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South Africa


We specialise in group tours of Africa and if you want a truly unforgettable experience, you have come to the right place. Well known as one of the top destinations for thrill seeking and adventurous travellers, any trip to South Africa will create a lifetime of memories. Meet a shark face-to-face, go on a wild safari adventure 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 group tours.

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, 8 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 trip in more detail, a member of our experienced team is on hand to help. Alternatively, request a brochure and discover the delights that our 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.


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Is it safe to visit South Africa?

The country has a high crime rate, but you will be safe if you take precautions and stick to the tourist areas.

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 to visit South Africa?

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.


I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

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 have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

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!


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.


  • 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.


  • 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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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.


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