Feb 21st, 2011, 12:44 PM
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My wife and I are trying to decide which OAT trip to Africa to take some time next Spring - Looks like either Safari Serengeti or Ultimate Africa - mainly to see animals and interact with locals, the latter of which has been so good on previous OAT trips. Any suggestions?
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Feb 21st, 2011, 04:53 PM
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The Ultimate Safari looks like an excellent trip. Although I am not familiar with the specific camps, the ones in Botswana are on private reserves near excellent parks. Gives you the opportunity to do night drives and go off road. Hwange and Kafue are great choices, too. You won't have a lot of culture except for Vic Falls and the staff at the camps as you fly a lot from camp to camp. Don't let that dissuade you as you'll meet lots of people. Great value trip.

Don't do their pre or post trip options. The southern part of Kruger and surrounding private reserves are better for animal viewing. I would not suggest the business district in Cape Town. There are better options for both if you are interested. Kruger and Cape Town are good extensions, just not the locations OAT provides.
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 06:16 AM
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My first trip to Southern Africa was on the OAT Ultimate Safari. It was a good introduction to the area. OAT does provide activities at each camp to introduce us to various aspects of the culture in the area, i.e. - basket weavers came to Baobab to teach us their methods. Schools and villages were visited and discussions and mini-lectures were part of the program. The camps were lovely, managed by Wilderness Safaris. Back of house tours were very interesting - seeing how they manage the camps without electricity (or just a bit of solar power)was eye-opening.
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Feb 22nd, 2011, 08:56 AM
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OAT's southern Africa safari itinerary has gotten better. However, I'm in favor of the Tanzania trip, especially if you've not been to Africa before. It's more of the "classic Africa" with the Serengeti plains, huge herds of wildlife, Maasai, etc. You mention Spring... February is a good time to go and perhaps into early March. This time is usually between the short and long rains in East Africa. It will probably be rather warm, though, as it's their summer. There is no such break in the rains in southern Africa and you don't really want to be there during the rainy season. I'd also suggest doing the Zanzibar extension for a different cultural experience and for the beautiful beaches on the Indian Ocean.
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