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SOUTH AFRICA TOURS

If you're looking for a truly unforgettable safari experience, then our South Africa tours are perfect for you.

Well known as one of the top destinations for thrill-seeking and adventurous travellers, our South Africa tours leave travellers with a lifetime of memories.

South Africa has so much to offer - meet a shark face-to-face, climb Table Mountain, visit the iconic Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was a prisoner, go on a wild safari adventure in the Kruger National Park or visit one of South Africa's bustling cities for great food and fine wine as well as many more amazing activities available on our South Africa holidays.

Unforgettable South Africa tours

Discover South Africa in a way few have before with one of our incredible group tours. Whether you want to visit one of the 21 National Parks, eight World Heritage sites or take advantage of the wide selection of activities that utilise the beautiful 3,500km coastline, South Africa is a great location to visit with friends and family.

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If you want to discuss your South Africa tour packages in more detail, a member of our experienced team is on hand to help. Alternatively, request a brochure and discover the delights that our Southern Africa group tours have to offer.

We can guarantee window seats on our safaris and you won't find any hidden charges on our site. Book your holiday with confidence today.

Want to know when is the best time to go to South Africa? This handy guide should help.

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Do you want to know more about South Africa and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the South Africa tourism board for more information.

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7 Tours | From $1135 p/p

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Duration:

9 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 8, L - 8, D - 8

Highlights:

Kalahari Desert, San bush people, Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Victoria...


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$1355(p/p)

$1505

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Duration:

15 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , South Africa , Zimbabwe

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Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 23, L - 22, D - 20

Highlights:

Victoria Falls, Kalahari Desert, Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans, Hwange & Matopos National Parks...


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$2590(p/p)

$2875

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Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

South Africa

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 10, L - 3, D - 7

Highlights:

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, Route 62 wine tasting, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, easy canoeing in Wilderness NP, Knysna Heads viewpoint, Sedgefield ...


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$1135(p/p)

$1195

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Duration:

9 Days

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South Africa

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Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 12

Meals:

B- 7, L - 0, D - 4

Highlights:

Cape Town, Cape Agulhas, Route 62 wine tasting, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, easy canoeing in Wilderness NP, Knysna Heads viewpoint, Sedgefield ...


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$1235(p/p)

$1300

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Duration:

20 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , Namibia , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 39, L - 31, D - 35

Highlights:

Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Giants Playground, Sesriem Canyon, Namib Desert, Dune 45, ...


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$2180(p/p)

$2425

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Duration:

14 Days

Country(ies):

South Africa

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Meals:

B- 17, L - 16, D - 16

Highlights:

Addo National Park, Great Karoo, Lesotho & Drakensberg mountains, Hluhulwe-Imfolozi game reserve, St. Lucia boat trip, Mlilwane Wildlife San...


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$1530(p/p)

$1700

Duration:

20 Days

Country(ies):

Botswana , Namibia , South Africa , Zimbabwe

Tour Type:

Overland

Group size:

Min: 4 | Max: 24

Meals:

B- 19, L - 11, D - 15

Highlights:

Cape Town, Orange River, Cederberg Region, Fish River Canyon, Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Himba Tribe, Bushmen, Etosha Nat...


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$2425(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to travel to South Africa?

While South Africa has a reputation for high crime levels, it is safe to visit if you remain vigilant and sensible. The risk of crime is higher in central urban areas. To limit your risk, it is advisable to stay alert and conscious of personal safety at all times. At Encounters Travel, our experienced tour guides will help you safely navigate your time in South Africa.

What is the official currency of South Africa?

The South African rand is the currency used in South Africa (ZAR).

When is the best time of the year for South Africa tours?

South Africa is a year-round destination, but summer and the high season are from November to March. The shoulder season (April-March & September-October) provides perfect conditions for wildlife and whale watching. June to August is the rainy season in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Should you tip in South Africa?

It is customary to tip in restaurants in South Africa. The acceptable amount is 10-15%. Most wait staff depend on tips to make up for the low wages they receive.

Is the tap water safe to drink in South Africa?

The tap water is safe to drink in South Africa, and it is said to be the cleanest and safest water in the world.

How do I plan a trip to South Africa?

Your planning will be dependent on the places you want to visit, attractions you want to see and your trip budget. However, by booking a South Africa tour with us at Encounters Travel, we do all the planning for you.

How much is a meal in South Africa?

The cost of a meal in South Africa varies and depends on the type of cuisine and restaurant. A typical fast-food meal from a chain like McDonald's will cost between $2.65 and $5.30. While a cappuccino or coffee at most cafes will cost between $1.06 and 1.59.

Do people in South Africa speak English?

Yes, people do speak English in South Africa. English is one of the eleven official languages of South Africa and approximately 9.6% (4.8million) of its citizens speak English as a home language. Nonetheless, the majority of South Africans use English as the accepted and dominant vernacular for industry, government, law and commerce.

Do you need vaccinations to go to South Africa?

Generally speaking, there are no compulsory vaccines required to travel to South Africa. However, the following vaccines (while not always necessary) are recommended, especially if travellers are coming from affected areas; Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Cholera and Rabies. Travellers should be up-to-date with routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination.

Where should we go in South Africa?

South Africa is a country of great diversity and incredible natural beauty. Each of its nine provinces has a list of popular destinations frequented by tourists. Some famous tourist destinations in South Africa include; Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park, The Kruger National Park, Addo National Park, Great Karoo, The Garden Route, and Hluhulwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.

How many days in South Africa is enough?

There is so much to see and do in South Africa, definitely too much to fit into a weekend alone. We recommend a trip between 7 and 15 days to ensure that you get the full South African experience and allow for travel time.

What is the best month to visit South Africa?

South Africa is a destination that can be visited year-round, with relatively mild weather conditions across all provinces. Summer stretches from mid-October to mid-February, while winter is June to August. The best time to visit nature parks in South Africa is from May to September, while August into October is the best time for flora.

Is South Africa expensive?

Depending on the country you are coming from, South Africa is a relatively inexpensive destination to visit. While wildlife parks and certain tourist destinations are on the pricier side, generally day-to-day activities are fairly cheap.

On average, you can budget on spending between $50 and $100 per day while being on vacation in South Africa.

TOUR REVIEWS

Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

Took care of every single detail from prior to our arrival in Cario until we we're dropped of at the airport a week later. Our hotels, tours, meals, and tour group we're all wonderful. Our tour guide was wonderful!
The price was great and the people wonderful!

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

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South Africa Country Guide

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Time: GMT+2
Dial Code: +27
Area: 1,22 million km2
Elevation: The lowest point in South Africa is Sea level at 0m | The highest point in South Africa is Mafadi 3,450m (11,319 ft.)
Population: 56,433,258 (2018)
Capital: Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Governemnt: Parliamentary republic
Language: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, Tswana, Northern Sotho, Venda, Tsonga, Swati, Ndebele

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost country in Africa. The coastline of South Africa stretches along the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. South Africa's neighbouring countries include Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the north, and Mozambique and Swaziland to the east and northeast.

This country is the largest in Southern Africa and the 25th largest country in the world by land and area. South Africa is also the world's 24th most populous nation and the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere.

The society of South Africa is multiethnic and encompasses an assortment of languages, cultures and religions. The country's constitution recognises 11 official languages. From 1994, all ethnic and linguistic groups have been politically represented by the country's democracy. The democracy consists of a parliamentary republic and nine provinces.

As a result of South Africa's multicultural diversity post-Apartheid, the country is often referred to as the 'Rainbow Nation'. South Africa is classified by the World Bank as an upper-middle-income economy and a newly industrialised country. Its economy is the second largest in Africa and the 34th largest in the world.

The climate of South Africa is generally temperate as it is situated in the Southern Hemisphere and enclosed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans on three sides. The country is also ranked sixth out of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Highlights

  • Panorama Route - a picturesque road that connects a variety of cultural and natural points of interest.
  • God's Window - a famous natural landmark and viewpoint along the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga.
  • Cape Winelands - an excellent wine-producing area with beautiful mountain ranges around Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
  • Cango Caves - situated at the foothills of the Swartberg range, these natural wonders have unique formations.
  • Garden Route - a scenic lengthy stretch of the southwestern coast from Mossel Bay to the Storms River.
  • Addo Elephant Park - a wildlife conservation park and sanctuary near Port Elizabeth with 450 elephants.
  • Wild Coast - positioned in the Eastern Cape, also known as the Transkei with beautiful bays and beaches.
  • Cape of Good Hope - a craggy headland on the Atlantic Coast of the Cape Peninsula.

Tips

  • Most South Africans speak English, so tourists won't have trouble communicating.
  • Keep an eye out for your valuables and don't flaunt jewellery or electronics in public.
  • Avoid carrying a lot of cash, as major credit cards are widely accepted.
  • When visiting a national park, do not touch or feed the animals.
  • Do not underestimate the sun, and wear sun cream and a hat for protection.
  • Smoking is not allowed inside restaurants, but many places have a separate smoking section.
  • Public transport is not very reliable so rather take a taxi or an Uber.
  • The dress code in South Africa is causal, and bring some layers for the evenings.

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