We just returned from a trip to South Africa with Friendly Planet. We have travelled with them a couple times before (Ecuador and Kenya). This trip was probably one of our best trips ever! First of all, we lucked out with a small group - only 8 people. Secondly we were constantly impressed with the accommodations, meals included, sightseeing trips and general itinerary and planning of this trip. Everything went so smoothly. We were able to see so much in the 13 days! The tour started in Johannesburg, on to the Karongwe Private Reserve (the best part of the entire trip), Kruger and then we flew to Cape Town for 4 days. We had many game drives, spotted lots of animals, enjoyed terrific meals and even had a little down time. They use a local company (Thompson) - and we were all very pleased with our guides and tour directors! Above all, it's a tremendous value. Don't know how they can put together a trip of that caliber for the price - but I'm glad they do. Don't think one could do it travelling independently.