Grand Tour of South Africa

Resort:South Africa
Operator: Riviera Travel
Destination: South Africa
Price From: £3699.00

Grand Tour of South Africa: Johannesburg to Cape Town

Explore ‘a world in one country’ on a journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Travelling through national parks, verdant wine valleys, mountainous landscapes and along Route 62 with stays in South Africas biggest cities.

Overview: If you seek beautiful coastal views, incredible wildlife, and diverse culture all in one holiday, our Grand Tour of South Africa is tailor-made for you. From encountering the Big Five in Kruger National Park to cruising along scenic drives along the Panorama Route, and immersing in the history of the country, this tour promises an unforgettable experience. With vibrant Johannesburg and sophisticated Cape Town as our anchors, get ready to explore the best of South Africa.

Tour Highlights:

  • – Experience diverse flora and fauna in Featherbed and Swartberg Nature Reserves, and embark on a thrilling game drive in Kruger National Park.

  • – Discover Wineland’s renowned wine-growing region through vineyard visits and wine tastings.

  • – Explore South Africa’s stunning landscapes along Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape of Good Hope, and the iconic Route 62 and Panorama Route.

  • – Delve into the historic Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide.

  • – Visit iconic South African sights like Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the remarkable Cango Caves, and an ostrich farm.

Tour Features:

  • – 17 nights in hand-picked three to four-star accommodations

  • – 23 included experiences

  • – Return flights & transfers

  • – Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

  • – Expert Riviera Tour Manager throughout

  • – 20kg+ checked luggage

  • – Free Wi-Fi in hotels


Day 1: Departure

Depart from your location on an overnight flight to Johannesburg.

Day 2: Arrival in Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg and take some time to settle in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure, allowing you to rest and prepare for the adventure ahead.

Day 3: Panorama Route

Embark on the scenic Panorama Route, marveling at the breathtaking natural landscapes and visiting the iconic Blyde River Canyon. Immerse yourself in the beauty of South Africa’s diverse terrain.

Day 4: Kruger Game Drive

Prepare for an exhilarating full-day game drive in Kruger National Park. Hop aboard specially adapted 4×4 vehicles and set off in search of the renowned Big Five and other fascinating wildlife that call this vast wilderness home.

Day 5: Kruger free day

Enjoy a leisurely day in Kruger National Park, allowing for relaxation or further exploration at your own pace. Take in the sights and sounds of this remarkable natural haven.

Day 6: Eswatini & Kwazulu Natal

Venture beyond South Africa’s borders to visit the small landlocked country of Eswatini. Explore its unique culture and landscapes before returning to Kwazulu Natal for further immersion in the region’s rich heritage.

Day 7: Isandlwana & Rorkes Drift

Delve into the historic Zulu War battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift with the guidance of a specialist guide. Gain insight into the events that shaped South Africa’s history.

Day 8: Knysna

Return to Johannesburg airport and journey to Knysna, a picturesque coastal town renowned for its natural beauty and vibrant atmosphere.

Day 9: Featherbed Nature Reserve

Embark on a scenic drive through Featherbed Nature Reserve in 4×4 vehicles, immersing yourself in the region’s stunning landscapes. Enjoy leisure time in Knysna, exploring its charming streets and waterfront.

Day 10: Hermanus

Embark on a scenic drive to the Cape Winelands, where you’ll indulge in wine tastings amidst picturesque vineyards. Continue to Hermanus for an unforgettable whale watching experience along the coastline.

Day 11: Winelands

Explore the scenic Winelands region, stopping at a historic winery for tastings and soaking in the beauty of Franschhoek’s rolling hills and vineyards.

Day 12: Cape Town

Discover the native flora and fauna of South Africa at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, located at the foot of Table Mountain. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this botanical paradise.

Day 13: Cape of Good Hope

Embark on a journey to the Cape of Good Hope, where you’ll witness the stunning landscapes of the southernmost tip of the African continent. Visit Cape Point and observe the charming penguins at Boulders Beach.

Day 14: Free day in Cape Town

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the vibrant city of Cape Town at your own pace. Wander through its bustling streets, visit its iconic landmarks, or simply relax and soak in the atmosphere.

Day 15: Montagu

Explore the Winelands further, taking a scenic boat ride down the Breede River and journeying along the famous Route 62, known for its picturesque landscapes and charming towns.

Day 16: Oudtshoorn

Indulge in a tasting of Cape Brandy at a local distillery before visiting an ostrich farm to meet these unique creatures up close. Experience the rich cultural heritage of Oudtshoorn.

Day 17: Swartberg Mountains

Embark on a thrilling drive through Swartberg Nature Reserve in 4×4 vehicles, marveling at the rugged beauty of the mountainscape. Explore South Africa’s famous Cango Caves, a geological wonder steeped in history.

Day 18: Matjiesfontein

Stroll through the charming village of Matjiesfontein, gaining insight into life in the Victorian era and soaking in the nostalgic atmosphere of this historic settlement.

Day 19: Depart from Cape Town

Bid farewell to South Africa as you depart from Cape Town for your return flight home. Reflect on the memories of your unforgettable adventure.

Day 20: Arrive home

Arrive back home, bringing with you cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the remarkable diversity and beauty of South Africa.