So many websites these days highlight the joys of ‘day tours and activities or excursions’ with a twist, day tours a ‘different way’ or ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and it’s all good, but don’t let that divert your attention from the tried-and-tested day touring options as they are just as fascinating, just as fun, and they encompass the highlights of your holiday destination, particularly for people with limited time.
Intriguing Africa have chosen a select number of day tour operators in the various tourist hubs, for the quality of their guides (knowledgeable and professional, with all the right qualifications ‘under their belts’), the comfort of their vehicles, encompassing safety here too, and the positive feedback from our clients have reconfirmed our choice of day tour operators.
On most of the day tours that we promote, a specialist language guide can be called in to guide the tour in the group or family’s mother tongue… and speaking of groups, day tours or sight-seeing excursions can be arranged for individuals, through to large coach groups. Day tours are run on a scheduled departure basis, which allows one to interact with other tourists and sharing the vehicle brings down the price of the tour. Tour numbers are purposefully 'small' (a max of 12 pax) depending on the touring vehicle used, to ensure the interaction between passengers and guide is on a more intimate, discussion based level.
Intriguing Africa are able to source day tours, activities and sight-seeing excursions throughout South Africa (and Africa) with regular scheduled day tours and safaris that run in the major tourist hubs. There are a number of wonderful sight-seeing tours that are offered in the more off-the-beaten track areas of South Africa, and if a particular destination piques your interest, get in touch with us as we have many more day touring opportunities ‘on the books’ to offer you.
6 of the Most Frequently Booked day tours in South Africa
Cape Town Peninsula Tour
Cape Town Winelands Tour
Sun City & Pilanesberg Safari
Hluhlue iMfolozi Safari
Township & Shebeen Tour
Sani Pass & Drakensberg Mountains
Addo & Schotia Safari
6 Top Activities & Excursions in South Africa
Gold Reef City
uShaka Marine World
Knysna Featherbed Nature Reserve & Cruise
Sky Car – Moses Mahbida Stadium
Marine Safari Plettenberg Bay
6 Top Adventure Activities & Tours in South Africa
Great White Shark cage diving
Bunji jump – Moses Mahbida Stadium
Hike up Table Mountain & abseil at top
Canopy Tour – Karkloof Nature Reserve
Hazyview (Near Kruger Park)
Big Five Walking Safari
Stormsriver Bridge bunji jump
Elephant Back Safari
Marine Safari Plettenberg Bay
** Focus Tour & Destination **
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – Situated just outside of Johannesburg, the Cradle is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa and is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated! Quite a big deal when you start to really think about it.
The journey of man, as well as our future is all beautifully illustrated at the Maropeng Visitors Site, with interactive displays and regular fossil displays. Coupled with Maropeng is the Sterkfontein Caves, home to the oldest and most continuous paleontological dig in the world. It is also the site where the famous pre-human skull known as ‘Mrs Ples’ was discovered, and an almost complete hominid skeleton called ‘Little Foot’ dated at 2.3 and 4.17 million years old respectively.
Maropeng and Sterkfontein lie within an area of natural beauty and space, it’s the perfect place to breathe deeply and spend a little time thinking about 'us humans', our history and the impact we have on the earth and into the future – the displays at Maropeng are sobering and put life into perspective.
With the recent Hollywood Block Buster movie ‘2012’ which is based on the Mayan Calendar predications and with the build-up to the Mayan ‘deadline’ on 23 December 2012, the heritage of man and man’s future, has become a most interesting topic of discussion – what’s going to happen – apparently South Africa is one of the safest places to be at that time, so come on over and ‘feel the love’.
Cultural Day Tours
There are essentially two types of cultural experiences, the ‘show-like’ tour that highlights a specific culture, its heritage, people, customs and religion, but is more of a fabricated cultural village experience. The second option is more authentic, where one may visit (often on a walking tour) real people, in a rural village setting, or an urban township.
Both have their place, as the ‘show-like’ cultural experiences do greatly enhance one’s appreciation of the cultures of South Africa of yesteryear, with roots that still influence modern society and in particular the cultural song and dance is enjoyable. The second option is a more modern, real-to-life snapshot of South Africa’s people, where personal discussion and interaction can take place between cultures.
Cultural tours very often give back to the community that you visit, and for many travellers this is an important aspect of their holiday spend, to ensure that they are even in a small way supporting local communities. Certain cultural tours can involve a participative element as well, so chat to us if this is important to you.
In the Swartberg area of South Africa, which is within close proximity of the well-known town of Oudsthoorn, a favourite tourist destination on the Garden Route, here tours encompass the fascinating Swartberg Mountain Range, the history of the Swartberg and the communities of the Swartberg. Community involvement and upliftment is a key element of the Swartberg Culture day tours that will not only enrich your holiday, but the lives of those involved in this key tourism initiative.
Opportunities for morning, afternoon/evening and full day open vehicle safari drives are abundant throughout South Africa, with the wealth of national and private game rich wildlife reserves.
To reduce your holiday spend, there are a number of beautiful lodges and guest houses that border many of the renowned Big Five reserves in South Africa, definitely the most well-known of these is the Kruger National Park. It is easy to hop onto an open vehicle safari drive and spend an entire day (or morning/afternoon i.e. half day tour) inside Kruger with an expert guide.
If you are out on business and have a day/or an afternoon (depending on your location) to spare and wish to spend it on safari, there are numerous options to head out from… Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban or Port Elizabeth to enjoy the wildlife of Africa…
South Africa's range of day tours, activities, adventures is a bounitful buffet of options and we would love to be able to help you decide on your day touring and activities choices to compliment your South African holiday.