South Africa highlights holiday

“A 16 day guided tour of South Africa's highlights, from Jo'burg to Cape Town, via Kruger National Park and Port Elizabeth, by coach and internal flights.”

Highlights

Johannesburg | Soweto | Mandela House Museum | Blyde River Canyon | Kruger National Park | Wildlife watching | Port Elizabeth | Tsitsikamma National park | Plettenberg Bay | Robberg Nature Reserve | Knysna | Boat cruise | Hermanus | Stellenbosch wine tasting | Cape Town

Description of South Africa highlights holiday

Discover the highlights of South Africa with this cross-country tour of its beautiful cities, exciting wildlife and dramatic scenery, all washed down with some delicious local wine.

Our journey begins in Johannesburg, the urban heart of South Africa and a hub of historically important sites. It's the perfect introduction to our tour, and we'll spend our time here meeting the local people of Soweto, a huge township on the outskirts of Jo'burg, and visiting the Mandela House Museum.

Just beyond the city is a wild landscape of mountains, waterfalls and some of Africa's most famous animal inhabitants. For wildlife lovers, the highlight will be a day's safari in Kruger National Park, where lions prowl the grasslands in search of antelope, zebra and buffalo. Stunning views of Blyde River Canyon from God's Window viewpoint make this an unmissable part of our itinerary, alongside memorable evenings under the clear starry skies.

Just as spectacular is South Africa's famous Garden Route, a paradise for wildlife spotting where we may spot dolphins dancing offshore and penguins pottering around the beaches. There's world-class whale watching to be had in Hermanus and incredible array of attractive birdlife at the Birds of Eden aviary.

Our holiday wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Winelands of Stellenbosch, where tours and tastings are a must. Try it alongside some of the freshly caught seafood or a typical braai, a South African barbecue, before enjoying some sightseeing in the spectacular coastal city of Cape Town.

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Responsible tourism

South Africa highlights holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Wildlife:
During this trip there will be amazing safari opportunities in Kruger National Park. We have taken care to ensure we are game-watching in the most responsible way. We use a trusted and experienced guides who understand the importance of protecting the wildlife. The crew will educate groups about the wildlife within the national park.

Water:
The West Cape region of South Africa is going through it's worst ever drought and after a research trip in January 2018 to understand the extent of the issue locally, we have been working together with suppliers, hotels and our ground team to ensure our groups are using the minimal amount of water possible without negatively impacting our itineraries. All leaders brief groups on arrival about the importance of conserving water, offer top tips on how to do so and explain the current situation locally to aid understanding.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

Community

Friends and Neighbours:
This trip includes a Soweto Township Tour in Johannesburg which is an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn about the controversial history of the apartheid from those who lived through it, as well understand current, urban living in one of South Africa's largest cities. There is also a later opportunity to visit another township while in Knysna along the Garden Route. The aim of township tours within our itinerary is to educate visitors, empower residents and invest back into the communities.

During the trip three national parks are visited; Kruger, Tsitsikamma and Table Mountain and 1% from all entrance fees and any activities booked will go to the community levy. The levy will be invested in clinics, schools and other much needed infrastructure to benefit communities within and surrounding park boundaries, with a long-term aim to build sustainable relationships between residents and visitors.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

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