Tours

South African Tours

Explore South Africa in the invaluable company of your own private African Sky guide and personal tour vehicle.

Introduction

The South African tours offered by African Sky are our primary services. These private tours have been providing international visitors with a safe and well-organized way of enjoying all that South Africa and Southern Africa have to offer for more than 18 years. Our guides are all registered with the relevant authorities and all have years of experience in conducting South African tours. Their extensive knowledge of the wildlife, history and attractions of Southern Africa is sure to enhance your visit to our part of the world.

Our tours include the top tour destinations in South Africa, from dynamic Cape Town with its natural and cultural splendor to the historic battlefields scattered across the province of KwaZulu-Natal. Any tour may be customized to include particular sites of interest. All of our tours are private and are conducted solely for the party reserving the tour. This offers the traveling party unique flexibility, as the South African tour can start on any date and guests have the opportunity of spending more or less time at each attraction based on personal preferences. It is a much more rewarding way of enjoying one of the world’s most remarkable areas than on a scheduled departure coach tour. Any of our tours can be adjusted to your requirements or, alternatively, we can send you a tailor-made proposal.

Most Popular Tours

Table Mountain as seen from the shores of Bloubergstrand. 21 Day In-Depth South Africa

The most comprehensive of our tours, this fully guided, three week adventure incorporates South Africa's most sought-after highlights.

A couple enjoys a wine tasting tour in South Africa. 14 Day Cape, Wine, Kruger & Falls

This exclusive tour combines Southern Africa's top three destinations - the Cape, Kruger Park and the Victoria Falls - in an ultra-luxurious package.

A dramatic aerial view of the Victoria Falls, one of the top tour destinations in Southern Africa. 10 Day Cape, Kruger and Vic Falls

A five star tour that includes the Greater Kruger, a visit to Cape Town and an unforgettable sojourn to the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls.

A cultural demonstration during a South African tour at Shakaland. 10 Day Wildlife and Culture Tour

An introduction to South Africa's colorful melting pot of cultures mixed with safari experiences in the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi.

Why Choose a private South African tour

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Flexibility

This is the major advantage of opting for a private tour over a group tour. Your daily schedule is wonderfully flexible, meaning that you can spend as much or as little time as possible enjoying a particular attraction, or swap out days in case of incremental weather. You are not dependent on the complicated whims of a large group of travelers.

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Personal attention

The vast majority of our guests who enjoy privately guided tours depart South Africa feeling that they have made a lifelong friend. Your guide - along with their invaluable knowledge and years of experience - is at your personal disposal. You will have their undivided attention for any query, any recommendation or even any emergency, ensuring that you are always taken care of.

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Variety of tour destinations

South Africa boasts such a wide variety of tour destinations that each traveler will undoubtedly find something that appeals to them, from the gastronomic delights of the Cape winelands to the wild on and offshore adventures of the Garden Route. Should you feel overwhelmed with the options available, do not hesitate to reach out to us - we will tailor a tour to complement your interests.

Top South African Tour Destinations

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Cape Town

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The captivating Cape
Adventures abound from the depths of the Atlantic to the top of Table Mountain.

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Garden Route

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A coastal paradise
Enjoy a wide range of activities against awe-inspiring backdrops.

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Cape Winelands

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A taste of heaven
Relish award-winning flavors and spectacular mountain scenery.

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Kruger National Park

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Safari supreme
The most prolific game viewing imaginable, including encounters with the Big Five.

Levels & Types

The plush interior of a room at the Cape Grace Hotel.

Exclusive Top-End

Our exclusive top-end tours include accommodation at some of the most sumptuous hotels imaginable, from the Cape Grace on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. Beyond the plush palaces where you will rest your head at night, your experience will remain exclusive throughout, including tour highlights like wine tasting and dining at award-winning restaurants.

The balcony of a room at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga.

Luxury Five Star

Enjoy the intimacy and attention-to-deal of boutique hotels in striking settings on our luxury five star tours. These experiences straddle the line between sheer indulgence and a pragmatic budget, ensuring the best of both worlds. From exquisite properties tucked away in the historic winelands to country estates of the Mpumalanga highlands, your luxury five star tour will prove unforgettable.

The shade-dappled grounds of Knysna Hollow in the Garden Route.

Standard Four Star

Our standard four star tours combine accommodation at intimate guest houses and four star hotels with South Africa's most exciting destinations, from the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields to the exclusive beaches of Camps Bay. These properties have all been hand-picked for their high service levels and fantastic locations, ensuring your experience will be extraordinarily memorable.

Experiences to Savor

A young Zulu girl shows off beaded products.

Cultural immersion

South Africa is such a cultural melting pot, you will find numerous opportunities to learn more about and immerse yourself in the traditions of these colorful peoples, from visiting the local sangoma (witch doctor) in a Shangaan village to mesmerizing displays of traditional dances and music of the proud Zulu nation at Shakaland.

Humbling history

With such a turbulent past, the markers of ruthless colonial enterprise and the divisions of apartheid linger across the country in various museums, monuments and the remnants of battlefields. There is much to learn, to explore, to remember and to feel when wandering down the haunted paths of South Africa's history.

Adventure abounds

Adrenalin junkies will delight in the wealth of hair-raising activities available. From plunging into the icy waters of the Atlantic to meet the fearsome great white shark to meandering into the depths of the earth at the Cango Caves, your South African tour need not be limited to the conditions of mankind. The opportunities for adventure abound.

FAQ

What vehicles are used during private tours?
All our vehicles are comfortable and air-conditioned and adhere to all official safety standards. The vehicles used most often are Toyota Avanzas, spacious Hyundai H1's and hardy Toyota Fortuners.
Will our guide be dining with us?
Generally, no - most guests enjoy their private time for meals. However, our guides are of such a caliber that they often become more like extremely knowledgeable friends, and you are naturally welcome to invite your guide to share a meal with you if you so wish.
Will our guide be staying somewhere nearby?
Your guide will never be far from your accommodations, ensuring that they are within easy reach should you require a transfer for dinner or in case of an emergency and you are in need of their assistance.
What is the best tour destination in South Africa?
Cape Town is the cream of the crop when it comes to South Africa's tour destinations. No other city or town in the country offers the same wealth of activities and attractions.
Are any tour activities scheduled?
Most of the activities we include can be enjoyed at any time of the day, but certain tours - like Robben Island, for example - have set times.
Can tour days be switched out?
Yes - particularly when bad weather imposes on your activities. Should that be the case, your day's itinerary may be switched out with one that is less weather-dependent.
What if I have a special interest, like bird watching or rock art?
Should you opt for one of our special interest tours, or simply have special interests like professional photography, birding or even history, we will match you with a guide that will enhance your experience.
Do you have guides that speak foreign languages?
We would never dream of limiting our services to English-speaking visitors only. Depending on the prevalence of the language and availability of guides, additional fees may apply if we have to outsource a translator.
I have already booked my own accommodation. Do you offer guided tours without accommodation included?
This depends largely on availability of guides. Guests booking full private tour packages with African Sky will naturally take preference.
What about tipping?
Tipping is absolutely at your discretion. What may seem a negligible sum for you might be a fortune for another traveler, or vice versa, so tip according to your budget. Additionally, keep in mind that a tip is not a right - if you find the service lacking somehow, be sure to communicate this to us.
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Wildlife Gallery

The big five, antelope & other mammals

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Client Reviews

Reviews from clients who have been on safaris and tours with African Sky

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Articles

Travel topics and articles about Southern Africa, written by African Sky staff