This small group escorted tour captures the essence of South Africa, from must-sees like Cape Town to stunning lesser-visited areas like KwaZulu-Natal and eSwatini (Swaziland). In a 15-night itinerary, you’ll cover the most iconic bits of each region’s wildlife, scenery, food and history, including visits to Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum, game drives near Kruger National Park and wine tastings in the Cape Winelands.

• Cape Town: 2 nights
• Stellenbosch: 1 night
• Near Knysna: 2 nights
• Cape St Francis (Garden Route): 1 night
• Hluhluwe, Durban: 2 night
• eSwatini (Swaziland): 1 night
• Mjejane Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park: 1 night
• Hazyview: 1 night
• Johannesburg: 2 nights

15nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE

This small group escorted tour captures the essence of South Africa, from must-sees like Cape Town to stunning lesser-visited areas like KwaZulu-Natal and eSwatini (Swaziland). In a 15-night itinerary, you’ll cover the most iconic bits of each region’s wildlife, scenery, food and history, including visits to Robben Island and the Apartheid Museum, game drives near Kruger National Park and wine tastings in the Cape Winelands.

• Cape Town: 2 nights
• Stellenbosch: 1 night
• Near Knysna: 2 nights
• Cape St Francis (Garden Route): 1 night
• Hluhluwe, Durban: 2 night
• eSwatini (Swaziland): 1 night
• Mjejane Game Reserve, near Kruger National Park: 1 night
• Hazyview: 1 night
• Johannesburg: 2 nights

16nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your hotel for your free afternoon. Meet your guide and head to Gold Restaurant for tonight’s dinner – a 14-course Cape Malay and African meal, with djembe drumming and a hand-washing ceremony before dinner. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Start your full day of sightseeing with a visit to the city’s iconic natural landmark – Table Mountain (weather permitting). Take the cable car up to the top, and enjoy the sweeping views of the ocean and city. Continue your scenic tour via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, and walk to the lighthouse. Lunch is at a seafood restaurant before a trip to Boulders Beach to see its adorable penguin colony. End your day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where flowers and sun birds surround a canopy path. Dinner is at leisure. Stay: Townhouse Hotel (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town to Cape Winelands Head to the V&A Waterfront to board a ferry to Robben Island (weather permitting). On a poignant tour, you’ll hear stories from an ex-prisoner and see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. Travel to the Cape Winelands for lunch and a wine tasting. Check in to your lodge on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and try more local wine before your free evening to choose one of Stellenbosch’s high quality restaurants for dinner. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cape Winelands to Knysna area Your journey to Knysna takes you past gorgeous mountain views along Franschhoek Pass and onto Route 62 for a sparkling wine tasting in Robertson. The rest of the drive will give you plenty of time to relax and take in the views, with a stop at old-world settlement, Swellendam, for lunch. Arrive at your peaceful hotel outside of Knysna and check in for dinner. Approx. journey time: 7½ hours. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Knysna Meet at the jetty at around 9.30am for a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a tractor tour for dramatic views over where Knysna Lagoon and have lunch, returning back to the mainland for a free afternoon. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Knysna to Cape St. Francis After a leisurely morning, tour a birds of prey rehabilitation centre and learn about conservation of birdlife like falcon and eagles. Have lunch at Bramon Wine Estate and then visit the Big Tree in Tsitsikamma National Park and a farm for protea, South Africa’s national bulb-like flower, before arriving in Cape St. Francis. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Cape St Francis Resort Beach Break (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Cape St. Francis to Hluhluwe After breakfast, transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Durban. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to St Lucia for a boat cruise on the estuary before your evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 2¾ hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B.

Day 9: Hluhluwe Join a boat cruise on Lake Jozini, which is home to pods of hippo, Nile crocodiles and occasionally elephants. Following the cruise, have lunch at Ghost Mountain Inn with their resident conservationist. This afternoon, you'll head up into the Lebombo Mountains for a three-hour hike; the views back down over the lake and of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. You'll walk through a local village, learn more about rural Zulu customs and traditions and have the chance to meet and talk to members of the community. Return to your hotel with time to relax. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Hluhluwe to eSwatini (Swaziland) Today you’ll cross countries into eSwatini, formerly Swaziland. Visit a market and the Swazi Candles workshop where artisans skilfully shape candles into animals and decorate them with intricate patterns. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: eSwatini (Swaziland) to Mjejane Game Reserve On your way back to South Africa, you’ll visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and learn about Swazi culture at Matsamo Cultural Village with songs and dancing from locals in traditional dress. At Mjejane Game Reserve, just south of Kruger National Park, get ready for a game drive after lunch. There are no fences between Mjejane Game Reserve and Kruger National Park so you’ll have access to wildlife including the Big Five. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). Approx. journey time: 3 hours. B, L, D.

Day 12: Mjejane Game Reserve to Hazyview After a morning game drive to tick off more of Africa’s majestic wildlife, start today’s scenic Panorama Route drive. Go gin tasting in White River, and pass by impressive sights like Graskop Gorge Lift, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the magnificent God’s Window, arriving in Hazyview in the afternoon. Approx. journey time: 3¼ hours. Stay: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Hazyview to Johannesburg Today’s a full day of travelling as you drive to Johannesburg with comfort stops along the way. On arrival in the afternoon, spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 8 hours. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B.

Day 14: Johannesburg Learn about important South African history on a tour at the Apartheid Museum. Tonight you’ll have a special farewell dinner at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Johannesburg Make use of free time to see more of Jo’burg before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your holiday at Victoria Falls or Mauritius. B.


Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall – an absolute must-see.

Day 1: Livingstone
On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone
Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights
Combine your tour with a handful of blissful days in Mauritius – a haven for beautiful beaches and intriguing culture.

Day 1: UK to Cape Town Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Cape Town.

Day 2: Cape Town On arrival in Cape Town, transfer to your hotel for your free afternoon. Meet your guide and head to Gold Restaurant for tonight’s dinner – a 14-course Cape Malay and African meal, with djembe drumming and a hand-washing ceremony before dinner. Stay: Protea Hotel Victoria Junction (or similar). D.

Day 3: Cape Town Start your full day of sightseeing with a visit to the city’s iconic natural landmark – Table Mountain (weather permitting). Take the cable car up to the top, and enjoy the sweeping views of the ocean and city. Continue your scenic tour via Chapman’s Peak to Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, and walk to the lighthouse. Lunch is at a seafood restaurant before a trip to Boulders Beach to see its adorable penguin colony. End your day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where flowers and sun birds surround a canopy path. Dinner is at leisure. Stay: Protea Hotel Victoria Junction (or similar). B, L.

Day 4: Cape Town to Cape Winelands Head to the V&A Waterfront to board a ferry to Robben Island (weather permitting). On a poignant tour, you’ll hear stories from an ex-prisoner and see the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life. Travel to the Cape Winelands for lunch and a wine tasting. Check in to your lodge on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and try more local wine before your free evening to choose one of Stellenbosch’s high quality restaurants for dinner. Approx. journey time: 1 hour. Stay: De Zalze Lodge (or similar). B, L.

Day 5: Cape Winelands to Knysna area Your journey to Knysna takes you past gorgeous mountain views along Franschhoek Pass and onto Route 62 for a sparkling wine tasting in Robertson. The rest of the drive will give you plenty of time to relax and take in the views, with a stop at old-world settlement, Swellendam, for lunch. Arrive at your peaceful hotel outside of Knysna and check in for dinner. Approx. journey time: 7½ hours. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 6: Knysna Meet at the jetty at around 9.30am for a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Take a tractor tour for dramatic views over where Knysna Lagoon and have lunch, returning back to the mainland for a free afternoon. Stay: Knysna Hollow Country Estate (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 7: Knysna to Cape St. Francis After a leisurely morning, tour a birds of prey rehabilitation centre and learn about conservation of birdlife like falcon and eagles. Have lunch at Bramon Wine Estate and then visit the Big Tree in Tsitsikamma National Park and a farm for protea, South Africa’s national bulb-like flower, before arriving in Cape St. Francis. Approx. journey time: 2½ hours. Stay: Cape St Francis Resort Beach Break (or similar). B, L.

Day 8: Cape St. Francis to Hluhluwe After breakfast, transfer to Port Elizabeth Airport for your flight to Durban. Meet your guide at the airport and drive to St Lucia for a boat cruise on the estuary before your evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 2¾ hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B.

Day 9: Hluhluwe Join a boat cruise on Lake Jozini, which is home to pods of hippo, Nile crocodiles and occasionally elephants. Following the cruise, have lunch at Ghost Mountain Inn with their resident conservationist. This afternoon, you'll head up into the Lebombo Mountains for a three-hour hike; the views back down over the lake and of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. You'll walk through a local village, learn more about rural Zulu customs and traditions and have the chance to meet and talk to members of the community. Return to your hotel with time to relax. Approx. journey time: 3 hours. Stay: ANEW Hotel Hluhluwe (or similar). B, L.

Day 10: Hluhluwe to eSwatini (Swaziland) Today you’ll cross countries into eSwatini, formerly Swaziland. Visit a market and the Swazi Candles workshop where artisans skilfully shape candles into animals and decorate them with intricate patterns. Approx. journey time: 4 hours. Stay: Mountain Inn (or similar). B, D.

Day 11: eSwatini (Swaziland) to Mjejane Game Reserve On your way back to South Africa, you’ll visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and learn about Swazi culture at Matsamo Cultural Village with songs and dancing from locals in traditional dress. At Mjejane Game Reserve, just south of Kruger National Park, get ready for a game drive after lunch. There are no fences between Mjejane Game Reserve and Kruger National Park so you’ll have access to wildlife including the Big Five. Stay: Mjejane River Lodge (or similar). Approx. journey time: 3 hours. B, L, D.

Day 12: Mjejane Game Reserve to Hazyview After a morning game drive to tick off more of Africa’s majestic wildlife, start today’s scenic Panorama Route drive. Go gin tasting in White River, and pass by impressive sights like Graskop Gorge Lift, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the magnificent God’s Window, arriving in Hazyview in the afternoon. Approx. journey time: 3¼ hours. Stay: Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 13: Hazyview to Johannesburg Today’s a full day of travelling as you drive to Johannesburg with comfort stops along the way. On arrival in the afternoon, spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Approx. journey time: 8 hours. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B.

Day 14: Johannesburg Learn about important South African history on a tour at the Apartheid Museum. Tonight you’ll have a special farewell dinner at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. Stay: The Capital on the Park (or similar). B, D.

Day 15: Johannesburg Make use of free time to see more of Jo’burg before transferring to the airport for your return flight to the UK, or extend your holiday at Victoria Falls or Mauritius. B.


Stay longer

Victoria Falls 2 nights

Known as the ‘Smoke that Thunders’, water cascades into a gorge over 100 metres below at this spectacular waterfall – an absolute must-see.

Day 1: Livingstone
On arrival at the airport, a 20-minute private transfer will take you to David Livingstone Safari Lodge, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Your first afternoon is spent getting acquainted with Zambia’s rich flora and fauna from the water. Enjoy drinks and snacks with a sundowner cruise on board the Lady Livingstone and take in the peaceful surrounds of the Zambezi River. As you cruise along, you can look out for resident wildlife including hippo, crocodile and perhaps even elephant and buffalo as they come to drink from land. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar).

Day 2: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
After breakfast at your hotel, embark on the highlight of this tour: a visit to Victoria Falls. Its original name, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translates to ‘the smoke that thunders’ – most likely named for the plumes of fine spray that can be seen from miles away. To see this spectacular waterfall, you’ll cross into Zimbabwe where the water falls all year round and which usually means a fuller display. Your afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy your beautiful surrounds or you can choose from two experiences (at extra cost, pre-booking required). On a tour of a traditional Mukuni Village, you’ll get a glimpse into life in a working village that’s home to around 7000 people with a guide to enlighten you as you’re welcomed into people’s homes. Or you can step back in time with a fine dining experience on the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored steam train that oozes nostalgia and romance. Stay: David Livingstone Safari Lodge (or similar). B.

Day 3: Livingstone
Following breakfast, depart via private transfer back to Livingstone airport for your onwards flight to Johannesburg where you can continue your journey home. B.

Mauritius 3 nights
Combine your tour with a handful of blissful days in Mauritius – a haven for beautiful beaches and intriguing culture.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

Perfect for an in-depth experience in South Africa with key sights, off-the-beaten-track exploration and plenty of nature and culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Full days of sightseeing
• Some long journeys
• You’ll have two different tour guides (one between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and one between Durban and Johannesburg)  
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Check-in at hotels is after 2pm
• UK passport holders do not require a visa for eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Kruger National Park is a malaria risk zone. We recommend consulting your GP or local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautions.

Accommodation on tour

This diverse tour includes stays in equally diverse hotels; Mjejane River Lodge overlooks a river in the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the iconic Kruger National Park; and Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is a slice of boutique luxury on the Panorama Route. Knysna Hollow Country Estate is just outside Knysna itself, with great facilities  including two pools.

Is this for you?

Perfect for an in-depth experience in South Africa with key sights, off-the-beaten-track exploration and plenty of nature and culture.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (including on a private journey)
• Average group size of 8 guests
• A maximum of 14 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions
• We recommend travelling with no more than one suitcase and one day bag.

What to expect

• Full days of sightseeing
• Some long journeys
• You’ll have two different tour guides (one between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and one between Durban and Johannesburg)  
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Check-in at hotels is after 2pm
• UK passport holders do not require a visa for eSwatini (Swaziland)
• Kruger National Park is a malaria risk zone. We recommend consulting your GP or local travel clinic for advice on the necessary precautions.

Accommodation on tour

This diverse tour includes stays in equally diverse hotels; Mjejane River Lodge overlooks a river in the Mjejane Private Game Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the iconic Kruger National Park; and Perry’s Bridge Hollow Boutique Hotel is a slice of boutique luxury on the Panorama Route. Knysna Hollow Country Estate is just outside Knysna itself, with great facilities  including two pools.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2020 Sep 28; Oct 12; Nov 09

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same  itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £5893 per person.

Tour dates

2021 Jan 18; Feb 08; Mar 15; Sep 13; Oct 11; Nov 15
2022 Jan 17; Feb 21; Mar 14, Sep 12; Oct 10; Nov 14

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same  itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £5893 per person.

South African Explorer

Kuoni highlights

This in-depth adventure covers all the areas you need to see to get a well-rounded first encounter in South Africa. As well as bucket list experiences like game drives and wine tastings, you’ll visit a cultural village, spend time with elephants, get close to nature in a garden and a reserve, and take a tuk-tuk tour around Soweto.

Kuoni highlights