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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 has to offer visitors. This blog article takes a look at a few guided South African tours you’ll want to book a spot on when visiting the Rainbow Nation…

Tours from Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the business hub of South Africa, with many mines and corporate offices being found in the Gauteng province. There are a bunch of amazing things to see and do in and around Johannesburg, including the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Below are a few tours from Johannesburg, their durations, the highlights you’ll get to enjoy while on each tour, and a link to each should you wish to find out more:

A Taste of South Africa Tour

  • Starts in Johannesburg, ends in Cape Town
  • 11 days
  • Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Swaziland, Zululand, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, Lake St Lucia, Durban, Indian Market, uShaka Marine World, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Outeniqua Pass, Cango Caves, Little Karoo, Winelands, Cape Town.Find out more about this tour here.


The Great African Wildlife Expedition

  • Starts in Durban, ends in Johannesburg
  • 6 days
  • St Lucia, Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Zululand, Swaziland, Kruger National Park, Panoramic Route, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Sabie, Lone Creek Falls, Pilgrim’s Rest, Dullstroom, JohannesburgFind out more about this tour here.


Tours from Cape Town

Cape Town, otherwise known as the Mother City, is found at the southern-most point of the African continent. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, which can be accessed by cable car, the iconic V&A Waterfront, and Robben Island – where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. Naturally, there’s a plethora of fun to be hand in the cape!

Below are a few South African tours from Cape Town, their durations, as well as main attractions to look out for. We’ve linked them to website pages featuring more information:

Garden Route Guided Tour

  • Starts in Cape Town, ends in Port Elizabeth
  • 3 days
  • Route 62, Garden Route, Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains, Breede Valley Wine Region, Little Karoo, Ostrich Show Farm, Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves, Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Birds of Eden, Tsitsikamma National Park, Port Elizabeth.Find out more about this tour here.


Cape Nature Highlights Tour

  • Starts in Cape Town, ends in Cape Town
  • 5 days
  • Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Karoo, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Grabouw, Post Office Tree, Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River, George, Oudtshoorn, Cango Wildlife Ranch, Cango Caves, Swartberg Mountains, Beaufort West, Karoo National Park, Hex River Valley.Find out more about this tour here.


Tours from Durban

Durban, found in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, was one of the host cities during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. In and around Durban you’ll find a bunch of exciting things to see and do, like travelling the world-famous Midlands Meander and visiting the exact spot where Nelson Mandela was captured before his tenure on Robben Island.

We’ve listed a few fun South African tours from Durban below, how long each will take, the main attractions on the tour, and a link to find out more:

Drakensberg Mountains Adventure

  • Starts in Durban, ends in Durban
  • 3 days
  • Mahatma Gandhi train station, Howick Falls, Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Drakensberg Mountains, Midlands Meander, Spionkop Game Reserve, Qwa Qwa, Golden Gate National Park, Giant’s Castle.Find out more about this tour here.


Natal Battlefields Tour

  • Starts in Durban, ends in Durban
  • 3 days
  • Pietermaritzburg, Mahatma Gandhi train station, Battle of Blood River, Battle of Spionkop, Ladysmith Siege Museum, Talana Battlefield, Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana, Babanango, Ondini, Umgungundhlovu, Piet Retief’s grave, Melmoth, Eshowe, Durban.Find out more about this tour here.