11 days
Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Cape Town

The lions and giraffes are fascinating, but the important social, political, and cultural lessons will make an even bigger impression.

Standing in Nelson Mandela’s former home adds powerful context to his fight for democracy and reconciliation, while Cape Town is a favorite destination for many, thanks to its cosmopolitan atmosphere and stunning scenery. As you explore South Africa’s cultural diversity, remarkable wildlife, and natural landmarks, you’ll begin to understand the story of an entire continent.
  • Day 1: Fly to South Africa

  • Day 2: Fly to South Africa

  • Day 3: Johannesburg

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a guided tour of Johannesburg

    With your Tour Director you will:  

    • Explore the Soweto neighborhood
    • See the Regina Mundi Catholic Church
    • Visit former homes of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, and Bishop Desmond Tutu

    Visit the Apartheid Museum

  • Day 4: Johannesburg • Gauteng province

    Take a day trip to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    • Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre
    • Observe ancient fossils during a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves

    Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre; an award-winning exhibition focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years

    Discover ancient fossils during a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves

  • Day 5: Johannesburg • Kruger National Park

    Travel along the Panorama Route

    With your Tour Director you will see: 

    • Blyde River Canyon
    • God’s Window
    • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

    Visit the gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest

    Travel to Kruger National Park area

    Take a walk through a traditional Shangaan village

  • Day 6: Kruger National Park

    Jump into an off-road safari vehicle and take a full-day game drive through Kruger National Park

  • Day 7: Kruger National Park • Johannesburg • Cape Town

    Take a morning bush walk

    Travel to Johannesburg

    Fly to Cape Town

  • Day 8: Cape Town

    Visit the summit of Table Mountain

    Take a guided tour of Cape Town

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Devil’s Peak
    • Lion’s Head
    • Company Gardens
    • Castle of Good Hope
    • Greenmarket Square
    • Victoria and Alfred waterfront

    Visit the District Six Museum

    Take a ferry to Robben Island

    With your Tour Director you will:

    • Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
    • See the limestone quarry where prisoners worked 
  • Day 9: Cape Town

    Take a guided tour of Cape Town

    With your Tour Director  you will see:  

    • Sea Point
    • Clifton
    • Camps Bay

    Discover Cape Point Nature Reserve

    Visit the Boulders Penguin Colony

    Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  • Day 10: Cape Town • Depart for home

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Langa Township tour

    Langa Township tour

    Head to Langa, formerly a racially divided suburb of Cape Town. En route, you’ll gain local insight into the sociopolitical realities of pre- and post-apartheid. With your expert guide, you’ll visit the local community center where residents can learn career and life skills, and there will be an opportunity to purchase some locally produced arts and crafts. On your guided walking tour, you’ll connect with locals before visiting a preschool and a shebeen (community center). 

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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  • Day 1: Fly to South Africa

  • Day 2: Fly to South Africa

  • Day 3: Johannesburg

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a guided tour of Johannesburg

    With your Tour Director you will:  

    • Explore the Soweto neighborhood
    • See the Regina Mundi Catholic Church
    • Visit former homes of Winnie and Nelson Mandela, and Bishop Desmond Tutu

    Visit the Apartheid Museum

  • Day 4: Johannesburg • Gauteng province

    Take a day trip to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    • Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre
    • Observe ancient fossils during a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves

    Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre; an award-winning exhibition focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years

    Discover ancient fossils during a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves

  • Day 5: Johannesburg • Kruger National Park

    Travel along the Panorama Route

    With your Tour Director you will see: 

    • Blyde River Canyon
    • God’s Window
    • Bourke’s Luck Potholes

    Visit the gold rush town of Pilgrim's Rest

    Travel to Kruger National Park area

    Take a walk through a traditional Shangaan village

  • Day 6: Kruger National Park

    Jump into an off-road safari vehicle and take a full-day game drive through Kruger National Park

  • Day 7: Kruger National Park • Johannesburg • Cape Town

    Take a morning bush walk

    Travel to Johannesburg

    Fly to Cape Town

  • Day 8: Cape Town

    Visit the summit of Table Mountain

    Take a guided tour of Cape Town

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Devil’s Peak
    • Lion’s Head
    • Company Gardens
    • Castle of Good Hope
    • Greenmarket Square
    • Victoria and Alfred waterfront

    Visit the District Six Museum

    Take a ferry to Robben Island

    With your Tour Director you will:

    • Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
    • See the limestone quarry where prisoners worked 
  • Day 9: Cape Town

    Take a guided tour of Cape Town

    With your Tour Director  you will see:  

    • Sea Point
    • Clifton
    • Camps Bay

    Discover Cape Point Nature Reserve

    Visit the Boulders Penguin Colony

    Visit the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  • Day 10: Cape Town • Depart for home

    Explore on your own or
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Langa Township tour

    Langa Township tour

    Head to Langa, formerly a racially divided suburb of Cape Town. En route, you’ll gain local insight into the sociopolitical realities of pre- and post-apartheid. With your expert guide, you’ll visit the local community center where residents can learn career and life skills, and there will be an opportunity to purchase some locally produced arts and crafts. On your guided walking tour, you’ll connect with locals before visiting a preschool and a shebeen (community center). 

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip airfare on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach; Internal flights

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides; Game drives

  • Entrances

    Apartheid Museum; Cradle of Humankind; Maropeng Visitor Centre; Sterkfontein Caves; Kruger National Park; District Six Museum; Table Mountain summit; Robben Island; Cape Point Nature Reserve; Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

  • Experiential learning

    Shangaan village visit; school visit

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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