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Author: travelfan1

Joined: 12/10/2012
Posts: 2

December 11, 2012

Why would one choose the GCT South Africa trip over the OAT safari Africa trips?  Or vice versa?  If you took the GCT SA trip, do you wish instead that you took the OAT Safari trip?  What do you recommend and why?  

  How does OAT insure safety from animals in the vehicles?  In the camps?  Are any of the tour guides armed?  Are the tented camps where the animals are?  If so, how are you protected when you are in your own tent?  How can canvas and tent fabric walls protect you from animal attacks? 

Author: garyrr

Joined: 8/25/2012
Posts: 125
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Traveler Since: 2000

December 11, 2012

Search the OAT forum  - there's a lot of discussion (recent) -on this topic.

Author: donaldjudy68

Joined: 8/6/2011
Posts: 14
GCT Trips Taken: 2
OAT Trips Taken: 3
Traveler Since: 2011

December 11, 2012

We just returned from the. "Highlights of South Africa" trip November 2nd. We also took the safari pretrip so had about 6 days of drives..  It was wonderful.  We choose that trip because it had safari days AND it included other things such as Cape Town, Garden Route, etc.  We saw lots of animals between the pretrip, Kruger, and Addo. We felt it was good value as we had 22 nights over there. The "Ultimate Africa"  trip with OAT sounds great, but we were extremely happy with this one. 

Author: svncontinents

Joined: 11/25/2011
Posts: 230
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 6
Traveler Since: 2007

December 30, 2012

Travelgeek, in her reply to the OP regarding safety, in the thread on the OAT web site, asserted the following:

"If you are at all interested in the variety of peoples and cultures of South Africa, then I recommend the GCT Highlights of South Africa trip. I have not been on this trip, but have visited some of the same areas.  Unless, you take the pre-trip, there are no overnight stays in game parks, but you do get to visit Kruger National Park.  This trip will expose you to the wild life of Africa, the people of South Africa as well as the varied topography of a very beautiful country without staying overnight in a game park unless you do the pre-trip.  You can go to Victoria Falls on the post-trip.  This trip will give you a glimplse of Africa and help you decide which trip is right for you once you do return to Africa.  As anyone who has ever been to Africa will tell you, once you've been to Africa, you will return. "

We concur that Travelgeek's comparison is a good one.  Other differences are in group size( OAT groups are significantly smaller ), itineraries( OAT INCLUDES Victoria Falls, and possibly, cost, when one includes optionals and pre-and post-trips to make the trips comparable.  Simply put, if your emphasis is cultural, then the Grand Circle-branded trip is for you; if your emphasis is on an adventurous safari-type experience, where you'll see loads of animals, then take the OAT-branded trip.  

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