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Wildlife and Scenic Johannesburg Safari Tours

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10 Day Taste of South Africa Guided Tour (Code: SC-02/10)

10 Day Taste of South Africa Guided Tour DAY 1.  Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie You are collected from your hotel at around 09h00 to start your tour. Collection from the O R Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg can also be arranged. We travel from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom, and Lydenburg. Continue to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. We continue to Sabie. Overnight at the Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.   Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop. Marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi Lodge in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). DAY 3.   Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning safari, conditions permitting a search for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park. Spend the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. Overnight in a free-standing round ‘rondavel’ type room with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities in one of the camps. DAY 4.   Kruger National Park  – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. Spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Continue

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A taste of South Africa 11 Day Guided Tour (Code: SC-02/11)

DAY 1. Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie (Safari) Your first taste of South Africa starts with our day on safari, takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. We continue to Sabie. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Lodge. DAY 3. Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning hike, searching for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. DAY 4. Kruger National Park  – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve.  In the afternoon travel the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Travel further via Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 5. Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-molding

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15 Day Deluxe South African Experience Guided Tour (Code: SC-02P)

DAY 01. Gauteng – Panoramic Route Our first day of this South African holiday takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. We overnight in Sabie at Ligna Lodge.  DAY 02.  Panoramic Route – Private Reserve After Graskop we marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views.  Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight at Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 03. Private Reserve –  Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive, and conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals, we enjoy breakfast an then leave for the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park. DAY 04.  Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive

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11 Days Classic South Africa Highlights Tour (Code: SC-03)

DAY 01.   Gauteng – Panoramic Route Our first day on tour of the South African Highlights takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom, and Ohrigstad to the magnificent Three Rondavels view the site at the Blyde River Canyon. We travel further to marvel at scenic areas such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to see this unique trick of nature is worth the experience), Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and the Pinnacle before a short visit to Pilgrim’s Rest, an early gold mining town declared a National Monument. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the last century and hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. Overnight at Ligna Lodge. DAY 02.  Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park After an early breakfast, we do a pleasant walk through the indigenous forest to see the Lone Creek Falls. Then we follow a scenic route to Hazyview and enter the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps. DAY 03.   Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. Spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland for a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. After a drive through the capital, Mababane, we continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at Forester’s Arms. DAY 04. Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-molding

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12 Day South African Explorer Guided Tour (Code: SC-04)

DAY 1. Johannesburg – Panoramic Route (Safari and scenery) Our first day on this safari and scenery tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie. Here we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Reserve On the 2nd day we travel via Graskop and marvel at the scenic areas, for instance, the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view and the breathtaking sight at the Blyde River Canyon. Finally, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. We enjoy a great dinner under the stars. (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3.  Private Reserve –  Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive, we hike on foot searching for the animals. After breakfast, we leave for the Kruger National Park.  We spend the day in this magnificent reserve of around 2 million ha. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps. Overnight in a bungalow at Skukuza Camp or similar. DAY 4.  Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and have breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We

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13 Day Wildlife, Scenery and Flowers Tour (Code: SC-05)

DAY 1. Gauteng – Panoramic Route (Wildlife, scenery and flowers) Our first day on this wildlife, scenery and flowers excursion takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views. Then we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve, a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3.  Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive, and conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals, we enjoy breakfast an then leave for the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park. DAY 4. Kruger National Park – Swaziland Today we rise early for a breakfast on a deck overlooking

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The Grand South African – 19 Day Guided Tour (Code:SC-06)

DAY 1  Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Sabie – Panoramic Route (South African Holiday Package) Our first day on this South African holiday package takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom, and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3  Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning safari and if conditions permit, searching for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. DAY 4   Kruger National Park  –  Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory and travel via Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 5   Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early

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1 Day Pretoria City Tour (Code: SCJP)

Depart from Johannesburg for an excursion of Pretoria, 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.

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

Depart from Johannesburg for a tour of Pretoria, also called The Jacaranda City for the thousands of Jacaranda trees which line its streets and transform the city to 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 and regarded as one of the country’s architectural masterpieces. We also visit the Voortrekker Monument which bears testament to a people’s pioneering spirit before visiting 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) an excursion is made to 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

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1 Day Johannesburg City Tour (Code: SCJC)

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. A drive through the cosmopolitan Hillbrow, a colourful insight to South Africa’s “Manhattan” is also included.

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1 Day Soweto City Tour (Code: SCJW)

The 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.

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Gold Reef City Half Day Tour (Code: SCJG)

Take a trip into the bowels of a gold mine and travel back in time as you take a ride on a penny-farthing or stroll through the streets. Do not miss the Mineworkers “Gumboot dancing” which is another highlight of this tour.  Return to your hotel after the four hour tour.

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Southern Circle Tours & Safaris offer a number of guided tours from Johannesburg. Some return to Johannesburg and some continue to other destinations such as the sub-tropical holiday city of Durban!  These tours take you via the Kruger National Park, Panoramic Route, the kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), Zululand and you finally arrive in Durban. Most noteworthy is that you can depart from Johannesburg or in reverse from Durban. Enjoy traveling along panoramic routes with our day safari tours of South Africa.

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Experience a True African Wildlife Adventure with Our Unforgettable Johannesburg Safari Tours

These tours include some of the country’s most exceptional scenery, local cultures, and extensive wildlife opportunities. One can join shorter guided tours from Johannesburg to the Kruger Park at affordable prices. Book your 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Kruger Park safari’s from Johannesburg to enjoy the best of South Africa’s wildlife. Most of the shorter guided tours from Johannesburg also return to Johannesburg.

Start your safari experience by traveling from Johannesburg to the Kruger National Park for adventurous wildlife trips. Enjoy the sight of magnificent mountain passes, a range of African wildlife and some of the most beautiful terrains as you journey to the most popular wildlife and nature hotspots in South Africa.

Travel from Johannesburg to Durban where you embark on safari tours in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. Search for the Big Five as you drive with your tour guide in an open safari vehicle throughout the nature reserve. Take a trip to Lake St Lucia for great bird viewing opportunities before ending your wildlife tour.

Brief History of Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the biggest city in Gauteng. It was established in the year 1886 when a village managed by the Health Committee found an outcrop of gold on a farm called Langlaagte. Once the discovery was made, people from across South Africa traveled to Johannesburg for their chance to claim their fortune.  Within the span of eleven years, the population grew so much that Johannesburg was declared a municipality.

Gauteng, which translates to “Place of Gold” in the Sotho language, is known to be the smallest province in South Africa, but also the richest in the country. Johannesburg has the best Central Business District in Africa. Many of the largest national and international companies have their head office located in Johannesburg.

Tips for your next African Safari departing from Johannesburg

An African safari is an unforgettable experience for both local and international tourists alike. At Southern Circle we pride ourselves with delivering quality service for our tourists. Below we have put together a few tips for tourists who will be traveling on a safari trip for the first time when booking our exciting Johannesburg safari tours.

  1. South Africa is a hot and humid country with temperatures reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer season. Cool and comfortable clothing is advised.
  2. There will be a lot of driving and searching for animals on your safari adventure. Keep cool by drink lots of water to keep you hydrated.
  3. Bring along a camera to capture precious moments while on your safari tour. Your camera may come in handy when you spot one of the Big Five or any other animal during the safari.
  4. Ask your tour guide as many questions as you would like. Enquire about the different animals and plant life that you will encounter. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable on all the destinations that you will travel to.

When is the best time to go on a safari?

Although tourists can travel on a safari tour throughout the year, it is advised that the best time to go on an African safari is between April and September. This is because South Africa is experiencing much cooler and dry weather conditions during these months.

It is easier to spot the animals around this time of the year as the bushes are thin. Because of little to no rain in these months, the animals can also be seen around waterholes during the day, resting and quenching their thirst.

Book one of our favorite Johannesburg Tours now.

If you are planning an unforgettable safari vacation in South Africa, book one of our extraordinary Johannesburg Safari Tours now. Click on our tour packages below for more detailed information about each package.

For longer tours also departing from Johannesburg, ending in other cities such as Cape Town, please see the Countrywide Packages.

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