We are just back from a wonderful trip to SA and Livingstone, Zambia and thought I'd share a few thoughts for those planning a trip. We chose to use General Tours as our tour company as they guarantee small groups no more than sixteen and ours was a group of ten. We usually are independent travelers but wanted some guidance as this was our first trip to SA. What attracted me to the itinerary was it included both two nights in Livingstone to see Victoria Falls, 3 nights at a private game lodge, one night in the Wineland area, 3 nights in Cape Town. We added two pre-tour nights to see Johannesburg/Pretoria on our own. We chose the upgraded luxury accommodation package. The company arranged direct air travel from Zambia to SA as well as a domestic flight from Hoesdpruit to CPT all on SA Airways. These were included in your price. Transfers went smoothly, the local area guides were knowledgeable, the accommodations (Royal Livingstone, Thornybush Main Lodge adjacent to Kruger, La Franschhoek, and Taj) were excellent.
Many activities were together but there was also sufficient time to do things on your own including dinner the three nights in CPT. As a small group it also allowed for some flexibility in the schedule and even some of the wineries and stops we made were a result of group consensus.
We chose to go in June as the water level would be good to see the falls and safari viewing enhanced with less foliage. Though winter time in SA, the weather reminded me of autumn in the mid-Atlantic part of the US. Pack an umbrella for Cape Town though. You will be amazed at the variety of flora as well as the diverse scenery especially in the Cape area. To appreciate the history and complexity of the country be sure to do some pre-travel reading. A visit to this part of the world will definitely make it on your "must return" list.