Taste of South Africa

8 Days, 1 Country. A South African holiday that allows you to explore Cape Town, discover the Stellenbosch Winelands & go on safari in the African bush!
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Summary

This 8-day South African tour hits all of the high notes in a short amount of time. If a 2019 safari is on your must-do list, but you also want experience Stellenbosch wine tours and make your way to a malaria-free, Big Five game reserve in Limpopo, we've got you covered. Follow in the slipstream of passionate locals as you seek South Africa's foremost attractions and drink in gorgeous vistas at every turn. From cosmopolitan city centres to star-spangled bushveld skies, this South African holiday covers it all.

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Why this Trip

  • All tour dates are guaranteed to depart.
  • Only 10% deposit or minimum $110.00 required and no booking fees.
  • Modern air-conditioned private coach.
  • High quality accommodation.
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Itinerary PrintView full Itinerary here

Start in: Cape Town

Cape Town, 12:15 hrs & 14:45 hrs
Cape Town, Check in from 14:00 hrs
End in: Johannesburg

Johannesburg Airport, Complementary airport transfers offered - email us for confirmation
Duration: 8 Days
Ages: 10 - 75+
Places: 1 Country
7 Experiences

DAY 1: Cape Town

Start your South Africa holiday in Cape Town. Affectionately called the Mother City by her colourful locals, Cape Town is a city like no other. If you happen to arrive earlier in the day, take a bus or taxi into the CBD and jump straight in. Meet up with your tour leader and fellow travellers at the hotel this evening for a welcome dinner.

DAY 2: Cape Town City Tour

Day one of your South African tour starts with a bang as you embark on a driving tour of the historic city centre. Take in the sights at the Castle of Good Hope, the fascinating Cape Malay area, and famous Company's Gardens. After the tour, spend time exploring the amazing Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. This afternoon you have to option to venture up the iconic Table Mountain in a cable car before heading to Camps Bay and Chapman's Peak on a sunset drive.

DAY 3: Cape Town - Free day

Spend a free day in Cape Town in any way you wish! Visit Robben Island to follow in Mandela's footsteps, or stop over at one or two of the beautiful museums. Perhaps view contemporary African art at the Zeitz MOCAA. Alternatively, opt for a Cape Peninsula Day Trip. This takes you on a scenic drive along the coast from Cape Town to the Cape Point National Park. At Cape Point take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the upper lighthouse for the incredible panoramic views. Towering cliffs, the Atlantic ocean and endemic fynbos. Pass through Simon's Town and Kalk Bay, stop over at Boulders Beach to see the famous African penguins. Then also explore the internationally acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.  

DAY 4: Cape Winelands - Cape Town

Off to the Cape Winelands for two local wine tasting experiences. The university town of Stellenbosch lies at the heart of this beautiful region and boasts 150+ wine farms that form part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route. Get ready for two wine tasting encounters that will introduce you to local cultivars like Pinotage (uniquely South African), Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. After a delicious lunch, you are free to explore the town at leisure before heading back to your hotel in Cape Town.

DAY 5: Cape Town - Johannesburg - Mabula Lodge (Limpopo)

This morning, make your way to Cape Town International airport accompanied by an Expat Explore representative*. Board a connecting flight to Johannesburg for the final stretch of the tour. Upon touchdown you are whisked off to the luxurious Mabula Game Lodge. This malaria-free Limpopo safari destination is less than 3 hours from Joburg.  Welcome to the African bush where extraordinary animal experiences awaits, perhaps even spotting the Big 5! Lunch is served upon arrival and dinner is included this evening. Two game drives included in your stay, so book it at reception when you're ready.

*Please note that this leg of the tour does not include a personal Expat Explore tour leader. 

 

DAY 6: Mabula Lodge (Limpopo) - Free day

Today you have the entire day at Mabula Game Lodge to spend exactly as you wish. Make your way to reception to book a number of experiences on offer. Limpopo safaris are legendary and you can choose to take to the bush in a number of ways - set out on foot, take a quad bike trip, or go mounted on a specially-trained horse. Or wait for nightfall to encounter the nocturnal animals while indulging in a spot of stargazing? You could even hop aboard a hot air balloon to view it all from above at dusk...

DAY 7: Mabula Lodge - Johannesburg

Make your way from the Limpopo game reserve back to Johannesburg, where your bags will be dropped at the hotel and you have a full day to explore the City of Gold. Go shopping, visit Gold Reef City, or opt for optional tours around the city, or into the vibrant township of Soweto. Dinner is served at your hotel this evening.

DAY 8: Johannesburg

Enjoy breakfast with your tour mates one last time and hop the complimentary hotel transfer to O. R. Tambo International Airport. Hamba kahle - the Expat Explore team hopes you welcome you back aboard soon!


Tour Accommodation


* Please note that we do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here

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What's Included

  • 7 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
  • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All taxes and fees
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
  • Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
  • 7 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
  • Free Expat Explore tour souvenir – a memorable gift of your once in a lifetime trip.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
  • Cape Peninsula Day Trip
  • Helicopter Flight
  • Horse Back Safari
  • Quad Biking Trail
  • Guided Walking Tours
  • Cheetah Tracking Experience
  • Night Game Drive
  • Star Gazing
  • Balloon Safari
  • Soweto tour
  • Johannesburg city tour
  • Soweto tour with lunch

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How we make awesome trips affordable

  • No intermediary: You book directly from the tour operator so you don't have to pay any travel agent.
  • As a Europe leading bus tour operator we have 11 years of experience finding the best hotels for your budget and continuously optimizing our selection based on customer feedback.
  • We book our hotels well in advance so we get great value rates that we can pass on to you!
  • Thanks to the great number of people who travel with us each year, we can negotiate great deals that would be quite impossible for you to find on your own.

Detailed Info Pack

  • Tour start & end points
  • Pre-departure information
  • Pre-tour accommodation

For more information on, starting points & times, emergency contact details, budgeting for your tour & much more you can download our information pack here.

Helpful Pre-Trip Info

Visa

Certain nationalities may require a visa for this tour. Please see our visas page for more information. It is your responsibility to contact the relevant embassy to confirm your visa requirements. We can provide support documentation upon request, please contact us for more information.

On tour costs

Please refer to the tour itinerary for full details of the activities and meals that are included in the tour cost, and those which are optional/extra. We would recommend budgeting 200-350 ZAR per day (this excludes optional excursions).

Room Sharing

Please note, by default all rooms are twin bed rooms.

  • Partners: When you book for more than one person, we will by default group you together in a room (unless you specifically request us not to). If you are unequal numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.) and we are unable to secure a triple room then the remaining traveler will be roomed with another passenger of the same gender. 
  • Single Travelers: If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.
  • Triple Room requests: We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple may be a double and a single bed, or the third bed may be a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Free-time

In some destinations you will have a full free day, where you can choose to join our optional excursions or explore on your own.

Meeting Point

Your tour starts in Cape Town and finishes in Johannesburg. Please have a look at our essential tour information page for detailed information.

Passport

This should be valid for at least six months after you have returned home from your trip. You should also have at least two blank pages as visas and entry/exit stamps can take up a whole page.

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Have a question?

Are children allowed on your tours?

Our tours are not suitable for children under the age of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email for consideration. Expat Explore reserves the absolute right to accept or decline a booking at our discretion.

Are international flights included in the tour price?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the meeting destination for the first day of your tour. Make sure you keep departure times and possible delays in mind when booking flights. We recommend Skyscanner for comparing prices from the vast majority of airlines. Your tour includes an internal flight from George to Johannesburg. Please ensure you provide us with your passport details after you have made your booking so that we can arrange your flight ticket.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

Before the tour starts, you will receive an email from us requesting your dietary requirements. There is always a vegetarian option, which is a meal without meat. We try as much as we can to offer you the traditional local cuisine.

Can you provide a triple room?

We can generally provide a triple room on request; however it is not guaranteed to be available in every destination. Please contact our customer services team to request a triple room. Please note that in some hotels, the triple room may consist of a double bed and a single bed, or a double bed and a pull-out or bunk-bed. Where we cannot provide a triple room the rooming will consist of one twin room and the third passenger sharing with another single traveller of the same gender.

Can you send me a quote?

The price shown on the website for your departure date on the day you book is the price you will pay. If you would like to make a group booking for 10 or more people please contact us.

Do I need a visa?

Please see our visas page and the pre-departure planning section for more information.

Do I need to change money before the tour?

Please make sure you bring with you for the start of the tour the local currency(ies) you will need for at least the first three days, as there may not be an opportunity to change currency at the very beginning of the tour. You should budget for any optional excursions you wish to do in this period (see 'Optional Excursions' tab above, these are paid in cash on tour unless stated otherwise) and non-included meals. We don’t recommend carrying large amounts of cash with you on tour; you are better off withdrawing enough cash to last you for the next 5-7 days, rather than carrying enough cash to last you for the entirety of the tour. Please refer to your pre-departure information for more information on the currencies you will require for your particular itinerary. When changing money please ensure that you are not given high denomination notes (for example €200 and €500 notes), as you will find most shops and restaurants will refuse to accept them, and your Expat Explore tour leader cannot accept them as payment for optional excursions.

Do you have on-tour luggage storage facilities?

No, we do not have these facilities. For security reasons you will be required to keep your belongings with you at all times. Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to bring.

How can I get the documents I need to apply for my visa?

Expat Explore can provide travellers requiring visas with visa support documents on a request basis. Please note that you are required to pay for your tour in full in order to receive the documents. This is an embassy/consulate requirement by law. Once you have received confirmation that your booking has been paid in full, you can request your visa support documents by emailing info@expatexplore.com - please allow up to 10 working days to receive these documents.

How do I book/pay?

You can book online through our website or call our customer service team to make a booking over the phone. You must pay a deposit of the greater of 10% or 50 GBP (or equivalent if booking in a currency other than GBP) via our online payment platform to secure your place. You can pay the remaining amount up to 60 days before departure, with a debit/credit card or with a bank transfer.

How many other people will be on my tour?

It depends on how many other people book! There could be up to 51 other passengers, so you will have the opportunity to make lots of friends!

How much luggage can I bring?

Due to weight and space limitations, you are allowed to bring one main piece of luggage weighing no more than 20kg, and one small soft bag for hand luggage. On all tours, you will have to carry your own luggage (e.g. into hotels and up to your room if hotels don’t have elevators). Please bear this in mind when you are deciding what to pack.

Is my deposit refundable?

Your deposit payment secures your place(s) on the tour and the price you pay. Your deposit paid at the time of booking is non-refundable. Our full Terms and Conditions can be viewed online.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes, and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Passengers and their personal property travel with Expat Explore solely at their own risk. Please refer to our travel Terms & Conditions for more specific information. For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. To receive a quote from one of our preferred travel insurance partners, please click here

What about room sharing & single supplements?

If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our customer services team. Please note that the room provided may be a single room with a single bed.

What is included in the tour price?

The tour price includes accommodation for the duration of the tour; transport by private coach; breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per your itinerary and guided walking tours and excursions as per your itinerary. On top of this, you will have a tour leader to assist you along the way with great tips and handy advice! Please refer to the ‘Included’ section of the itinerary where a full breakdown is given.

What is the average age of your groups?

We have a very wide range of ages on our tours, and do not restrict our passengers to certain age groups or limits. A positive attitude and an open mind are more important than a number!

What level of fitness do I need to participate in these tours?

All travellers are required to carry their own bags, get on and off the coach and use public transport. Our city walking tours can last up to 3 hours and certain places involve walking up and down lots of steps. We want you to enjoy your tour, so read through the itinerary thoroughly and make your own conclusions as to whether you feel that you are fit and healthy enough.

What time does each day start on tour?

Generally, we like to make an early start, so that you can spend more time at each destination. On your free days, you can have a lie in if you wish!

Where does my tour depart from?

Please see the 'Tour Start & End Points' tab at the beginning of the Help Section for more information on the start and end points, and meeting times.

Who will be my tour leader?

Our tour leaders come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and interests. They are all confident and well-travelled, with an in-depth knowledge of the destinations they are working in, and a passion for helping you make the most out of your Expat Explore tour.

Will I get confirmation of my payment?

As soon as your payment has been processed by our accounts team, we will send you a confirmation email. Please note this may take up to 5 working days, depending on your method of payment.
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