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20 days, Family who loves Adventure, over the Holidays

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I have been reading posts on this amazing forum for two days straight now -- and have changed my original thoughts about our SA trip 180 degrees based on what I have learned. I am really humbled by the amount of information this community shares!

We have flights to SA that arrive Dec 23. We leave again in the evening of the 11th. (It's the holidays and I know I am really really late to the get organized party!) We have a wide open schedule with the exception of a three night stay at a lodge in Thornybush. I was working on booking lots of time in Capetown and then a Garden Route drive -- and decided I needed to go in a much more adventurous direction.

We are a family of four that is pretty adventurous. Kids are 10 and 13 - and we are experienced travelers. Just back from driving an RV around Iceland. But have traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, Asia, Central America and the American West. We are happy to stay in a hostel or a five star place, as long as there is a comfortable place to sleep and good food -- it's really about what activities there are to do and learning about where we are.

But I am looking for insight on this draft itinerary (a) is this too much activity or have circumstances changed and something I think sounds fun is no longer workable; (b) who should I work with to pull it together and (c) is there some other really great idea or itinerary that I should consider?

Here goes --

Fly into Jo'burg and connect to Victoria Falls
1, 2 Victoria Falls
3, 4, 5 - Hwange -- stay at a lodge
6, 7, 8 - Chobe - for a houseboat cruise
9, 10, 11 - back to VF and fly to Kariba for a canoe trip at Mana Pools
12, 13, 14, 15, 16 - Kariba, VF, to Capetown stay in Capetown
17, 18, 19 - Thornybush
20 - Jo'burg for the long trip back

Any ideas, any cautions, any thoughts on who to work with on the first 11 days of our trip -- the only locked in thing is Thornybush at the end.


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