Best of South Africa tour

“This South Africa tour does exactly what it says on the tin and takes you to this beautiful nation’s top natural and cultural highlights, with expert guides to help you make the best of it.”


Cape Town | Stellenbosch | Khayamandi Township | Franschhoek | Swellendam | Garden Route | Sunshine Coast | Sibuya Private Game Reserve | Addo Bush Palace Private Reserve | Addo Elephant National Park | Oudtshoorn | Klein Karoo

Description of Best of South Africa tour

This 17-day best of South Africa tour takes in a wide variety of landscapes and experiences, from wildlife watching to wineland tours to cultural encounters, all of which will help you understand this beautiful and fascinating country. You’ll visit both high-profile and out-of-the way destinations, and the trip only visits areas that are malaria free, so you can escape the hassle of having to take anti-malarials. You’ll be accompanied by a small group of likeminded travellers, as well as expert local guides, who will help you get to the heart of the destination.

Highlights of the trip include exploring the winelands of the Franschhoek Valley on an open-sided hop-on hop-off tram; travelling along the coastline of the Garden Route, past golden beaches, indigenous forest and charming seaside towns; visiting a penguin rehabilitation centre on the sunshine coast; seeing the Big Five roam in the malaria-free Sibuya Private Game Reserve; and learning about bushcraft and forest medicines from members of the Xhosa tribe.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This tour is wildlife focused where we visit several national parks and reserves. Featherbed - a privately-owned nature reserve is one of several parks that we visit. This is only accessible by ferry, therefore access to the reserve is controlled to protect the area's natural beauty. To further help the protection of such reserves, our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental, and make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us to protect these valuable tourist attractions.

There is also opportunity to visit the penguin colony at Boulder's Bay and see these animals up close. These birds, despite settling close to one of South Africa's busiest towns, are vulnerable to humans and African penguins are now endangered with numbers decreasing rapidly. In order to observe these birds with the efforts of conserving their environment, we stick to the designated boardwalks, and brief clients about the safety measures put in place to ensure the wellbeing of these magnificent animals. Furthermore, the money that is paid to view these birds contributes to the protection, preservation and conservation of these lovable creatures.

We visit Drostdy Museum which houses several historical buildings as well as one of the oldest surviving examples of a Drostdy building in South Africa. The entrance fees paid to see these historical buildings contribute to the preservation and any restoration works that may be needed.

To minimise our carbon footprint, all vehicles used on the tour have low carbon emissions. Also, all city tours are done by walking to reduce our environmental impact, and we encourage walking instead of using vehicles. We work closely with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

The Impacts of this Trip

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. On this tour we visit the township of Khayamandi where we meet local entrepreneurs and see community development projects, which tourism benefits directly. We also visit a local township on the Sunshine Coast which tourism is directly helping the community through education, health and job creation. By visiting these local townships, we are improving the lives of the local people.

On this tour we spend time with the Xhosa Tribe, first at a traditional family home where we try the local food, and then learn about the history of the tribe and how it has survived in the African bush for centuries. We gain an insight into their way of life and how their teachings are passed on by their ancestors. This cultural interaction not only gives travellers an authentic and very special insight into the lives of local people, but brings tangible benefits to small communities that may otherwise be overlooked by the tourism industry.

We also support local craft and businesses by visiting a local, working ostrich farm to learn about the farming process with ostriches. We also visit the wine region of South Africa, visiting several vineyards and wine estates where we experience local food and wine. Finally we visit 'Original T Bag Designs', where functional art is made out of recycled T Bags, which are applied to stationary, trays and coasters among other things. By visiting these places we are supporting the local community and their livelihood. Clients also have the opportunity to purchase local souvenirs, ensuring the money is kept within the local community.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.


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