South Africa | Joe Walsh Tours

South Africa

Please note that these are tailor made itineraries and not escorted tours.

South Africa is a large, diverse and incredibly beautiful country, with spectacular scenery, excellent weather, friendly people and great value for money. From the rugged coastline of Cape Town to the ferocious beasts of Kruger National Park it has something to offer everyone and with no jet lag to worry about it is no surprise that South Africa is known as 'A World in One Country'.

South Africa is world renowned for its excellent safari’s, featuring the famous “Big Five” - Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo, as well as a variety of other equally awe-inspiring indigenous wildlife. Wildlife spotting is at its best during their winter months (May – August) when lack of rain causes the wildlife to congregate around waterholes and the bush is less dense, making them easier to spot.

Choose from a variety of wildlife experiences ranging from the most luxurious Private Game Reserves featuring exciting game drives with your own experienced ranger sharing his knowledge of the native beasts and the history of the landscape. Or take a self-drive exploration through Kruger National Park, explore at your own pace and keep your eyes peeled for the awesome sight of a creature in full flight.

The 'rainbow' nation offers so much variety and Joe Walsh Tours can offer you endless opportunities to experience this diverse destination. Let our experienced travel consultants recommend your ideal itinerary.


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Departures

Destinations

Cape Town and Winelands
Garden Route
Safari in Kruger
Safari on the Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Sun City & Johannesburg

Getting Around

Air, Overland Rail, 4x4 Journeys and Self-Drive Options

South Africa enjoys a superb infrastructure with good air links, excellent roads and a range of modern accommodation to suit all budgets.
Discover the ever-changing landscape of South Africa on a unique overland rail journey. With Rovos Rail and The Blue Train you will enjoy a deluxe experience featuring fantastic gastronomy while you feast your eyes on the highlights of stunning scenery, while the Shongololo Express offers a 3 star rail alternative with a diverse array of side trips and excursions.

Alternatively, Drifters takes adventurers out into rural terrain to showcase the best of the African Wilderness.

If you want to explore at your own pace and discover the lesser known gems of South Africa then why not embark on a self-drive holiday in your choice of modern vehicle. Self-drive holidays are an excellent way to explore this beautiful country. Joe Walsh Tours’ recommended itineraries feature a vast array of options to suit all budgets and desired holiday experiences and our range of modern hire vehicles are second to none. We can arrange a full tailor-made itinerary with car hire and accommodation, day tours and cultural excursions or alternatively we can arrange your flights and car hire with your first few nights’ accommodation.

Our experienced consultants are available to discuss your needs and to tailor-make the most attractive options to make the most of your holiday in South Africa.
Please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 241 0800, email info@joewalshtours.ie.

Top Tips

  • Highlights of South Africa: Lounge on one of the fabulous beaches around Cape Town, enjoy a glass of local Pinotage in the Cape Winelands, track wild beasts in a private Game Reserve, explore the diverse beauty of the Garden Route, treat yourself to the unique luxury of a deluxe rail experience on The Blue Train or Rovos Rail, live it up in glitzy Sun City and discover the fascinating history and culture of the indigenous South African tribal peoples.

  • Joe Walsh Tours Self-Drive Bonus: As part of our comprehensive self-drive programme we can supply you with a personalised in-depth welcome pack featuring your daily itinerary incorporating driving routes with detailed directions, recommended sights and attractions, must-see highlights and, for extra peace of mind, contact numbers for our local support staff.

Golf Package

Golfing in South Africa

South Africa is a golfers' paradise with top class courses to challenge even the keenest player. Picture yourself teeing off in spectacular settings - overlooking the Indian Ocean or amongst wildlife.

The Garden Route is slowly becoming known as `the Algarve of South African golf’ and is home to Fancourt, which hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup. Cape Town offers superb golf courses, including the oldest course - the Royal Cape and the beautiful Erinvale course, while Sun City offers the Gary Player Course, which hosts the annual Million Dollar Golf Challenge.

ERINVALE - Winelands
The only Gary Player design in the region hosted the 1996 World Cup. The flat first 9 features many water hazards & the back 9 offer amazing views of the blue False Bay Waters.
» Grading: Platinum
» Green Fees: From €70 non-affiliated, €30 affiliated
» Par 72

ROYAL CAPE - Cape Town
The oldest club in S.A., dating back to 1885 and steeped in tradition. Relatively flat parkland layout, with modern greens built to USGA specifications. The course offers superb mountain views and tight tree-lined fairways.
» Grading: Gold
» Green Fees: From €75
» Par 72

ARABELLA - Cape Town
Ranked Golf Digest’s top course in the Cape, Arabella was also voted South Africa’s best new course in ‘99. Designed by Matkovich & rated as one of his finest, the course is a tough test off the back markers & has superb scenic views.
» Grading: Platinum
» Green Fees: From €75
» Par 72

CLOVELLY - Cape Peninsula
Clovelly is situated in a secluded valley, with its clubhouse overlooking the course and the suburb of Fish Hoek. A short layout with tight fairways & superb greens.
» Grading: Gold
» Green Fees: From €60 non-affiliated, €45 affiliated
» Par 72

THE LINKS FANCOURT - Garden Route
Hosted the Presidents Cup in 2003 and is widely expected to become one of the best courses in South Africa. Enjoy a unique experience on an unspoiled course with stunning views.
» Grading: Platinum
» Green Fees: From €100 Hotel Residents
» Par 72

GARY PLAYER COUNTRY CLUB - Sun City
Consistently ranked no.1 or 2 course in South Africa and home to the prestigious Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge, the clever design and multiple tees make this course equally enjoyable for both the keen novice and the skilled professional.
» Grading: Platinum
» Green Fees: From €70
» Par 72

Local Information

  • Currency: South Africa Rand (ZAR)
  • Glass of Coca Cola: €1
  • Bottle of Beer: €1.50
  • Bottle of Wine: From €10
  • 3 Course meal: €15 - €30
  • Time Difference is GMT: + 2 hours (no daylight saving time in 2012)
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu
  • Climate: Varied across the country but generally a temperate climate
  • Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets Europlug 2 pin and type M 3 pin are used
  • Visa (Irish citizens): No
  • Passport: EU citizens travelling to South Africa must have a valid up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
  • Vaccinations: Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis are recommended - please consult your GP.
  • These prices are given as a guide only.

Destinations

Cape Town and Winelands
Garden Route
Safari in Kruger
Safari on the Cape
KwaZulu-Natal
Sun City & Johannesburg

The Bay Hotel

Country: South Africa

City/Area: Camps Bay, Cape Town

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Rhino Walking Safaris

Country: South Africa

City/Area: Kruger National Park

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