Many Day Tours around South Africa with Southern Circle Tours & Safaris

Best South African Day Tours with Southern Circle

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1 Day Durban City Tour (Code: SCDC)

.Durban City Tour – Code; SCDC Our tour of Durban city, a bustling metropolis, often called the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile). Here you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the original Railway Station building, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell.  At the Indian Market you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Then a visit to the Botanical Gardens with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world. You’ll also find the famous cycad collection and orchid garden. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants. NOTE: Other tours that incorporates escorted tours of the city. Other tour that may interest you: Valley of a 1000 Hills – Half Day – Code: SCDV Zulku Cultural Tour – 1 Day – Code: SCDS  

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1 Day Sani Pass Guided Tour – Durban (Code: SCDA)

This Sani Pass day tour is an adventure day out! Travel up the mountain pass with 4 wheel drive vehicles, awe at the views and on a clear day one can see up to 250km! Drive inland past Pietermaritzburg to the area of gently pastoral beauty, also called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with Zulu villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Traverse through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.  At Himeville you change vehicles and set off in a 4 wheel drive minibus for the drive up Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago. The ascend is steep at places with hair-raising bends. The driver talk about the geography and also stop frequently for photo opportunities of the breathtaking views. Afterwards, arrive at the top of the mountain in the kingdom of Lesotho. You visit the locals and they may  invite you into their house, which often result into tasting locally baked snacks or bread! Lunch is served at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3 000 metres above sea level. Afterwards, we descend down the mountain, change vehicles and set off to Durban. OTHER TOURS YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN 2 Day Drakensberg Highscdblights  – SCDB 3 Day Drakensberg Adventure – SCDD  

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Full Day Whale Watching Tour (Code: SCCF)

Whale Watching in South Africa Whale watching in South Africa is popular in Hermanus, Mossel Bay and the east coast from July to November. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are collectively known as cetaceans and there are about 90 species;  from the biggest, the blue whale to the tiny vaquita and New Zealand dolphin. They are all mammals. So, they breathe air, have hair, are warm-blooded, give birth to live young and feed their young milk. The southern right whale is most common around Cape Town with the humpback whale further eastwards to the KZN coastline past Durban and Mozambique. Watch the Southern Right Whale in its natural habitat in Hermanus One and a half hours south-east of Cape Town is Hermanus, arguably one of the best land-based whale watching spots! These gentle giants are clearly visible from the scenic ‘cliff-top walk’ in Hermanus and the town holds a whale watching festival every September. In whale season, July-November, whales and their young get very close to the shoreline. This full-day Cape whale watching tour takes you to Hermanus to encounter mostly the Southern Right Whale, breed and rear their young. Afterwards, we return via the very scenic coastal route of Betty’s Bay, Gordon’s Bay and Somerset West. If time permits your route will also take you further to a tantalizing wine estate visit. We taste some wine at either Bouchard Finlayson or Hamilton Russell. Afterwards, we return to Cape Town. NOTE: Other tours that include whale watching and some whale stories. Cape Peninsula Day Tour (Code: SCCK) – Cape Town to Cape Town 4 Day Garden Route Tour (Code: SCCD) – Cape Town to Port Elizabeth  –  OR  –  The same tour from Port Elizabeth (Code: SCCE)

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Cape Town city tour

Half Day Cape Town City Tour (Code: SCCC)

Cape Town City Tour, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The Cape Town city tour shows off the electric mix of architectural styles and cobblestone streets.  Feel the cultural diversity with a cosmopolitan ambience. Some of the highlighted activities are the cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain (Optional and weather permitting – Signal Hill if the cable car is not operating) Castle of Good Hope and the SA Museum. Afterwards, we visit some of the museums, unique historic or tourist attractions and the city’s many popular restaurants (you can visit at your leisure)! Drive past the Parliament Complex, Company Gardens, Malay Quarters and Milnerton for a full view of Table Mountain. You can request an optional tour of Robben Island to add to this tour. Other scenic areas and highlights around Cape Town are the Cape peninsula which includes Boulders Beach where one can see the rare African penguins. Visit Kirstenbosch, placed as one of the world’s great botanical gardens and afterwards a short trip to Constantia wine route. Taste some of arguably the world’s best wines while having a truly local meal in their restaurant. OTHER TOURS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU: Cape Peninsula Day Tour Winelands Day To Whale Watching Day Tour      

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Pretoria city tour

Half Day Pretoria City Tour (Code: SCJP)

Pretoria City Tour – half day Depart from Johannesburg for a Pretoria city tour, the country’s administrative capital, and one of the most beautiful cities in South Africa. We visit some historical sites and places of interest. The highlights are the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Church Square, Melrose House and the Union Buildings. Pretoria is also called the ‘Jacaranda City’ because of the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted along the streets and parks. The city turns purple during October when these trees go into full bloom. The tour departs daily from hotels around the city and the Johannesburg area. Combined this tour with a Johannesburg city tour for a full day outing! The following tours may interest you: Johannesburg City Tour – SCJC Gold Reef City – SCJG Soweto Tour – SCJW Apartheid Museum Tour – SCJF  

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Half Day Soweto City Tour (Code: SCJW)

Soweto Tour – Half Day The Soweto day tour includes a visit to the new Prestige Park and Orlando West, travelling past homes of the rich and famous, houses of Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We also stop at the Mandela House Museum, as well as the Hector Peterson Memorial and museum for a glimpse into the history of SOWETO. These tours may also interest you: Apartheid Tour – SCJF Johannesburg City Tour – SCJC

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Johannesburg city tour

Johannesburg City Tour (Code: SCJC)

Johannesburg City Tour – Half Day A tour of Johannesburg City, the economic hub of South Africa is an eye-opener.  Some of the highlights of this tour are the prestigious Northern Suburbs of Sandton, Rosebank and Houghton. This tour won’t be complete without a visit to Constitution Hill, home of the Constitutional Court, also the site of the notorious Old Fort Prison. Afterwards, we include a drive through the cosmopolitan Hillbrow, a colourful insight to South Africa’s “Manhattan” as well. Other tours that may interest you: Soweto Tour – SCJW Apartheid Tour – SCJF

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Natal Battlefields Guided Tour – 1-Day (Code: SCDK)

During this Natal Battlefields tour, you will mainly visit the two important Anglo Zulu battlefields of  Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. We travel westwards past Pietermaritzburg to the famous and awe-inspiring battlefield of Isandlwana. The British and Zulu clashed here. The battle ended up as arguably one of the biggest defeats of the British. Afterwards, at Rorke’s Drift, we relive the defence of that small outpost by a handful of red-coated soldiers against several thousand Zulu warriors. If time allows we travel via Babanango to Ulundi where our last stop is at Chetswayo’s Kraal, Ondini, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana. We return to Durban via Melmoth and Eshowe and arrive in the evening. OTHER TOURS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU: 2 Day Natal Battlefields tour (Code: SCDF) – Durban to Durban 3 Day Natal Battlefields Tour (Code: SCDF3) – Durban to Durban

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Pretoria and Cullinan Diamond Mine Day Tour (Code: SCJM)

Pretoria and Cullinan Mine Tour – 1 Day Depart from Johannesburg for a Pretoria and Cullinan Mine tour.  Also called The Jacaranda City for thousands of Jacaranda trees line its streets and transform the city into a purple wonderland during Spring when the trees are in full bloom. We visit the Union Buildings, designed by the famous Architect, Sir Herbert Baker. The building is one of the country’s architectural masterpieces. We also visit the Voortrekker Monument which bears testament to a people’s pioneering spirit. Then travel to the period museum which is Melrose House.  The Anglo Boer War officially ended here with the signing of the peace treaty of Vereeniging in 1902 After lunch (optional) we visit the working Cullinan Diamond Mine, also known as the Premier Diamond Mine. This mine has uncovered some of the largest diamonds in the world today and the mine lies over one of the biggest kimberlite pipes in the world. The mine is also the original source of the famous diamond in the British Crown Jewels. A 2 hour conducted surface tour of the mine consists of a video of underground mining, a display of rough diamonds in Diamond House, visit the mine shaft in operation, see the 32 ha big hole and view diamond cutting and polishing Other tours that may interest you: Johannesburg City Tout – SCJC Soweto Day Tour – SCJW

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Touch of Wildlife 1 Day Tour – Durban (Code: SCDU)

The touch of wildlife 1 day tour is designed to offer just as the tour name suggests; a full day to touch on the amazing wildlife of Africa including the Big Five( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) for those who have limited time!  With the time limit we do not promise that you will see all of the Big Five among many other mammals, birds, etc, but we have been successful many times! ITINERARY Depart early from Durban on the touch of wildlife 1 day tour and travel north through sugar cane fields towards the sub‑tropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. We arrive at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest reserve in Africa! The white rhino was saved from extinction here.  This reserve is home to over 90 species of mammals amongst other wildlife including the “Big Five”(lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). There is also an excellent chance to see the shy nyala. After lunch at Hilltop camp you embark on another game viewing drive in the afternoon before returning to Durban. The duration of this day tour is around 10 – 12 hours. We offer you a good chance to see the Big Five amongst an abundance of other wildlife in one day! There is little to top a close encounter with a lion kill, or an elephant walking next to the vehicle or a white rhino and her calf strolling into the road in front of you! We do the game viewing in the comfort of our air-conditioned vehicle with our very informative crew. You will certainly feel that you have been out on a day safari in the wild! You also have the option to book a 2 – 3 hour open vehicle safari during the day. NOTE: We also offer a two-day and three-day tours into the

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Valley of a 1000 Hills Cultural Half Day Tour (Code: SCDV)

VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS TOUR The Valley of 1000 Hills tour includes a drive through the wealthy Kloof area. Travel along the edge of the impressive Valley of a 1000 Hills. Here we introduce you to the age-old Zulu tradition. Visit the Sangoma and enjoy the Zulu dancing and cultural demonstrations. We also visit a crocodile farm and snake park before returning to Durban. NOTE: apart from the Valley of a Thousand Hills cultural half-day tour, we also have a full day excursion visiting Shakaland, the prop where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed. See here. Other tours that may interest you: Durban City Tour – SCDC

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Zulu cultural day trip

Zulu Cultural Day Trip (Code: SCDS)

ZULU CULTURAL DAY TRIP When Shaka Zulu became king of the Zulus in 1816, he created a highly efficient fighting force and through brilliant military strategy and leadership, he forged a great nation. Today the Zulus are the largest of South Africa’s ethnic groups.  With this Zulu cultural day trip, we give you an insight into their culture. We drive north past the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. After a short stop in Eshowe, we depart for Shakaland where we have lunch and a demonstration of traditional dance styles and their social system. Other tour that may interest you: Half Day Zulu Culture and the Valley of a 1000 Hills – Code: SCDV

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We at Southern Circle Tours & Safaris will help you make the most of your South African holiday. Whether you want to venture on a day safari to some excellent wildlife areas or spend a day in the city of Cape Town, we will make it

Enjoy a relaxing day trip to prime tourist places in South Africa with one of our knowledgeable tour guides.

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You can experience South Africa from a whole new perspective when you book one of our unforgettable South African Day Tours.
Gorgeous landscapes, brightly lit cityscapes, safari destinations, and kilometer upon kilometer of pristine coastline all make South Africa a
top tourist destination. When looking for traveling packages for your South African holiday you will find all kinds of exciting destinations
within our selection of tours. And many of these destinations can be explored with a South Africa day tour. Accompanied by an experienced guide, guests have the perfect opportunity to explore historical landmarks, wild destinations, cityscapes and ocean wildlife. Our guided South African day tours are perfectly designed to enhance your experience of a place even when time is not on your side. Whether you are in the area on business or if you are on holiday and you have a day or two to spare, any one of our tours will be the perfect way to fill up your calendar. Our trips are designed to give you the most out of your downtime and they leave from cities all over the country.

Book unforgettable South African Day Tours with Southern Circle.

Every city, as well its surrounds, is filled to the brim with fascinating sights and awe-inspiring attractions. And when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare, or perhaps you don’t want to miss out on the popular attractions, booking an affordable day tour is the best option you have. Plus there is the additional advantage of not having to drive yourself anywhere.
Some of our most popular day tours include trips around Cape Town, whale watching, guided tours of the Winelands, tours of Durban, and a variety of cultural experiences. Each tour is made for a set number of hours, ensuring you are back at your accommodation by nightfall.

Our Best Selling South African Tours:

  1. Cape Town Day Tours.

There is a variety of options that you can choose from when you are planning to spend a day in or around Cape Town. There is the option of exploring the city while there are also tours that will take you to the wilder side of the Cape.
A whole day spent in the Mother City, could there be a better way to spend your time in Cape Town than with an exciting tour of all the best places? With Table Mountain as your backdrop, you’ll visit the Malay Quarters, the Castle of Good Hope, the House of Parliament, SA Museum and enjoy a drive to Milnerton to get the best views of the city and its mountain.
Seeing the natural side of the Cape is the perfect way to spend the day. The Cape Peninsula tour includes plenty of time exploring the picturesque beaches, indigenous plants and takes all kinds of beautiful pictures. This is the photographer’s dream day tour.
The Cape region is really one of the best winemaking districts in the world and with a guided day tour of the Winelands, you can enjoy a swift introduction to the area. This Winelands tour is perfect for every wine enthusiast.
When visiting between the months of June and November, there is a really good chance that you can spot the whales that frequent the coastline close to Hermanus while on our Whale Watching tour. This quaint town is also home to the world’s only “whale crier” who alerts the town to the arrival of the whales using a kelp horn.

  1. Day Tours in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

There are a variety of tours in Kwa-Zulu Natal that are simply perfect for day tours. The Durban City tour, the Battlefield Tours, and Cultural Tours are all available, and each will provide you with more than enough time in each location.
Tours of Durban include plenty of time spent enjoying the endless summer climate while visiting certain city landmarks. Time at the beach is also on the cards.
There are a few ancient battlefields dotted around Kwa-Zulu Natal and each has an interesting history associated with it. The best ways to see the battlefields is by signing up for a guided day tour. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, guests will be taken back in time.
Finally, there is a cultural day tour. Immersing yourself in the local cultures will give you a unique look at the day to day life of a working cultural village.

  1. Johannesburg Tours.

Johannesburg might not be the first tourist destination to come to mind when you think about South Africa, but it has a wonderful selection of fantastic places to visit. Our Johannesburg tours include the One Day Johannesburg City Tour, the Apartheid Museum Tour in Soweto, the Soweto Day Tour, and the Gold Reef City Tour.
A day tour of Johannesburg will take you to all of the best historic sites as well as those vibrant communities who give the city its bustling reputation.

  1. Pretoria Tours.

See Pretoria through fresh eyes, with a full day tour of the city designed to take you to the various landmarks and important historical locations. Guests can look forward to seeing the Union Buildings, the Voortrekker Monument, Kruger House, Church Square, and the Cullinan Diamond Mine, depending on the chosen tour.

Along with all of these great South African day tours, we also have adventure day tours that take guests to wildlife destinations or up the Sani Pass. Contact us today to book your tour.

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