Johannesburg to Cape Town tour in South Africa

This is an epic overland tour of South Africa incorporating game drives, boat trips, mountain walks, vineyard tours, free days and optional nature walks.
Johannesburg Mpumalanga Panorama Route Letaba Ranch Reserve Kruger National Park Hlane Game Reserve Swaziland St. Lucia Cape Vidal Dundee via Rourke's Drift walk in the Drakensberg Lesotho Tsitsikamma National Park Hermanus (seasonal whale watching) Cape Town via Winelands Cape Peninsula tour
US $4979ToUS $5199excluding flights
22 Days
Small group
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Optional single supplement from 880 - 912.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Johannesburg to Cape Town tour in South Africa


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US $4979ToUS $5199excluding flights
Optional single supplement from 880 - 912.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.


2 Reviews of Johannesburg to Cape Town tour in South Africa

4 out of 5 stars

In depth story review

“This trip produced everything. Not just the Big Five, but so many other experiences too. It was really the ultimate safari experience.”

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Kruger National Park, Roark's Drift, Malealea: an enchanting place with great scenery, local music, colourful lodgings. The guides were so enthusiastic and caring and they did a great job of showing us the best of their country.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

There are some very long days of driving so be prepared for that!
For single travelers, ask to be placed in a cabin near the other cabins.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, especially at Malealea

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Lovely vacation. EXCEPT: most of the pools at the lodgings were closed or not in use. At Tsitsikama I got a tiny little cabin in the forest (not on the beach) that
was dark and damp and obviously a cheaper room than all the others and I paid the single supplement. Very cold and isolated.

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing leopards for the first time after many trips to 'leopard countries', being 2/3 metres on foot from a white rhino, being 4/5 metres on foot from a cheetah on a kill, a great group dynamic, great tour leader and assistants, friendly local people, great walking much!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

In future the camping element of this trip is being dropped. Pack as lightly as you can (frequent laundry opps) but be aware of big temperature swings, we experience forty to seventeen degrees centigrade as daytime temperatures.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, there were constant efforts by the local organisers to use small, local companies for services and in Lesotho there is a direct link with a local community project. We were always urged to avoid creating waste and to be careful with water waste in drought areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It rates very high in our list of best vacations. It is a varied programme with many optional activities available, expertly led, great meals catered during camping and remote lodge elements.

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.


Accommodation & Meals:
You will spend most nights in log cabins or hotels and 8 nights full service camping. We predominantly use small businesses for accommodation in order to keep investment local and benefit the communities we visit directly. Campsites used are either locally owned, or a percentage of their income goes towards, schooling, or nature conservation & community projects. We strive to always leave a campsite in a better condition than when we arrived and to use gas whilst cooking instead of using limited firewood resources. In Malelea, Lesotho, we stay in a community owned lodge and have the opportunity to visit some of the community projects which are supported by tourists staying here including the local school. Almost all meals are provided and your local tour leader will endeavour to source fresh produce wherever possible. Meals might include fresh fruit, cold meats and cheese, potjies (stew) or braais (barbecue) etc.

Our local suppliers support the Save Our Sausage Trees initiative in Botswana, which aims to address the issue of depleting forests in the area. The Mokoro is a boat used by the people of the Okavango Delta and it is crafted traditionally out of a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (or sausage tree). Although increased tourism has had some obvious benefits to the area, this has also brought a higher demand for Mokoro boats and therefore more trees are being cut down. As a wooden Mokoro only lasts about 5 years, there are hundreds of these trees being felled per year and not enough to sustain this. We have consulted with the Okovango community, and we have agreed to pay half the price of a fibreglass Mokoro if a poler wants to purchase the other half, in order to save the trees.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


Local Crafts and Culture:
We stop at a number of cottage industries along the route of this trip, where clients have a chance to buy locally made products directly from the vendors. These are found along the panoramic route in Mpumalanga and are endorsed by the regional council and have been provided with structures to sell their products from. Guides will be able to advise which products to avoid and which to purchase e.g. large items made from local hard wood encourage deforestation, so we discourage this. We also stop at Stellenbosch, to see the local vineyards and sample the locally produced wine which makes this area so well known. This is a good chance to support communities in this area by buying souvenirs.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator and ensure that all of our guides are local and that in exchange for their expertise on the wildlife, environment and culture that they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. By supporting and employing these people we are helping to ensure that their wildlife areas, scenic beauty and historical significance generate value for the community and are therefore appreciated and protected from
development and exploitation. For example, we employ local site guides trained from community projects in the Royal Natal N.P. at Malealea Lodge.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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