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Spectacular South Africa Tour

Home Icon 18-day Spectacular South Africa starting at £3,695 £3,495pp

It’s not surprising South Africa has become one of the world’s most exciting and popular touring destinations. The country offers vibrant and colourful cities, stunning and diverse landscapes, interesting heritage, an unparalleled abundance of wildlife and a sunny climate. What’s more, with no jet-lag, the holiday begins as soon as you land.

Our leisurely 18-day tour covers all the country’s major attractions with a perfect blend of included sightseeing tours and Freedom Days to spend as you please. An undoubted highlight of the tour will be a two-night safari in Bayala Private Game Reserve, a ‘Big Five’ private conservancy situated in the heart of Zululand

With superb accommodation, all breakfasts and many other meals included, the Spectacular South Africa tour really does offer exceptional value for money.

SPECIAL OFFER: Book any Spectacular South Africa tour departing from August 2022 by 30th November 2021 and save £200 per person.

Spectacular South Africa, 18 days from £3,695 £3,495 per person

Think soaring mountains, untouched savannahs, golden beaches, incredible wetlands, lush forests and picturesque winelands. South Africa is the ultimate touring destination. Read on to discover more

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Cape Town, 5 nights
  • Day 3: Cape Town and Kirstenbosch
  • Day 4: Cape Point
  • Day 5: Cape Town
  • Day 6: Cape Town
  • Day 7: The Garden Route & Knysna, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Day 9: Knysna
  • Day 10: Umhlanga Rocks, 3 nights
  • Day 11: Umhlanga Rocks
  • Day 12: Umhlanga Rocks
  • Day 13: Bayala Private Game Reserve, 2 nights
  • Day 14: Bayala Private Game Reserve
  • Day 15: Pretoria, 2 nights
  • Day 16: Pretoria
  • Day 17: Depart Johannesburg
  • Day 18: Arrive UK

Cape Town beach at daytime, with wispy clouds interrupting the clear blue skies, and the Table mountains in the background

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with British Airways or Lufthansa, at no extra cost. If you choose BA, your flight will depart from London Heathrow, with complimentary regional connections from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Belfast. If Lufthansa is your preferred airline, you may fly from London Heathrow, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow or Edinburgh. All Lufthansa flights travel via Frankfurt.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 2: Cape Town, 5 nights

We land in magnificent Cape Town, where our waiting coach will take us to the President Hotel. If travelling before September 2022 you will stay at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel. The rest of our day is at leisure until the early evening when we shall gather for drinks so we may all become acquainted for our forthcoming travels together.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Couple sitting together at the end of a pier in Cape Town Bay, with docked boats and waterfront restaurants in the distance

Day 3: Cape Town and Kirstenbosch

A tour of South Africa’s Mother City takes us around Cape Town’s most important buildings and monuments. Experience first-hand the vibrant cultures and history and enjoy the city’s wonderful scenery. Weather conditions permitting, we shall take a cable car ride to enjoy spectacular views from the top of Table Mountain, followed by a walk through the colourful Malay Quarter of Bo Kaap. We drive through Green Market Square and District Six before continuing via Company Gardens and the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope and Slave Lodge. This afternoon we visit the superb Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These gardens were founded in 1913 to preserve the country’s unique flora, and they are world-renowned not only for their beauty and diversity, but also for their magnificent setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

two penguins sat together at Boulders Beach in Cape Town, with more penguins in the background next to large boulders and clear sea

Day 4: Cape Point

Today, we venture out of the city to explore the spectacular landscapes surrounding Cape Town. Our day begins with a scenic drive through the pretty seaside suburbs of Sea Point and Camps Bay. We continue via Hout Bay, a charming fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views, before driving along Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breath-taking coastal drives. We reach the Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans’ currents meet. We continue to Boulders Beach, home to a colony of the endangered African Penguin. Enjoy a visit to Simon’s Town prior to our return to Cape Town later in the afternoon.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

outstretching vineyard with towering rocky mountains in background. Clear blue skies

Day 5: Cape Town Freedom Day

This is our first Freedom Day, where we can choose to relax or explore as we please. Our Distant Journeys Tour Manager will be on hand to help with advice on things to do, where to eat, make any arrangements and book excursions for you to further explore the area. Perhaps take a journey to discover the winelands of the Western Cape. The tour will take us through the valleys and vineyards of the Cape Winelands and includes a cellar tour and wine-tasting in one of the region’s fabulous wineries. The scenery as we drive across the Helshoogte Pass to Stellenbosch is spectacular, and upon arrival we will have plenty of time to discover the second oldest settlement in South Africa. The town’s oak tree-lined streets and white-washed Cape Dutch-style buildings make this a delight for exploration on foot. Enjoy a stroll as well as a spot of lunch whilst watching the world go by. We also have time to visit Franschhoek before returning to the hotel later in the afternoon.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Aerial view of Robben Island, surrounded by deep blue ocean, and Cape Point far away in the background.

Day 6: Cape Town Freedom Day

A further Freedom Day where you may choose to relax by the pool or possibly take an optional trip to Robben Island. Once reserved for high profile prisoners of the apartheid regime, today Robben Island is a monument recognising the iconic struggle of heroes including Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. The island was brought to the world’s attention when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in the early 1990s after serving more than two decades for the crime of speaking out against the apartheid government. Today, Robben Island is a World Heritage Site – acting as a museum as well as a reminder of the price Nelson Mandela and so many others paid for the freedom of democracy

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Stark white and red lighthouse at Mossell Bay, overlooking ocean

Day 7: The Garden Route & Knysna, 3 nights

We say goodbye to Cape Town today, as we begin our Garden Route tour. Our journey takes us to Swellendam, a one-time rebel republic’s capital. We continue eastward through undulating countryside and peaceful villages to Mossel Bay, where we visit the Post Office Tree – a place 16th and 17th-century sailors left their letters for returning ships to carry to Europe. From Mossel Bay we continue to Knysna and our next three nights will be spent at the Protea Knysna Quays.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Jagged Rocks of Knysna in the white water, with green hills protecting the coast

Day 8: Featherbed Nature Reserve

This morning, we have included an excursion to The Featherbed Nature Reserve, a unique 150-hectare private nature reserve, which encompasses the whole of the Western Head of Knysna, and is one of South Africa’s Natural Heritage Sites. We cruise across Knsyna Lagoon before spending time enjoying the spectacular coastal scenery during a gentle stroll through the reserve. The reserve is home to many native flowers and trees, as well as the endangered Blue Duiker (the smallest known antelope species in Africa), Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa’s national bird) and rare Black African Oyster Catchers. Your afternoon is free to relax or stroll around Knysna’s pretty waterfront.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Stalagmites and Stalactites lit up within the Cango Caves

Day 9: Knysna Freedom Day

On our Freedom Day, we will have the opportunity to join an optional tour to the Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn, South Africa’s ostrich capital. The day begins with a drive over the visually stunning Outeniqua Pass as we make our way to the beauty of the semi-arid Klein Karoo. Enjoy a tour of the Cango Caves, a vast series of magnificently colourful limestone caverns which to this day have only been partially explored. This is followed by a guided tour of an ostrich farm, tracing the ostrich from egg to adulthood. Finally, drive via the laid-back country town of Oudtshoorn, with its pretty Victorian buildings. Later in the day we return to Knysna.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Aerial view of Durban coast, with large buildings neighbouring the golden coast

Day 10: Umhlanga Rocks, 3 nights

This morning, our journey continues along the Garden Route, via Plettenberg Bay, stopping en-route to enjoy some fantastic photographic opportunities. After lunch, we continue to Port Elizabeth in time for our flight to Durban. Upon arrival we transfer to the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, ideally situated overlooking the Indian Ocean, in the upmarket resort of Umhlanga Rocks.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Coastal view of Durban beach, with swarm of birds flying low

Day 11: Umhlanga Rocks

After breakfast, we enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of nearby Durban. Visits include Victoria Embankment and City Hall. We also explore the impressive Durban Botanical Gardens, founded in 1849 and home to a fine array of African, Asian and American trees and shrubs. With a prime beachfront location and unobstructed sea views, relaxing by the hotel’s huge pool is a wonderful way to unwind in the afternoon.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Jagged landscape of Lesotho, green hills with rocks penetrating the surface

Day 12: Umhlanga Rocks Freedom Day

A day at leisure to spend as you please on South Africa’s beautiful Dolphin Coast. Why not take a full-day optional excursion to explore the 19th-century Anglo-Zulu battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift? Learn about the fascinating history of the battles that took place in January 1879 and witness the landscape on which the fighting occurred. Alternatively, embark on an immersive day trip to the tiny country of Lesotho. Depart from Durban in a 4×4 vehicle in order to cross Africa’s highest pass: the 9,435-foot-high (2,876 metres) Sani Pass, to enter this intriguing land-locked kingdom. Once inside, pay a visit to a Sotho village to experience how the locals live.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

three giraffes looking out over Ubizane Nature Reserve

Day 13: Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp, 2 nights

This morning we travel along South Africa’s Elephant Coast to the magnificent Bayala Private Game Reserve situated in the heart of Zululand. Nestled within a non-malaria, ‘Big Five’ private conservancy of close to 30,000 hectares of unspoiled wilderness, Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp provides the perfect venue for your safari experience. Upon arrival we will enjoy lunch prior to checking in; each of our thatch-roofed en-suite rooms are tastefully decorated with neutral bushveld colours. Later in the afternoon we take to our open jeeps for our first game drive around the reserve. Bayala is teeming with wildlife including giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, hyena and white rhino, as well as over 450 different bird species.  After a thrilling afternoon we return to our lodge in time for dinner.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Lion at Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Day 14: Bayala Private Game Reserve

Tour Highlight

This morning we wake early for another exciting game drive. Bayala is home to ‘The Big Five’, so keep a look out for elephant and lions as well as the more usual game species. We return to our lodge in time for a relaxed breakfast where you are free to relax until the heat of the day subsides later in the afternoon.  Perhaps read a book or take a swim in the pool enjoying the sights and sounds of the African bush.  Later in the day we return to our jeeps for another game drive prior to dinner.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Pretoria Union Buildings at sunset

Day 15: Pretoria, 2 nights

All good things must come to an end and sadly, after our final game drive and a hearty breakfast, we must leave Bayala as we make our way across country to South Africa’s Jacaranda City, Pretoria.  Upon arrival we make our way to the beautiful Irene Country Lodge, situated just a 15-minute drive from the city centre, where we stay for two nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Cheetah staring at camera, with arid background blending with the colours of the cheetah

Day 16: Pretoria

Our morning is at leisure. There is the option of a visit to the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Breeding Centre. Established in 1971, as the De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre, the centre has performed an important role in the preservation and protection of cheetahs. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour around the city of Pretoria. Included is the Union Building, Voortrekkers Monument, Melrose House and Paul Kruger’s House.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Famous Soweto towers covered in graffiti, with bungee jumper between the two towers

Day 17: Depart Johannesburg

The day is yours to spend as you please prior to our departure to the airport later in the day. Perhaps use the opportunity to visit the region’s liveliest township, Soweto, home to over 3.5 million people and steeped in history. This evening we board our chosen for our home bound journey to the UK.

If you prefer, you have the perfect opportunity to extend your stay and visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls with our 4-day Victoria Falls holiday extension.
Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 18: Arrive UK

We arrive at our chosen airport. After 18 fabulous days, our Spectacular South African adventure comes to an end.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

4-day extension to Victoria Falls

Just a short flight from Johannesburg is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls and our Spectacular South Africa tour provides the perfect opportunity to visit with our 4-day Victoria Falls holiday extension

Spectacular South Africa – Departure dates & prices

All of the departure dates for our Spectacular South Africa tour have an exciting Special Offer. Book a tour departing from August 2022 by 30th November 2021 to save £200 per person on all tours to South Africa.

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2022
 09 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 15 February^ SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 02 March SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 08 March SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 30 March £3,695 ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT
 03 August £3,695 £3,495 AVAILABLE Save £200 per person
 14 September £3,695 £3,495 ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT Save £200 per person
 05 October £3,795 £3,595 HALF FULL Save £200 per person
 09 November £3,795 £3,595 JUST LAUNCHED Save £200 per person
 2023
 01 February £3,795 £3,595 ONLY 4 ROOMS LEFT Save £200 per person
 07 February^ £3,795 £3,595 JUST LAUNCHED Save £200 per person
 15 March £3,795 £3,595 ONLY 9 ROOMS LEFT Save £200 per person
 05 April £3,795 £3,595 JUST LAUNCHED Save £200 per person

 

PLEASE NOTE:  ^ These departures operate in reverse beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town.

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Extend your stay: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Victoria Falls with our 4-day Victoria Falls holiday extension

Single occupancy supplement: £1095. If travelling before September 2022 the single occupancy is £995.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 if travelling in premium economy class, £3,750 per person for business class.

Flight upgrades: Upgrade to Premium Economy from £1,395 per person, or Business Class from £3,795 per person.

Passports: When travelling to South Africa, your passport should have at least two blank pages when you present it at immigration to enter or leave South Africa. If you are extending your holiday to Victoria Falls, we recommend you have a minimum of four blank pages left in it for the combined trip.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

At Distant Journeys, we offer a leisurely and flexible tour of South Africa with so much included in the price. Your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and knowledgeable guides, and many amazing excursions are all included.

Flights with Award-winning scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with British Airways London Heathrow, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or Belfast City Airport.
  • Alternatively, choose to fly with Lufthansa via Frankfurt from London Heathrow, London City Airport, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, or Glasgow.
  • All domestic flights within South Africa
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Carefully selected hotels

  • First class and deluxe hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £267 per person
  • Five lunches
  • Two dinners

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Cape Town, Knysna, Durban and Pretoria
  • Visit Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Tour along South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route

While at Bayala Private Game Reserve

  • Four safaris in Bayala’s Private Game Reserve
  • All meals

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager and driver
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee

President Hotel, Cape Town

Located in Bantry Bay between the city centre of Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean, the President Hotel is a sophisticated yet relaxed place to stay. The hotel is just a 3-minute walk from Queens Beach, and a short taxi… Find out more >
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Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, Cape Town

Only a short walk from the V&A Waterfront with its fabulous shopping and world class restaurants, the Southern Sun Waterfront hotel is smart and comfortable. Not only does the hotel have a great location, but it also boasts excellent facilities… Find out more >
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Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Knysna

With Knysna Lagoon on your doorstep, the Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays offers waterside accommodation in Knysna, at the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, a highlight of our guided tours to South Africa from the UK. Step… Find out more >
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Beverly Hills Hotel, Umhlanga

With spectacular  views out onto the ocean, the Beverly Hills Hotel offers five-star accommodation in one of South Africa’s premier coastal spots, uMhlanga, in the outskirts of Durban. Established in 1964, the hotel has been synonymous with elegance and excellent… Find out more >
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Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp, Bayala

Bayala Private Safari Lodge and Camp is a welcoming and stylish retreat, set in a vast area of wilderness in the ancient kingdom of Zululand. Safaris operate twice each day, with excellent opportunities to sight lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and… Find out more >
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Irene Country Lodge Hotel, Pretoria

For your visit to Gauteng, known as South Africa’s economic capital, you’ll be staying in the historical village of Irene. Here, your accommodation will be the enchanting African Pride Irene Country Lodge. As you approach the lodge, you’ll travel down… Find out more >
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Special Offer

Special Offer
When booking onto any of our Spectacular South Africa tours departing from August 2022, save £200 per person by booking your place by 30th November 2021. Please call our team for more details.

 

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Excellent value for money, everything as per the brochure itinerary and sometimes more. Every day brought something different, the safaris were eye openers and we were so glad we added on Victoria Falls as that really was the highlight of the holiday - a lovely way to end our three weeks.
Mrs Vickers, Spectacular South Africa
To sum up this three week amazing adventure using just one word. WONDERFUL. I shall certainly return to this spectacular country which has stolen my heart. Thank you Distant Journeys for your excellent planning, itinerary & wonderful guides.
Miss Antrobus, Spectacular South Africa

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