South Africa Highlights & Safari with Victoria Falls

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$3,849
15 days
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$5,599
17 days
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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. 

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 15 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2023 Tour Itinerary:

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

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 (NEW for 2024 only)
  • Cape Peninsula & Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Indian Ocean Coast (Durban)
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • DumaZulu Traditional Village
  • Kruger National Park
  • 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
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Africa flights and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 2023 Departures: 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • 2024 Departures: 22 meals: 14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director (Meet one of our guides!)

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.

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

2023 Tour Itinerary

Flights

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

For flight details, see Before You Depart.

Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg

Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest and most vibrant city!

Accommodations: Garden Court Sandton City or similar

Day 2: Johannesburg – Cape Town

Day 3: Cape Town

Day 4: Cape Town

Day 5: Cape Town

Day 6: Cape Town – Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe

Day 7: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – Zululand

Day 8: Hluhluwe – Eswatini

Day 9: Eswatini–Kruger National Park

Day 10: Kruger National Park

Day 11: Kruger Park – Mpumalanga – Sandton

Day 12: Johannesburg – Victoria Falls

Day 13: Zambezi River – Victoria Falls

Day 14: Day at Leisure

Day 15: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – Depart South Africa

2024 Tour Itinerary

Flights

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town

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

Instant Savings of up to $400 per person for a handful of spots on select dates. While supplies lasts, ends Sep 29.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

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.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended 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.

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Reviews

Laura M

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

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

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

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.
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