Hello all! This is a first post on this board, as I scour the forum for ideas and begin to plan an itinerary. Fortunately we will have lots of time on our side, BUT will be wanting to avoid the Canadian winter, so looking at several weeks between Jan and April 2013. My question...everyone says avoid the "holiday season" - when is it over exactly? If we arrive after January 15th will that open up lodging that might otherwise be crowded etc. Or is the very end of January best? Perhaps we should go to another country (Tanzania or Kenya?) in January and then to SA afterward? This is a first trip, and we will be doing a self drive round the country as much as possible (again we have time on our side!). At the moment I am working on flights but finding that some airlines don't even have spring 2013 schedules available as yet!!