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South Africa Expedition

South Africa Expedition

11 days, 3 cities14
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From $2929 without flightsPayments as low as $73

Aerial view of a coastal city with mountains in the background
Aerial view of a coastal city with mountains in the background
Aerial view of a shoreline with beachgoers on the sand and swimming in the light blue water
A rhinoceros and a baby rhinoceros in a field
A stone fort with a yellow tower
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Why go?

South Africa brings a lot to the table. Like two cities brimming with history and culture, stunning coastlines, and a national park home to lions, elephants, and rhinos. In fact, it brings Table Mountain to the table, too.

Picture yourself

  • Capturing photos of wild animals you never dreamed of seeing

  • Gazing out at Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain

  • Visiting the former home of President Nelson Mandela

  • Diving into the waves of the (very) south Atlantic

  • Sipping on wine just feet from where the grapes are grown

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 8 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • 2 lunches

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • 2 insider tours with local guides

  • Excursion to Cape Peninsula

  • Full-day game drive at Kruger National Park

Map for the South Africa Expedition tour
Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Overnight flight

    You’ve got a long journey ahead of you before those travel dreams become IRL experiences. So, recline that seat and start counting lions, elephants, and rhinos until you zonk out.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Cape Town

    Welcome to Cape Town, one of South Africa’s three capital cities—head to your hotel and get some rest. Tomorrow, the adventure begins.

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet an EF representative.
    • Transfer to your accommodations, check in, and start to meet your fellow travelers.
  • Day 3: Tour Cape Town + optional Quest for freedom: Robben Island visit

    We’re gonna go out on a limb and assume that Cape Town is the farthest south you’ve ever been, so that’s cool. Today, you’ll soak in the sights and catch up on the city’s history with a local guide.

    Today's highlights:

    • Ride by cable car to the peak of iconic Table Mountain.
    • Walk the vibrant streets of the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot.

    Quest for freedom: Robben Island visit (extra cost)

    Tour the Robben Island prison, a UNESCO site where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years.

    This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than thirty days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.

  • Day 4: Visit Cape Peninsula

    Today you’ll put the cape in Cape Town. Explore Cape Peninsula and the famous Cape of Good Hope—home to ridiculous views, colorful plant life, and a bunch of s’cute animals.

    Today's highlights:

    • Take the scenic route south and gaze at Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.
    • Look out at the south Atlantic from the Cape Point Lighthouse.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for penguins during an included lunch in Simon Town.
  • Day 5: Free day in Cape Town + optional winelands tasting and lunch

    You’ve got one more day in Cape Town, and how you spend it is totally up to you. Make it a beach day, shop ’til ya drop, or go pinkies up on an optional getaway.

    Free time suggestions

    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Get lost in the colors of South Africa as you wander one of the world’s most renowned gardens. Try exploring from above on the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway.

    Camps Bay: Walk the white-sand beach, visit restaurants and clubs, and shop the shops of Cape Town’s affluent Camps Bay neighborhood.

    Cape winelands visit and lunch (extra cost)

    Visit Stellenbosch to sip on the cape’s finest wines (Pinotage, anyone?) and enjoy a light lunch. 

  • Day 6: Travel to Johannesburg + guided sightseeing

    Next up, Joburg. Founded as a gold-mining town, Johannesburg is now the largest city in South Africa and home to a booming arts, music, and food scene.

    Today's highlights:

    • Fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg and check into your new hotel.
    • Get a feel for the city as you explore with a local guide.
    • See Nelson Mandela’s house as you walk down Vilakazi Street.
  • Day 7: Travel to Kruger region

    Grab a window seat on your private bus and watch the South African landscape roll on by. Kruger National Park—home to hundreds of rare animal species—awaits.

    Today's highlights:

    • Check into your new hotel near the animal sanctuary.
    • Charge your phone, grab your binoculars, and prepare for tomorrow.
  • Day 8: Full day game drive at Kruger National Park

    OMG. Okay. It’s happening. Set out for a full day of game drives as you seek out Africa’s big 5: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and cape buffalo.

    Today's highlights:

    • See hyenas, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs and the rest of the Lion King cast.
    • Join your group for lunch in a private boma in the park.
    • Show off your best photos during an included dinner with your group.
  • Day 9: Travel to Johannesburg + Farewell Dinner

    Whew, yesterday was a lot. So today you’ll take the scenic route aka the Panorama Route back to Joburg. The views on this drive are some of the best in the world, and there’ll be plenty of stops to breathe it all in.

    Today's highlights:

    • Say so long to South Africa as you gasp at some of its most beautiful landscapes.
    • Share some laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included Farewell Dinner with your group.
  • Day 10–11: Fly home

    Goodbye, friends!
    Your next destination awaits—home. But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?


Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5
Based on 14 authentic traveler reviews
  • Totally Worth It!!!

      Rachel, traveled May 2024

    I had the best time of my life on the EF Ultimate Breaks South Africa Expedition! I’ve been on several group trips for solo travelers, but I had the most fun with EF because even though I was traveling solo, I never felt alone. I met an extraordinary group of fellow thirty-somethings who shared my passion for exploring the world. Our tour director, Patric... See more

  • The Best Birthday Safari One Could Ask For

      Kira, traveled Mar. 2024

    This is the fifth continent I have visited and one of my favorite trips from EF! There is so much to do in this country and so much to see! When you get to spend your birthday on a safari with the most breathtaking animals on the planet, how could you not want to come to South Africa! Shout out to Rolland (and no still not getting a tattoo).

  • Do this trip if you love mountains, ocean & animals you don’t see at home

      Anonymous, traveled Mar. 2024

    Overall, I am so happy that I booked this trip. South Africa is the perfect place for anyone to go that wants a great mix of mountains, beach views, and Safari. Our tour guide, Roland, was the absolute best. He was extremely knowledgeable, answered all of our questions, and provided great recommendations and extra activities (such as the Big Swing as Graskop... See more

  • South Africa

      Maire, traveled Mar. 2024

    This was definitely one of my favorite trips I’ve taken! It was amazing to see animals in the wild that I’ve only ever seen in zoos before. The scenery in Cape Town were really some of the most incredible views that I have experienced. Our tour guide, Roland, was also extremely knowledgeable and personable. He had a lot of great suggestions for our free time... See more

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Dates: Aug. 29, 2024 – Sep. 8, 2024August 29, 2024 – September 8, 2024
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