Female lion resting on rock in the African Savanna.

Off the Beaten Track South Africa Vacation

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

South Africa

Places Visited

Johannesburg, Soweto, Cape Town, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park...

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Suggested Duration

11 Days

South Africa emanates secrets with bushman stories that have been painted onto mountains, rhino reserves that are unknown to the world, and townships that echo color and charm. Home to some of the greatest landscapes on the planet, the Rainbow Nation will take you on a journey through cultures and histories. Over these luxurious ten nights, you will go off the beaten track and immerse yourself in it all from the people to the elephants to the art. Welcome to a country that remains so undiscovered.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience Africa’s oldest, protected wildlife area, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, which is a park that somehow remains off the beaten track
  • Explore the vibrant streets of Soweto, which is a thriving township where Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived on the same street
  • Discover bushman rock art in the UNESCO World Heritage Drakensberg mountains
  • Venture to the West Coast to find San history, charming villages, deserted beaches, and pronking springbok
  • Sample Table Mountain’s lesser-known back slopes, where gardens and vineyards contrast the touristic summit
  • Indulge in a day trip into Lesotho, which is an isolated kingdom in the sky
  • Delight in a street art tour through Cape Town’s historically gray suburbs before experiencing township dining in Langa
  • Travel back in time at the Cradle of Humankind and experience Durban’s cultural melting pot
  • Marvel at South Africa’s incredible wildlife and enjoy private moments with the Big Five

Detailed Description

It is easy to dream of South Africa and see Table Mountain and rhinos as they wander around the Kruger. Regardless, this vast Rainbow Nation holds so many secrets. There are histories and cultures from long before the explorers landed, and you will find rare and endangered wildlife that has been almost forgotten by the world. Street art illuminates city streets while rock art survives in wilderness mountains, and for every famous attraction like the Cape penguins, there is somewhere completely unknown like the town of Darling. Even in the most popular destination of Cape Town, there is so much that remains to be uncovered

This South Africa vacation will reveal South Africa’s secrets, and it will take you far from the standard trail into the places where authenticity reigns. Your first three days will be spent in Cape Town, where you can venture beyond the shadow of Table Mountain. You will explore the mountain’s back slopes on day one, discover the West Coast on day two, and then dive into the local culture in Woodstock and Langa on day three. You will then fly to Johannesburg and spend the next two days in a city that is quickly reinventing itself. Here, you will discover Mandela’s history in Soweto, human history at the Cradle of Humankind, and tomorrow’s history in the funky city center.

By day six, you will be in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, which is Africa’s oldest, protected reserve, but it remains a safari destination that is mostly ignored in favor of the Kruger. It is an evocative and incredibly intimate place to go on safari, and the wildlife population is not only diverse and abundant. Your accommodation also provides an atmospheric insight into unique animal behavior. After two days on safari, you will spend an afternoon in Durban, which is a coastal city with a rich heritage. Two days in the Drakensberg mountains will culminate your vacation, affording you time to explore San rock art and the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho. After ten nights in this amazing country, you will depart from Johannesburg.

Consider learning more about the South Africa tour companies whom we partner with, who seek to create a customized experience just for you.

Starting Price

$5,715 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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