My wife and I are in the research stage of an Africa trip (our very first) for 2013. Dates are yet to be determined.
I would not want to be anywhere when it is too hot though as I am a northern climate guy and am used to Vancouver BC temperatures.
We are both in our lower 40s and in very good overall physical health.Total number of days would be about 9 to 12 days total in Africa.We have traveled already by ourselves (non group) through the bottom third of South America, parts of central and northern India, and parts of western Europe.
However, for the Africa visit we are considering for the first time being part of a group.We prefer a smaller group of less than say 8 other people besides us in it.
We would like to visit the South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique area, yet have not decided which country(s) or where/which parts yet, and we are budgeting no more than $ 6000.00 for both us of together in total, and then we will have to pay of course for our airfare in addition to that and any necessary visas, and misc other items.
We do not mind "some" work as far as cleaning and prepping vegetables and setting up as I have seen is required by some tours and safaris I have looked at online, yet we do not want "lots" of work, we would like a vacation, not a work trip.Several tour websites I have seen say you will be doing this job or that every day, and I really do not want that much work, "some" work would be okay though.I want more of a vacation than daily chores.
As well, I don't mind being in a jeep or other vehicle for a few hours in a day, say three or four max, but do not want to spend lets say 7 or 8 hours all day driving, that would not be my idea of fun at all.
We would arrive at Johannesburg as far as I can tell so far.
We would like to primarily see wildlife and be immersed in nature, yet of course with a knowledgeable guide who knows where and what to see when.
All thoughts and advice would be appreciated.Thanks to all who answer.