South Africa Day Tours, Attractions & Excursions

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South Africa is located on the southernmost tip of the African continent and boasts of great diversity. While remaining truly African, it still presents all the little luxuries we’ve grown accustomed to.

Whether you’re looking for a safari holiday, a beach destination, wine route to travel, or a hiker’s paradise, this country truly has it all!

Destinations in South Africa

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If you’re looking for the best South African tours, you’ll need to head to some of the most popular destinations in the country. At the top of that list has to be Cape Town!

Surrounded by white sand beaches and a sweeping coastline, this city is home to one of the 7 wonders of nature – Table Mountain. Which means there are extensive hiking trails and plenty of water-based activities to participate in. Cape Town is also a sunny city for the most part, and is home to an eclectic mix of cultures, making it an interesting place to start your adventurous South Africa vacation.

Head to yet another coastal city for other tours in South Africa that are sure to blow your mind. Durban is a humid city, with tropical vegetation very different to that of Cape Town. Home to South Africa’s most popular water park, and some of the best hikes in the country, you’ll never run out of things to do during your South Africa trip. This can be considered one of the most romantic cities to tour in the world!

But no trip to South Africa would be complete without visiting Kruger National Park for a safari trip in Gauteng. See the Big 5 in their natural habitat – roaming the African plains. There’s something very special about seeing these majestic animals in their home, while you tour South Africa.

Popular Tours in South Africa

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Taking a South Africa tour is by far the best way to experience the country. You’ll see the vibrantly colorful country through the eyes of a local, and receive insider tips on the best places to go.

Whether you’re looking for romantic tours for your honeymoon getaway, or outdoor adventure activities to participate in during your tours of South Africa, this country has something for you!

Cape Town is home to some of the most popular South Africa group tours. Spending the evening on the water as the sun sets could be your reality when you choose to take a sunset catamaran boat cruise. On many of these, champagne is also provided which makes the evening even more bubbly!

If you’re ready to see panoramic views of Cape Town city, then a Table Mountain cableway ride should be on your South African itinerary. It’s a must-do experience while you’re in the Mother City, and a right of passage for any true traveler!

If unleashing your wild side is what you’re about during your South Africa trip, then a Kruger National Park safari should be on the cards.

But no matter what South Africa vacation packages you decide to treat yourself to, there’s sure to be a great adventure around the corner!

FAQs

When searching for the best South Africa tours, there are always a few questions that come to mind. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions to put your mind at ease:

Is it safe to travel to South Africa?

Although South Africa is by no means one of the safest countries in the world, as a tourist you can avoid most crime by just being vigilant and aware. Exercise caution, and don’t travel alone in the CBD’s after dark, as this is when most crime takes place.

When should I visit South Africa?

South Africa is a great country to visit all year round. If you decide to visit during the winter months (June to August), then the humid city of Durban is a great idea as you’ll still enjoy warm, dry weather.

If you’re visiting during the summer months (December to March), Cape Town is the ideal spot to enjoy sunbathing on the beaches and cocktails at the seafront restaurants and cafes.

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Take an adventure through the bush in a slightly different way. Hop onto the back on a quad bike and speed, or roll, through the wilderness in Hazyview, taking in the gorgeous sites of the Panorama Route. ...

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Get your adrenaline pumping with a big swing across the third largest gorge in the world. If that isn’t your style, you can enjoy an exhilarating zip line ride across the gorge, and take in the beautiful views of the Graskop Falls. ...

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  • Incredibly safe
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An exhilarating and fun experience with speed included! Go ziplining 60m above the beautiful Sunday River and enjoy South Africa’s longest, highest and fastest double zipline. This adventurous activity promises an adrenaline rush and a scenic tour in one. So, make a journey down to Addo Elephant National Park to enjoy this perfect activity in combination with a safari, canoeing or the giant swing. ...

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  • People who are afraid of heights shouldn't participate
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Get ready to pump your inner thrill-seeker with high doses of adrenaline on one of the most exciting outdoor adventure activities at Sun City Resort. ...

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Storms River is one of Tsitsikamma's main attractions. Spend the day paddling deep into the National Park to discover how the sheer cliffs drop dramatically into Storms River Gorge until the fresh river water meets the ocean. Find ancient forests, deep caves, and serene pools as you float along the storms river gorge. ...

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This tour is perfect for anyone looking for an active adventure on the Garden Route. Discover the most magical spots from a new perspective as you spend time kayaking Storms River.
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Nothing says romance more than a sunset cruise along the gorgeous Cape Peninsula. Sit back with a glass of sparkling wine, loved one by your side, and let your troubles and stress float away as the sun goes down. Watch ...

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A catamaran tour is an exciting, fun way to explore the coast of Cape Town and watch the sunset light up Table Mountain and the water that stretches towards it.
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  • Chance to see the city from a new, different perspective
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Atlantis, an oasis of perfectly white sand. Dunes rising into the sky as far as the eye can see. Explore this breathtaking landscape by spending the day finding your balance and technique from a professional guide before ripping down the snow-white dunes of Atlantis. ...

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An exhilarating and fun-packed day on the Atlantis dunes is fun for the whole family or group of friends. A great day out for adrenaline junkies and outdoor enthusiasts.
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Soar above The Mother City like a Cape Black Eagle. For the best view of Cape Town, look no further than an exhilarating, but peaceful paragliding tour. Experience the best views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay, Robben Island, Lions Head, and a host of other coastal sites. ...

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  • Best views of Cape Town
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Fly through the trees of the Tsitsikamma Forest in the lush Garden Route area of South Africa. Feel the wind against your body as you slide from one platform to another on a zipline through the canopy of the trees with one of the epic Tsitsikamma canopy tours specials. ...

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This experience comes highly recommended as a unique tour that promises magnificent scenery and enriching information. Unfortunately, pregnant women are prevented from taking part.
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If you've ever wanted to go abseiling, Table Mountain is one of the best places to try it! This adventure is definitely one you'll never forget. Table Mountain's unrivaled natural beauty combined with the excitement of abseiling off a sheer cliff is sure to secure this wonderful memory forever. ...

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You can tick adrenaline-inducing abseiling off your bucket list with this abseiling Table Mountain tour. Try out this extreme sport with the safety of a skilled instructor, and take the chance to enjoy the mesmerizing Table Mountain views while you're there.
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  • Enjoy views from the famous Table Mountain
  • All equipment provided
  • Exhilarating
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  • Terrifying if you suffer from extreme vertigo
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Join the vultures soaring above the plains of Pilanesburg National park. Experience this natural wonderland from a hot air balloon, spying game as far as the eye can see. With a chance to see the big five while enjoying a champagne breakfast, this is truly an amazing opportunity. ...

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  • Breakfast with champagne
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Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s most iconic sights in the city as the shape of the mountain dominates the beautiful skyline. Considering the majesty of the mountain, it is no wonder that the cable car, Cape Town, is a top tourist attraction. ...

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Regardless of your budget, amount of energy or time available in Cape Town, a trip on the Table Mountain cable way is a must! The price you pay is a small amount considering that the experience is invaluable.
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