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.
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.
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.
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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.
The South African rand is the currency used in South Africa (ZAR).
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.
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.
The tap water is safe to drink in South Africa, and it is said to be the cleanest and safest water in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
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.
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
Government: 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.
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