South Africa Highlights & Safari

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  • 14
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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 17-day 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!

Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

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

Tour Highlights

  • Apartheid Museum (Johannesburg)
  • Table Mountain (Cape Town)
  • Cape Peninsula (Cape Town)
  • Indian Ocean Coast (Durban)
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • Kruger National Park

Activity Level: Discoverer

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-South Africa flight and ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
  • 18 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive touring and safaris
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director (Meet one of our guides!)

Tour Itinerary

Map

Click the Day-by-Day itinerary below to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Day 1: Depart from the U.S.

Day 2: Arrive in Johannesburg

Day 3: Johannesburg–Cape Town

Day 4: Cape Town

Day 5: Cape Town

Day 6: Cape Town

Day 7: Cape Town–Durban–Zululand–Hluhluwe

Day 8: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park–Zululand

Day 9: Hluhluwe–Eswatini

Day 10: Eswatini–Kruger National Park

Day 11: Kruger National Park

Day 12: Kruger Park–Mpumalanga–Sandton

Day 13: Depart South Africa

Day 14: Arrive in the U.S.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Dec. 2, 2022 to get the best price.

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 (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:30pm EST) 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

Kamran E

Excellent trip.

Shokoofeh K

Very good.

Kelly J

SmarTours is a great company. I would recommend them.

Sophia

This was the BEST and most Enjoyable travel, vacation trip we took. I was very sorry to understand that our travel, our tour guide travel retired. He was the best tour guide, we ever had, traveling to other parts of Asia, Europe & Egypt. Sophia & Ludwig

Raquel I

The trip was amazing. Jeremy, our tour guide, ,took excellent care of us. I was traveling along but everyone made me fell like we were a family looking out for each other. Highly recommend going on the trip and if you get Jeremy you will learn so much about the history of South Africa

Linda G

This was our 10th Smartours trip and one of the best. This trip is so well organized and our guide Jeremy was excellent. The safaris are so much fun and we were able to see the big five plus many more - truly an amazing experience. Smartours continues to impress us with their well developed itineraries and such great value. We already have three more Smartours trips planned.

Jennifer P

We had an excellent trip! Everything was perfect.

Shirley A

The South Africa tour and Victoria Falls extension were fabulous! Our tour guide, Jeremy Poole, was outstanding. He is knowledgeable about history, social issues, geography, and all aspects of travel. He is efficient, extremely friendly and caring about providing the best travel experience for everyone in his tour group. I highly recommend the optional tours. Very special experiences, in addition to visits to parks to view a great variety of wild life by boar and by safari vehicle, include the chance to see and get close to cheetahs, and to even pet young lions and also to pet and feed elephants. I highly recommend this tour!

Carol K

This was a wonderful trip! Jeremy was our guide, and he was so knowledgeable and organized. We were the "lucky" group who went up Table Mountain on a beautiful sunny day, and the rest of the week was too windy for the cable cars to go up. We saw all the animals including the big 5 on most all of the safaris. One day our local guide on a safari spotted a leopard with two cubs as we were in a hurry to get back. It was wonderful, and that made three leopards we had seen. Victoria Falls was magnificent, and probably my favorite part of the trip, which is hard to say, as the whole trip was awesome!

Alice D

What an experience walking with the lions? Up close and personal with the beastly lions was an experience of a lifetime. A trip I would definitely want to retake Best trip ever. I love animals and our group was able to see the Big 5 at both Kroger and Chobi National Parks. Giraffes like to stay camouflaged but such graceful animals. If you love animals, this trip is for you.

Alice D

Best trip. Had a lot of fun and enjoyed walking with the lions. An amazing experience that everyone should take. What an opportunity. Great trip, great price, great tour director. Everything about SmarTours is top notch.

Virginia S

We visited South Africa three years ago. Our trip was sensational. Our guide was Jerami and he was awesome. Could not have been better. All days were perfectly planned and his historical knowledge of the area and the people, Amazing!!! We can not wait to return to Africa. Hoping to go again next year.

Dorrel S

Excellent Tour it was educational, fun ,well organized .Tour covered numerous sites of interest ,added excursions fits well into schedule. Mark the tour guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. African cuisine was tasty, delicious & healthy .Smart Tours Package was economical.

Charney Y

Comprehensive tour exactly what I had anticipated. Jonathan Muller , our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, passionate about his country & the finest, sincere, warm human being. Hotels were excellent, food fantastic & high quality of service . Only negative was the time spent travelling from Cape Town to Durban via Jo’berg. It would have made more sense flying direct to save time. We were fortunate in having a small group of 15 which allowed for plenty of space on bus & Jeep. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in South Africa!

Daniel W

The South Africa SmarTours trip in October-November 2019 was exceptional, Our guide Ron was the best I have ever encountered on may trips. He was well informed, extensive in his explanations, passionate about his country and most helpful to all the participants. He went far beyond what would be expected. The accommodations were first rate and very creative, especially the lodging in the remote area. Our drivers were excellent. The food outstanding. The safari excursions were far beyond my expectations. I cannot say anything negative or any need to change any aspect of he tour. GO SMARTOURS!
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