Best of South Africa

Cape Town, Kruger, Elephant Whispers, Karongwe & Johannesburg plus Victoria Falls optional extension

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12 days from $3599 $3199
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Jan. 18, 2017 departure from JFK*


Style Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 8 departures, October 2016 – April 2017
Highlights Cape Town, Table Mountain Cable Car, Hazyview, Karongwe, Kruger National Park & Johannesburg
Price Includes
  • Round-trip flights from New York via South African Airways wide-bodied jet service, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Flights, ground transportation and transfers within South Africa
  • 10 nights in superior first class and deluxe hotels
  • 17 Meals: 10 American-style breakfasts, 3 lunches, & 4 dinners
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors
  • Comprehensive touring program and safaris, including entrance fees
  • Exciting excursions from Cape Town & Johannesburg
  • Post-tour extension to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD) (flight schedule)
Themes Active,  History & Culture,  Nature & Wildlife,  Premium
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted South Africa tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations and may have limited rest stops.
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Best of South Africa itinerary map Enjoy an African game safari at an exceptional price in one of the world's most magnificent natural settings as you explore exciting South Africa. Begin your South African tour in vibrant Cape Town, a truly hot destination for style, night life and gorgeous scenery. Then, head north and enjoy an in-depth wild-life experience in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces where you'll stay at one of the country's lush private game reserves in search of the "Big Five". Continue your wildlife explorations at Kruger National Park, one of the world's oldest and most famous game reserves. End your tour in cosmopolitan Johannesburg, South Africa's largest metropolis, also known as "Egoli" or City of Gold. Want even more? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the majestic Victoria Falls. It's a vacation of a lifetime, at a price you won't believe, but don't wait too long to reserve your spot, because space is limited and will go very quickly.

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Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Jul 12
Wed May 18 2016 Mon May 30 2016 $3699   Departed
Wed Jun 8 2016 Mon Jun 20 2016 $4249   Closed
Wed Jul 6 2016 Mon Jul 18 2016 $4249   Closed
Wed Aug 17 2016 Mon Aug 29 2016 $4199 $3799 Closed
Wed Sep 14 2016 Mon Sep 26 2016 $4099 $3699 Closed
Thu Oct 6 2016 Tue Oct 18 2016 $3999 $3599 Available
Wed Nov 9 2016 Mon Nov 21 2016 $3999 $3599 Available
Wed Dec 7 2016 Mon Dec 19 2016 $3999 $3599 Available
Wed Dec 21 2016 Mon Jan 2 2017 $4799 $4399 Available
Wed Jan 18 2017 Mon Jan 30 2017 $3599 $3199 Available
Wed Feb 15 2017 Sun Feb 26 2017 $3599 $3199 Available
Wed Mar 15 2017 Mon Mar 27 2017 $3599 $3199 Available
Wed Mar 29 2017 Mon Apr 10 2017 $3599 $3199 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options, Extensions & Fees

Best of South Africa
Rooming selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Mar 29 +$499
Nov 9, Dec 7, Dec 21 +$549
Oct 6 +$899
All other departures +$699
Optional Excursions
Stellenbosch Winelands +$55
Walk to Freedom Tour +$75
Victoria Falls Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension
Oct 6, Nov 9, Dec 7, Dec 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15, Mar 29 +$1299
Jun 8 +$1599
May 18, Jul 6, Aug 17, Sep 14 unavailable
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy
Sep 14 unavailable
All other departures included
Single Room Supplement
Sep 14 unavailable
All other departures +$199
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Full Day Chobe National Park excursion with lunch3
Sep 14 unavailable
All other departures +$195

1. The Victoria Falls extension is a post-tour extension. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will return to the U.S. 3 days later than the return dates shown above. The Victoria Falls extension requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights.

2. Zimbabwe visa fee for Victoria Falls is paid locally for US passport holders: $30 for single-entry, $45 for double-entry, $55 for multiple-entry. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

3. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

Extension pricing is based upon certain air class service. Final price may vary based on availability at the time of booking.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK)
Aug 17 unavailable
All other departures included
Washington Dulles (IAD)
May 18 included
All other departures +$150

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit $600


Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart New York on your overnight flight to Cape Town via Johannesburg

Day 2: Arrive Cape Town

Accommodations: 4 nights 15 on Orange Hotel or similar, Cape Town.

  • Arrive in Cape Town, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel
  • Remainder of day at leisure

Table Mountain, Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: Arrive today in Cape Town, a beautiful jewel nestled between stunning Table Mountain and a dramatic coastline. Cape Town is a modern, bustling and vibrant city boasting gorgeous scenery, fabulous restaurants, hotels and beaches, bursting with history and culture. Upon arrival at Cape Town's airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 3: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast .

  • Half day panoramic city tour of the scenic and historic highlights
  • Weather permitting, optional cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain
  • Remainder of day at leisure or join an optional tour to the Stellenbosch Winelands

Cape TownFull Day Itinerary: This morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Cape Town showcasing the scenic and historic highlights of this vibrant city. Weather permitting, you'll travel by cable car to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town's most striking landmark and recently announced one of the world's New Seven Wonders of Nature. (July departures will visit Signal Hill instead, while the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is closed for annual maintenance.)

Colorful house  © South African TourismContinue through the Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap). Lined with brightly colored houses and decorative mosques, this historic neighborhood was founded by former slaves from Malaysia whose Islamic culture gives the area a distinct character and contributes to Cape Town's rich cultural diversity. The final stop on your tour is the lively Cape Town Waterfront, where numerous restaurants and entertainment options abound.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to become better acquainted with Cape Town or join an optional excursion to the Stellenbosch Winelands.


Stellenbosch wine farm, Cape TownOptional Excursion: Half Day Stellenbosch Winelands, $55. Enjoy an optional half day excursion to glorious Stellenbosch, located the heart of the Cape Winelands. Take a leisurely drive through this beautiful, world-renowned region, before venturing into the wine-making process in a fascinating cellar tour with wine tasting. Then explore fine art galleries, architecture, history, and quaint shops in the region.

Day 4: Cape Point & Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Full day excursion to Cape Point including cruise along Hout Bay
  • Visit Boulders Beach and see the African Jackass Penguins
  • Afternoon tour of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
  • Remainder of the day at leisure
  • Welcome dinner and show at Richard's Supper Club

Cape Point lighthouseFull Day Itinerary: A full day excursion to Cape Point begins this morning with a cruise along Hout Bay, where you'll see the seals of Duiker Island. Enter the nature reserve that covers the southern part of the Peninsula, and drive through the unique scenery towards Cape Point. Travel by funicular railway to Cape Point where you can take in stunning views of the Cape of Good Hope.

African jackass penguinsAfter lunch, make a brief stop to visit the African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach, and then continue to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where you'll have a magnificent display of indigenous South African flora. Return to your hotel late this afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner and show at Richard's Supper Club.

Day 5: Cape Town

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Last day to explore Cape Town at leisure
  • Or join an optional excursion to Cape Town's townships and a visit to Robben Island

Robben Island prisonOptional Excursion: Full Day Walk to Freedom Tour, $75. Experience the wonderful energy of Cape Town's townships in one unforgettable tour. Start with a visit to the oldest township, Langa. Stop by a local "shebeen" (pub), to get glimpse of local life. Then head to Khayelitsha, the largest township of the Western Cape. In the afternoon, visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration.

Day 6: Cape Town & Hazyview

Accommodations: 2 nights Perry's Bridge Hollow, Hazview for 2016 departures or Protea Hotel Kruger Gate for 2017 departures. Included meals: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Early morning transfer to the airport to board flight for Johannesburg
  • Transfer via motor coach to Hazyview in Mpulamlanga province
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: Early this morning, transfer to the airport to board your flight bound for Johannesburg. Upon arrival board your motor coach and continue to Hazyview in Mpulamlanga province, located just a few miles outside the Kruger National Park. En route, enjoy lunch at the ever-popular Harries Pancakes then check in at your hotel, and take some time to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Day 7: Kruger National Park & Hazyview

Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Early morning game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicles in Krugar National Park
  • Special Boma Dinner

Zebras drinking, Kruger National ParkFull Day Itinerary: After an early morning wake-up call, depart for a morning safari in open 4x4 safari vehicles into the Kruger National Park, one of the world's most famous game reserves. You'll see the ever-present impala, and be on the lookout for wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and many other types of antelopes. Return to your hotel for a full breakfast.

This evening enjoy a special Boma Dinner.

Day 8: Hazyview & Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Shiduli Lodge, Chisomo Lodge, Karongwe River Lodge or similar, Karongwe. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning drive through Graskop and the Blyde River Canyon into the heart of Limpopo province
  • Afternoon game drive in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve
  • Dinner at the lodge

Blyde River CanyonFull Day Itinerary: After a leisurely breakfast, relax on a scenic drive into the heart of Limpopo province. Pass through Graskop and the Blyde River Canyon, one of the world's largest canyons. Stop for breathtaking views of rolling mountains, verdant valleys, the Three Rondavels, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Continue to your lodge, located in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve. The Reserve teems with an abundance of game, wildlife and diverse vegetation. After check-in, you'll have some time to freshen up before an afternoon game drive. Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 9: Karongwe Private Game Reserve.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Early morning game drive in open safari vehicles
  • Afternoon bush walk with experienced local ranger
  • Dinner at the lodge

Lionness & cubFull Day Itinerary: After a very early morning wake-up call and a fresh cup of coffee or tea, head out in open safari vehicles for your game drive into the African bush in search of the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo—as well as some of the smaller fascinating creatures such as chameleons, scrub hares and more. Stop in the bush for a hot drink with rusks, a typical South African biscuit. Return to the lodge for a full breakfast.

Relax at the lodge and perhaps take a nap. In the late afternoon, set off on foot for a bush walk with your experienced ranger, who will teach you some bush skills such as animal tracking as well as bird and plant identification. Return to your lodge for dinner.

Day 10: Karongwe Private Game Reserve & Johannesburg

Accommodations: 2 nights Maslow Sandton, The Michelangelo Hotel or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Panoramic tour of Johannesburg
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Johannesburg skylineFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, leave the bush behind as you journey to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest and most populous city. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this cosmopolitan city, affectionately referred to as "Jo'Burg" by the locals. Check-in at your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 11: Johannesburg

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Soweto Tour
  • Apartheid Museum

Soweto, JohannesburgFull Day Itinerary: This morning learn more about South Africa's turbulent past and its unwavering hope for the future on a fascinating tour to Soweto (short for Southwestern Township), a sprawling metropolis on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Your tour will give you a close-up look at daily life in this bustling neighborhood, the largest black urban settlement in Africa and center of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the apartheid state. Highlights of the Soweto tour include the former residence of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, the Hector Peterson memorial for the victims of the civil unrest in the 1970s, and a drive by the ultramodern Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Visit the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth historical look at the system of extreme racial segregation that plagued South Africa from 1948 until 1994, when it was finally dismantled. Time permitting, visit a local children's home that provides shelter and counselling to many underprivileged children from the area.

Day 12: Depart South Africa

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • This morning, enjoy free time for some last minute shopping
  • This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight home

Day 13: Arrive USA

  • Your memorable South African adventure ends as you touch down this morning in New York

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit Victoria Falls, one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. You'll return to the U.S. 3 days after the return dates shown.

Day 12: Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

Accommodations: 3 nights Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Victoria FallsFull Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders—and the largest curtain of falling water in the world! Located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls consists of numerous falls separated by islands in the river below. The Zambezi River spills more than 2 million gallons per second over the Bakota Gorge, casting multiple rainbows and resulting in an awe-inspiring display of raw power unrivalled by other natural wonders. The tremendous roar of the water and the ever-present cloud of spray give the falls their local moniker, "Smoke that Thunders."

Check into your award-winning safari lodge, located high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at one of the hotel swimming pools or game-viewing platforms. Elephants, buffalo and other wild animals often graze on hotel lawns.

Day 13: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

HipposFull Day Itinerary: Your exploration of the falls begins with a guided tour of the Zimbabwe side.

Later today, experience the glorious falls from an up-close vantage point as you set sail on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Be on the lookout for hippos, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles that frequent the waters and the surrounding areas.

Day 14: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or partake in an optional full day excursion to Chobe National Park

Victoria Falls rainforestFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this magnificent natural wonder on your own on the well-marked trails through the rainforest that wind up to and around the falls. The trails allow for excellent picture-taking from a variety of vantage points (be sure to protect your camera if it's not waterproof). There are a wide range of optional excursions available locally on request basis including game drives, walking safaris, bungee jumping, and more. We recommend the full day tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Chobe National ParkOptional Excursion: Chobe National Park, Botswana, $195. Take advantage of an optional full day excursion to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, renowned for its large elephant population. Begin the day with a safari boat cruise on the Chobe River. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the Chobe Game Lodge and end the day with an afternoon game drive in an open vehicle. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

Day 15: Depart Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight home, via Johannesburg

Day 16: Arrive USA

  • Your memorable South African adventure ends as you touch down this morning in New York


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We have just returned from South Africa via your Best of South Africa tour. The country is amazing. The tour guides were awesome, making the trip so enjoyable with their knowledge and love for their country. Ameen M in Cape Town and Graeme M for Joburg and Kruger. I would love to have them both as guides again. We saw the big 5 in Kruger the first day with our guide Sam, amazing person. Karongwe with its off road travel in the Range Rover was a dream. We have already booked our next trip for Sept and are bringing along some friends. We can't wait. Friendly Planet delivered quality.

Hafeeza Muhammad, Philadelphia, PA

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