Tanzania and Kenya are considered Eastern Africa…. Personally I would not venture there but I do know folks who have taken tours there.
We went to South Africa September/ October 2015. With respect to Johannesburg- we stayed our first 2 nights in The Residence Boutique Hotel not far from the airport and we’re met immediately by the hotel chauffeur when we left immigration and customs….he shepherded us to the ATM’s and through the airport to the car where he had water awaiting us along with air conditioning. The hotel was well staffed and had an excellent restaurant. Pricing was reasonable…we booked the Penthouse on the roof.
When we wanted to see some of Johannesburg we were driven and accompanied at all times…this was included in the rate….they also returned us to the airport for our flight to Skukuza Airport to start our 12 night/ 3 lodge Safari. We were not sure when or if we would ever be able to make it back to Africa.
As far as planning the logistics I sought out a very competent advisor that I found on TA….. he goes by Bwanadave….. he did not run tours but he had/ maybe still has relationships with with most if not all of the lodges….he worked with any budget. I know he still posts on TA. I highly recommend searching his posts….he is and has been generous with his wisdom, experience and advice.
Ken…..I totally understand about age and concerns over medical issues should they arise. At the time my husband had CHF but was being managed with medication. The evening we checked into our 2nd Lodge his legs were swelling badly….by this time it was after curfew …which means park gates are close …no ingress or egress. The staff were amazing there and my husband was comfortable waiting til the director came in in the morning. We were driven by director to the local clinic in Skukuza…this lodge was quite near to Skukuza…..and he spoke to the physician and was able to see my husband immediately… he had an H & P; EEC; and prescribed enough Lasix to allow my husband to complete our trip safely. My husband had not been on Lasix prior. Medicare does not work overseas and I expected to pay by credit card and then send paperwork to our secondary insurance. The bill….was..$63 US…
When we returned to Lodge…Dave and his contact called the Lodge and wanted to personally talk to us to ensure everything worked out (apparently the Lodge had called them) .
I would not hesitate to return to South Africa…..it is an intoxicating and magical country!