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Mar 9th, 2007, 09:34 PM
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Ultimate Africa travel

I would like to travel on OAT Travel. It is called Ultimate Africa Botswania, Namibia & Zimbabwe Safari. Would like to know if anyone has done this tour. Would April be a good time to go on a tour. Any info would be greatfully appreciated.
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Mar 10th, 2007, 02:51 AM
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Hi carolsong

there's a searchbox above write "OAT Ultimate Africa travel" click search & get past threads
e.g.
OAT's Ultimate Africa--mixed reviews--anybody have anything to add?

http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...ate+Africa+OAT

2. April? - look up this chart
http://www.africa-adventure.com/dsp_besttime.html

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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:16 AM
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Here is a link that discusses this itinerary pre-departure
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...4&tid=34939909

Here is a trip report on your trip
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...4&tid=34856626

Here is a link that discusses OAT in general with the Fodor’s Editor chiming in.
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...4&tid=34839318

Here is a weather link. Maun and Victoria Falls are listed
http://www.uyaphi.com/afriweather.htm

This weather link, the “best time to go” link provided by aby, and the pricing structure used by OAT for travel at different times throughout the year all provide information on whether you’d want to go in April.

If I could go anytime, I’d opt for at least May, or later.

Good luck in your planning

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Mar 10th, 2007, 06:47 AM
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I've been on several OAT trips, but not that particular one. My roommate on my last trip, however, had previously been on the OAT Ultimate Africa trip, and raved about it.
In general, what I like about OAT is that they steer a middle ground between comfort and adventure. If you want total luxury, (or rugged adventure) you would prefer a group that specializes in a more extreme end of the spectrum.
I like the fact that they are reliable, and the logistics work seamlessly, and one sees wonderful, exotic sights during the day, but get a comfortable place to sleep at night.

The guides try hard to accomodate some personal requests, but if you want every day customized, you are of course better off with a private trip.

I travel as a single, and so OAT ends up being more cost effective for me. I most recently took the OAT kenya and tanzania trip, after previously traveling with OAT to France, Costa Rica, and Turkey.

The average age of the members on the tour is usually around 65, but I'm in my 40s and consider myself reasonably fit, and I'm usually in the middle of the fitness range -- I've never felt held back by the older people on the trip.

Also, the group tends to attract people who are experienced travelers, and have a flexibility that makes them fun to be with.
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