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South Africa: Cape Town to Kruger National Park

11 days |  13 days with Victoria Falls extension
11 days |  13 days with Victoria Falls extension
Group size1530 travelers

4.6 star rating

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    Travel through South Africa where history and culture await you.

    Bustling cities and safari landscapes collide on Africa’s southern tip. Cape Town offers up colorful architecture and a vibrant culture. In Soweto, learn about the country’s history and apartheid struggle. Unbelievable natural scenery and vantage points dot the way from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg.

    Your tour package includes

    • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 8 breakfasts
    • 2 lunches
    • 4 dinners with beer or wine
    • 6 sightseeing tours
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    Included highlights

    • Table Mountain
    • Cape of Good Hope
    • Simon's Town
    • Soweto
    • Hector Pieterson Museum
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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Cape Town today.

    Cape Town4 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Cape Town

    Welcome to South Africa! Settle in to your hotel this evening.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Cape Town
    Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

    Embark on a guided tour of Cape Town, a beautiful and culturally rich city.

    • Take a cable car ride up Table Mountain and soak in panoramic views of the city below (weather permitting)
    • See Signal Hill and the Castle of Good Hope
    • Catch glimpses of City Hall and the Houses of Parliament as you drive through the city, stopping in the colorful Bo-Kaap area
    • Enter the South African Museum and stroll through the neighboring Company's Gardens

    Spend a free afternoon in Cape Town or add an excursion.

    Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

    Please note: On some departures, the optional excursion will be offered in the morning and the sightseeing tour will take place in the afternoon. In the event of inclement weather, the visit to Table Mountain will be moved to day 4 or 5. In the unlikely event of poor weather both days, Table Mountain will be replaced with a visit to Signal Hill.

    Robben Island

    From $99 per person

    Day 4: Cape Peninsula
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Spend the day exploring the Cape Peninsula.

    • Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, passing the Clifton and Camp’s Bay beaches
    • Visit the Cape of Good Hope and the lighthouse at Cape Point to soak in beautiful views of where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet
    • Head to Simon’s Town for lunch, where you may see some penguins, before arriving back in Cape Town

    Enjoy a free evening in the city.

    Spice Experience & Gold Restaurant Dinner

    From $165 per person

    Day 5: Free day in Cape Town
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Cape town or add an excursion.

    Cape Winelands Tasting & Lunch

    From $129 per person

    Johannesburg1 night
    Day 6: Transfer to Johannesburg & sightseeing tour of Soweto
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Fly to Johannesburg this morning. Once you arrive, set out on a guided sightseeing tour of the Soweto township.

    • See the soccer stadium where the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals game was played
    • Pass Vilakazi Street, once home to both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu—both recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize
    • Enter the Hector Pieterson Museum to learn about the 1976 Soweto uprising
    Kruger Region2 nights
    Day 7: Transfer to the Kruger Region
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Drive through scenic landscapes en route to the Kruger region.

    Spend a free evening in the Kruger region.

    Day 8: Kruger National Park game drives
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Set out for a full day of game drives, where you’ll have a chance to see the Big Five game animals: buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos. You’ll also sit down to enjoy an included lunch at a private boma in the park.

    Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Johannesburg1 night
    Day 9: Transfer to Johannesburg via Panorama Route
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    See scenic landscapes at every turn as you head to Johannesburg along the Mpumalanga Panorama Route.

    • Soak in breathtaking views at God’s Window (weather permitting)
    • See Bourke’s Luck Potholes, a collection of natural rock formations
    • Stop at the lush, green Blyde River Canyon, where you can see neighboring Mozambique on a clear day

    When you arrive in Johannesburg this evening, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 10: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport to board your flight home, or continue on the tour extension to explore Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

    Arrive Home
    Day 11: Arrival at home

    Arrive home today.

    Extension to Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls can often be seen from more than 12 miles away, but you’ll get within feet of the world’s largest waterfall on this extension. Fly to Zimbabwe where natural wonders and native cultures await.
    Victoria Falls2 nights
    Day 10: Flight to Victoria Falls
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, located on the southern bank of the Zambezi River.

    Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Please note: Depending on flight schedules, Chinotimba Township may be offered on day 10 instead of day 11.

    Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Victoria Falls, Chinotimba Township & Rose of Charity visits
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Explore Victoria Falls, the largest curtain of falling water in the world, on a guided tour.

    • Walk along a network of trails to take in spectacular views of the falls from several vantage points
    • Learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the area

    Then, take a guided tour of Chinotimba Township, home to the original people of the Victoria Falls area.

    • See the oldest traditional houses belonging to the Nambya and Tonga people
    • Visit the local market and churches and learn about the culture and lifestyle of township life

    After, visit the Rose of Charity organization and learn about their focus on the lives of local children with their initiatives to alleviate poverty and improving education.

    Enjoy a free evening in the Victoria Falls region or add an excursion.

    Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

    From $99 per person

    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 12: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Fly back to Johannesburg to board your overnight flight home.

    Arrive Home
    Day 13: Arrive home

    Arrive home today.

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    4.6 star rating

    Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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      5.0 star rating

      Wonderful Experience in South Africa 🇿🇦
      8/3/23 by 1st-time traveler Jillian

      I booked this tour to celebrate 40 years of LIFE and celebrate is exactly was I did. This trip is fast paced and jammed packed with information, sights, shopping, food and fun. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel with an amazing group of strangers. Our tour director Roland was phenomen...

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      Wonderful Adventure in South Africa
      7/13/23 by 1st-time traveler Angela

      My children and I had a great trip to South Africa. Our tour guide was wonderful, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. She was patient and understanding, even when we hit some bumps in the road thanks Jamie. The only flaw was the final day our flight was at 11:10pm and our hotel check out was at 1...

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      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 8/15/23

      Hi Angela. Thank you so much for taking the time t...

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      4.0 star rating

      This was definitely a tour!
      6/22/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

      Exciting, fast paced tour of the highlights of South Africa and Victoria Falls. I wished for more time at some of the sights. Wonderful tour guide, Chris

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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl
      SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl

      This modern hotel is located in Cape Town’s city center. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a rooftop bar, and pool. Nearby, you’ll find the Bo-Kaap Museum, Joh...

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      Garden Court Sandton City
      Garden Court Sandton City

      This contemporary hotel is located in Johannesburg’s northern Sandton suburb. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and an outdoor swimming p...

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      Sabi River Sun Resort
      Sabi River Sun Resort

      This peaceful resort is located in Hazyview, South Africa. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, garden area, and golf course. Nearby you’ll find the shoppin...

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      A'Zambezi River Lodge
      A'Zambezi River Lodge

      This unique hotel is located on the bank of the Zambezi River. Guests enjoy multiple restaurants, a bar, and an outdoor pool. Nearby, you'll find the ...

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      Passport, visa & entry requirements
      • In order to enter South Africa (and Zimbabwe on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
      • We recommend having at least three blank passport pages for entry stamps.
      • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter South Africa.
      • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in order to enter Zimbabwe on the tour extension. We recommend obtaining your individual visa by purchasing it on arrival at the airport, at the cost of $30USD. If you choose to purchase your visa in advance, you may do so by applying directly for an e-visa.
      • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
      • If you are or will be accompanied by a minor (under the age of 18), additional documents will be required to travel through South African ports of entry. Visit the South African Department of Home Affairs website for the most-up-to-date requirements for minors traveling to or from South Africa.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code SFA.
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      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including dirt paths and unpaved walkways, with some hills and stairs.
      • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
      • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats. This tour also includes long bumpy rides in safari vehicles.
      • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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      Transportation & arrival information
      • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Cape Town and depart from Johannesburg. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
      • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
      • A flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg as well as a boat ride to Robben Island are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg.)
      • During game drives, you will be traveling in a specially equipped safari van.
      • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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      Baggage allowance
      • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
      • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches.
      • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
      • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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      Clothing & packing tips
      • Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will be most comfortable. Quick-dry material is best for hot days outside and a warmer layer may be needed for chilly evenings and early mornings.
      • Comfortable closed-toes shoes, such as sneakers or lightweight hiking boots, are best for walking during the day.
      • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
      • Occasional rain showers are common from April through August, so lightweight rainwear may be necessary depending on the timing of your trip.
      • Insect repellent, binoculars, and a flashlight are highly recommended.
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      • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
      • Local governments may require proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a “yellow card”) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. This is only required of travelers arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission (Please note: This does not include the U.S. or Canada). Visit more information. Travelers flying with South African Airways with a fuel-stop in Dakar, Senegal will not be exiting the aircraft and therefore will not be required to present proof of vaccination due to this stop.
      • Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, motion sickness medication, and any prescription medications in your carry on luggage.
      • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
      • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code SFA.
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      • You’ll find that most cuisine in South Africa reflects the region’s British, German, and Dutch colonial periods as well as Afrikaner influences. High-quality meats, vegetables, and fruits are sourced from the surrounding area’s farmland.
      • On the tour extension in Zimbabwe, cornmeal is an important staple used for making porridge and sadza, which is thicker and resembles Italy’s polenta. Rice, greens, potato, pumpkin, peanuts, black-eyed peas, and local fruits are popular additions to any meal.
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      Electricity & air conditioning
      • South Africa operates on 220–240 volts and uses a Type M plug with two small round pins and one larger round pin.
      • South Africa experiences multiple periods of load shedding, or rolling blackouts, due to the demand for electricity exceeds its ability to produce. Travelers should only be impacted for brief moments as all accommodations are equipped with generators and tour activities should not be impacted.
      • Zimbabwe (on the tour extension) operates on 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
      • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
      • Not all of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
      • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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      • Wi-Fi is available in some hotels, though some charges may apply.
      • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches or safari vehicles.
      • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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      Time zones
      • South Africa (plus Zimbabwe on the tour extension) are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). South Africa (plus Zimbabwe on the tour extension) do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
      • From November through March, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 7pm on tour. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
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      • The currency you will be using on your tour is the South African rand. (In Zimbabwe on the tour extension, it’s recommended that you use U.S. dollars or South African rand.)
      • You may be able to purchase South African rand in advance from your local bank or a foreign currency exchange retailer, such as Travelex.
      • Please note, travelers cannot import or export more than $25,000 in South African rand and may be required to claim any additional foreign currency at customs.
      • We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible as well as small amounts of U.S. dollars (only crisp bills printed in 2004 or later).
      • ATMs are not readily available in the more rural areas.
      • Major North American credit cards are accepted but can be difficult to use in remote locations (Visa is the most widely accepted).
      • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
      • We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
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      • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
      • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
      • We also recommend tipping the equivalent of $5USD per person for your local wildlife guides per game excursion and the equivalent of $2USD per local guide if applicable.
      • Tips can only be paid in cash.
      • Gratuities for baggage handling are included in the price of your tour.
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      Purchasing excursions on tour
      • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
      • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
      • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
      • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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