South Africa Highlights & Safari

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

South Africa is truly a study in contrasts, and you’ll see its amazing diversity for yourself on our expertly curated South Africa tour from the U.S. Experience the cosmopolitan flavors of Cape Town and the uplifting legacy of Nelson Mandela. View the meek and the mighty at both the oldest and largest nature preserves in Africa. Discover enduring traditions and expansive landscapes in Zululand and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). And gain a better understanding of South Africa’s struggle through history and the remarkable, big-hearted spirit of its people. The only way to enhance this tour is by extending it with a specially priced excursion to Victoria Falls, the “Smoke That Thunders.” Breathtaking! 4.5/5 stars on Tripadvisor

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our South Africa Highlights & Safari with Victoria Falls tour which includes 3 nights at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with an optional excursion to Chobe National Park in Botswana!

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

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)

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South Africa flight and transfers
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 19 meals: 11 buffet 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: Depart Johannesburg

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 3
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Aug 22–Sep 2
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Oct 3–14
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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***

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

John E

1 week ago
We have been traveling together for the past 12 years and this South Africa Highlights & Safari with the extended stay in Victoria Falls was by far the best vacation. Our guide Shaun was the best guide we have ever had. Shaun gave us information and educated us about the Country he loves South Africa. The best thing was that everything was taken care of, all we had to do was relax, enjoy and take photos.

Julia M

2 weeks ago
We had an amazing trip through South Africa and Victoria Falls with Smartours. We had a wonderful tour guide who took excellent care of us, Andrew Penn.
The itinerary was superb, the hotels we stayed at were very nice. The restaurants were top notch and we saw so many awesome tourist attractions. The trip was very reasonably priced with SmarTours and we will definitely be using them again for future tours.

Louis D

2 weeks ago
This is definitely a must take tour if it is one of your bucket list items. You will not regret it.

Julia M

3 weeks ago
It was an amazing trip and incredible experience. Our tour guide Andrew Penn was excellent. The itinerary was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Shirley D

3 weeks ago
Great value for the money. Beyond my expectations for safari experience.

Patricia A

3 weeks ago
Great trip and loved our tour director, Andrew Penn!

Robin

2 months ago
Great trip to S Africa. Chobe National Park was WONDERFUL. I got ever so many pictures of elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras. Wonderful trip.

Krista M

3 months ago
This was my third Smart tour. I enjoyed this tour the best. It was an extremely organized, beautiful, majestic, terrifying, spiritual, and exhilarating adventure. Wesaw so many breathtaking beautiful sites in Cape Town and were able to experience the local cuisine meet the local people. We also decided to do some of the optional tours, and added on the wine tasting tour, which was, amazing. We had the best time.

We also enjoyed the second leg of our tour which was the safari. We saw all the animals that we had on our list which included the big five which are the elephant, the rhinoceros, the leopard, the lion and the buffalo. We also saw giraffes., zebras, kudu, baboons, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, and so many more beautiful Safari animals. I was most surprised by the beautiful birds and their coloring. It was spectacular.

The third leg of the tour was Victoria Falls. It was unbelievable. I can’t even put into words how majestic and stunning it was. We also decided to do the helicopter tour as an addition. We got to see the falls and the river and Gorge from a whole different perspective. it was unbelievable. If you get the chance it’s a must do. Thank you Smart Tours for another amazing trip.

William B

3 months ago
This was my second tour and my first with SmarTours which will be at the top of my list in considering another tour. Louis Lock was an excellent Tour Director. He exceeded my expectations and even helped foster comraderie among the group. The tour was a good value for the money and I will recommend SmarTours to others.

Roscoe E

3 months ago
This was an AWSOME TRIP