How to choose your trip to South Africa

South Africa is one of the continent's most popular destinations. Tours focus on the famous Garden Route (along the country's southern coast and the Cape) or the wildlife parks, indigenous culture and historical sites of the eastern provinces, with many comprehensive tours encompassing both regions also available. Hiking tours are available on the dramatic Drakensburg Mountains near Lesotho. South Africa is also a key part of overland itineraries, at the start or end of journeys throughout southern Africa or all the way north to Zanzibar, Nairobi and the gorillas.

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South African Safari Adventure

15 days       from  £3649 incl. flights*
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South Africa is internationally known for its wealth of celebrated game reserves, populations of countless diverse wildlife and bird species, all located within stunning and breathtaking landscapes. Imagine a fantastic journey of discovery through four of South Africa’s northern reserves, occupied in many cases by the ‘Big Five’. With many meals included and accommodation in top class lodges, concluding with a 3-night stay in a luxurious safari lodge, this outstanding collection of enthralling game drives in open 4x4 vehicles and a number of guided nature walks, promises an experience with nature, after which you are sure to be a safari expert!

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Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal

15 days       from  £3199 incl. flights*
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As we follow in the footsteps of the former President of the South African Republic and three great leaders at the site of historic Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, expert guides, exuding with passion, recount the struggles between Zulu warriors, Boer guerillas and British redcoats. In contrast, we continue through the green rolling countryside of ‘the garden province’ to the Drakensberg Mountains, near Durban, and experience the excitement in the search for the ‘Big Five’, with a stay in a living museum experiencing the days of Shaka. This captivating tour also guarantees small groups, a maximum of 14, enhancing your experience even further.

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Our Discovery collection draws together the best of our holidays that focus on the culture of a destination, as well as on visiting iconic sights and embracing local traditions. Some of these Discovery holidays will also have an element of activity, combining sightseeing with short walks, for example. Others might have a multi-activity holiday format, including biking and/or rafting, for instance, and these holidays are specifically designed for the adrenaline seeker! Also within our discovery collection are those of our holidays with a wildlife emphasis, photographic workshops, and polar cruise holidays. Never too physically demanding, these are predominantly touring holidays and their grade (usually towards the lower end of our 1 to 12 scale) reflects, in part, the remoteness of the area visited and the conditions likely to be encountered. Our Discovery holidays allow the discerning traveller to get right to the heart of many of the world's most stimulating destinations.

Kruger, Zulus and the Drakensberg

15 days       from  £1695 excl. flights*

Accessed through the city of Johannesburg, the spectacular and historically fascinating north-eastern corner of South Africa is also home to some of the world's finest game reserves. With a specialist guide and comfortable private transport, this holidays includes game drives in the world-famous Kruger National Park, but also spends time in less well-known, but equally impressive reserves, such as Hlane and Umfolozi. In Hlane we have a unique experience walking and camping in the reserve. In the coastal lakes areas of Kosi Bay and St Lucia we spend time walking, snorkelling and enjoying this special marine environment. Journeying back towards Johannesburg, our final stop-off is in the Drakensberg Mountains, a haven of peace and tranquillity in sight of the mighty Drakensberg escarpment backdrop for the film, 'Zulu'. Easy hiking in the wonderful countryside around this camp provides a fitting end to this excellent discovery adventure holiday.

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Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences. Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character. Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience. All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own.

The trips we've build our reputation on. Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.

Mozambique, Kruger & Swazi Discoverer

14 days       from  £1599 excl. flights*
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Want to tell a better travel story at your next dinner party? Tell ‘em about the time you went to southeast Africa. Nature is front-and-centre on this 13-day trip across three countries – South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique – with plenty of time devoted to the region’s amazing national parks and spotless beaches. Wander around the Portuguese-influenced cities of Mozambique, take a traditional dhow safari boat around Bazaruto National Park, track the Big Five in Kruger National Park, and drive the legendary Panorama Route to Johannesburg. Your stories are improving already.

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South Africa Lodge Safari

12 days       from  £1669 excl. flights*
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Discover the best nature reserves and national parks in Southern Africa as we stay in intimate lodges and go in search of wild game. We explore mountainous Ithala on foot, look for turtles in Kosi Bay and head to Tembe Elephant Park, home of the big tuskers. We cross into the Kingdom of Swaziland and find abundant rhino at Mkhaya whilst staying in stone lodges deep in the reserve. Our final destination is the world famous Kruger National Park, to spot the 'Big Five' and eat a traditional brai. Due to limited availability at some of the small lodges that we stay in on this trip some departures will have slightly amended itineraries; we will still visit all the highlights and all the game reserves, just in a slightly different order.

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KwaZulu-Natal - Drakensbergs and Wildlife Safari

10 days       from  £1225 excl. flights*
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Get close to nature as we walk through the diverse landscapes of northern KwaZulu-Natal; including the mountainous Drakensbergs, the dry bushland of Hluhluwe - iMfolozi Reserve, and iSimangaliso Wetlands. Hike to a mountain cave, experience a walking game safari in a 'Big Five' reserve and follow coastal trails. En route we also take game drives, spot estuary hippos and crocodiles, and learn some of the region's complex history.

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From wildlife safaris in Africa to tiger tracking in India and visits to the chattering penguins of Antarctica, Explore offers a diverse range of wildlife adventures for everyone, whatever your passion. Join us in Spitsbergen in search of Polar bears or in Madagascar to see reclusive lemurs; experience face-to-face encounters with endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda or track elusive jaguars in Guyana. Search for the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, buffalo and elephant – in Africa’s world-famous game parks; or for the ultimate African wildlife experience join a walking safari, where the thrill of being on foot among the wildlife is second to none. Closer to home you could observe the rare European brown bear in Finland, the whales and dolphins of the Azores or the prolific birdlife of the Scottish islands. By exploring in small, inconspicuous groups you can not only get into the heart of the animal kingdom for exciting wildlife encounters, but also enjoy longer periods of relaxed observation with excellent opportunities for photography and video.

Zululand & Kruger Wildlife

10 days       from  £1099 excl. flights*
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On this trip we visit the great game reserves of South Africa and Swaziland. We search for the Big Five in the renowned Kruger National Park and track both white and black rhinos in the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Reserve. We also visit the Zulu battlefields, discover the wetlands of Greater St Lucia and take a walking safari through Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary in Swaziland.

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All the adventure you want, with a softer landing. Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services. Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time. More included meals, activities and transfers.

Explore Kruger & Victoria Falls

9 days       from  £1699 excl. flights*
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Enjoy a quick taste of this region’s characteristic highlights on a short and sweet trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. Begin with a safari in the Greater Kruger area, where you’ll get the chance to spot and photograph elephants and lions on their own turf. Then, jet off to Zimbabwe to introduce yourself to the awesome spectacle of Victoria Falls, which can be heard from a distance of 40km (25 mi). With its extraordinary wildlife sightings and dramatic natural wonders, these adventure-filled days in Southern Africa will do nothing short of astound you.

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Excellent value, amazing prices, quality experiences. Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout. Affordable public and private transport for maximum cultural interaction.

Popular with 18-30-somethings. Yolo trips are built for those who want to take on the planet in a fun and affordable way with a small group of like-minded travellers. Skip the oversized tour bus and truly connect with your destination. Hit the highlights without giving up the freedom to mix it up according to your own tastes.

Kruger & Swazi Overland

9 days       from  £749 excl. flights*
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In Africa, the cultural exchange rate is always favourable. This eye-opening journey into South Africa and Swaziland promises ample face time with the region’s famed wildlife and life-changing contact with the people who make this land their home. Here, you’ll marvel at hippos in their natural habitat, dine on local favourites and amazing camp meals, and meet the beneficiaries of G Adventures' efforts in the region. And with a reliable and knowledgeable CEO on hand at all times, your comfort zone will expand by miles.

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All the adventure you want, with a softer landing. Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services. Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time. More included meals, activities and transfers.

Explore Kruger National Park

7 days       from  £1299 excl. flights*
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Explore the Greater Kruger area on this seven-day tour in South Africa. Search for elephants, lions, and rhinos at one of the continent’s most celebrated national parks and a private game reserve. Enjoy the expertise of a researcher from the National Geographic-supported Carnivore Conservation Programme. Get to know the welcoming kids at the G Adventures-supported Children’s Day School. This is one week that will change your life.

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* Prices are either exclusive of international flights or inclusive of flights from and to the UK as stated. Prices may vary depending on the specific departure date. Some tours may include an additional local payment to be paid in cash (USD or EURO) to the tour leader at the beginning of the tour. Please refer to the tour website for details.