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Encounters Travel operate great value, small group adventure tours to various exotic destinations including South Africa. All tours through Encounters are financially protected through ATOL, ABTA and IPP; see Encounters insurance details.
Tours of South Africa from Encounters
We specialise in group tours of Africa and if you want a truly unforgettable experience, you have come to the right place. Well known as one of the top destinations for thrill seeking and adventurous travellers, any trip to South Africa will create a lifetime of memories. Meet a shark face-to-face, go on a wild safari adventure or visit one of South Africa's cities for great food and fine wine as well as many more amazing activities available on our group tours.
Discover South Africa in a way few have before with one of our group tours. Whether you want to visit one of the 21 National Parks, 8 World Heritage sites or take advantage of the wide selection of activities that utilise the beautiful 3,500km coastline, South Africa is great location to visit with friends and family.
The Garden Route & Lesotho
Highlights: Cape Town, Karoo, Cango Caves, Garden Route, Addo Elephant National Park, Lesotho pony trekking, Lesotho Highlands, Drakensberg, Wild Coast, Zulu Nation.
Traversing the South African coast from Cape Town to Durban, this two week tour takes you along the famous Garden Route stopping at some of the most spectacular tourist attractions that this wonderful country has to offer.
After enjoying the sights, sounds and foods of Cape Town we head along the Garden Route to Stellenbosch, famous for its world class wines and historic grandeur. We’ll also visit the Cheetah Breeding Centre to experience these animals up close. From here we make our way through the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains to the seaside town of Knysna, stopping on route to visit the impressive limestone Cango caves and an ostrich farm.
Our next stop is the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can enjoy jungle walks, treetop canopy tours, blackwater tubing and the highest Bungee jump in the world. Continuing east we take a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, which is home to many of Africa’s big game. Heading north we enter the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, one of the highest countries in the world, with the entire country being over 1,000m above sea level. There is plenty of time to do some trekking in the mountains and to explore the unique culture of this tiny country.
The next stop is the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park with some of the most exceptional mountain scenery in Africa. Our final destination and tour end is the lively city and massive beaches of Durban.
Big 5 Encounters
Highlights: Kwa Madwala Reserve, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Panorama Route.
This short tour takes you to one of the world’s best game parks, the Kruger National Park, and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to bag the big 5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo!
First we visit the Kwa Madwala Reserve with its leopard conservation project providing a safe haven for this majestic big cat. Then we head deep into the park in search of wildlife. Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and covers nearly 2 million hectares. It is unrivalled in the diversity of its wildlife with approximately 145 mammal species including the ‘Big Five’, a list of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species occur in the park.
Leaving the park behind we head back to Johannesburg along the spectacular Panoramic Route, passing through the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa's best natural wonders.