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 Parks 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 South Africa Highlights & Safari tour visiting South Africa’s highlights from Cape Town to Kruger National Park to Johannesburg. 

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 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 in Victoria Falls

Tour Highlights

  • Table Mountain & Cape Town City Tour
  • Home Hosted Dinner in Cape Town
  • Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Indian Ocean Coast (Durban)
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve with game drive
  • DumaZulu Traditional Village
  • Kruger National Park with full-day game drive
  • Apartheid Museum & Soweto Township (Johannesburg)
  • Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River
  • Victoria Falls Guided Tour

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Africa flights and transfers
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary

Flights

Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return 1 day after the tour ends.

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town, a vibrant city nestled between Table Mountain and the beautiful coastline. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive package will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel.

Accommodations: President Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town

Day 4: Cape Town

Day 5: Cape Town – Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe

Day 6: Zululand & Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park Excursion

Day 7: Hluhluwe – Eswatini

Day 8: Eswatini – Kruger National Park

Day 9: Kruger National Park

Day 10: Kruger Park – Mpumalanga – Sandton

Day 11: Johannesburg

Day 12: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Day 13: Victoria Falls

Day 14: Victoria Falls

Day 15: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Depart South Africa

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

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Aug 21–Sep 6
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Oct 16–Nov 1
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Nov 6–22
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Nov 20–Dec 6
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Nov 21–Dec 5
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or 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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Pre- & Post- Night Stays

Slow the pace of your tour with a pre- and/or post-night stay so you can arrive refreshed, acclimate to the time zone if needed, and depart leisurely, ensuring a seamless transition into and out of your journey.

Pre-Night in Cape Town

Post-Night in Johannesburg

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Robben Island Tour**

Winelands Tour

Full Day Great White Shark Cage Diving

Full-Day Chobe National Park Safari & Tour

The Boma Dinner & Drum Show

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Level 1

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More

Pacing Level: Balanced

Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. There are two days with scenic, but long drives. A few early wake-ups are required for travel days and game drives. South Africa has a system of "loadshedding" which means power turns off to particular areas on a rotation due to the shortage in electricity supply. Most hotels, restaurants, shops and safari lodges have sufficient backup power in place to avoid major disruptions during loadshedding. The impact on tourists is minimal.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Reviews

Keith

2 weeks ago
Incredible trip! Our group was ages 23 to 90 and it was an experience of a lifetime our tour guide. Andrew was incredible and knowledgeable and helpful. It met and exceeded all my expectations.

Julia M

3 weeks ago
Our South African and Victoria Falls tour was incredible! It was absolutely amazing; a special and unique experience and I'm so glad I took this tour. We had an excellent tour director. The hotels and restaurants were top-notch. The itinerary was superb. I really believe we wouldn't have visited all these incredible tourist attractions had we gone on our own, we just wouldn't have thought about visiting all these locations. It was a truly magical experience and I'm already looking forward to my next tour with SmarTours.

Mary D

7 months ago
The tour was fantastic and touched on what I wanted to see and do in Africa. The lodging except for Pigg's Resort was nice - Piggs needs complete upgrade.

The food was good and the optional tours were also.

After traveling on 4 Smart Tours packages, I must say that our tour guide, Dexter, needs more experience. Our other tour guides were excited about what they were showing and teaching us - we did not get that experience from Dexter. I'm afraid his tips from everyone on the tour reflected their disappointment in him as a tour guide. No enthusiasm - not a lot of additional information on the areas. He was not with us at all several days but perhaps that was planned - I do not know. There was one time when we needed him for something and he was nowhere to be found so this again did not please the group.

Maybe it was just a bad week for him.

I have been recommending the tour to everyone and my pictures show just what a great time our group of six had.

Thanks -- Mary DeWeese

Laura M

1 year ago
Fantastic! Amazing!!

I thought it was a "once in a lifetime" trip but I knew I wanted to go back again before I left. Our guide, Jeremy was an amazing encyclopedia of knowledge and worked hard to make sure everyone's needs were met.

I LOVED this trip!

Terri l

1 year ago
comme il disent en france. incroyable. i had a marvelous time and i am planing to go again next year. thank you so much for the best experience so far.

linda c

1 year ago
Absolutely the best South African and Victoria Falls tour. this is my THIRD time on this tour. the safari's are amazing, lots of drives morning and dusk. the drivers are knowledgeable just know where the animals are. they will even help you take that "money shot" with your camera! the accommodations are first class, Victoria Lodge has the gauze curtains over the beds..just like a movie set. optional tours are a must, especially the trip down the Zambezi river, the hippos are huge !! and you are right next to them. the price is right the guides are excellent and you won'disappointed .

Terri l

1 year ago
wakeing up for 16 days in africa was more than a dream. thank you for letting me take this trip with you. my fellow travelers were wonderfull and i learned from them. if i never crosse paths with them again i wish all of them the best. once again thank you so much. on to egypt.