Dumelang, it's time!

The news we’ve all been waiting for, Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands are now all open and welcoming travellers from the UK.

It feels so good to be writing to you again with some long overdue good news. I am sure you have heard the news that South Africa is finally off the UK’s red list. To say we are over the moon would be an understatement. We are very excited to finally be ready to welcome British holiday makers to this beautiful country; just in time too with the weather here getting colder and darker.

It is difficult to imagine that back in March 2020, we were discussing lockdown measures with clients re-assuring them that come June / July 2020, the lockdown will be a distant nightmare and that we will all be enjoying our holidays as booked!

How wrong we were, and the lesson we can all take from COVID-19 is a simple one, do not delay important milestones as they have a knack of tripping you up!

Hope is in scant supply at times; this precious virtue traced a fine line between triumph and ruin. Ever heard of the saying ‘Hindsight is 2020’? I think we can all agree that to see the back of the last Eighteen months will give us all a sense of relief.

This time has given us pause for thought; space to contemplate our life choices. What is, what is not important in our lives. Now, we have a chance to do things differently. We have a chance to hit ‘reset’.

So, there is no time like the present to pack your bags and experience the magic of escaping the cold and wet UK for the wide-open spaces and hotter climates of Africa.

Escape the winter for some of South African sun and enjoy the many special offers now available. There are so many specials available, so instead of listing these on our website, please contact us and we will include every special applicable to your bespoke holiday itinerary to ensure that you receive the very best value, whilst not compromising on our very high standards.

Simply put, Southern Africa truly is your first, best choice for post – Covid travel.

Thank you so much for your support throughout and hopefully we will hear from you all again in the not-too-distant future when Cape Tours welcomes you back to Southern Africa

Speak to a member of our team for further advice or to start planning your next holiday. (Book with confidence)

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We at Cape Tours are born South Africans. We have been tailoring African holiday experiences for more than two decades. As an authority in African travel we pride ourselves on our competitive pricing and our in-depth personal knowledge on structuring the perfect holiday for your budget.

Mike Tompkins
Founder – Cape Tours Ltd

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Explore Southern Africa

Itineraries showcasing some of our most popular holiday possibilities

Cape Tours Holiday Ideas

Cape Town coast

Soul Pampering

12-Night self-drive holiday: Including Cape Town; the Cape Winelands; the Garden Route; and a Safari
rovos luxury rail

Luxury Rail, Victoria Falls, Cape Town

10-Night holiday: Includes Rovos Rail; helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls; Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi; Guided Tour of Victoria Falls ...and more.
Overberg Whale Viewing

City Whales Wine Flora Coast

Two-Week self-drive holiday: Includes Cape Town; Hermanus – Whale Watching (July to November); the Winelands; Cederberg and the spectacular West Coast
KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg Mountains

Kingdom of the Zulu

Two-Week holiday: Includes five nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation; four nights half board accommodation; two nights Full Board accommodation and daily game reserve activities
Highlands Meander

Highlands Meander, Safari & City

Two-Week holiday: Includes six nights B&B; three nights half board; three nights Full Board accommodation
Fish River Canyon Namibia

Canyons & Deserts (Southern Circuit)

8-Night self-drive holiday: Including the Kalahari Desert; Fish River Canyon; and the Namib Desert.
classic kaleidoscop namibia featured

Classic Kaleidoscope (Northern Circuit)

8-Night self-drive holiday: Including the Etosha National Park; Skeleton Coastline; and the Namib Desert.

Extraordinary Namibia

13-Night self-drive holiday: Including Sossusvlei; Sesriem Canyon; and Damaraland
Chobe Game Lodge - Game Viewing

Best Value Botswana and Victoria Falls

8-Night holiday: Including the Okavango Delta; Moremi Game Reserve; Chobe National Park; and Victoria Falls.

Botswana Uncovered

8-Night holiday: Including options to visit the Okavango Delta; Moremi Game Reserve; Chobe National Park; Savute Region; the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park and Victoria Falls.
Simola Golf Course

Garden Route Golfing

10-Night holiday: Including Fancourt; Pezula; Simola; and St Francis Links.
Cape Town view of Table Mountain

Jewels of the Cape - Route 62

10-Night self-drive holiday: Including Cape Town; the Breede River; the Klein Karoo; and the magic of the Garden Route.
V&A Waterfront

Jewels of the Cape - Whales

10-Night self-drive holiday: Including Cape Town; Hermanus – Whale Watching (July to November); and the magic of the Garden Route.
Cape Town sunset

Jewels of the Cape - Winelands

10-Night self-drive holiday: Including Cape Town; the Breede River; the Klein Karoo; and the magic of the Garden Route.

What our clients say

Julie Cooke
Julie Cooke
2022-05-17
Verified
Cape Tours gives you a quality, personal service with the benefit of excellent South African local knowledge and experience. We have used them for many years and have had wonderful holidays every time. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody.
GG
GG
2022-05-17
Verified
We have recently returned from a great family holiday in the Western Cape. This was originally booked in March 2020, just as the UK went into lockdown. It was then rescheduled three times until we were finally able to travel in March this year. We really appreciated the work that Mike at Cape Tours did on our behalf rescheduling our itinerary and flights so many times ! From the outset Mike listened to our preferences and ideas about what we wanted to do and helped us to put together the best itinerary, accommodation and flights for us. Mike's experience and detailed knowledge were invaluable in this context. If you are thinking about a trip to South Africa then Cape Tours is just the sort of company I would recommend combining a detailed local knowledge with a genuine commitment to personal service.
Keith Green
Keith Green
2022-05-06
Verified
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. Taylor made holidays with the assurance of help just a phone call away. I have just returned from an excellent trip to South Africa all seamlessly arranged by Cape Tours. I think this was my trip number 17 with them, and the number speaks for itself. Book with confidence and enjoy!
Kevin Robson
Kevin Robson
2022-05-06
Verified
We have just spent just over two weeks in South Africa, flying with Lufthansa, taking a camper van up and down the Kruger National Park and finishing up in Sandton once again all arranged to our requirements by Mike and his team. Once again it was excellent, we got exactly what we asked for and I have absolutely no hesitation in using Cape Tours again or recommending them to others.
Faye Thornton
Faye Thornton
2022-05-04
Verified
We had a fantastic experience, Mike at Cape Tours was so helpful and understanding, keeping us up to date with changes to government policies. The safari and lodge were fantastic, a once in a lifetime experience!
Gary Rogerson
Gary Rogerson
2022-04-22
Verified
This was our 10th visit to South Africa organised by Mike and his team and each time we have had the most amazing holiday with faultless organisation and planning of our trip.Thanks again to Mike,we will be booking again very soon Gary and Sharon Rogerson
Moon Bather (Moonbather)
Moon Bather (Moonbather)
2021-08-04
Verified
We had booked a holiday with Mike as we had tickets to the Lions tour and were impressed with his knowledge and ability to source good accommodation in safe areas in the the places we were due to visit. Lions tour tickets cancelled and South Africa still a ‘Red country’, Mike refunded our money the day after we were due to travel. Excellent communication both during booking process and throughout refund process too, we are so sad we couldn’t travel but next time we are looking for a trip to South Africa Mike will be our first point of call!
Paul Pittman
Paul Pittman
2020-06-04
Verified
We had to cancel due to travel restrictions from covid-19 and refund negotiations were difficult. After numerous email exchanges received some money, as the alternatives were not doable, but I did not expect to lose £2000 on a £7500 holiday (£1300 being charges applied by Cape Tours and their associates,). An expensive lesson learnt, that will not be repeated.
PETER BAIRD
PETER BAIRD
2019-11-24
Verified
My wife and I have just completed our 4th, self drive, tour of South Africa in the last 6 years organised by Mike Tomkins. This says a lot about Cape Tours and Mike in particular.
Derek Newton
Derek Newton
2019-11-22
Verified
Once again we had a brilliant trip to South Africa, the 3rd thanks to the organisation of Mike of Cape Tours. Previously we have had 2 enjoyable and different trips along the Garden route, but this time opted for the KwaZulu-Natal region. BA now have flights direct to Durban so it made the journey easier. Doing a self-drive trip we first went up the Indian Ocean coast staying in St Lucia Estuary and the Mkuze Elephant coast (Ghost Mountain Hotel). From there we travelled inland towards the Drakensberg mountains but not before calling in en-route for the obligatory safari. This was at the Nabiti Conservancy (Lions Valley Lodge) near Ladysmith. It was the best safari yet, wonderful lodge, staff and rangers, and of course plenty of wild animal sightings both large and small. After that we travelled to Clarens a town north of Lesotho. Lovely countryside, unfortunately we visited a bar in town to watch the Rugby World Cup final, needless to say were surrounded by South Africans!!! A bit of friendly banter came our way?? Heading south within the mountain range we headed for the Mooi River region where we enjoyed a gastronomic's delight stay at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, not good for the figure. Finally we visited Moorcroft Manor in Himeville, our base for an exhilarating 4x4 trip up the Sani Pass to Lesotho. Sadly it was then back to Durban. Many thanks Mike for another enjoyably, happy holiday. Again you constructed and organised a wonderful 3 week trip that met our budget, expectations and accommodation. Looking forward to our next South African trip.