Cultural Tours


South Africa, with its 11 official languages and many ethnicities now living in harmony, it is a melting pot of traditions, culture and history. Each region has a unique tribe, and represents a range of religions, traditions, beliefs and historic struggles for supremacy.

We offer a range of guided tours to showcase this, chiefly in Cape Town. Our Townships walking tour, for instance, visits longstanding corners of Cape Town like the Slavery precinct, the notorious District Six and colourful, cobbled Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter).

Alternatively, there’s a trip to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years. Talking of Mabiba, our ‘Prisoner to President’ walk includes the secret locations which inspired Mandela’s surprise release and the unbanning of the ANC in 1990.

Covering a longer swathe of history, our ‘Footsteps to Freedom’ walking tour covers the townships, as well as telling the troubled story of Dutch and British rule.


The Best of South Africa Travel map displays the locations of the destinations and accommodation that we have selected and visited; for each item, hovering over or clicking the marker will display a short summary and photo of that place or hotel, and hotel pricing. Follow the links in the info box to the full page listing which has much more information.

Note that the online map offers both a satellite view (click satellite in the top right) and, for some locations, a street level view (Drag the person in the top left onto the map). These let you explore the country; and when you wish to explore in person, or if you have any questions about the places you see, give our staff a call, or request a quote. Our staff regularly visit the places and accommodation that we feature.

When you book a holiday with us we will provide full driving instructions for reaching your accommodation, where necessary; these can be used by yourself, or you could enjoy the luxury of a driver. Alternatively we will arrange private (car rather than coach) transfers for you; helicopter transfers are also possible for some destinations.

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