South Africa is not a difficult destination for seniors to navigate. Driving on the "wrong" side of the road is probably the most intimidating prospect you'll have to face here. Admission prices to attractions are usually reduced for seniors (also known as "pensioners" in South Africa). Don't be shy about asking for discounts, and always carry some kind of identification, such as a driver's license, that shows your date of birth. Accommodations discounts are unusual; national parks, for instance, may offer special rates, but these are for South African nationals only. Note that members of AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049 (tel. 888/687-2277; www.aarp.org), have access to a wide range of benefits, including AARP: The Magazine and a monthly newsletter; anyone over 50 can join. Elderhostel (tel. 877/426-8056; www.elderhostel.org) is an excellent site, arranging study programs for those ages 55 and over, to all the countries listed in this book; ElderTreks (tel. 800/741-7956; www.eldertreks.com) does the same. INTRAV (tel. 800/456-8100; www.intrav.com) is a high-end tour operator that caters to the mature, discerning traveler (not specifically seniors), with trips around the world that include guided safaris. In the U.K., Saga (www.saga.co.uk) leads the charge, offering a wide range of options for those over 50.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.