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Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Bryn Mawr, PA
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Should I limit my trip to South Africa

I am driving myself crazy trying to plan my 70th birthday trip to Africa in October 2012. We can stay as long as possible limited of course by budget. So far I know that I want to see Capetown and the garden route, I thought Sabi Sands for game viewing and Addo Elephant Park because I have a soft spot for elephants or Kynsana. Should I add in Vic Falls or should I try a trip to another game reserve like the Mara or Serengeti, or Nngorogoro because this will be my only trip to Africa. Or Chobe. The more I read trip advisor, the more confused I get. Too many choices. Will I be able to find one tour company to handle everything outside of South Africa too? I can't do long drives between sites, will prefer to fly in.

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1. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Hi there

It will really depends if you would like to travel further into Africa or will you be happy to get the same service in South Africa. You will be able to visit a Game Reserve that will gave you a very good service as well. You can start your journey in Cape Town then the Garden Route and finish it off in Addo National Park and also make your way to Shamwari Game Reserve also very close to Port Elazabeth. Or you could also add in or change Safari's to Kruger National Park and Victoria Fall's.

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Hank - Owner - Ulungele Tours.

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2. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Just contact Tanya at www.africadirect.co.za

I am sure she will come up with some ideas that will suit your budget as well as giving you the "longest" time to stay.

Klaus

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3. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

mainlinelady,

What a wonderful trip you are planning for your 70th! You are wise to plan this far in advance, as Africa poses a set of challenges that you don't necessarily find when traveling elsewhere.

It can certainly make sense to combine South Africa with Botswana (which includes Chobe and the Okavango, among other places) and Victoria Falls, but it becomes much less practical to also include the Masai Mara (Kenya) or the Serengeti or Ngorongoro (Tanzania). With a special place in your heart for elephants, Chobe would be an especially good choice.

Packaged tours are available, but you will find that, for Africa, a custom tour is a better value. (A custom tour is where an agent creates an itinerary specifically for you, and it would include accommodations and transfers.)

Don

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4. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Oh the choices! We had a phenomenal safari in both Namibia and Botswana. Without the help from the travel consultants at Wild Safari Africa I'm certain we wouldn't have had the smooth travels that we did. Contact them at www.wildsafariafrica.com We worked with Jeremy and I'm certain they can help plan all your needs in southern Africa.

Edited: 05 July 2011, 01:27
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5. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Thanks for the great suggestions. I'll contact both tour companies mentioned and it sounds as if Chobe can be my other safari destination.

Is there enough diversity between Chobe and Sabi Sands to do both?

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6. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

October is a great time of the year for a safari in both the Sabi Sands and Chobe, and, yesm there is enough diversity to do both. If you are going to Vic Falls, then of course it makes even more sense to also visit Chobe, as it is merely a convenient road transfer away from the Falls!

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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I wouldn't combine South/Southern Africa with East Africa. Too much flying and too many airports and border controls.

You could keep yourself busy in South Africa for many months, but if you want to see more than 1 country, flying to the Vic Falls area, gives you easy access to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

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8. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

Hey.. I lived on Maison Place in Bryn Mawr in the 80's.. Loved it. Your aversion to long driving segments would make east Africa more expensive than it is for most travelers. Especially Tanzania, where driving from place to place is the norm. Easier to do in Kenya. But it is possible. If you started there in early October (Libra?) and went- for example - to Samburu and then to the Masai Mara, you would likely still find a significant part of the great herds of migratory animals in the Mara.. Then you could fly to Ngorongoro, maybe work your way back to Nairobi with a stop at Lake Manyara, and then fly down to Johannesburg from Nairobi.

The advice that combines Victoria Falls with a Botswana safari is certainly good - but it's also worth noting that it is expensive. Even moderately priced Botswana safari camps are - by most standards - expensive. The benefit? The sense of being in an absolute wilderness, with little evidence of human impact. And there, you DO fly from place to place. Little short flights that can be as brief as 15 - 20 minutes. And if you like elephants, then Chobe would suit you very well. It would be at either the start or end of your time in Botswana, depending on the itinerary.

To see the Garden Route would be less expensive if you were to do some driving yourself. Packaged tours generally run a little less than $1K PP for just 3 nights. But the tours are comprehensive. Here's a typical example: thompsonsafrica.com/escorted-tours/…

It's all 'doable'. Just putting the pieces together can sometimes be a challenge.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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9. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

So if I wanted to keep my costs to $20,000 for the two of us (not counting airfare from the states) , and I hate escorted tours. How far can I get on that? Should I forget Chobe and Vic Falls and stick only to South Africa? I think we can self drive the Capetown and garden route portion. Maybe pick up a day tour once we're there.

And Dave, I know exactly where Maison Place is. My son went to the Haverford School quite close to that.

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10. Re: Should I limit my trip to South Africa

you can buy a small house with that amount (nearly).

I suggest you check all the advise given and add up the cost. The websites will give you the rates.

I doubt that anyone on here will be doing your planning and budgeting except you contact a travel agent for a quote.

Klaus