South Africa vacation

Enjoy the wild coastline and super-sized wildlife of the Garden Route on our best-selling South Africa self-drive vacation, taking you from Cape Town to the Big Five.
Cape Town Franschhoek wine estate Hermanus Land- and boat-based whale and dolphin watching (Jun-Dec) Knysna Plettenberg Bay Big Five safari Optional: Table Mountain by cable car, V&A Waterfront, Cape Malay cookery class, surfing lesson, horse riding, sailing trip, sea kayaking
£2650To£4500 including UK flights
15 Days
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Description of South Africa vacation


Price information

£2650To£4500 including UK flights
We tailor make itineraries to suit different budgets and requirements.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailormade throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary

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South Africa wildlife
South Africa self drive
South Africa is accessible Africa, delivering iconic wildlife, traditional cultures and spellbinding scenery in a gentle, first time-friendly way. The...


Accessible tourism overview:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs and can also be organised with your own driver/guide.
Limited mobility:
Accommodation and rooms on the ground level; Door to door transfers if privately guided.
Wheelchair accessible rooms can be booked, wheelchair accessible attractions and restaurants suggested for clients.
Blind or limited vision:
This trip can be tailored for guests with limited vision, particularly trips with private/driver guides.
'Free from' food:
All dietary requirements catered for.
The trip is open to people of all backgrounds and genders.


13 Reviews of South Africa vacation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2023 by

Top Drawer!! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2022 by

My wife loved seeing the whales off Hermanus. I loved seeing all the big game in Lalibela... Stay as long as you can! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2022 by

Simon M promised me I’d “be able to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine & watch the whales” and I could!... 10/10 or A*. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2022 by

Brilliant. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2022 by

Incredible, we loved every minute of it!! Every place we stayed it was really clean and spacious, friendly staff and delicious food. The guide we got from Simon was very helpful - we were so pleased with the choices of restaurant and vineyards we tried. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2022 by

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Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020 by

Excellent, loved the country, the people, the food and the wine. Brilliantly organised by the operator Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2019 by

A really enjoyable vacation where we saw so many amazing things Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2018 by

The hotels and guest houses were great and our itinerary was just what we wanted. The country was so different but interesting... Brilliant. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

The game drives in Pumba Game reserve was the bit that exceeded our expectations the most. But it was all fabulous. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

Garonga Safari Park. Amazing experience. Beautiful accommodation with fantastic safari drives. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2013 by

Vacation of a lifetime! Truly memorable. The vacation was an incredible journey of different experiences. If I had to choose a best bit it would be the Township Tour in Cape Town. This was an emotional and unforgettable experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2013 by

It was excellent. The accommodation was superb. There was an enormous number of things to do and see at each stop-over. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and authentic. And most of all, the natural surroundings were beautiful beyond belief. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


The game reserve is recognised as the pioneer in Eastern Cape eco tourism and has a dedicated wildlife department consisting of two wildlife vets, two ecologists, an environmentalist and a variety of qualified nature conservationists. They aim to ensure a sustainable environment for all the fauna and flora on the long term, the ecological integrity of the biodiversity as well as the maintenance of a quality wildlife experience. The reserve is also home to the Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre, which aims to provide long term humane care for rescued African cats that have been subjected to inhumane conditions internationally as well as to provide an education resource for visitors, school children and students.


This trip uses some luxury boutique accommodations where the focus is on organically produced food, sustainable tourism initiatives and genuine hospitality. For instance, the wine estate in Franschhoek retains the comfort and warmth associated with a homestead, rather than the impersonal clinical nature of most commercial hotels and catering accommodations. Here, fresh produce is grown for the restaurant and chickens roam the estate – vital for the fresh morning eggs.

There are currently two Born Free Centres on the game reserve. Environmental education is a major facet of these centers and the emphasis is on the school children of previously disadvantaged communities with in excess of 700 children been educated monthly. Guests at the reserve can visit the centers and learn about their work.

With every booking, we donate funds to Helping Rhinos, our charity partner.
Helping Rhinos have been set up to create awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raises funds to help protect them for future generations.

This donation goes towards training for members of the local community to become rangers and ensure that there are more local people trained in the fight against poaching. This is important from a conservation perspective in order to preserve and protect one of our most important and prehistoric species, but also from an educational perspective as members of the local community are trained and offered jobs and a career - as well as educated about Rhino conservation.

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