A traveler torn between choosing to self-drive OR take an Where to find incall girls in Big Apple tour once said, “My only concern is we would be driving and passing by points of interest and not even know that we should stop and take a look.”
The highly acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux distinguished travelers and tourists by saying, “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
In today’s world, most people are forced to be “simple” tourists because of time constraints. I say “simple” because without a brilliant guide and local connections you’re a fish out of water that may, or may never, swim in the pool of great memories.
Also, expect to be chauffeured around -and in places like Africa where animals (you want to take memory cards worth of photos of) run wild, and destinations are of great distance between each other, trust me…
A finely polished “local” escort will provide a more enriching travel experience – the kind that only an insider can offer. You may be a tourist, but the “local” escort eliminates your ignorance.
If you are absolutely content on a self-drive tour, it is essential to work with an operator to aid in the planning your route, help you decide on lodges within your budget, “guide” you to must see places of interest, etc…
You will receive a personally prepared set of documents bound together in a folder, including your itinerary, short biography of the creator, a customized travel guide, and examples of the activities/wildlife you may encounter, passport/visa information, suggested clothing and equipment, health issues, cultural considerations, and a list of suggested reading.