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Best of South Africa

Best of South Africa

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South Africans are pretty proud of the natural beauty of their home country. As soon as you step off the plane, you’ll see why. South Africa boasts some of the most enchanting landscapes on Earth. And you’ll get to see most of them on this fifteen-day tour of the country’s highlights. You’ll start in cosmopolitan Johannesburg with a first stop at the world-famous Kruger National Park. Here, you’ll get your first glimpse of the wildlife this beautiful country is famous for. Then, trek on down the coast to Durban, Lesotho and Port Elizabeth before finishing in the incredible Cape Town. Every step of the way, you’ll get the chance to take on the diverse cultures of this remarkable country.


DAY 1 Welcome to Johannesburg

Your seamless South African journey begins with an airport transfer from O.R Tambo International Airport to your hotel. Settle in to the pace of Africa’s most energetic city before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: The Maslow

Included Meals: Welcome Reception

DAY 2 Journey to the Kruger National Park Area

The golden Highveld gives way to rolling green hills as we travel to South Africa’s Lowveld. We admire the iconic sights along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route – the Blyde River Canyon, the heavenly landscapes of God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Before evening falls, we venture to our hotel near the famous Kruger National Park, our home for two nights.

Hotel: Sabi River Sun Resort

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 Safari in Kruger National Park

Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest and most iconic national park in the company of a Local Specialist. Uncover the secrets of the bushveld and keep a look out for the magnificent ‘Big 5’, the Little 5 and everything in between. See the glistening yellow Golden-orb spider waiting on her web, smell the damp scent of acacia trees in the early morning and keep your head down in search of animal spoor. Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Onwards to eSwatini

Travel to landlocked eSwatini. Dive Into Culture during a visit to a Swazi Chief’s village and gain insights into the community’s way of life, sampling some of the local pap and stew, and admiring their striking crimson traditional dress.

Hotel: Royal Swazi Spa

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 Head to Hluhluwe

We venture to ‘garden of province’ of KwaZulu Natal and its northern wilderness. Traversing rolling sugarcane fields and lush valleys, we arrive at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park where there is an opportunity to embark on an optional 4×4 game drive. This evening enjoy a delicious South African braai – a perfect way to end the day.

Hotel: Anew

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 Venture to Durban (Umhlanga Rocks)

Board an optional morning cruise on Lake St. Lucia and get up close to the hippos, crocodiles and birdlife residing in the estuary. Alternatively explore the town of St Lucia. We continue south to Durban for an effortless encounter with this tropical east coast hub, which begins with a delicious Curry Buffet at the Oyster Box Hotel, one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories – a seaside hotel that captures the nostalgia of a bygone era.

Hotel: The Oyster Box

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Make Tracks for the Drakensberg Mountains

Venture through the scenic Valley of 1000 Hills bound for the spectacular escarpment that winds north from the Eastern Cape to Mpumalanga. The Underberg’s vibrant arts and crafts scene and stunning setting provide a beautiful backdrop for a morning drive. You’ll continue to the foothills of the iconic Sani Pass where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure and stay overnight .

Hotel: Premier Resort Sani Pass

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 A Day in the Drakensberg

Indulge in the freedom of a day spent exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your terms. Consider joining an optional 4×4 Sani Pass drive, ascending to a heavenly height of 2,876 metres for lunch at Africa’s highest pub in Lesotho, or alternatively relax down here on earth amidst the Drakensberg’s lofty peaks.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 On the Road to the Eastern Cape Beaches

From enigmatic mountain landscapes to South Africa’s untamed coastline, we venture through the Eastern Cape and the green hills of the Transkei, dotted with Xhosa kraals and homesteads. Discover the legacy of Nelson Mandela, at his birthplace in Xunu, then enjoy the unspoiled Wild Coast beaches of Chintsa, where the only footprints in the sand will be yours.

Hotel: Crawfords Beach Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 Travel to Port Elizabeth

Wake to the sound of the ocean and spend time admiring pristine natural surrounds before we begin our journey to Port Elizabeth. Once a British settlement, this port city holds the distinction of being South Africa’s friendliest city, which you’ll encounter first-hand as you explore it on your own terms this evening.

Hotel: Boardwalk

Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 On to Tsitsikamma National Park and Knysna

Walk beneath the tranquil canopy of Tsitsikamma’s giant and ancient Yellowwoods, arriving at Storms River Mouth to peer into the depths of the gorge. Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest experience in Knysna, where you’ll learn a few key Xhosa phrases and gain insights into Xhosa culture. Host Ella will share her life story and reveal the meaning behind some of the local songs that will accompany your traditional Xhosa meal. The visit also contributes towards supporting Ella’s work in the local community and is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Our final stop today is the picturesque lagoon setting of Knysna, known as South Africa’s own Garden of Eden. Famed for its indigenous forests, fresh oysters and the two landmark Knysna Heads that stand as sentinels at the edge of the lagoon which shield the town from the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Knysna Hollow Country Estate

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

DAY 12 Knysna Your Way

You’ll have a free day to explore the jewel of the Garden Route. Start your day with a leisurely coffee in the Knysna Quays overlooking the lagoon, then consider an Optional Experience to Featherbed Nature Reserve including a drive through the reserve to the top of the lagoon’s Western Head. This evening, why not join an Optional Experience sunset cruise to the Knysna Heads and see where the Indian Ocean crashes against their towering sandstone cliffs?

Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 Continue to Cape Town

Leave the Garden Route behind bound for the Mother City. You’ll wind your way through vibrant coastal towns and the Cape Winelands before arriving in Cape Town later this afternoon. Head straight to the most iconic site in the city and visit Table Mountain by cable car (weather permitting).

Hotel: Southern Sun The Cullinan

Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 Cape Town Your Way

Capture the cosmopolitan energy of South Africa’s Mother City. Spend the day exploring its streets and squares in search of a tucked-away restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Or consider joining one of our Optional Experiences to tour around the scenic Cape Peninsula, sample the Cape’s finest wines in the Cape Winelands or visit infamous Robben Island. Spend your final evening at a Farewell Dinner with your travelling companions indulging in delicious Cape Malay speciality dishes.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

DAY 15 Farewell Cape Town

We bid a fond farewell to Cape Town after breakfast. Explore the city on your terms before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Included Meals: Breakfast

About this trip

See 10 cities and 2 countries

Departure Month

January to December

What's included




1 Welcome Reception, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner, 14 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 8 Dinners


All transport shown

Sightseeing highlights

Visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Kruger National Park, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Port Elizabeth, Tsitsikamma National Park, Knysna and Table Mountain by Cable Car

See South Africa’s wildlife and birds on safari

View Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, the Drakensberg mountains and Storms River Mouth

The Bressenden difference


Join host Ella and friends for a traditional meal and insights into the local Xhosa culture, including traditional dress, language and songs.


Safari in Kruger National Park. Connect with nature and explore South Africa’s oldest and most iconic national park in the company of a Local Specialist.


Connect with Swazi culture during a visit to a local Chief’s village.


Emzini is a not for profit organisation supporting the local community providing education, food, clothing and a safe place to live.


Low deposits – Booking protected.


Durban’s five-star Oyster Box Hotel overlooks Umhlanga’s iconic lighthouse and is owned and run by Trafalgar’s Tollman family.

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