19 Days Budget City Tours and Safari in South Africa and Swaziland

  • Johannesburg - Pretoria - Tzaneen - Sabie - Kruger National Park - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve - Margate - Umtata (Mthatha) - Knysna - Cape Town, South Africa; Swaziland

All-Inclusive Safari South Africa and Swaziland

Xpert Shuttle Travel & Travel invites you to join this safari tours in South Africa and Swaziland. The tour will start from Johannesburg and end at Johannesburg too. You will not only have excursions where you will learn more about South African histories and Swaziland cultures, but also enjoyable game drives where you will witness the magnificent Africa's wildlife such as lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, and leopards. Join this ultimate tour experience with Xpert Shuttle Travel & Travel!

Highlights

  • A game drive at Kruger National Park
  • Wildlife observation at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Adventurous exploration at Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • Excursions to South Africa's top destinations
  • Fascinating cultural visits in Swaziland
  • Exciting city tours in South Africa
  • Breakfasts, dinners, and snacks
  • 18 nights' accommodation
  • 18 activity days
  • English
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The accommodation for the first day of this safari will be at the City Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg, and on the second day, the accommodation will be at a hotel in Pretoria. Coach House Hotel & Spa will be the accommodation for the third day followed by Ligna Lodge on the fourth day. On the fifth day, the overnight stay will be at an accommodation in Kruger National Park and from the sixth to the eighth day, the accommodation will be at a hotel in Swaziland.

The accommodation will range from the African experience of the tented camp at Mpila to the bush lodges like Gqoyeni on the ninth day. An accommodation in Margate and Umtata will be provided for an overnight stay on the 10th and 11th day. Furthermore, on the 14th day, you will stay overnight at an accommodation provided in Knysna while on the 16th day until the next two nights, the accommodation will be at a hotel in Cape Town.

Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon your arrival at Johannesburg, Xpert Shuttle Travel & Travel will welcome you at the airport and you will then start the tour. During the Johannesburg tour, you will visit some very interesting buildings in Johannesburg and explore the history of the city’s gold rush including the Apartheid Museum and Constitutional Hill. Later, you will check in at the City Lodge Hotel in Johannesburg.

Day 2: Soweto - Pretoria

Today, you will go to the southern part of Johannesburg and have a Soweto experience. You will visit the Mandela House, Hector Petersen Memorial, Regina Mundi Church, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Soweto Taxi Rank, Shebeen, or a local restaurant followed by a tour to Pretoria where you will visit the Voortrekker Museum, Union Buildings, or Church Square. After the tour, you will check in at a hotel in Pretoria.

Day 3: Tzaneen Makapaansgat

You will leave Pretoria at 07:30 to go to Tzaneen Makapaansgat and its surroundings. Later, you will stay overnight at Coach House Hotel & Spa.

Day 4: Sabie

You will visit the Modjadji Queen before you off to Sabie via Blyde River Canon. You will go to Sabie on Panorama Route, Pilgrims Rest, or Graskop to also see God’s Window / Potholes and Three Rondavels too. After that, you will stay overnight at the Ligna Lodge.

Day 5 and 6: Kruger National Park - Swaziland

You will check in at Kruger National Park then visit the local waterfalls and museums in Sabie. You will be going to explore South Africa's number one tourist destination. At Kruger National Park, you will go for an early game drive and after the game drive, you will go for a breakfast. You will get ready to leave the park to Swaziland later on. On the route, you will stop for a lunch before entering Swaziland. Later, you will check in at a hotel and after checking in, you will visit a craft market and a local surprise.

Day 7 and 8: Swaziland

Today, you will see the Bushmen (San) paintings, arts, crafts, oldest mine in the world, magnificent waterfalls, famous Swazi candles, game park, cultural experiences, and crafted soapstone.

Day 9: Swaziland - Drakensberg Mountains - Imfolozi Park

Today, you will see the wildlife at the Imfolozi Game Reserve. Your accommodation will range from the African experience of the tented camp at Mpila to the bush lodges like Gqoyeni, all surrounded by the incredible landscapes of the Imfolozi wilderness.

Day 10: Imfolozi Park - Margate

From Imfolozi, you will travel down the coastline to Howick to visit Nelson Mandela Capture Site. Then, you will go to Howick Falls for a light lunch. After lunch, you will then travel to Margate. In Margate, you will stay over and relax at the beach then go for an evening dinner.

Day 11: Margate - Umtata

You will go slightly inland to explore the beautiful Transkei to visit Qunu. Later, you will check in at Umtata for good night rest.

Day 12: Umtata - East London

You will leave the beautiful Transkei to the Eastern Cape. Here, you will be going to go into the history of East London and the surroundings.

Day 13: East London - Addo Elephant National Park - Port Elizabeth

You will go on a safari in Addo Elephant National Park. There, you will not only look for elephants but also zebra, kudu, warthog, and hartebeest. With some luck, you might spot a black rhino. Then, you will drive to the city of Port Elizabeth whereby the South Africans called as the friendly city. There, the Donkin Heritage Trail will take in the Old Hill neighborhood’s Victorian landmarks. It is the coastal boat tours spot to watch whales and rare seabirds while wildlife reserves outside the metropolitan area are home to elephants, rhinos, and other big game.

Day 14: Port Elizabeth - Knysna

Today, you will leave the friendly city to Knysna. You will stop at Jeffreys Bay which is famous for surfing. After a drink and a walk on the beach, you will go to Knysna. Later, you will take a drive to the Waterfront for some shopping after checking in. A must activity here is to go to one of the local seafood restaurants to enjoy the fresh seafood.

Day 15: Knysna - Mosselbay Oudtshoorn - Mosselbay

You will drive to the center of the ostrich industry and the capital of the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn. You will visit an ostrich farm and then drive north to the pretty Cango Caves. Later, you will also visit the fascinating Cango Caves. The Great Karoo is so spectacular and a must to enjoy. Then, you will go back to the coastline to Mosselbay.

Day 16: Mosselbay - Hermanus - Cape Town

Today, you will travel down the coastline to Hermanus. After a light lunch in Hermanus, you will go straight to Cape Town to check in at the hotel for the next two nights. You will go for a dinner at the hotel and relax afterward.

Day 17: Cape Town - Cape Peninsula

You will take a drive via the city center to Table Mountain to see Cape Town from the top of the mountain. Then, you will go to Cape of Good Hope for a lunch. You will travel via the Boulders Penguins to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. From here, you will go back to the hotel and have a dinner in the V&A Waterfront.

Day 18: Cape Town city tour - Robben Island

After a visit to Robben Island, you will go for a final stop to visit the Bo-Kaap. You will end the tour with a dinner at a Cape Malay restaurant with real Cape food and culture.

Day 18 or 19: Johannesburg

You will check out of the hotel and be dropped off at the airport for your flight back home.

Note: This is a Johannesburg to Cape Town tour but it can also be done vice versa.

  • Apartheid Museum visit
  • Bo-Kaap city tour
  • Cango Caves visit
  • Constitutional Hill visit
  • East London historical city tour
  • God’s Window / Potholes visit
  • Howick's Nelson Mandela Capture Site visit
  • Jeffreys Bay beach walk
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden visit
  • Knysna local seafood restaurants visits
  • Little Karoo's ostrich farm visit
  • Modjadji Queen visit
  • Pretoria city tour (Voortrekker Museum / Union Buildings / Church Square)
  • Robben Island visit
  • Sabie's local waterfalls and museums visits
  • Soweto city tour (Mandela House / Hector Petersen Memorial / Regina Mundi Church / Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital / Soweto Taxi Rank / Shebeen / local restaurant)
  • Swaziland cultural visits
  • Table Mountain visit
  • The Great Karoo visit
  • Three Rondavels visit
  • Transkei exploration
  • Tzaneen Makapaansgat visit

South Africa

Apartheid Museum

This museum is a beacon of hope showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.

Bo-Kaap

The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, South Africa, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city center and is a historical center of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. The Nurul Islam Mosque, established in 1844, is located in the area.

Constitution Hill

The Constitution Hill tells the fascinating, often tragic story of the real South African history; a history in which injustices abounded on social, cultural, and political levels. However, it is also a story of victory as South Africa won back its freedom and now protects the rights as well as the dignity of each citizen. The journey to this state of freedom is explored at the Constitution Hill and comes alive through the many tours and exhibitions on offer.

East London

A city that still manages to retain some of its old-fashioned values blended with a dollop of a laidback charm is what makes East London the gateway to the wild coast and sunshine coast. It is the only river port in South Africa which is one of the most appealing cities on the coast.

Hermanus

Since August 1992, Hermanus has had the world’s only whale crier with the first being Pieter Classen in 1992 to 1998, then Wilson Salukazana in 1998 to 2006, and Zolile Baleni since April 2006 who sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted. In 2005, Zakes Mda wrote the novel "The Whale Caller" in which the whale crier of Hermanus, the main character, is a man who gets enthralled by a southern right whale he names Sharisha.

Imfolozi Park / Game Reserve

Imfolozi Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife, landscapes, and scenery. A large and panoramic reserve, Imfolozi is located in the southern part of the greater Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park. Covered in undulating grasslands, forested mountain slopes, and acacia bush, the park contains an array of wildlife and boasts the Big Five as well as a proud and successful history of rhino conservation.

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay is a popular tourist destination because of its surfing opportunities and the Blue Flag Beach. Jeffreys Bay is also famous for its abundant seashells, great seafood, and calamari.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of nine national botanical gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes.

Knysna

The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently, the town has also become a preferred destination for golfers as the town boasts several world-class golf courses including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course, and the well-established Knysna Golf Course which is situated on the lagoon. It is near the towns of Plettenberg Bay and George where there are airports. Knysna is also home to Mitchell’s Brewery. The forest, rivers, estuary, and ocean surrounding the town are dotted with hiking trails and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Hikers, runners, kayakers, swimmers, and fishermen are known to be particularly fond of Knysna.

Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos). Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles, and storks. Mountains, bush plains, and tropical forests are all part of the landscape

Mosselbay

Although today it is best known as the place at which the first Europeans landed on South African soil (Bartolomeu Dias and his crew arrived on February 3, 1488), Mosselbay’s human history can, as local archaeological deposits have revealed, be traced back more than 164,000 years.

Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is a city on Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. As a major port, it’s also known for its numerous beaches.

Pretoria

Pretoria (Tshwane) in the Gauteng Province is the administrative capital of South Africa. Known as jacaranda city for its thousands of jacaranda trees, this city is also known for its universities and government buildings. The semi-circular union buildings encompass the president’s offices and hosted Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. Nearby is the massive Voortrekker Monument, honoring 19th century Afrikaans settlers from the Cape Colony.

Qunu

The previous President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was born near Qunu in the village Mvezo next to the M’bashe River. He grew up in Qunu after his father was deposed as the chief of Mvezo. After his retirement, Mandela returned to Qunu. In his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom", Mandela describes Qunu as the place where he spent the happiest moments of his childhood.

Robben Island

In 1961, Robben Island started being used as a prison again. During apartheid, many black people were kept on Robben Island as political prisoners. Former President Nelson Mandela was kept there. The prison was internationally notorious for its harsh conditions. When the political prisoners of the apartheid government were released, Robben Island became a symbol of the strength of the human spirit.

Soweto

At the south of Johannesburg is Soweto, a city developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Most of the struggle against apartheid was fought in and from Soweto. The name Soweto is an acronym made up in apartheid days from the first letters of the words “south western township”. Soweto is inhabited by over two million people with homes ranging from extravagant mansions to makeshift shacks. Soweto is a city of enterprise and cultural interaction. It is a popular tourist destination with sites such as Kliptown (where the Freedom Charter was drawn up), the home of former President Nelson Mandela, the Hector Petersen Memorial Site, restaurants, and shopping malls. It also boasts one of the largest hospitals on the continent and the only African-owned private clinic.

Swaziland

Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa. The population is primarily ethnic Swazis whose language is Swati.

During this safari, you will be served with breakfasts and dinners. Light snacks will also be provided daily. However, lunches are not included and will be on your own account.

  • Donkin Heritage Trail coastal boat tours
  • Knysna's Waterfront shopping
  • 1 game drive at Kruger National Park
  • 1 wildlife sightseeing at Imfolozi Game Reserve
  • 1 wildlife sightseeing at Addo Elephant National Park
  • Swaziland cultural visits
  • Apartheid Museum visit
  • Bo-Kaap city tour
  • Cango Caves visit
  • Constitutional Hill visit
  • East London historical city tour
  • God’s Window / Potholes visit
  • Howick's Nelson Mandela Capture Site visit
  • Jeffreys Bay beach walk
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden visit
  • Knysna local seafood restaurants visits
  • Little Karoo's ostrich farm visit
  • Modjadji Queen visit
  • Pretoria city tour (Voortrekker Museum / Union Buildings / Church Square)
  • Robben Island visit
  • Sabie's local waterfalls and museums visits
  • Soweto city tour (Mandela House / Hector Petersen Memorial / Regina Mundi Church / Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital / Soweto Taxi Rank / Shebeen / local restaurant)
  • Table Mountain visit
  • The Great Karoo visit
  • Three Rondavels visit
  • Transkei exploration
  • Tzaneen Makapaansgat visit
  • Entrance fees
  • Conservation fees
  • Transport costs
  • Services of a qualified guide
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Light snacks daily
  • 18 nights' accommodation
  • Airfares to and from Johannesburg
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Lunch
  • Alcohol and soft drink
  • Tips and gratuities

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Xpert Shuttle Travel & Travel will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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