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Spectacular South Africa Tour

Spectacular South Africa Tour

It’s not surprising that 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. Plus, you have the flexibility to choose a traditional two night safari in a game reserve, or join the luxurious Rovos Rail for an all-inclusive Durban Safari journey. On top of that – you can add on a stay in Victoria Falls. With superb accommodation, all breakfasts and many other meals included, the Spectacular South Africa tour really does offer exceptional value for money.

Early Booking Offer – Save up to £294 per couple

If you book a Spectacular South Africa tour by the 30th November 2017, you will be able to enjoy two fantastic full day excursions – a full day excursion to the wonderful Cape Winelands and a full day excursion to the Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn – for free. These excursions would normally cost £147 per person. This offer is applicable to tours departing after 1st September 2018.

 

Spectacular South Africa itinerary

There are so many spectacular sights and experiences just waiting for you to explore. And that’s what our Spectacular South Africa Tour aims to do – provide you with an opportunity to experience them all. From the incredible cityscape of Cape Town and Table Mountain to the fantastic landscapes of the Garden Route. This South Africa tour includes scheduled flights from a choice of UK departure airports, a choice of a traditional safari experience or joining Rovos Rail on their fabulous Durban Safari, and the expert guidance of an experienced Distant Journeys Tour Manager.

 

18-day Spectacular South Africa, from only £3,295pp

To find out more information about a particular hotel or destination, please click on any orange text.

Day 1 – Depart UK
Depart from London Heathrow with South African Airways, bound for Cape Town via Johannesburg. Connecting flights with British Airways are available from a choice of regional airports at no extra cost: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester or Leeds Bradford.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Day 2 – Cape Town, 5 nights
Breakfast will be served prior to landing in magnificent Cape Town, where our waiting coach will take us to the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel, ideally situated close to Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of your day is at leisure until the early evening, when we shall gather for drinks so we may all be better acquainted for our forthcoming travels together.
Breakfast included

Day 3 – Cape Town
A morning 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 drive through the colourful Malay Quarter of Bo Kaap, Green Market Square and District Six. We continue with a walk through Company Gardens, and drive via the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, the Castle of Good Hope and Slave Lodge before returning to our hotel, where the rest of our day is at leisure.
Breakfast included

Day 4 – Cape Point and Kirstenbosch
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 were once said to meet. Later, we visit Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of endangered African Penguins. Following lunch, 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.
Breakfast and lunch included

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 Paarl and Franschoek and includes a cellar tour and wine-tasting in one of the region’s fabulous wineries. The scenery as we drive across the Hellshoogte Pass to Stellenbosch is spectacular, and in Stellenbosch 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, and there are many lovely cafes to enjoy a spot of lunch and watch the world go by. We return to the hotel later in the afternoon.
Breakfast included

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 such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. The island was brought to the world’s attention when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in the early 1990’s 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 paid for the freedom of democracy. In the evening, you have the option to experience a menu of typical Cape Malay and African cuisine, accompanied by traditional African entertainment at Cape Town’s excellent Gold Restaurant.
Breakfast included

Day 7 – The Garden Route & Knysna, 3 nights
We say goodbye to Cape Town today, as we make a start on the first stage of our Garden Route tour. Our journey takes us over the breath-taking Du Toit’s Kloof Pass as we climb 820 metres above sea level. We make our way to Worcester in the Hex River Valley and continue through Robertson and Bonnievale 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 the pearl of the Garden Route, Knysna and spend our next three nights at the Rex Hotel.
Breakfast included

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. 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. After an included lunch, your afternoon is free to relax or stroll around Knysna’s pretty waterfront.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 9 – Knysna Freedom Day
On your Freedom Day, you will have the opportunity to join an optional tour to 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, which are a vast series of magnificently colourful limestone caverns, even now only partially explored. This is followed by a guided tour of an ostrich farm, tracing the ostrich from egg to adulthood. Finally, visit the laid-back country town of Oudtshoorn, with its pretty Victorian buildings. Later in the day we return to Knysna.
Breakfast included

Day 10 Knysna to Durban
This morning our journey continues eastward along the Garden Route via Plettenburg Bay and Tsitsikamma National Park, stopping en-route for some of the finest photographic opportunities to be found in this part of the world. After an included lunch, we continue to Port Elizabeth in time for our flight to Durban. Upon arrival we transfer to the superior Elangeni Hotel, ideally situated on Durban’s esplanade.
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 11 – Durban
This morning, we enjoy a tour of Durban. Visits include Victoria Embankment and City Hall and the bustling African-Indian Markets. We also explore the impressive Durban Botanical Gardens, founded in 1849 and home to a fine array of African, Asian and American trees. Your afternoon is at leisure, with the option of taking a journey to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, following the Umgeni River valley, which has been home to the Zulu people for many centuries.
Breakfast included

Day 12 – Durban Freedom Day
A day at leisure to spend as you please. Why not take a full day optional excursion exploring 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 then see the landscape on which the fighting occurred. Alternatively embark on an immersive day trip to the tiny country of Lesotho. Set off 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.
Breakfast included

Day 13 – Ubizane Nature Reserve, 2 nights
This morning we travel along South Africa’s Elephant Coast en-route to Ubizane Nature Reserve situated in the heart of Zululand. With a history spanning more than 50 years, Ubizane is one of the oldest reserves in the area, with a long-standing heritage. Upon arrival we enjoy lunch prior to checking into our individual lodges, proudly built on stilts and set under a canopy of the Fever Tree Forest. Later in the afternoon we take to our open jeeps for our first game drive around the reserve. Ubizane 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.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 14 – Hluluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
This morning we take a short drive to the oldest proclaimed game reserve in Africa: the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. South Africa’s third largest game reserve is home to ‘The Big Five’, so keep a look out for elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopards.
Following breakfast we return to our lodge where you are free to relax until the heat of the day subsides later in the afternoon. Perhaps read a book or watch for wildlife from the comfort of your own personal viewing deck or take a swim in the pool at the adjacent Safari Lodge. Later in the day we return to Hluhluwe in our four-wheel drive vehicles for another game drive prior to dinner. This evening enjoy a truly African bush experience eating dinner under the stars, next to a roaring fire in the lodge’s boma – a wonderful experience to provide memories to treasure for ever.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 15 – Pretoria, 2 nights
All good things must come to an end and, after our breakfast this morning, we leave Ubizane as we make our way to St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The St Lucia Estuary is one of South Africa’s longest and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. It is estimated the estuary is home to approximately 1,200 Nile Crocodiles, 800 hippos and an abundance of birdlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for African Fish Eagles looking for an easy meal. After a thrilling cruise we drive to Richards Bay and board our flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival we make our way to either Irene Country Lodge (or Sheraton Pretoria Hotel if on a tour departing before 1st September 2018).
Breakfast included

Durban Safari with Rovos Rail

As an alternative to the two night safari at Ubizane Nature Reserve, you have the option to recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era, whilst joining Rovos Rail on an all-inclusive two night ‘Durban Safari’. Dubbed ‘the most luxurious train in the world’, step aboard to find lovingly restored, wood-panelled coaches with period Edwardian features, and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.

The coaches have all been remodelled and refurbished to pristine condition. Our accommodation is in Pullman Suites; with 76 square feet of space, these private, air-conditioned sleepers feature a comfortable sofa, which converts into twin or double beds by night. Each suite enjoys an en-suite shower, wash basin, toilet and all modern amenities.

A team of enthusiastic chefs produce excellent cuisine, which is served with a selection of great South African wines in the charming Victorian atmosphere of the dining cars. Guests will enjoy the added elegance of meals served on fine china, with crisp white linen and silver, and are encouraged to dress accordingly in the evenings. Whilst on board, all meals are included, along with a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

If choosing the Rovos Rail ‘Durban Safari’, days 13 – 15 of your itinerary will be as follows. Please note that your Tour Manager will not accompany you on the train. Instead you will be well looked after by the Train Manager and his excellent crew.

Day 13 – Rovos Rail, 2 nights
This morning, we make our way to Durban Rail Terminal in time for our magnificent overland rail journey to South Africa’s Administrative Capital, Pretoria. We depart Durban and travel through the stunningly scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills. Following a relaxed lunch in the dining car, an afternoon excursion takes us to the fascinating Ardmore Ceramics Gallery. Ardmore Ceramics is a story about the Zulu people whose sense of rhythm, colour, dance and song, as well as the spirit of the African imagination, can be seen in the artwork produced in the gallery. Returning to the train, we make our way to Ladysmith, enjoying dinner with new-found friends along with some fine South African wines. Afterwards relax in the comfort of the Lounge Car with an after dinner drink.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected on-board drinks included

Day 14 – Spionkop & Nambiti Private Game Reserve
This morning following an early wake-up call and sumptuous breakfast you have a choice of included excursions. The first option is to take an open-jeep game drive in the Spionkop Reserve, boasting a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinoceros, giraffe and a variety of plains
and bushveld antelope. Alternatively, you may wish to join the Spionkop battlefields tour. Relive a story on which the sun never sets. Britain marched into the South African war in the spring of 1899, confident that it “would all be over by Christmas!” The war lasted three years and was to become the most costly Britain had ever fought.
In the afternoon, having enjoyed lunch and time to relax, we arrive at Elandslaagte, where we disembark for an afternoon game experience in Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Nambiti has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Enjoy your open-jeep four wheel drive safari in search of ‘The Big Five’. Nambiti is also home to over 40 other species of game including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra. After freshening up and enjoying a pre-dinner drink in the Lounge Car it’s time for dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS selected on-board drinks included

Day 15 – Pretoria, 2 nights
Take it easy today as we continue our journey north. Enjoy the panoramas as we traverse the gold mining areas of Gauteng (literally translated as Place of Gold). Our arrival into the Rovos Rail Terminal in Capital Park is scheduled for late afternoon, and upon arrival our waiting coach will take us to re-join our fellow passengers at Irene Country Lodge (or the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, if taking a departure prior to the 1st September 2018).
Breakfast and lunch included

Day 16 – Pretoria
This morning we take an included tour to visit 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 over the last four and a half decades. This afternoon enjoy a tour around the City of Pretoria. Included is the Union Building – the seat of government and an architectural masterpiece, the Voortrekkers’ Monument, Melrose House and Paul Kruger’s House. We return to the hotel later in the afternoon.
Breakfast included

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 board our South African Airways flight bound for London Heathrow.
Breakfast and in-flight dinner and drinks included

Day 18 – Arrive UK
In the morning we arrive into London Heathrow where our African adventure reaches its conclusion. Connecting flights with British Airways are available to a choice of regional airports at no extra cost: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester or Leeds Bradford.
In-flight meals and drinks included

 

Why not add on a stay at Victoria Falls?
Three nights from only £895 per person

Victoria Falls is the world’s largest waterfall and a World Heritage site. The town of Victoria Falls is just over an hour and a half away from Johannesburg by air, so your Spectacular South Africa tour offers the perfect opportunity to add on one of the planet’s great natural wonders.
Staying in the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, you will be able relax in luxurious surroundings, with easy access to the falls.

Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 19th century as Mosi-oa-Tunya – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ – Victoria Falls is a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty. Join our three night extension to witness one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Stay in the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Built to blend in perfectly with the surrounding bushland, the lodge has the appeal of a vast open-plan tree house, with elegant furnishings using soft earthy colourings to complement the landscapes.

The spectacular setting can be enjoyed by guests cooling off in a two-tiered swimming pool, or over one of their famous ‘sundowners’ served in the hotel’s Buffalo Bar – complete with a game-viewing platform overlooking the waterhole. Keep watch for elephants, buffalo, kudu, warthogs, hyena, crocodile, vultures and other species.

Day 17 – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), 3 nights
A morning departure takes us to Johannesburg Airport in time for our flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Upon arrival, and having cleared customs, our waiting vehicle will transfer us to the outstanding Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. This afternoon join your travelling companions for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which is a relaxing experience where hopefully we may sight hippopotamus, crocodile, elephant and other wildlife species. Afterwards take an included dinner at The Boma, which provides a unique cultural experience blending the sounds and sights of Africa with a wonderful meal.
Breakfast and dinner included

Day 18 – Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls are a spectacular sight of awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe. Columns of spray can be seen up to 40 kilometres (25 miles) away as 546 million cubic metres of water per minute plummet over the edge (at the height of the rainy season). This morning we take you on a walking tour of the falls to discover its magnitude, grace and beauty. Stops will be made at the various vantage points, so we may take in the incredible views of the falls, the mighty Zambezi as well as neighbouring Zambia. In the afternoon we are free to enjoy a whole array of optional activities: fishing for tiger fish in the Zambezi, horseback safaris, or take in the ultimate view of the falls on board a scenic helicopter flight. Enjoy your afternoon!
Breakfast included

Day 19 – Victoria Falls Freedom Day
A Freedom Day in Victoria Falls to spend as you please. We would highly recommend a visit to Chobe National Park in neighbouring Botswana – home to the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. Enjoy a boat cruise along the Chobe River, famous for its huge herds of elephant which can be viewed up-close and safely from the boat. Afterwards enjoy an abundance of wildlife as you explore the Chobe riverfront by open safari vehicle. Large herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game, along with their accompanying predators have made this their home. Return to Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge early evening.
Breakfast included

Day 20 – Depart Victoria Falls and Johannesburg
Sadly we must leave Victoria Falls and Africa today. After nearly three thrilling weeks, we have travelled far and gathered memories to treasure. Mid-morning we make our way to Victoria Falls in time for our flight to Johannesburg. Our connecting flight to Heathrow departs in the evening.
Breakfast and in-flight dinner and drinks included

Day 21 – Arrive UK
This morning we arrive into London Heathrow where our African adventure reaches its conclusion. Connecting flights with British Airways are available to a choice of regional airports at no extra cost: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester or Leeds Bradford.
In-flight breakfast and drinks included

 

Departure dates & prices

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.

And don’t forget, you can also save up to £294 per couple if travelling on one of our new 2018 / 19 departure dates, with two complimentary full day excursions when you book by 30th November 2017.

2017 / 18 Spectacular South Africa departures including Ubizane Nature Reserve

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2017
09 November£3,145ON REQUEST
15 November£3,145ON REQUEST 
2018
31 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
06 February*£3,245ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT
15 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
28 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
06 March*SOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT

* This tour operates in reverse, beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town. For the full reverse itinerary, click here.

 

2017 / 18 Spectacular South Africa departures including Rovos Rail

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2017
15 NovemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
2018
30 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
06 February*£3,695ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFT***
28 FebruarySOLD OUTSOLD OUT SOLD OUT
06 March*£3,495ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT

* This tour operates in reverse, beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town. For the full reverse itinerary, click here.
***Deluxe cabins only – these carry a supplement of £495pp twin/double, and £745pp single occupancy.

 

2018 / 19 Spectacular South Africa departures including Ubizane Nature Reserve

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2018
17 October£3,295HALF FULL 2 complimentary excursions
20 November *£3,295NEW DATE2 complimentary excursions
2019
16 January£3,395NEW DATE 2 complimentary excursions
30 January£3,495ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFT 2 complimentary excursions
05 March *£3,395NEW DATE 2 complimentary excursions

* This tour operates in reverse, beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town. For the full reverse itinerary, click here.

** This tour stays at the Commodore Hotel, Cape Town.

2018 / 19 Spectacular South Africa departures including Rovos Rail

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2018
17 October£3,795ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFT 2 complimentary excursions
20 November *£3,795NEW DATE 2 complimentary excursions
2019
30 January£3,995ONLY 1 ROOM LEFT 2 complimentary excursions
05 March *£3,895NEW DATE 2 complimentary excursions

* This tour operates in reverse, beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town. For the full reverse itinerary, click here.

** This tour stays at the Commodore Hotel, Cape Town.

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

Single supplement for departures up to March 2018: £595 with Ubizane / £945 with Rovos Rail

Single supplement for departures from October 2018: £795 with Ubizane / £1,145 with Rovos Rail

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

Happy to Share: Single Travellers taking our Happy to Share option will share a room on holiday with a single traveller of the same gender and will avoid paying a single room supplement. Simply choose our Happy to Share option at the time of booking, and if there isn’t another single traveller of the same gender on your departure, you’ll enjoy a single room on your own at no extra cost.  The Happy to Share option is not possible on the Rovos Rail itinerary.

PLEASE NOTE: Happy to Share is not available on tours departing from October 2018

Alternative hotels: The tour departing on 31st January 2018 will stay at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town. The tours departing on the 6th & 28th February & 6th March 2018 will stay in Safari Lodges at Ubizane Nature Reserve rather than Tree Lodges.
The tour departing 30th January 2019 will stay at the Commodore Hotel in Cape Town.

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.

 

Victoria Falls Extension

Departures up to March 2018: £895 per person

Departures from October 2018: £995 per person

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

Single supplement: £195

Deposit: When booking the Spectacular South Africa tour, your deposit will cover the Victoria Falls extension.

Happy to Share: The Happy to Share option is not possible on the Victoria Falls extension.

Visas: If travelling to Victoria Falls you will require a visa, which may be applied for online prior to travel, although it is easy to arrange on arrival into Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The approximate cost of visas for British and Irish passport holders is US$55 per person for a single entry and US$70 per person for double entry. Payment for the visa should be made on arrival at Victoria Falls, and we recommend you have the correct amount in US Dollars as sometimes change cannot be given. If you are considering taking a trip to neighbouring Botswana (for Chobe National Park), we recommend purchasing the double entry visa. British nationals do not need a visa to enter Botswana for stays of up to 90 days.

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. Please note, the flow of the falls varies at different times of the year. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with South African Airways from London Heathrow
  • Regional connections from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Newcastle, Manchester or Leeds Bradford available at no additional cost
  • All domestic flights within South Africa
  • Business Class upgrades are available on selected routes for a supplement

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations, as detailed in the itinerary

Many meals included

  • Daily breakfast included, worth up to £229 per person
  • Lunches in Cape Town, Knysna and en-route to Port Elizabeth

All-inclusive on the Rovos Rail Durban Safari (if selected)

  • All meals included
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks included
  • All sightseeing and game drives included

Included with the Ubizane Nature Reserve experience (if selected)

  • All meals at Ubizane Lodge
  • Evening game drive in Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
  • Two game drives in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Cruise the World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetlands Park

Unforgettable experiences included

  • Sightseeing tours in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria
  • Cape Point and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Tour South Africa’s world renowned Garden Route
  • Explore Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Visit a cheetah conservation project in Pretoria

We include even more…

  • Services of an experienced local Tour Manager and drivers
  • All hotel porterage
  • All overseas transfers and transport in modern air-conditioned coaches
  • All airport charges, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • ATOL protection for your holiday

Plus, if taking the Victoria Falls extension, everything is included as detailed in the itinerary.

Hand-picked hotels

At Distant Journeys, we take great care in selecting the accommodation you will be using throughout your Spectacular South Africa tour. Our Directors personally visit the destination to search out the hotels that have a great location and are of a high quality too – which we beleive are tow of the most important factors when choosing any touring holiday to South Africa. These are the hotels we’ve chosen for you…


Irene Country Lodge Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa

Located in the pretty village of Irene, a short drive outside of Pretoria, the Irene Country Lodge hotel is an oasis of tranquility set in beautiful lakeside gardens and surrounded by the Camdeboo Forest.  The bedrooms are comfortably furnished with… Find out more >
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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel in Durban

The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel enjoys a prime position on Durban’s Golden Mile; a sun-soaked stretch of beachfront overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. The hotel offers three outdoor pools, all with wonderful views, and guests are spoilt for choice… 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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The Rex Hotel in Knysna (South Africa)

The Rex Hotel is one of Knysna’s most elegant hotels, offering great service and comfort. The hotel is situated just a short stroll from Knysna’s bustling waterfront with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Distant Journeys guests will stay in… Find out more >
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Ubizane Wildlife Reserve (Hluhluwe - South Africa)

Ubizane is a stunning nature reserve covering some 1200 hectares of land, packed with wildlife including Zebra, Giraffe, Wildebeest and White Rhino as well as more than 450 species of birdlife.  Ubizane is one of the oldest reserves in the… Find out more >
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Freedom Days

When it comes to exploring your destination and discovering new things, it’s important to find the right balance between ensuring you see all the best bits, and still finding time to do the things that interest you. That’s why you have Freedom Days – days which you can spend as you please, with a range of included activities to choose from.

And you don’t have to decide everything before you leave the UK – you can choose many of the excursions as late as the day before, and your local Tour Manager will make all the arrangements for you.

Simply click on the description of each excursion available in the various destinations to read more about it.

Price pp in Rand (South Africa) and US dollars (Victoria Falls)Approx. price pp in British Pounds (GBP)
Cape Town
Robben Island ** We recommend to pre book this tour at least 60 days prior to your departure from the UKR 850£49
Cape Township morning tour ** We recommend to pre book this tour at least 60 days prior to your departure from the UKR 680£39
Cape Winelands full day tourR 1200£71
GOLD Restaurant (excludes drinks)R 890£51
Knysna
Oudtshoorn and the Cango CavesR 1300£76
Durban
Valley of a Thousand Hills, Half day tour including lunchR 1850£106
Battlefields full day tour featuring Rorke’s Drift and including lunchR 2970£171
Shakaland full day tour, including lunchR 1838£106
Mountain Splendour including visit to LesothoR 2468£142
Pretoria
Soweto half day tourR 995£57
Johannesburg half day tourR 795£46
Victoria Falls
 Chobe National Park ***$195£154
 Tour in the Local Villages *** $70£55
 Bridge Run Sunset Experience ***$145£114
 Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls – 12 minute flight ***$180£142
 Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls – 25 minute flight *** $320£252
 Horse Safari 2.5hrs (novice) *** $121 £95
 Horse Safari 4hrs (experienced) *** $167£131
 Zambezi Fishing Half Day *** $129 £102

*** If doing the reverse itinerary with Victoria Falls (going to Victoria Falls first) we recommend pre-booking this excursion

Early booking offer – save up to £294 per couple

If you book your Spectacular South Africa tour by the 30 November 2017, you will enjoy two complimentary full day excursions. These excursions would normally cost £147 per person. This offer is only available on tours departing from October 2018.

Full day Cape Winelands Tour

Take a journey to discover the winelands of the Western Cape. The tour will take us through the valleys and vineyards of Paarl and Franschoek and includes a cellar tour and wine-tasting in one of the region’s fabulous wineries. The scenery as we drive across the Hellshoogte Pass to Stellenbosch is spectacular, and in Stellenbosch 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, and there are many lovely cafes to enjoy a spot of lunch and watch the world go by. We return to the hotel later in the afternoon.

Full day Cango Caves and Oudtshoorn tour

We journey on our full day excursion to 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, which are a vast series of magnificently colourful limestone caverns, even now only partially explored. This is followed by a guided tour of an ostrich farm, tracing the ostrich from egg to adulthood. Finally, visit the laid-back country town of Oudtshoorn, with its pretty Victorian buildings.

Customer reviews

The Spectacular South Africa tour is a new itinerary with departures in late 2017 and early 2018. This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. In the meantime, please feel free to look at the reviews for our other tours to Australia and New Zealand – we’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive.

In Australia, Alison, our tour leader, was "the best".  Her organisational skills, advice about optional tours, plans and information for each destination, combined with her knowledge of the places we visited along with her warm sense of humour, enhanced the whole experience for us.
Mr & Mrs Bannister, Wonders of Australia
This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The itinerary, and the included extras were excellent in every way. Hotels were all excellent and well located with included breakfasts. Excellent value throughout.
Mr & Mrs Bull, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
We had a dream trip to Australia. It ticked all the boxes for what we wanted to see.  We enjoyed the experience of all the places we visited, which we couldn’t have done without our Tour Manager, Sylvia.  Well done Distant Journeys!
Mrs F (Kent), Visions of Australia
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  • In Australia, Alison, our tour leader, was "the best".  Her organisational skills, advice about optional tours, plans and information for each destination, combined with her knowledge of the places we visited along with her warm sense of humour, enhanced the whole experience for us.
    Mr & Mrs Bannister, Wonders of Australia
  • This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way possible. The itinerary, and the included extras were excellent in every way. Hotels were all excellent and well located with included breakfasts. Excellent value throughout.
    Mr & Mrs Bull, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand
  • We had a dream trip to Australia. It ticked all the boxes for what we wanted to see.  We enjoyed the experience of all the places we visited, which we couldn’t have done without our Tour Manager, Sylvia.  Well done Distant Journeys!
    Mrs F (Kent), Visions of Australia
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