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Spectacular South Africa Tour

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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. Furthermore, you have the flexibility to choose a traditional two night safari in Ubizane Nature Reserve, or join luxurious Rovos Rail for their all-inclusive Durban Safari.

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

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERS: To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, any guests booking the Spectacular South Africa tour (departing from September 2020) by 30 November 2019, will be entitled to either a two night homebound stopover, for an incredible price from only £29pp or a direct flight from London Heathrow with British Airways for just £29pp.

 

Spectacular South Africa itinerary

Think soaring mountains, untouched savannahs, golden beaches, incredible wetlands, lush forests and picturesque winelands. South Africa’s beautiful landscapes are hard to beat. Add to this its captivating cities, fascinating history and an abundance of breath-taking wildlife, and you begin to understand why South Africa is one of the world’s ultimate touring destinations.

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.

The below itinerary is based on departures from September 2020 onwards.

Guests travelling on the Spectacular South Africa tour on an earlier departure date will have different flight options and a slightly different itinerary  – click here to see full details.

18-day Spectacular South Africa, from only £3,495pp

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

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Emirates, at no extra cost. Choose from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow.
In-flight meals and drinks included

Alternative airline – British Airways
If you prefer, you can fly direct from London Heathrow to Cape Town with British Airways. Supplement from £195pp.

Day 2: Cape Town, 5 nights

All flights with Emirates travel via Dubai. We land 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 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.
In-flight meals and drinks included

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.
Breakfast included

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.
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 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.
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 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
Breakfast included

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.
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 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.
Breakfast included

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.
Breakfast included

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.
Breakfast and lunch included

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.
Breakfast included

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.
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, enjoy lunch prior to checking into our individual lodges, built on stilts and set under a canopy of a Fever Tree Forest. Later in the afternoon we take to our open jeeps for our first safari 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: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve

Tour Highlight

This morning we take a short drive to the oldest proclaimed safari reserve in Africa: the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. South Africa’s third largest safari reserve is home to ‘The Big Five’, so keep a look out for elephant, lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. 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, 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 safari prior to dinner.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Day 15: Pretoria, 2 nights

All good things must come to an end and, after breakfast, 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 home to Nile Crocodiles, 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 Durban and board our flight to Johannesburg. Upon arrival we make our way to Irene Country Lodge, where we stay for two nights.
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 private, air-conditioned Pullman Suites featuring a twin or double bed, 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.  We depart Durban and travel through the stunningly scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills. Following a relaxed lunch, 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 – Spioenkop & Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Following an early wake-up call and sumptuous breakfast you have a choice of excursions. The first option is to take an open-jeep safari in Spioenkop Reserve, boasting a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinoceros, giraffe and antelope. Alternatively, you may wish to join the Spioenkop battlefields tour. 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 costliest Britain had ever fought. In the afternoon, having enjoyed lunch and time to relax, we arrive at Elandslaagte, where we disembark for an afternoon safari experience in Nambiti Private Game Reserve. Nambiti has an incredible biodiversity including savannah, grasslands, thornveld and tall acacia trees. Enjoy your open-jeep 4WD 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, where we stay for two nights.
Breakfast and lunch included

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.
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 we board our Emirates flight bound for Dubai. Alternatively fly with British Airways
Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks included

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER: If you are flying with Emirates and would like to break the journey home to the UK after your Spectacular South Africa tour, then why not add on a stopover in Dubai? To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, we are offering any guests travelling in our new season (departing from September 2020) a two night homebound stopover for only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in a four star hotel and a full daily breakfast. To enjoy this special launch offer, simply book by 30 November 2019.

Day 18: Arrive UK

We arrive into our chosen airport. After 18 fabulous days, our Spectacular South African adventure comes to an end.
In-flight meals and drinks included

 

Why not add on a stay at Victoria Falls?
Three nights from only £1,195 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 Dubai (or London Heathrow if travelling with British Airways) departs in the evening.
Breakfast and in-flight dinner and drinks included

Day 21 – Arrive UK
We arrive into our chosen airport. After 21 wonderful days, our Spectacular South African adventure with Victoria Falls comes to an end.
In-flight meals 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.

SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFERS: If you are flying with Emirates and would like to break the journey home to the UK after your Spectacular South Africa tour, then why not add on a stopover in Dubai? To celebrate the launch of our new 2020/ 2021 season, we are offering any guests travelling in our new season (departing from September 2020) a two night homebound stopover for only £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in the four star Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel and a full daily breakfast.  See the ‘Offers’ tab for more details.

Alternatively, if flying with BA, take up the special launch offer of a reduced flight supplement.  Enjoy a direct flight from London Heathrow with British Airways for just £29pp (normal supplement £195pp).  To take advantage of either of these special launch offers, simply book by 30 November 2019.

 

Spectacular South Africa departures including Ubizane Nature Reserve

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2019
13 November£3,495ON REQUESTCall for details
2020
07 January*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
29 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
04 February*£3,595ONLY 1 SINGLE LEFTCall for details
11 March£3,595ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
01 April£3,295ONLY 6 ROOMS LEFTCall for details
16 September£3,495NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
11 November£3,495NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
2021
27 January£3,595NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
10 March£3,595NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
31 March£3,595NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement

 

Spectacular South Africa departures including Rovos Rail

Departure datePrice (pp)AvailabilityOffer
2019
13 NovemberSOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
2020
07 January*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
29 JanuarySOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
04 February*SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
11 March£4,095ON REQUEST**Call for details
01 April£3,795ON REQUEST**Call for details
16 September£4,095NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
11 November£4,095NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
2021
27 January£4,195NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
10 March£4,195NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement
31 March£4,195NEW DATE£29pp stopover or £29 BA supplement

* These tours operate in reverse, beginning in Pretoria and ending in Cape Town.

**Deluxe cabin upgrades may be available on request

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

Single occupancy supplement:
Ubizane £795 for departures prior to September 2020
Ubizane £1,045 for departures from September 2020

Rovos Rail £1,195 for departures prior to September 2020
Rovos Rail £1,445 for departures from September 2020

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

Alternative hotel: Some departure dates feature alternative hotels of the same standard. All hotels will be confirmed to you at the time of booking.

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

All dates: £1,195 per person

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

Single occupancy supplement: £195

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

Your holiday includes

Flights with award-winning scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle or Glasgow (only available on tours departing from September 2020)
  • Return economy class flights with South African Airways from London Heathrow (only available on tours departing prior to September 2020)
  • If fliying with South African Airways, add connecting flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester or Newcastle at no extra cost
  • Alternatively, fly direct with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplement from £195 per person
  • 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
  • Four lunches
  • Two dinners

 

Unforgettable experiences

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

 

Choosing Ubizane Nature Reserve

  • Safari experience in Ubizane Wildlife Reserve
  • Two safaris in Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve
  • Cruise the World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park

 

Choosing Rovos Rail ‘Durban Safari’

  • Choice of a safari in Spioenkop Game Reserve or tour of the Spioenkop battlefields
  • Safari experience in Nambiti Private Reserve
  • All meals on board
  • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, on board

 

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

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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Premier Resort The Moorings, Knysna

Nestled on the banks of Knysna Lagoon, deep within the idyllic natural surroundings of the Western Cape Garden Route is your serene accommodation – Premier Resort, The Moorings in Knysna. What is so special about this resort, is that as… Find out more >
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Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Knysna

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Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, 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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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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Ubizane Tree Lodges, Ubizane Nature 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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Pullman Suites on Rovos Rail

A unique and memorable journey awaits you on the Rovos Rail. Aboard, you’ll be transported through many mesmerising landscapes you won’t want to miss. Simply take a seat by a window with a view, and enjoy the relaxing ride as… 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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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Just a short walk from the majestic Victoria Halls sits your award-winning accommodation for your stay in Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Here, you’ll experience everything Africa’s wild has to offer. The entire hotel faces the sunset, which means you’ll… Find out more >
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Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves

We leave Knysna and travel via George over the breathtaking Outeniqua Pass to the town of Oudsthoorn, where we enjoy a visit to an Ostrich Farm including lunch. At the...

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Valley of 1000 Hills

Valley of a Thousand Hills

The breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills is a beautiful area of the province of KwaZulu-Natal - the Kingdom of the Zulu. The Valley of a Thousand Hills is named...

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Battlefields Tour

A must for all history lovers, this full day tour visits the battlefields of Isandlwana, followed by Rorke’s Drift in the afternoon. The Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 was the...

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Mountain Splendour Day Tour

For something slightly different during your time in Durban, take a 4x4 drive up the highest road pass in Africa on this full day excursion to visit the Kingdom of...

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Shakaland Tour

Shakaland, known as 'the greatest Zulu experience in Africa', is an authentic replication of a Zulu 'Umuzi' or homestead. This enjoyable, full day tour includes an opportunity to sample traditional...

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Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Breeding Centre – Pretoria

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Soweto Tour

Discover one of Johannesburg's most energetic and fascinating townships on a half-day visit to Soweto, an area known for its rich political history and vibrant trendsetting culture. Soweto is home...

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Johannesburg Tour

Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement and is now considered both the economic and cultural centre of South Africa. This...

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6 reasons to visit Victoria Falls – The World’s largest waterfall

When heading on an African adventure there will certainly be an endless list of places on your bucket list and Victoria Falls is definitely one you will want to cross...

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Helicopter Flights over Victoria Falls

The best way to truly appreciate the splendour and scale of the Victoria Falls is to view them from the air. Why not take a scenic helicopter ride and enjoy...

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Zambezi Fishing

Fishing in the mighty Zambezi is best known because of the great freshwater game fish – The Tigerfish, and as a result the Zambezi River has become the number one...

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Victoria Falls Horse Safari

Horse Safari, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls provides a superb wilderness area, with a rugged and varied terrain for horse riding, with experiences available for all levels of rider. Whether you’re a complete novice or...

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Local Village tour

This tour offers a wonderful insight into Zimbabwean rural life and a chance to interact with people of a different culture. This fascinating tour takes us a world away from...

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Chobe National Park, Botswana

Make the most of your time at Victoria Falls by taking a day excursion to the Chobe National Park in Botswana. We take a morning coach journey to the Kazungula...

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Special Launch Offers

Book your place on our 2020 / 2021 (tours departing from September 2020) Spectacular South Africa tour by 30th November 2019 and you can take advantage of one of two special launch offers.

Option 1

Add on a two night stopover in Dubai for just £29pp (£58 for single occupancy). The homebound stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights accommodation in the Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel and a full daily breakfast.

Option 2

Get your holiday off to a speedy start and fly direct from London Heathrow with British Airways, for just £29 per person. The usual supplement is £195 per person.


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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Customer reviews

The reviews for the Spectacular South Africa tour found below have been independently verified by Feefo, who are a leading independent reviews company.

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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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