South Africa Group Travel Dates

Date

Price

Availability

Sat, October 26, 2024 – Mon, November 4, 2024

$3699

SOLD OUT

Sat, February 15, 2025 – Mon, February 24, 2025

$3799

Available

Sat, December 27, 2025 – Mon, January 5, 2026

$3899

Available

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Where We Go

Johannesburg

Kruger National Park

Cape Town

Places Visited

  • Johannesburg
  • Kruger National Park
  • Private Game Reserves (Greater Kruger National Park)
  • Cape Town

Highlights

  • Spotting the big 5 on safari drives in Kruger National Park
  • Staying in tented camps at a private game reserve which share an unfenced border with Kruger National Park
  • Sipping delicious South African wines on a Cape Winelands wine tour
  • Experiencing all of Cape Town via a Cape Peninsula tour
  • Free time to explore Cape Town

Trip Inclusions

Trip Rankings

Physical Intensity
Medium
Free Time
Low
Culture / History
Medium Low
Nightlife
Medium Low
Food / Cuisine
Low

Flight Information

Airfare is not included in the price of our South Africa group tour. When purchasing airfare please do so as follows:

  • Arrival: Fly into Johannesburg (airport code: JNB) by 4pm on the first day
  • Departure: Fly from Cape Town (airport code: CPT) at anytime on the final day

Is This South Africa Tour Right for You?

  • There are four morning safaris on this South Africa group tour which means early morning starts (5am) on those days. The safaris start early as animals are most active at this time.
  • There is a good amount of travel on this trip (1 internal flight and 1 long drive) so be prepared to be on the move throughout this South Africa trip.
  • You will be staying in tented safari camps during your time in/around Kruger. While the tents are comfortable they are still tents in the wilderness and will certainly not have the same feel as a normal hotel room.
  • Summer in South Africa is from December through March while winter is from May through September. While Cape Town’s climate is somewhat temperate there is significant fluctuation in the climate in Kruger National Park. Summer in Kruger can be both very hot and humid while the winter is cold at night. Apply for dates according to your comfort level of travel during these times.

Frequently Asked Questions

The group leader on this South Africa group tour will be a local from Africa! His/her job is to ensure the safety and well being of everyone on the trip and to show everyone the most amazing time ever! While he/she will have a basic knowledge of the history, culture and customs of South Africa he/she may not be an expert in the matter.

A passport is required for this South Africa trip. It is strongly recommended that your passport have at least 6 months validity (from the time you leave South Africa) to avoid any problems. If you hold a U.S. passport you will not need a visa for entry to South Africa as long as you are not staying more than 90 days.

You will be staying in a combination of tented camps and boutique, independently owned 3 star hotels for the duration of this South Africa trip. In/around Kruger you will be staying in tented safari camps which can be considered “high end tents”. Please keep in mind that these are structured tents in the wilderness so, for example, insulation will not be as robust as a regular hotel and you will be surrounded by all living things in the South African bush including insects! In Johannesburg you will stay in very safe neighborhood in (3 star hotels) and in Cape Town you will stay in a centrally located (and safe) district like City Bowl (also in 3 star hotels).

In order to budget properly please consider the following items which are not included in this South Africa group travel trip:

  • Meals:  You are responsible for 5 lunches and 4 dinners. Budget around $250 for meals not included.
  • Tipping
    • Local drivers, guides and restaurant staff: Tipping is not compulsory but can make a big difference to individuals in the local hospitality industry in South Africa. Therefore, we recommend budgeting around $100 for these services.
    • Group leader: Tipping your group leader is completely discretionary. For outstanding service you may consider tipping your group leader ~$10/day.
  • Travel insurance: Travel insurance covering our minimum requirements ($100k+ in medical coverage including emergency evacuation) is compulsory for all participants. Budget anywhere from $50 to $130 for travel insurance (from a 3rd party) depending on your specific coverage inclusions.

The single room supplement on this South Africa group trip is $999. You will be able to select your preference for a single room supplement when filling out the application. However, due to the boutique nature of the tented safari camps a single room supplement is not guaranteed and subject to availability on a trip by trip basis. Therefore, if you are interested in a single room supplement please contact us before applying to inquire about availability.

Upon arrival in Johannesburg you will be picked up at the airport and taken directly to the hotel where your group leader will be waiting for you! After getting checked-in you will have free time until around 6pm upon which you will meet the group in the lobby of the hotel for an orientation meeting followed by a welcome dinner nearby. While you will not physically meet your group mates until the evening of the first day you will be in contact with everyone well ahead of time in the group WhatsApp chat and, in addition, we will provide you with everyone’s traveler bios so you’ll already know each other a little before physically meeting!

On days 3 (Kruger) and 9 (Cape Town) you will have the opportunity to tailor the trip to your style by selecting an optional excursion. You will be able to select the optional excursion during the application process.

 

Day 3 (Kruger):

  • Bush walk: ZAR1100

 

Day 9 (Cape Town)

  • Township tour: ZAR700
  • Food tour: ZAR1990

 

You can read more about the optional excursions here.

We recommend bringing cash for this trip. We recommend bringing USD (cash) and then exchanging to rand when you arrive in South Africa. Further, if you have a credit card without foreign transaction fees (Visa and Mastercard) bring that tool as most stores will accept it. You will be provided with further currency instructions including how to exchange USD for ZAR if you join this South Africa group tour.

You may bring any size luggage that you wish. You will be provided with a detailed packing list after joining the South Africa trip!

You will have WiFi at the hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In Kruger, you might have WiFi (in the safari tented camp) but expect the signal to be weak and sporadic at best (if existent).

Our South Africa group trip covers 3 different locations so it’s important to understand the nightlife in each location.  However, please note that the days are very long and typically this is not a nightlife oriented trip.  The decision to go out at night or not is completely up to you!

  • Johannesburg:  While you will be staying in a safe neighborhood we recommend calling it an early night in Johannesburg as you have very early mornings for the next several days to come.
  • Kruger National Park:  At night you will be confined to the boma so these nights will be very relaxing.
  • Cape Town:  Cape Town has a sleuth of nightlife options ranging from pubs, to lounges and clubs. The decision to go out at night in Cape Town is entirely up to you!

On nights 2, 3 and 4 you will be staying in tented safari camps. The ‘rooms’ are set up under tents – think a large tent with a modern feel underneath (beds, linens, wash basin, mosquito netting, etc.). All the tents will have two separate twin beds. Some safari camps might even have A/C units in the tents themselves but this is not a guarantee. The safari camps will have outdoor shower facilities. It’s important to keep in mind these safari camp sites are not built like hotels but, rather, a glamping like experience. The camp sites we use are considered middle range (as far as tented camp sites go).

South Africa Group Travel Itinerary

  • Welcome to South Africa! In particular, welcome to Johannesburg: South Africa’s biggest city and once home to both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Relax for the rest of the day by exploring our neighborhood or going for a Soweto tour (if you arrived the night before).

 

  • Tonight we’ll meet up for dinner at a local restaurant followed by an early night in to get ready for our early start tomorrow morning.

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Johannesburg (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Transportation: Private transfer from Johannesburg airport to hotel
  • Rise and shine it’s safari time! We’ll leave Johannesburg bright and early to make the long drive East to our safari lodge in time for an afternoon safari inside the magnificent Kruger National Park! Kruger National Park, bursting with endless wildlife, is famously home to the big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. The afternoon safari drive today will be the first of 6 total drives so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the big 5 in addition to the other amazing animals home to the area.

 

  • This evening, back at the camp, you’ll have some time to relax (or nap) before dinner and an easy, relaxing night around the boma.

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: Tented safari camp (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities: Afternoon safari drive
  • Transportation: Transportation from Johannesburg to safari camp
  • It’s another early morning as we embark on a full day of safari game drives! We’ll head out early on a morning safari in Kruger National Park to hopefully spot more of the big 5. Perhaps we’ll get lucky with a herd of elephants. After the morning safari we’ll head back to our camp to grab some breakfast.

 

  • Around midday we’ll check out of our camp and head to another one but this time on a private game reserve which shares an unfenced border with Kruger so the animals can roam free and come and go as they please. After checking in to the new camp we’ll have some time to relax for a bit before heading out on our evening safari (on the private game reserve) to continue our animal watching extraordinary adventure.

 

  • Tonight, back at the camp, we’ll enjoy a freshly prepared dinner and relax around the camp fire before calling it an early night.

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: Tented safari camp (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities: Morning and afternoon safari drives
  • Today is yet another full day safari experience in the private game reserve! We’ll get up early again for a morning safari then head back to the camp for breakfast followed by relaxation time before an afternoon safari. Instead of a nap you could also opt into the optional bush walk excursion!

 

  • Tonight we’ll enjoy another delicious dinner with relaxing time around the boma and campfire

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: Tented safari camp (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Activities: Morning and afternoon safari drives
 
Optional Excursions:
  • Bush walk: ZAR1100
 
You can read more about the optional excursions here.
  • Rise and shine – it’s your last safari drive! This morning safari will give you one more opportunity to spot the remaining big 5 animals and experience other unearthly animals up close and personal in their nature habitat.

 

  • Around midday we’ll head to the airport for a flight south to Cape Town

 

  • Upon arrival in Cape Town we’ll check into our hotel but then the remainder of the evening/night is free to spend as you wish!

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Cape Town (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Morning safari
  • Transportation: Transfer from tented camp to airport, flight from Kruger to Cape Town, transfer from airport to hotel in Cape Town
  • What’s the best way to get oriented with Cape Town and see the absolute must see highlights in a day? Well, that would be with a Cape Peninsula tour! We’ll start off with the colorful neighborhood of Bo-Kaap which is a melting pot of multicultural ethnicities. From there we’ll take a scenic drive along the coastline filled with white sand beaches before stopping in Hout Bay, a quaint fishing village where you’ll have some time to explore. Next, we’ll head to the Cape of Good Hope – Africa’s most Southern point – offering some amazing views of Cape Town and the ocean. But, of course, the day won’t be complete without a visit to the adorable penguins on Boulders Beach. What an epic day!

 

  • In the early evening, after the tour, you can join your group leader for a hike up to Lion’s Head for a sundowner.

 

  • Tonight you’ll have some free time to explore delicious restaurants in our cute neighborhood and take on the bar scene after (for those that would like).

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Cape Town (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Cape Peninsula tour, Lion’s Head hike
  • Transportation: Transportation to all sites
  • Today it’s all about delicious South African wine! We’ll head out to the famous Cape Winelands in South Africa by visiting two world beautiful towns – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This area is world renowned for having some of the best wines complete with gorgeous scenery and adorable restaurants and coffee shops. We’ll visit several different wineries accompanied with tastings – deliciousness all around – before heading back to our hotel in the evening.

 

  • Tonight we’ll head to a local restaurant for dinner and then out after for those that would like!

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Cape Town (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Wine tour
  • Transportation: Transportation to/from all wineries
  • This morning you’re in for (another) treat as we head to Kristenbosch National Botanical Gardens! Kristenbosch, regarded as one of the greatest botanical gardens in the entire world, covers over 1300 acres of lush flora encompassing over 6,000 different types of plants! We’ll spend several hours exploring the vast grounds of this special, beautiful place.

 

  • The rest of the day is yours to spend as you wish in Cape Town! There’s so much to see and explore; you could explore a new neighborhood, head to a local beach, go shopping along the V&A Waterfront, or visit a museum. Your group leader will be able to provide you with plenty of options!

 

  • Tonight we’ll meet back up for dinner as we reminisce about everyone’s adventures today.

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Cape Town (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activities: Kristenbosch Gardens exploration
  • Transportation: Transfer from hotel to Kristenbosch Gardens
  • Today is a free day to spend as you wish in Cape Town! You could go to the top of Table Mountain by way of the cable car or even a hike, explore yet a new neighborhood, relax on the beach or opt into one of the optional excursions. How you spend the day is entirely up to you but, rest assured, there’s no such thing as a bad decision!

 

  • Tonight is our last night together so we’ll definitely finish our South Africa group trip in style: delicious South African food followed by a night out for those that would like!

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Lodging: 3* hotel in Cape Town (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 
Optional Excursions:
  • Township tour: ZAR700
  • Food tour: ZAR1990
 
You can read more about the optional excursions here.
  • Today, sadly, is your last on our South Africa group tour for young professionals. While you will be going home today the experience on the trip and friendships made will last a lifetime! You’re free to depart from Cape Town at any time today.

 

Daily Inclusions:

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Private transfer from hotel to Cape Town airport
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