Coming to South Africa in 2019? You’ll Want to Book These Tours

Coming to South Africa in 2019? You’ll Want to Book These Tours

There’s nothing better, when visiting a foreign land, than having the expertise of a knowledgeable guide close at hand. A tour guide understands what you’re looking for, and knows his country, so a guided tour really is the BEST way to experience everything a nation...
South Africa’s Best Kept Tourism Secrets

South Africa’s Best Kept Tourism Secrets

Travelling to South Africa anytime soon? Through your research you’ve almost certainly heard about Table Mountain, Robben Island, and the Kruger National Park – but what about the road less traveled? Those places about which even most South Africans do not know? We’ve...
A Brief History of the Kruger National Park

A Brief History of the Kruger National Park

Did you know that the Kruger National Park has more species of large mammals than any other game reserve on the African continent? Home to the iconic Big Five, you can expect to see a true plethora of fauna and flora wherever you travel in the national park. This blog...

Itinerary Design

Obtain an itinerary of a guided tour through the area you are planning to visit. See our pages describing the Full Itineraries of our tours. It is highly recommended to observe the general rule of thumb mentioned earlier (to allow 25 – 30% more time for a...

Planning your Self Drive Tour

When you consider visiting South Africa, and perhaps on a self-drive holiday, firstly decide whether this is the option for you. Secondly, familiarise yourself with the country and identify areas/places you want to visit. Acquire literature on the area. Consider the...

Self Drive Disadvantages

There are a lot of hidden costs involved sometimes forgotten about at the initial planning. It may get frustrating not be able to identify a certain scenic spot, building, etc and missing others while concentrating on driving in an unfamiliar environment. You do have...

Self Drive Advantages

Pro’s It is a cheaper way of travelling especially if you are a few sharing the hired car costs. You have the freedom to spend additional time at a scenic spot that interest you. You are able to design your holiday around your personal interests. You are able to...

Information about self-drive options

The self-drive concept has been in practice in Europe and USA for some time now. In South Africa it has also taken on momentum and its popularity is increasing. It is generally the concept of driving yourself in a hired vehicle along a suggested itinerary and...

Robben Island

For nearly 400 years, Robben Island – set in the Atlantic Ocean some 12 kilometres from Cape Town – was a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts...

Protection for Tourists

A democratic society is basically one where every citizen has the right to vote in a secret ballot for the people who would govern the country. Once a democratic government has been elected, it also becomes the legislative authority of the...

Bird Life

A variety of habitats provide homes for more than 900 species of birds, or 10% of the world’s total. They range from the ostrich – farmed in the Oudtshoorn district of the Western Cape, but seen in the wild mostly in the north of the country –...

The Crocodile and other Reptiles

Less generously endowed with freshwater fish (112 named species, 1.3% of the world total), South Africa nevertheless has one river-dweller that is, like the Big Five, a symbol of Africa – a reptile, not a fish. The crocodile still rules some stretches of river...

Marine Mammals and Fish

And they take to the sea. The largest mammal of all, in South Africa and the entire world, is the blue whale which can grow to 33m in length. But of the eight whale species found in South African waters (including the dramatic black-and-white killer whale), the most...

Lesser Known Wildlife

With the cheetah we move away from the Big Five. Other quintessentially African large animals of the wild are hippo, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest (the famous gnu) and zebra, all frequently seen in conservation areas. Heightened awareness, however, has created an...

The Big Cats

It hardly needs to be said that aside from being on the top rung of the predation ladder, the lion also tops the glamour stakes. Sadly, it does have one formidable enemy in humankind, who has expelled it from most parts of the country so that it now remains almost...

The Big 5

Originally used only by hunters, the term ‘Big Five’ refers to five of Africa’s greatest wild animals – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. As during the bygone hunting era the term “Big Five” still conjure up the romance...

Wildlife (Game) Introduction

The term wildlife, sometimes also called ‘game’, refers to mammals, birds, fish and reptiles that can be found in the wild. Africa has its “‘lion’s” share of wildlife and here we take a quick look at some of the most important and /...

Luxury Tour Operator, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Southern Circle Tours and Safaris is an inbound Tour Operator specialising in luxury tailor-made tours and daily excursions departing from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Whether you are a seasoned traveler in Johannesburg, Gauteng or a first time visitor to the...

The Cradle of Humankind

Only 45 minutes from the famous “goldfields” of South Africa around Johannesburg, nestling in a peaceful rural valley, lies the invaluable and ancient “Cradle of Humankind” – a place where our ancestors once roamed. Some of these...