Short Tours around SA and Victoria Falls

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1. Posted by GBVLondon (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I'm travelling to Johannesburg with work in October but will have free weekends that I'd like to take advantage of and do a couple of tours. I'd rather be in a group so I don't ger lonely! All the tour companies I've looked at (GAdventures, Intrepid etc) look great but only do tours of 5+ days . Can anyone recommend a tour company where I can do 1 or 2 nights only??

Initial plan was to do one trip to Victoria Falls and one to Durban or safari, but open to other ideas too.

Thanks everyone

2. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I have not used Viatour in SA but have used them elsewhere & found them good ..


3. Posted by harbinger (Budding Member 39 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

The good news is that there are heaps of things that you can do, and although there are many things you can organise by yourself, I can understand your desire not to do things by yourself.
In recent years, we have often used Tours By Locals, who have never disappointed in terms of the quality of their guides and vehicles. As the name indicates, the guides are local people, and our experience has been that they are more than happy to customise their tours to individual requirements. As we lived in Jo'burg for many years, I've never used them in South Africa, but I have no reason to believe that they won't be equally good. Being private tour guides, they will also tailor tours to align with your interests and schedule (worth paying a little extra for).
Follow this link for contact details in Gauteng - the province in which Jo'burg is located):
I would strongly recommend a weekend in the Pilanesberg (a terrific game park only a couple of hours drive NW of Jo'burg) and a day trip to Soweto. Kruger is great, but it's a long way to go for a weekend, so if you decide to do this, try to tack on at least one more day (you'll probably see almost as much in Pilanesberg, with much less travel). I also really like Pretoria for its history (the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park is an interesting combination), and it's only an hour's drive from Jo'burg.
Also don't overlook the fabulous Apartheid Museum in Jo'burg, as well as Constitution Hill (which houses the Supreme Court building and two apartheid era jails. These can be easily done by yourself using the Hop On, Hop Off bus service if you feel like flying solo for the day.
Cape Town is eminently doable for a weekend - there are many flights with low cost carriers (I prefer Kulula) and it's only two hours each way. It's a great time of year in the Cape, as it is the end of the rainy season, and hopefully the current drought will have somewhat abated.
I would give Durban a miss, as it's pleasant enough, but rather underwhelming compared to the other wonderful things you can do.
Hope this is enough to get you started, and please feel free to revert should you require any further information or guidance.

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1584 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

A brilliant one we did while in J'burg was a tuk-tuk tour of Soweto visiting the homes for the displaced miners, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the houses of Nobel Peace Prize-winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the streets of the area. Well worth an afternoon!

5. Posted by davidhart (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to Durban then I can really recommend a drive North to the Hlu Hluwe Umfolozi game reserve. It has the big 5 but I would advise taking a game drive as the guys know where the animals are. Its about 3-4 hours drive from central Durban along the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

The original post is nearly a year old and I'd guess he's been back home for over 6 months since the trip...