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SOUTH AFRICA

For those wishing to enjoy travel on a budget, the beautiful country of South Africa has endless activities and tours on offer. A rich diversity in culture and landscape makes South Africa one of the top destinations in southern Africa for tourism. With its beautiful mountain landscapes, vast deserts, white sandy beaches, and an abundance of game reserves and National Parks, South Africa truly has something on offer for everyone.

Cape Town

This spectacular city is considered one of the top tourist spots in the world, with a multitude of adventures to be had within Cape Town, as well as being the major starting point for most overland trips and budget safaris. The attractions include hiking up Table Mountain or partaking in one of the many adventure tours like skydiving, sandboarding or even Great White Shark diving. Also famous for its wine regions, Cape Town is a great place to do a wine tour through scenic Constantia, Stellenbosch or Paarl.

The Garden Route, Wild Coast and St Lucia

Situated along the coast between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth you will find the famous Garden Route. We offer a host of Adventure Tours and Safaris along this route to suite every kind of traveller.

A little further north, the region that runs from East London all the way up to Durban is known as the Wild Coast. Boasting kilometres of unspoiled beaches, this coastline is not as built-up as the Garden Route, and offers a unique and more isolated South African adventure.

St Lucia, located just above Durban, is an amazing hub for both land and aquatic safaris. The warm Indian Ocean water means exceptional diving and snorkelling is available, for those keen to see the Big Five of the ocean and other sea life.

Drakensberg and Kruger National Park

From the busy city of Durban you are easily able to access the Drakensberg Mountain Range, which runs from the centre of South Africa, through Lesotho, and right up to the Kruger National Park. The highest peaks are found bordering the country of Lesotho.

Further north you will find the cultural hub of Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

To the east of Joburg in the Limpopo Province, and forming the border between South Africa and Mozambique, you will find the mighty Kruger National Park. This massive park is one of the largest in Africa, roughly the size of the country of Wales or the State of New Jersey. It boasts a huge array and concentration of animals, including all of the Big Five, and is the perfect place to go on an cheap African safari, as well as a popular stop-off on a cross-country African overland trip.

A country offering amazing landscapes, adrenaline-filled adventures, exciting game drives, and diverse, friendly cultures – What more could you ask for? Browse through our related tours below or explore specific regions to find tours and safaris going through South Africa.

South Africa
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CAPE TOWN

A city with so much to offer in terms of culture, mountains, beaches, adventure tours, restaurants, and beautiful scenic landscapes. Cape Town truly has something to offer everyone. Read more to see what day tours or adventure activities we have on offer.

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DRAKENSBERG

Read more about the largest mountain range in South Africa and the overland or adventure tours we have going to see this majestic mountain range.

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DURBAN

Warm waters, white sandy beaches, rich cultural histories and amazing cuisine. Durban has a little bit of everything and is a good place to start a budget safari or overland adventure.

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GARDEN ROUTE

Stretching around 300km along South Africa’s East Coast, the garden route has rich vegetation and beautiful vistas all along the many towns it passes through. Read more for great adventure tours or overland travel along this world renowned stretch of land.

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JOHANNESBURG

The largest city in South Africa and the perfect gateway to start on one of our budget safaris or overland adventure.

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

The flagship of South African National Parks, Kruger boasts an abundance of wildlife including all of the big 5. No budget safari or overland bucket list is complete without ticking off this mighty reserve.

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WEST COAST

The West Coast of South Africa, stretching from Cape Town to the border of Namibia, offers a rich diversity in landscapes and vegetation.

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2408, 2016

Ashanti’s Review of our Joburg to Vic Falls Overland Tour

August 24th, 2016|Categories: Botswana, Budget Safaris, Chobe National Park, Etosha National Park & Caprivi Strip, Johannesburg, Okavango Delta & Maun, Overland Tours|0 Comments

In July 2016, we sent Ashanti Travel staff member, Cal Heyburgh, on our 8 Day Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Overland Tour. This compact camping safari is a great way to experience overland travel, with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife, as well as some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful national parks, in a short amount of time. The bulk of the tour is spent in Botswana and this trip is one of the best ways to enjoy Botswana on a budget. Below is Cal’s review of his tour.     Day 1 – Johannesburg to Tuli Block, Botswana Departing [...]

1608, 2016

One Week in Cape Town: The Backpacker’s Itinerary

August 16th, 2016|Categories: Cape Town, News, South Africa, Tours, Travel Advice|0 Comments

  Ashanti’s guide for those who only have one week in Cape Town and want to see and do as much as possible! Cape Town is a vibrant, exciting city with plenty to offer in terms of adventure tourism and day tours. In fact, there is so much to see and do that it is often difficult to decide where to start. We have compiled a list that we think should be part of every Cape Town itinerary, including the top budget tours, activities, restaurants, and nightlife on offer. Monday For your first day in Cape Town, it's highly recommended that [...]

2207, 2016

Tips on How to Prevent Malaria

July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Adventure Tours, Botswana, Budget Safaris, Day Tours, Destinations, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, News, Overland Tours, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Travel Advice, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Nearly half of our planets population (more than 3 billion people) are living in high, medium or low risk malaria areas. Even though there has been a massive progress in curing and preventing this disease, it still causes many deaths each year and unfortunately most of them are here in Africa. When you’re on a holiday you really don’t want to have to worry about something as unpleasant as malaria, but at the same time you want to keep the risk of contracting the disease as low as possible. Here are a few steps to help prevent Malaria:  ABC(D)- prevention Awareness of the risk. [...]

212, 2015

6 Reasons you Know That Summer Has Arrived in Cape Town

December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Cape Town, Day Tours, News, South Africa|0 Comments

1. Bikinis at the pool at Ashanti - or topless if you are lucky! As a backpacker coming to Cape Town in summer, I am sure that you will be looking for a hostel with a pool! Luckily, both Ashanti Gardens and Ashanti Green Point have one – and most often, with pretty girls catching a tan 2. Camps Bay Beach Loungers are out for hire Camps Bay beachfront epitomises beach fun in Cape Town! With it’s palm-fringed promenade and road-side cafes it is definitely one of the most happening summer spots! The beach vendors have come out in force [...]

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