular South Africa Tour >


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 on a full day’s 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 game drives
  • Durban and Pretoria – enjoy included sightseeing tours in these fascinating and diverse cities
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve – a unique 150 hectare private nature reserve, which is one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites
  • Cheetah Conservation Project – the centre has played an important role in the preservation of cheetahs for over 40 years
  • Rovos Rail Durban Safari (if selecting) – an all inclusive 2 night rail safari aboard ‘the most luxurious train in the world’
  • Victoria Falls (optional extension) – spend 3 nights close to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall and a World Heritage site.

To find our more about South Africa as a destination, please visit South African Tourism’s website.

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 visiting a cheetah conservation project and Featherbed Nature Reserve, one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites, they’re all included in the price of your South Africa tour.


Our South Africa tours include

  • Return economy class flights with South African Airways from London Heathrow
  • A choice of UK departure airports at no additional cost
  • Airport transfers overseas
  • Superior hotels, with great locations
  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £229 per person
  • Lunches in Cape Town, Knysna and en route to Port Elizabeth
  • Experienced local tour managers and drivers
  • Incredible excursions
  • All pre-payable airport taxes
  • All hotel porterage
  • ATOL protection for your holiday
  • No surcharge 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 our 18 day Spectacular South Africa tour, our flights with South African Airways depart from London Heathrow, but you can add on a connecting flight with British Airways at no additional cost from any of the following airports: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester or Leeds Bradford. Just pick whichever one suits you best.

What would you like to do?

On an escorted tour, we think it’s important to still 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.

Special Offer – Save up to £156 per couple

If you book a Spectacular South Africa tour by the 31st August 2018, you will be able to enjoy two fantastic full day excursions for just £69 per person.  There’s a full day excursion to the wonderful Cape Winelands and another full day excursion to the Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn.  These excursions would normally cost £147 per person, so by booking now you can put that money to good use  – maybe on a different optional excursion or perhaps some delicious South African food and wine?

Find our more on our Spectacular South Africa tour

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Why Distant Journeys?

Over 60 years in the industry

  • Award-winning holidays
    winners of the ‘Best Small Holiday Company to Australasia’.
  • Uncompromising quality, great value
    superior hotels, all flights, many meals and fantastic excursions are included.
  • Freedom and flexibility
    as you select the flights, stopovers and activities to create your perfect holiday.
  • Leisurely paced tours
    spending longer in each destination, so you can fully explore at your leisure.
  • Outstanding reviews
    a 99% satisfaction rating from guests who have travelled with Distant Journeys.
  • Peace of mind
    Distant Journeys holidays are fully ATOL protected and your money is 100% safe.
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  • Choosing Distant Journeys was the best decision we have ever made. Could they have done any better? Not in our opinion. They are a first class long haul travel company.
    Mr & Mrs Bridge, Wonders of Australia
  • The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
    Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
  • We would not hesitate recommending Distant Journeys to anyone wanting a flexible trip to Australia - this is a fantastic tour with an excellent tour company, at a good price.  Thank you Distant Journeys.
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