What to Expect
Is This Adventure Right For You?
Please review the information below prior to departing on this adventure.
We reserve the right for our Adventure Leaders to modify participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home, if their condition would adversely affect the health, safety, or enjoyment of themselves or of other travelers.
• 5 locations in 15 days with one 2-night stay
• Early morning game-viewing drives/walks on safari days, rising at 5am
• You will have a travel day of up to 6 hours to reach your tented camp on one day
• Not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids
• You must be able to walk unassisted while carrying hand luggage; expect 2-4 hours of physical activities on some days
• You will need to access vehicles by ladder without aid
• Not appropriate for travelers in need of CPAP machines
• The hottest months are October-February; mid-day temperatures can reach more than 100°F
• Daytime temperature between May-August can be 70-80°F, and as low as 50°F at night December-March brings occasional rain and thunderstorms
• Travel on roads in poor condition can cause problems for travelers with leg or back issues
• During game-viewing excursions, we'll travel over bumpy, dusty terrain and walk on sandy, uneven terrain
• On game-viewing drives, we travel in open-sided safari vehicles with bench seating and
no air-conditioning. We also travel in motorized boats
• Guided walks of up to 2 hours; and 3 internal flights on 50-passenger planes
Accommodations & Facilities
• We spend 11 nights in comfortable luxury hotels/lodges and a semi-permanent, eco-friendly tented bush camp for 3 nights
• All accommodations, except the Tented Bush Camp, have air-conditioning.
• All accommodations are en suite
Each Vantage Adventure is designed to help you fully experience local culture and to get out and explore while keeping active. We find these are the two most fulfilling and rewarding ways to transform any trip into an adventure, and into the experience of a lifetime. To that end, we’ve rated each trip to indicate the level of cultural immersion and physical activity, with “1” being the lowest and “3” being the highest.
Most people do not find it difficult to adjust to cultural differences when visiting southern Africa. The people are generally friendly and open, especially the children. Travelers may encounter street vendors in some areas, but little overt poverty or begging. There are several chances to interact with locals on the tours, in the townships, cities and villages, at the Painted Dog Conservation Center, and during a home-hosted dinner. Guests will hear many different dialects, including at least one with clicks. African food is quite mild and not heavily spiced. Many types of meat are served, including venison, chicken, ostrich, beef and lamb, as well as good salads and desserts.
Please note that this is an active tour and is not wheelchair friendly. Travelers will use many kinds of transportation, including planes, motorcoaches, mini buses of various sizes, 10-passenger open-sided African safari vehicles, boats and cable car. There is easy to moderate walking on this African safari tour. Surfaces encountered will include dirt roads, paths, paving stones, and tile. Rough roads mean bumpy rides, so this tour is not appropriate for passengers with neck or back troubles. The most strenuous walking will be in the Victoria Falls National Park and between terminal buildings at Johannesburg Airport. Four airports are used on this trip and transiting in Johannesburg is a requirement on 3 occasions including the return journey to the USA. This airport can be tiring, especially with security lines, check-ins, and the prevalence of marble floors, and you need to transit from the Domestic to the International Building on your return to the U.S. Other airports are quite small and manageable.
This tour covers a large area so travelers can expect to encounter a range of temperatures, especially on safari. South Africa is warmest in January and February, Zimbabwe in October and November, and Botswana in December and January. Different areas on the tour have rainy periods at varying times, and every season brings with it a bonus, be it the lush foliage or active game and African wildlife on safari.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
“Is it safe?” It’s a question often asked by first-time visitors about Africa. Our Best of Africa tour is very safe, and each destination and location is selected according to specific criteria to ensure excellent experiences in safe and secure areas. Private medical facilities in Africa's cities and major tourist destinations are of good quality. One thing you will need to take care of is any medication that's needed for your trip, such as malaria prophylactics. Consult your doctor during your planning. Security issues are no worse in Africa than in the rest of the world: It’s simply a case of using your common sense and not exposing yourself to risk. Your Adventure Leader will give you all the advice you need.