South Africa Highlights & Safari with Victoria Falls

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CAPE TOWN, ZULULAND-HLUHLUWE NATIONAL PARK, ESWATINI, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, SOWETO, AND VICTORIA FALLS

Explore vibrant South Africa and experience the incredible sight that is Victoria Falls on this 17-day tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Visit Cape Town, the culinary capital of South Africa, where you’ll learn about the uplifting legacy of Nelson Mandela. Visit Hluhluwe and Kruger National Pars where you’ll have the chance to see the Big Five before exploring South Africa’s turbulent history and the remarkable, big-hearted spirit of its people in Johannesburg. Next, fly to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls, the “Smoke That Thunders” and consider an optional tour to Chobe National Park in Botswana. 4.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 14-day South Africa Highlights & Safari tour visiting South Africa’s highlights from Cape Town to Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. 

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 4 nights in Cape Town
  • 2 nights in Hluhluwe/Zululand
  • 1 night in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)
  • 2 nights in Kruger Park
  • 2 nights in Johannesburg
  • 3 nights at Victoria Falls

Tour
Highlights

  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Indian Ocean Coast (Durban)
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park
  • Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
  • Victoria Falls
  • Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from the NY Area (EWR or JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Africa flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director (Meet one of our guides!)

Tour Itinerary

Depart from the U.S.

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

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Cape Town on Day 2.

Arrive in Cape Town

Welcome to South Africa’s oldest city, set on a stunning harbor in the shadow of imposing Table Mountain, where you’ll be met and escorted from the airport to your hotel. Meet up with your tour host and fellow travelers tonight for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Learn more about all this city offers here.

The President Hotel or similar | Dinner

Cape Town

Today’s all about exploring (and savoring!) this unique city. Join a local expert to see the highlights and charms of Cape Town. We’ll ascend via cable car to the top of Cape Town’s iconic landmark, Table Mountain, for incredible city and bay views. Then 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). The final stop is a guided Diamond…

Cape Town

Stunning seascapes, delicious seafood, 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. After lunch at a famous…

Cape Town

So many options! Today is at leisure for independent exploration, shopping or relaxing. Go to the beach, take an optional excursion to the scenic Winelands or take the plunge with a thrilling great white shark cage diving excursion. You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island and see where Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades in captivity.

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Cape Town/Durban/Zululand/Hluhluwe

Say farewell to Cape Town and board a morning flight to King Shaka International Airport on the Kwazulu-Natal North Coast, just outside the bustling port city of Durban. Our first stop is Westbrooke, a pretty beachside village where you can stroll golden sands along the Indian Ocean. We’ll continue north through cane fields and timber plantations to Zululand, home to one of the most famous of African tribal peoples. Our hotel tonight is set near…

Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park/Zululand

You’ll fall under the spell of the Zulu people as we visit the Dumazulu Cultural Village. Here, the ancient arts are kept alive, and we’ll learn about traditional dress and the construction of “beehive” huts, as well as meet a Zulu healer and watch tribal dancing. Our visit includes a special lunch with both Zulu and Western dishes. The enchantment continues as we climb aboard open safari vehicles to explore Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, a haven for…

Hluhluwe/Eswatini

Swaziland

This morning, we cross the border into the independent Kingdom of Eswatini. (No visa required for USA and Canadian passport holders). You’ll have the chance to shop for unique African souvenirs and see basket weavers in action at the colorful local markets.

Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino or similar | Breakfast

Eswatini/Kruger National Park

Swaziland

Our journey takes us through Eswatini’s beautiful countryside to the world-famous Kruger National Park, South Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy views of the wild from the comfort of our own motor coach as we wind our way to our safari home base, an upscale lodge located near the park.

Sabi River Sun Resort or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Kruger National Park

Your chances of viewing lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo (the “Big 5”) are very good on today’s safari, as Kruger National Park boasts an estimated 1,500 lions, 17,000 elephants, 48,000 buffalo and even 1,000 of the elusive leopard. You may also spot hippos, crocodiles, zebras and giraffes as we navigate the park in open vehicles. Have your camera ready!

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Kruger Park/Mpumalanga/Sandton

Johannesburg
Scenic vistas abound as we traverse the wild countryside of Mpumalanga along parts of the Panorama Route. We’ll be wowed by mountains, rivers, waterfalls and more in what is called “Paradise Country.” Highlights include the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, divine views from God’s Window and the bizarre and legend-inspiring Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Our final destination is Sandton, a flourishing suburb of Johannesburg, the commerce and diamond mining center. Garden Court Sandton City Hotel or similar…

Soweto Excursion/Apartheid Museum

We’ll delve into South Africa’s turbulent past on a fascinating tour of Soweto, an urban settlement or “township” outside Johannesburg. Our tour takes us to Freedom Square, the home of Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid Museum, which documents the rise and fall of apartheid and offers a beacon of hope for a future all South Africans can call their own. Tonight we’ll gather with our fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.…

Johannesburg/Victoria Falls

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. You’ll be met and escorted to your deluxe hotel. Join a Sundowner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. Marvel at the vegetation on the river’s banks and the spectacular sunset.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or Ilala Lodge Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Zambezi River/Victoria Falls

Begin the day with The Life of David Livingston, an inspirational story that offers insights into Africa’s tumultuous past. You’ll have time to see the traditional way of life before returning to the Zambezi River and the magnificent Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of water in the world. Twice as wide and deep as Niagara Falls, it looks much the same as it did to David Livingston in the 1860s. In the afternoon, you can…

Leisure/Optional Tour

Enjoy a day at leisure or go on an optional tour across the border to Botswana. Here you’ll visit Chobe National Park, which boasts one of the largest populations of elephants in the world.

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Victoria Falls/Johannesburg/Depart South Africa

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg, where you’ll connect for your flight back to the U.S.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 16, in Johannesburg. 

| Breakfast

Arrive in the U.S.

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

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Dec. 3, 2021 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from the New York area. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $649.

Note: Table Mountain has scheduled its annual maintenance closure every July. 2021 dates to be announced. During this time, the Cat Project Tour at Emdoneni will be offered as an alternative.

A visa is required for Zimbabwe. US and Canada passport holders can obtain it upon arrival

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…

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,…

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!

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Gold Dinner

  • Cape Town
  • From approx. $57 Per Person

There is no better way to experience an African-themed restaurant than the Gold restaurant. They promise a “taste safari” that includes flavors from Cape Town and all over the stunning continent. How does the evening go there? The evening kicks off with a djembe drumming session followed by a hand-washing ceremony. Then you delve into a 14-course meal, each one from a different African country.

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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,…

Victoria Falls Extension/Full-Day Chobe National Park (Botswana) Safari & Tour

  • Botswana
  • From approx. Approx. $224 Per Person

Travel from Victoria Falls across the border to Botswana and Chobe National Park. Embark on a safari boat ride on the Chobe River to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species in this amazing game reserve. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon game drive in an open safari vehicle. Return to your hotel at Victoria Falls early this evening.

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