It’s that time of the year again, when Americans wait not-so-patiently for their tax returns to clear their bank accounts, already planning their grand purchases. And according to the IRS, this year taxpayers can expect to receive an average refund of $2,895! Perhaps a celebratory vacation is in order? And why not consider, South Africa whose tourism department is once again launching its Tax Refund campaign, featuring out-of-this-world trip packages to South Africa. 

Partnering with the top US travel trade partners, South African Tourism recently unveiled six new exciting packages offering a variety of experiences focusing on romance, adventure and culture throughout South Africa (all between $1,700-$3,200 to reflect the average tax refund). Today’s favorable exchange rate also guarantees American travelers’ hard-earned refund money goes further than ever in South Africa.

“South Africa is blessed with breathtaking natural scenery, world-class safari experiences, and adrenaline pumping adventure activities; and with celebrations around the Nelson Mandela Centenary planned throughout 2018, now is the ideal time to visit,” said Bangu Masisi, President of South African Tourism, Americas. “These packages from our partners showcase the variety of exciting travel experiences that are made possible by using your tax refund.”

Whether a history buff, art and culture enthusiast, foodie, adventurer or nature lover, South Africa has something to offer every discerning traveler looking for an affordable vacation. Take a look at these great offerings and spend your tax return on an experience of a lifetime.

View of Table Mountain

Gate 1

8 Day South Africa Tour with Game Drives & Flights: 8 days and 6 nights

Enjoy the best of Cape Town by exploring Table Mountain and then visit either the Winelands or Cape Peninsula. After a few days in the “Mother City,” head on to Johannesburg to transfer to the safari portion of your trip. You’ll be able to spot all kinds of wildlife while enjoying South Africa’s natural beauty.

From US$1699/ Per Person Sharing (includes US $260pp savings with promo code SATD260)

Cape Town

South African Airways Vacations

Love Cape Town: 7 days and 5 nights

This week, you’ll take a deep dive into exploring Cape Town’s gorgeous sites and vibrant culture. Whether biking through Cape Point, whale watching from the golden shores, or hiking Table Mountain, you’re sure to fall in love with Cape Town.

From US $1,999* Per Person Sharing

Beach Views of Durban

Great Safaris 

Zululand Express Safari: 6 days and 4 nights

Explore the beautiful coastal town of Durban to see a different side of South Africa. Here, you’ll experience the historical melting pot of Indian and African cultures or spend a day relaxing on the beach. Afterwards, you’ll transfer to Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve to partake in game drives and learn about the Zulu tribe members that originally lived there.

From US $2,195 Per Person Sharing

Kruger National Park

Indus Travel

Super South Africa & Dubai: 13 Days and 9 nights

Guests can explore the vibrant city of Johannesburg and a guided tour to the Soweto Township, a cultural melting pot with a wealth of heritage sites that will fascinate any visitor. Visit Kruger National Park before continuing on to Stellenbosch in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Then Visit Cape Town, regularly voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

From US$2,799* Per Person Sharing

Cape Town and Lion’s Head from Table Mountain

Lion World Travel 

Classic South Africa: 10 days and 9 nights

Enjoy scenic beauty, culture and world class restaurants in Cape Town. Marvel at spectacular views of the Atlantic seaboard from the top of Table Mountain. Explore the Cape Peninsula, on a full-day tour that offers dramatic scenery and endearing penguins.

From US $2,999* Per Person Sharing

Elephant Crossing in Kruger National Park

South African Airways Vacations

Romantic Beach and Bush: 9 days and 9 nights

Experience the perfect mix of safari and city with this trip to South Africa. After 3 nights of game drives in malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, couples can retreat to the beach suburb of Cape Town to relax.

From US $3,199* Per Person Sharing

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