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Unique variety of South Africa tours
and how to choose the one that's right for you

The choice and variety of South Africa tours is such, that one can easily get confused, making it difficult to pick the one that will not only match your interests and preferences, but also your budget


When you start taking stock of all the tourist sightseeing and attraction options available in South africa, you soon discover that it’s virtually impossible to see and experience everything in one go. There is just to much.

Learn how to choose the tour that will suit your taste and preferences and fulfil your dreams and expectations.

Much will depend on the type on the type of person you are and your tastes and preferences.

As a first time visitor your best bet might well be to join an all inclusive country wide guided tour with a fixed itinerary.


If you want to learn more, click on the subject of your choice in the menu below.

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The Wild Coast Sun hotel overlooking the Indian ocean
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Guided tours in South Africa,...

Depending on your preferences, you can choose to tour in larger groups travelling in luxury bus coaches, or in smaller groups in luxury mini buses, or even just private with your own personal guide. A lot of research goes into the planning of guided tours, resulting in reliable itineraries.

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City of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal - tours in South Africa
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Most country-wide guided tour itineraries include the circuit from Cape Town to the Garden Route (with its forests and beaches ),to kwaZulu-Natal ( wildlife, Zulu culture and Drakensberg mountains), through Mpumalanga ( Kruger National Park and Panorama Route) and ending up in Johannesburg.

The important thing is that these tours cover most of the must-see tourist regions and attractions. Some of them also include neighbouring countries like Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. They usually last about three weeks, but can be longer or shorter.

You can have your tour the other way around if you want to, starting in Johannesburg and ending up in Cape Town. Options range from quite basic where you sleep in a tent which you put up yourself, to rather luxurious. The prices of course will differ accordingly.

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Hiker looking down at Hout Bay in the Cape Peninsula - tours in South Africa
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Self drive tours in South Africa,…

With its excellent infrastructure of roads, South Africa is an ideal self drive destination. For those visitors of independent spirit, a self drive tour is an ideal way to explore South Africa off the beaten track and get in touch with its people. It is also the most cost-effective way to travel and discover at your own pace.

Planning and preparing the itinerary for your self drive tour and putting it together, can all be arranged for you. All you have to do is to make up a rough framework itinerary of all the things you want to do and see, select a friendly and professional tour operator and let them do the rest.

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Bed and Breakfast guesthouse in Pretoria - tours in South Africa
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When you arrive in south Africa you will be met at the airport and be taken to your first night's accommodation. The rental vehicle of your choice will be delivered to you there and you will receive all your travel documentation, accommodation arrangements and maps, including an flexible itinerary and in-depth briefing of the tour.

And off you are, exploring South Africa on your own, independent, no guide and at your own pace. You will have 24 hrs a day access to your travel provider who will support and assist you when needed. For the independent and adventurous types and those who are repeat visitors and who now want to do their own thing, it’s the type of tour that will give them the time of their life.

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Just lazing on the beach - tours in South Africa
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Adventure tours in South Africa,...

For many of us sitting back and relaxing in a luxury touring coach, being taken from the one beautiful attraction to the other and watching majestic scenery gliding past, is having the time of our life. Others want to get actively involved in getting to know the country and its people. They want to live and feel the experience.

If you are one of those who would enjoy active involvement on a vacation tour with lots of fun and challenges, look no further. South Africa with all its sunshine and diversity is the ideal holiday destination for those who seek outdoor adventure activities.

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Abseiling off Table Mountain - tours in South Africa
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Choice of activities is virtually unlimited. Much depends on the amount of adrenaline and physical challenge you feel you want, or are able to handle.Whatever your particular preference, there is bound to be an activity to fulfil your wishes.

You can choose from exploring the Cape wine routes on horseback, a walking safari in one of our famous game reserves and white water rafting on the river rapids in the Free State, to bungy jumping off the Bloukrans bridge in the cape, Great White shark diving in Gansbaai and scuba diving on the KwaZulu-natal coast, to name but a few.

Other activities one can think of are abseiling, hang-gliding, parasailing, hot-air ballooning, mountain climbing, and skydiving. All of them in some of the most beautiful settings you are ever likely to experience.

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Brunch on the beach at Rocktail Bay - tours in South Africa
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Special interest tours in South Africa,...

Many people have one or more passions or special interests in their life in the form of hobbies, sporting activities or other. Whatever it might be, making your special interests part of your tour arrangements and activities, may greatly enhance your South Africa tour experience, especially if you are an explorer and a discoverer.

Explorer and discoverer types are curious by nature. They love mental adventure and learning experiences. When on a tour they like to really delve into the history, culture and background of their destination. If this is you, make your way to the southern tip of Africa. You will have the time of your life.

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Elephant ride - tours in South Africa
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If you are fascinated by history, architecture, geography and topography, the evolution of mankind and fauna and flora, to mention some possible areas of interest and if you are passionate about wildlife and nature, bird watching, hiking, food and wine, shopping, photography and golf to name but a few examples, then South Africa has enough attractions to keep you occupied for a lifetime.

To give you some idea, you could include in your itinerary a tour of the battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal to relive the epic battles between the Boers, the British and the Zulus, or a couple of days at Hermanus and the Garden route to watch the whales.

You could spend some time viewing the magnificent display of flowers in Namaqualand, wondering at the rock art of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants, or visiting Robben island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Erinvale golf course in Somerset West in the Cape province - South Africa Tours, Best Safari Tours of South Africa
Erinvale golf course in Somerset West in the Cape province - tours in South Africa
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Backpacker tours in South Africa,...

For freedom-loving and independent travellers, backpacking is a fantastic way of touring South Africa. You have absolute freedom to choose on a daily basis, where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Backpackers usually do not stay long at one place. They want to move on and see and experience as much as possible.

Staying in backpacker hostels and using public transport facilities, enables you to keep expenses within affordable limits. South Africa has become a favourite destination for backpackers from all over the world, offering an amazing variety of inexpensive accommodation.

Backpacker hostels and lodges are clean, well run and generally fun. Many of them offer single and double rooms, as well as the traditional dormitories with shared bathrooms.

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Backpackers on the Otter hiking trail in the Tsitsikamma National Park
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There are more then 180 backpacker hostels and lodges spread across our country. The best way to travel between them is on a special bus, generally known in South Africa as the Bazz Bus. It provides a hop-on hop-off, door to door service between hostels.

All you need is one ticket to your final destination, allowing you to get on and off the bus as often as you like along the route, meeting new people all the time.

Alternatively, there is a comprehensive network of long distance bus and train routes. These are comfortable, reasonably priced, clean and safe. Do shop around however, for the best possible deal. If you are travelling in a group of between two and four, it may be worthwhile to split costs on a car rental.

In the major cities and towns you can use the local public transport system, or grab one of the many mini-bus taxis. As in the other parts of the world, hitchhiking in South Africa carries unacceptable risks and should rather not be considered.

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Horse-riding at the foot of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal
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