South African Tours

Are you visiting South Africa from Australia, England, America, or another country? Then partner with Southern Circle Tours and Safaris for the ultimate South African tours. Whether you are interested in self-drive holidays, guided tours, open vehicle safaris or a visit to South Africa’s world heritage sites, we have the perfect tours for you.

There are a number of must-dos and must-sees across South Africa. We have a variety of Cape Town and Durban tours, as well as a wide assortment of tours that will immerse you in the rich history of our country.

At Southern Circle Tours and Safaris, our top-quality tours are all expertly planned and executed. For the experience of a lifetime, browse through our South African tours on this page:

Apartheid Museum Tour Soweto

Soweto is an abbreviation for South Western Townships in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Home to over a million people, the sprawling expanses of Soweto set trends in politics, art and fashion. Tours to Soweto offer insight into the historical, political and day-to-day aspects of the township. Learn more about the people and how they live by booking a tour today.

The Apartheid Museum is near Soweto and it is a must-see during your South African tour. Democracy, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect, freedom and equality – today, these pillars represent the foundation of a democratic South Africa. The years 1948 to 1994, however, were dark times in South African history. The nation was divided and apartheid was the law.

The basic principle behind apartheid was simple: segregate everything. The apartheid regime wanted to keep everything divided by implementing strict rules and legislation and for a number of years, they succeeded.

Before you enter the Apartheid Museum, you will see an exhibit of photos of descendants of the early Johannesburg. You will immediately be confronted with the reality of the racial segregation that existed in South Africa during these times. You will be taken on a journey of the diversity of the people of the country, the oppression of the Nationalist regime, the rise of black consciousness, the arms struggle, and the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment.

The full day Apartheid Museum tour departs from Sandton, Johannesburg and includes a visit to the Mandela House Museum, the Hector Peterson Memorial and museum, the new Prestige Park and Orlando West. We will travel past the homes of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Winnie Mandela. You will also be able to get a glimpse of the history of Soweto and even have a lunch (not included) in one of the shebeens in Soweto. After lunch, we will make our way to the Apartheid Museum. Book your apartheid museum tour now.

Johannesburg City Tour

See the prestigious Northern Suburbs of Houghton, Sandton and Rosebank on this four-hour tour of Johannesburg. You will also see the site of the notorious Old Fort Prison as well as the home of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, namely Constitution Hill. You will be able to gain insights in the cosmopolitan area of Hillbrow as we drive through this area of Joburg.

South African Battlefields

the field at isandlwana on a battlefields tour

We offer both a 1-day battlefield tour as well as a 2-day battlefield tour:

  • 1-Day Battlefield Tour
    During the 1-day battlefield tour, you will visit the battlefield of Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and, if time allows Chetswayo’s Kraal, Ondini, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana. The tour departs at 06:30 from Durban and lasts 12 hours. Time permitting; we will be able to travel via Babanango to Ulundi to visit Chetswayo’s Kraal, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana.
  • 2-Day Battlefield Tour
    The 2-day battlefield tours depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 08h00. On the first day, you will travel from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, Spionkop, Ladysmith and Talana. We will stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of his skin colour. We will also visit historic sites of the Battle of Blood River and sites where famous personalities such as General Louis Botha and Winston Churchill spent their time. On the second day, we will travel to Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana and Umgungundlovu before going back to Durban. You will be able to gain insights into the clashes between the Zulus and the Voortrekkers, Dingane, the massacre of Piet Retief and more.

World Heritage Site Tours

Southern Circle Tours and Safaris offers a number of South African world heritage site tours. The United Nations Environmental and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) categorises world heritage sites into two sites:

  1. Cultural, and
  2. Natural.

What Leads To A UNESCO World Heritage Site Status?

  • Natural Sites: These sites must be outstanding examples that show major stages of earth’s history, contain superlative natural phenomena or are areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.
  • Cultural Sites: These sites must represent a masterpiece of human creative genius, exhibit an important interchange of human values or bear exceptional testimony to a civilisation which is living or has disappeared. It is not easy to get either status from UNESCO, but South Africa has a number of world heritage sites across the country. These include the following cultural world heritage sites:
  • Robben Island in the Western Cape,
  • The Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng;  and
  • Mapungubwe.

The natural world heritage sites in South Africa are as follows:

  • Hlamba-Drakensberg Park in KwaZulu Natal;
  • The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in KwaZulu Natal;
  • The Cape Floral Region;
  • The Cradle of Humankind; and
  • The Vredefort Dome.

The Vredefort Dome Tour

People from all over the world were terrified by the images in movies such as Deep Impact and Armageddon. Many believe that a meteorite like the one that hit Vredefort, South Africa, will end all life on earth.

Vredefort is a town not far from Johannesburg in Gauteng. It is also the name of a meteorite impact site. UNESCO declared the area as a world heritage site in 2005. It is not only the oldest meteorite impact site on our planet, it is also the largest. Geologists have narrowed the date of impact down to 2 023 million years ago.

Across the globe, this area is renowned for its geological formations called the Vredefort Structure. The dome is a world heritage site because it is accessible for research. The Vredefort Dome tour will take you approximately 1.5 hours from Johannesburg to the unique Vredefort “Fort of Peace”. Find out more about the Vredefort Tour

Zulu Culture Tours

The cry of the Zulu warrior echoes back in time to a warring nation who once took on the might of the British Empire. These hardy men were trained by one of the most ruthless warrior that South Africa has ever known: Shaka Zulu.

Shaka Zulu made his warriors run barefoot across the thorny veld and fight the waves of the ocean in a bid to strengthen them for battle. He turned a small clan of 1 700 people in Zululand into a mighty nation that stretches across the length and breadth of South Africa.

Today, the discipline and energy that consolidated the Zulu Impis into a formidable force live on in a structured, stylised battle movement of dance. The vigorous leaps, kicks and thrusts that the dancers do show their strength. The higher you kick, the stronger you are. The more energetic the dance, the more dust you kick up and the more daunting it will be for the people they are fighting.

The movements of their dances are enhanced by the clothes they wear, namely animal skins and feathers. The flourishes of cultural weapons that are incorporated into the pulsating rhythm add to the awe-inspiring spectacle of their movements. Dancing in Zulu culture is not only associated with battle; their love of dancing is also a part of many celebratory activities such as weddings, parties and coming of age celebrations. Southern Circle Tours and Safaris offers a number of Zulu culture tours that can immerse you into the experience of this ethnic group and give you insight into their culture. Some of the Zulu culture tours include the following:

  • One-day Zulu Cultural Tour

    The Zulus are the largest of South Africa’s ethnic groups and during this one-day Zulu cultural tour; you will be able to get insight into this culture. The tour departs at 09h00 in Durban and will take you past the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. We will visit Eshowe as well as Shakaland, where we will have lunch and a demonstration of the traditional dance styles as well as the Zulu’s social system.

  • Two-day Zulu Culture and Wildlife Tour

    The two-day Zulu culture and wildlife tour will let you experience the Zulu culture as well as a magical safari. Departing from Durban, you will be taken past the home of Shaka Zulu, namely KwaDukuza, towards the subtropical coast and bushveld. You will experience the age-old Zulu culture first-hand in a Zulu village, visit a Sangoma and experience authentic tribal dancing. You will be taken to a ‘Big Five’ wildlife reserve called Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park where you will be able to see lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants. At Hluhluwe, you will be treated to a sumptuous dinner as well as an open vehicle safari the following day.

  • Three-day African Wildlife Experience Tour

    The three-day African Wildlife Experience Tour departs from Durban and will take you to the Zulu cultural Village of St Lucia, a Rhino Reserve, and the Rhino River Lodge where you will see a Zulu cultural show. The village of St. Lucia was proclaimed a world heritage site in 1999. Here, you will be taken on a boat cruise on Lake St. Lucia, where you will see an abundance of bird life, hippos and crocodiles. After the boat trip, you will be taken on an open vehicle safari where you will be able to experience the magnificent African wildlife up close. At the Rhino Reserve, you will be able to experience yet another open vehicle safari and enjoy sun downers in the bush as well as a hearty dinner around a fire in the open Boma under the African starry sky.

About Southern Circle Tours and Safaris

The team members of Southern Circle Tours and Safaris are picked not only for their knowledge, but their commitment to excellence. Our in-house guides are specialists in their own fields and are academics in their own right. As an inbound wheels tour operator and complete destination management agency in South Africa, we are able to arrange your complete tour experience. Whether you are interested in self-drive packages or accommodation or whether you need hotel/airport transfers, we are your one-stop shop for all your South African tour requirements.

Whether you are visiting South Africa from Australia, England or America, we will make sure that you have the best experience. Contact us today for more information about our South African tours.