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Why Botswana?

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My husband says he thinks he has "one last trip to Africa" in him. We have done safaris in Kenya and Tanzania seeing lots of game; we self drove through South Africa for three weeks and are now mulling a trip to Botswana and/or Namibia.

(We are experienced travelers, but my husband is 71 years old and has difficulty with strenuous walking.)

I have read numerous threads on this site and am looking for some opinions as to what Botswana offers that might be different from what we've already experienced. I have checked numerous safari links that posters have helpfully shared and have reached a state of confusion about how next to research trip prospects.

In addition to my request for opinions on Botswana/Namibia specifically, I would also appreciate any thoughts/clarification as to the following:
1. We are not interested in self-drive this time, and would probably be working with some sort of pre-set itinerary in the 3-week range for 2012.
2. My understanding is that US-based agents off-load the safari portion to South African companies so that contacting the safari companies directly might be considerably cheaper. (Is this true?)
3. Any ideas on South-African based companies that are NOT solely luxury class?
4. Lastly, does anyone have current experience with the Star Alliance African Airpass that utilizes South African Air?(last thread was in 2008.)

I apologize if this feels like too many questions...any suggestions would be gratefully accepted. Thanks!
Diane

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