Cape Town & Safari Express

  • $2599
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If South Africa is one of the many destinations on your bucket list, our Cape Town and safari package is a very smart choice. The tour includes three full days in this spectacular harbor city, where you can book extraordinary (and affordably priced!) optional tours that showcase South Africa’s incredible diversity. Discover the enduring legacy of Nelson Mandela, explore the scenic Winelands or even go shark cage diving…if you dare! Then it’s off to Dinokeng Private Game Reserve where we’ll do our best to help you spot lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos, aka the “Big 5.”

4.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor!


U.S. travelers are welcome to visit South Africa with certain entry requirements, including:

    • All travelers returning to the U.S., including those who have been vaccinated, must provide a negative, viral COVID-19 test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. NOTE: smarTours will arrange testing for the group in South Africa. The cost of the test is approximately $70 USD and must be paid in cash at the testing site.

Also, for the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Information is subject to change, please see the most up-to-date entry requirements for South Africa here.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • International flight
  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  • 2 nights in Dinokeng Private Game Reserve


  • Cape Town Orientation Tour
  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Winelands (near Cape Town)
  • Robben Island
  • Dinokeng Private Game Reserve

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • 2021: Round-trip airfare from the NY Area (EWR)
  • 2022: Round-trip airfare from the NY Area (EWR or JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and ground transport
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Cape Town guided orientation tour
  • 3 open-vehicle, half-day game drives in Dinokeng Private Game Reserve
  • Experienced, English-speaking tour guides

Tour Itinerary

Depart From U.S.

Overnight flight to Cape Town. Your tour includes round-trip airfare from the U.S

Arrive in Cape Town

Welcome to the “Mother City,” where Mother Nature definitely shows off some of her very best handiwork. As you’re escorted from the airport to your hotel, tune into a guided orientation tour of Cape Town. Orientation briefing will outline all of your Cape Town options. Learn more about all this city offers here. Tonight, join the other smarTours travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

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Cape Town

Now that you have three glorious days to explore this stunning city and its environs, you’ll have to make some smart decisions, but first fuel your adventures with a bountiful breakfast buffet. Then will it be…a day on one of Cape Town’s famous beaches or an outing to a UNESCO site? A cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain or a visit to the incredible Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve?  A tasting in the Winelands or shark cage diving? Your tour host is full of great tips and ideas for independent exploration, or you can take advantage of exciting optional excursions that are…

Cape Town/Dinokeng Private Game Reserve

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. You’ll be met at the airport and driven to your lodge. Named for the Boekenhout tree which is indigenous to the area, the Mongena Private Game Lodge offers an outstanding bush safari within the Dinokeng Game Reserve. Guests are often delighted to meet the tame zebras, nyalas and springbucks which roam and reside within the main camp. Enjoy some time to freshen up and relax or consider participating in one of the reserve’s optional activities. This evening, enjoy dinner at the camp’s…

Dinokeng Private Game Reserve

This morning’s early morning game drive begins at sunrise. As a private game reserve, there are no public roads, you’ll have an opportunity to go off-roading, and you’ll have fewer safari vehicles to compete with for game viewing. With both its diverse terrain and vegetation, the Dinokeng Game Reserve offers the chance to see both browsing and grazing species. Search for the Big Five which include lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo! You may also see some of the reserve’s other residents including cheetah, brown hyena, giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest,…

Dinokeng Private Game Reserve/Depart South Africa

After your early morning game drive and a buffet breakfast, transfer to Johannesburg Airport for your overnight return flight. Along the way, stop at Cambanos Curios, known for its large and varied selection of souvenirs and African goods, for any souvenirs and gifts.

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Arrive in the U.S.

Your South African journey comes to an end as you touch down in the U.S. this morning.

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes land and round-trip airfare from the U.S.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $250.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

*NEW* Indicated optional tours are now available to pre-book when you reserve your trip. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour!

Availability and pricing are subject to change. Optional tours require a minimum number of participants in order for the tour to operate. If you choose to book your optional tour while on your trip, payments are non-refundable and should be made by cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx, subject to service charge).

Half-Day Cultural Heritage Tour & Township Tour 

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $48 Per Person

Time-travel through the history of “The Three South Africas”—from the monumental turning point in the Birth of South Africa to the now-decaying ruins of Apartheid South Africa to the townships of the New South Africa—on this can’t-miss tour. Gain insight into the greatness of Nelson Mandela and what South Africa has achieved ever since taking up his challenge to rise above pain and bitterness. Experience eye-opening encounters, especially when visiting Langa, the oldest black township, and Khayelitsha, the largest township, where cultural values and personal…

Full Day Cape Peninsula Tour

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $131 Per Person

Stunning seascapes, spectacular gardens—and penguins? Our day on Cape Peninsula is truly extraordinary, as we pass steep mountains, secluded coves and sweeping beaches before a stop at a Hout Bay fishing village. Then it’s on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, home to baboons, rheboks and Cape Mountain zebras. At Cape Point, soak up the majestic views at the confluence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We will head to the most remarkable of the mainland African penguin colonies, Boulders Beach (admission inside park not included) in Simon’s Town, with over 2,500 birds. But…

Robben Island Tour**

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $40 Per Person

Catch the ferry to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the infamous maximum-security prison where Nelson Mandela and others were jailed. Adding to the realism of this tour: guides on the island were once political prisoners! Important tour details:

  • Ferries depart several times daily, weather permitting, from V&A Waterfront. Transfers from your hotel to the pier and back are not included.
  • The Robben Island excursions are operated by a non-profit foundation, and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis. smarTours® does…

Winelands Tour

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $55 Per Person

Taste for yourself why South African wines are so celebrated with a trip to the enchanting Winelands and the second oldest town in South Africa. See Stellenbosch’s oak-lined streets and admire the gables of Cape Dutch architecture. We’ll then head to a wine estate for a wine tasting session and to explore the grounds. Here’s your chance to purchase some local wines!


Half-Day City & Table Mountain Tour

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $90 Per Person, plus cable car ticket fee

Join a local expert to explore the charms of Cape Town and see its highlights. Ascend via cable car (ticket extra) to the top of the iconic Table Mountain for incredible city and bay views. You’ll have a chance to view and photograph Table Mountain from a distance from the historic, colorful neighborhood known as Bo-Kaap (the Malay Quarter).


Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving***

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $194 Per Person, including breakfast, packed lunch and transfers

On this full-day adventure, you’ll depart from Kleinbaai and enjoy 2-4 hours at sea, depending on how often the sharks visit the boat, diving and viewing from the cage. The cage holds five people at a time and each person can spend about 20 minutes in the cage! All scuba equipment, including 7mm wetsuits, are provided and you don’t need a scuba license to cage dive. If you prefer not to go in the cage, you won’t be missing out! You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch onboard and a hot homemade soup at the lodge upon return. Hot showers and dry towels are available….


Adam a

My wife and I took their Cape Town and Safari Express tour to South Africa for our honeymoon. It was a trip of a lifetime. I really enjoyed being able to choose the optional tours in Cape Town or just doing our own thing. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels were excellent. We saw the big 5 on the safari and more! I will definitely look into traveling with SmarTours again.

Marie T

What a trip! Cape Town and Safari express trip was incredible! Being a first timer with this tour group, I was skeptical, especially with their reasonable prices. I paid $1,799.00 for a 9 day trip to Africa, where other companies are charging between 3 or 4 thousand dollars for this trip. So, I decided to make sure they were a legitimate operation, so I went to their NYC office to check it out. It was a pretty large operation in a nice office, so I decided to book the trip. We went to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. The Safari was amazing, and the prices couldn't be beat. I learned so much about South Africa. I would like to return again, next time bring my daughter, and maybe take one of the longer trips in their brochure.


Just returned from Cape Town and my family and I had a great time! We signed up for all the optional tours and were on the go the first 3-4 days but it was well worth it. Dress warm for Table Top Mountain. If you want to enjoy a little night life go down to Long Street. The African Cafe is a must if you want to try true South African cuisine and African music. If you are willing to get up really early try and watch the sun rise on Signal Hill....its so beautiful. Once you leave Cape Town the remaining of the trip slows down. Day 6 is a full day of travel. It would have been nice to drive around or visit a monument/place in Johannesburg. If you luck up to get Rufas as your tour guide at Kruger Park you are in for a great time.

Luis C

An unforgettable trip. My famiiy had an excellent time in a wonderful country. The Smartours staff is trained and they let you know the history of each city. Very grateful to our guide Charlie Sayers. He was committed, knowledgeable and funny.

Mariano M

My daughter and I just completed what has been one of the most memorable and exciting trips we’ve ever had (and we have traveled a lot...). The entire package was top notch, we enjoyed fantastic hotels (Sabi River Sun Resort is out of this world!), superb tour guides (Desmond Clark in Cape Town, Charles Sayers in Johanesburg/Hazyview/Kruger, and Rufus in Kruger), an excellent quality of the motor coaches, and had the option to select a rich and diverse variety of tours, some included and some optional. You can’t miss the optional white shark cage diving experience – will generate memories to cherish for life! I’d rate this tour package 11 out of 10 points. In fact, it was recently recognized as a great value by the New York Times. Highly recommended!


South Africa has been on my bucket list for a long time, and Smartours did not disappoint with the Cape Town and Safari Express. It was well planned, and all the optional tours were well worth it and a great value. The Safari was EXCELLENT and the park ranger Elvis was great! We saw all of the big 5 in our March 2017 tour. An exceptional value and I highly recommended. Great job, Smartours!

addison s

This was an amazing trip. smarTours did an excellent job. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. This was my first trip with Smartours and I will use them again. This trip was well planned and seamless from beginning to end. Africa was spectacular. I will come back. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.


This trip was a great value for what you got. We managed to accomplish everything we wanted in the time that we were there. Our guide Charles during the Safari portion was very knowledgeable. All the accommodations were satisfactory. We only did one of the side tours available to us in Cape Town (Table Mountain half day) and we had no complaints. It was a beautiful view and the time they gave us to do everything was adequate. Overall, if you are short on time but South Africa is on your Bucket List, I would highly recommend this tour.

Melissa W

I have always dreamed of going to South Africa and going to Cape Town and on a safari. This trip was unbelievable and I am so fortunate to have gone. Cape Town was stunning. The beaches, table mountain, food, locals, the wine...all AMAZING! I could go on for hours how amazing it was. David, our tour guide, was brilliant. We couldn't have asked for someone better. He was so knowledgable and lovely. Our Safari in Krueger was unreal. We saw the big 5!! What an experience. Charles was so lovely and such a pleasure to have. We fit everything into those 6 days and felt like we saw it all! The hotels were clean and fabulous. We also got lucky with a great group! Thank you and we will definitely be joining smartours again!!

Natalie R

I dreamed of going to South Africa as a little girl and to say the my experience was amazing would be an understatement. Our tour guides in Cape Town and Johannesburg were extremely knowledgeable. This trip was well planed and our experience was spectacular. This trip is a must do!

Nick A

A great tour for the money! Wife and I had a wonderful time! Loved our tours and safaris!! Our tour Guides were very Good. Saw all the big 5 on our safari in Kruger Park!

Susana H

The tour had been recommended by a friend who said it was an incredible deal. I decided to try the tour even though I prefer to travel independently. It was amazing. The tour guides were professional, informative and extremely helpful. Renier made sure to keep everyone safe and informed as well as laughing during his tour. Elaine was highly professional and informative and incredibly kind and helpful. She definitely went well out of her way to accommodate all reasonable requests. The tour and the tour guides were A+.

Caroline N

We went on the Cape Town & Safari Express and had the most amazing time. This is my third time to Africa, but my first time for leisure. Our family took my mother on this trip as a surprise for her 60th birthday. This was our DREAM trip. David, our guide in Cape Town, was so welcoming and helpful. This was my first trip with smarTours, I could not speak more highly of the professionalism and organization of this vacation. I am a world traveler and use tours only when traveling with family, I would use this company again. On the way back, we had a problem with leaving the country due to weather in the US, all inbound flights were cancelled. SmarTours made turned this lemon into lemonade and quickly compensated our extra room, food, arranged airport transport, helped with flight arrangements, and even booked an extra tour! We have memories that will last a lifetime, thank you smarTours!

Dolores H

Fantastic trip that was far more than I expected for the price and length of stay. We sure packed a lot into 8 days (we had a bonus day thanks to the snowstorm in the USA and Smartours) The hotel in Cape Town was great. The one in White River could use a bit of sprucing up but the location was lovely. Can't say enough good things about our tour hosts David in Cape Town and Elaine for the remainder of the trip. Both were so personable, knowledgeable and definitely dedicated to seeing that we were well cared for. When the storm interfered with our return flight Elaine made sure we were not left with nothing to do. Our bonus tour of Soweto was one everyone should have the opportunity to take. I will definitely consider booking future trips with Smartours.

Margo B

In a brief period of time, this trip introduced me to the beauty of South Africa as well as the current difficulties being experienced by its citizens. A bonus was the awesome opportunity to be up close with the wildlife of Africa. Never want to go to a zoo again! Need to mention that our guides David Seddon and Elaine Scholtz were knowledgeable and could not have been more accessible to answer questions or to assist with any problems.
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