April 11-22, 2025
Vic Falls Ext. to 26th








South Africa came to prominence as the producer of a significant percentage of the world’s diamonds. Everyone wanted these precious gems, even though they came out of the ground looking not nearly so sparkling as they are in their refined and polished state. These precious jewels start out as rough and uneven stones that jewelers must grind away at to uncover the beauty inside. The arduous process of refinement required to produce a perfect gem is an apt metaphor for South Africa itself.

Sadly, the world’s opinion of South Africa has also been shaped by the shameful and unnatural racism of apartheid. Since the historic first democratic elections of April 1994 brought the African National Congress to power (under the leadership of Nelson Mandela), the country has realized that it must acknowledge its dark past in order to move beyond it and grow. There is still a great disparity between the “haves” and “have-not’s” here; many of the early promises of equality remain unfulfilled.

South Africa may have serious difficulties to surmount, but the country is imbued with a sense of hope and optimism for its future. It was first country in the entire world to enshrine equal rights for homosexuals in its Constitution. And this sprawling country has many natural attributes that offer mighty compensation. The climate is nearly always kind and there are few better places to see wildlife. European city life, western culture, a well-maintained network of roads and a functioning economy all combine with the ancient beauty of nature and the diversity of traditional African cultures to make this a dazzling tour destination.

The variety of landscapes is fascinating. Burnt-out deserts and arid savannahs meet idyllic green rolling hills; deep, fertile valleys rise to dramatic, snow-covered mountain peaks. Nearly 2,000 miles of coastline hem the country. Wine estates produce some of the most recognizable brands in the world. South Africa has enormous game reserves (Kruger being the most famous) where one may catch a glimpse of wildlife’s “Big Five”—lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros—not to mention all the giraffe, cheetah, hyena, zebra, eland, impala, kudu, hippopotamus, crocodile, and countless other species roaming around.

Enjoy the magnificence of abundant African wildlife, spectacular scenery, fascinating cultures, and one of the world’s most beautiful cities: Cape Town, the gay capital of Africa! Toto Tours is excited to help you discover the many glittering facets of this “Diamond in the Rough.” We offer an optional extension to breathtaking Victoria Falls at the conclusion of the main tour. You won’t want to miss it!


All plans for this tour are made considering the COVID procedures in effect at the time of publication. Entry requirements and vaccination requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. Please be sure you comply with the latest South Africa and Zimbabwe entry requirements at the time of departure. For the safety of our groups, we ask that all clients be fully vaccinated for Covid per the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control.


Graham Johansson is a Professional Guide and an accomplished wildlife photographer. He has been leading private and specialist photographic tours and safaris since 1994 in Botswana, his first love and an area he knows intimately – Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Graham was born and raised on a farm in Zambia, educated in Zimbabwe, and moved to South Africa to further his studies, train, and pursue a career in tourism. Graham is now based out of Cape Town where he lives with his wife and two sons. His passion is found in the intangible harmony and beauty of the wilds and outdoors. An avid naturalist with a well published portfolio of wildlife photographs that have appeared in a variety of publications, he is well suited to interpret natural history and what can capture that special moment by camera. His interests also include current and historic affairs, sports, good food and South African wine.

Tour Highlights

  • Cape Town’s sophistication and fun
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Table Mountain
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Hermanus on South Africa’s “Whale Coast”
  • Marine Wildlife Sightseeing Boat Cruise
  • Optional Shark Cage Diving
  • Winelands Tour Visiting Famous Vineyards
  • Franschhoek Wine Tram Tour Visiting Three More Top Estates
  • Wildlife Sightings During Three Nights at Kruger National Park
  • Johannesburg Apartheid Museum and Soweto Tours
  • Fine Dining
  • Full-Time Naturalist Guide

  • Extension Highlights

    • Spectacular Victoria Falls, One of the Seven Wonders of the World (Guided Tour)
    • Elephant Conservation Experience
    • Cocktails and Canapes at Batoka Gorge
    • Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in the Zambezi National Park
    • Village Tour
    • Victoria Falls Canopy Tour
    • Sundowner Cruise on the Zambezi River
    • Optional Adventures (Flights, Bungee, Rafting, etc.)
    • All Meals and Drinks; Complimentary In-Room Mini-Bar
    • International Flights Johannesburg / Victoria Falls / Johannesburg

Graham Johansson