One of my all time favourite trips was to South Africa in 2010. Yes there was the wildlife, but the people were wonderful, the scenery was out of this world, and the food (and wine) was just fabulous. I made some wonderful friendships which I maintain to this day.
South Africa Is More than Wildlife!
Most trips if offered as group vacations with preset itineraries will offer safaris- some like mine from 2010 will offer several shorter safaris in various locations- thus allowing different experiences, wildlife, lodges, etc.
Group Tours- Small and Large
Group tours are occasionally large coach tours such as are offered by Cosmos, but also offered are many small group tours in vans and/or overland vehicles. The small group tours may also focus on such interests as hiking trips, cycling trips, food-centric trips, rail journeys, and family trips.
G Adventures has a Cape to Krueger Adventure trip which as a 16 day trip is very similar to my trip to South Africa in 2010 in terms of the itinerary. However the accommodations are termed comfortable tourist-class accommodations as opposed to somewhat more luxurious accommodations (for some of the accommodations) that I experienced. As well, there is some camping involved……but a trip such as this allows one to see and experience South Africa- wildlife and all.
Priced from $2762 plus flights and taxes, this trip will offer a once in a lifetime exploration of the wildlife and culture of both South Africa and Swaziland for an excellent price. (Double occupancy)
If however you are looking for something with a bit more comfort but still somewhat adventurous, you might want to consider this trip by Drifters- 18 day South Africa Eco Explorer. This trip visits the highlights, but leaves the beaten track to explore the great outdoors and visit a variety of African eco-systems. Overnight stops are all at comfortable Lodges, in pristine reserves, high in the mountains, or on the beach, always in truly unique surroundings. The tour is enjoyed by those with a flexible attitude and adventurous mentality. Priced from 1945 euros or about $2800 CAD this is another great option.
What Style Suits You Best?
Of course, there are wonderful bespoke and tailormade adventures, as well as shorter luxury tours where the focus is perhaps more on the cities and safaris, as opposed to the countryside. Really- it is all about what you are looking for……..