You guys are bringing back a lot of memories of planning and the trip. Pheroze; Your tourism may depend upon where you end up going. We went to Port Elizabeth and did tour the city and coastline with a tour guide as well as going to Ado and Schotia photo parks.... Doing it over again, I would do a day in the city with a guide, being sure to do things like a township tour with the guide. But if doing it over again I would rent a car and do the game parks on our own, as well as being able to go to museums, etc. on our own. Rent a GPS with the car. Got a lot of value out the tour guide when he was driving and explaining history and local politics, etc. However to pay for him to go with on a game drive or wait around for us while we went through museums was not real cost effective... We did get a rental car and do the Garden Route on our own down to Cape Town but we had a lot of time. You can even take a train. You do need to figure out how to handle your gun while on tour. We took the advise of our outfitter to do the hunt first and then the tour. I think he was worried we might have high expectations after seeing the animals in the photo parks.... But I found them to be very anti climatic after the hunt. Riding around with a dozen other noisy tourists taking photos of half tame animals cannot compete with the real thing out in the wild. But it is a great opportunity to see the animals you will not be hunting. And you do want to figure out how to deal with jet lag. If I had a job with specified vacation time and had 2 weeks, I would probably include 3 weekends and stretch it to 16 days. But I think of think of things from a business perspective... To me getting over there and all the associated costs are the "overhead", and in a way the suffering of making those long flights is overhead as well. I want to get the best return on my overhead investment, therefore I want to pack in as much as I can. Add a day or two to the hunt and take 3 days touring? We spent 2 days getting there and a day and a half coming back. And you will want time to recover once you get home. You can travel more directly and in less time but we flew across to Paris overnight and took a half sleeping pill to get some sleep. Then we had a half day layover in Paris and stayed awake by going on a city tour (during the day) and flew South to Joberg the second night. That second night on a plane is brutal but at this point we were able to get some sleep and landed being pretty much adjusted to the local time. I suspect if you take the direct flight to Joberg, you will have serious jet lag so a couple days to recover before the hunt might be good. I would do a local tour before, or a couple days before and a day after. I also thought it was wise to break up the hunt with a day or two off in the middle. But that was somewhat un-practical. We got into a serious groove or routine and one day of hunting seemed to just set us up for the next day.... We would have lost momentum if we had skipped out... But I'm sure it could be planned. Fact is I had emailed about having someone (wife of the outfitter) take my wife to see things other than hunting... But when she made the offer to do it, my wife declined... She was afraid she would miss out on something if she left the hunt!!! But she was ready to be done by day 8, we hunted 9. She does not think of herself as a hunter but she did hunt (and I'm sure she will again). If your wife does want to get away from the hunt, it should be possible with good communication and a little flexibility. Another thought is to get her involved, having her take pictures is a logical idea. But also bring a journal and keep track of your exploits. My wife enjoyed writing down all the species we saw. We got the PH tuned in on that and he would go out of his way to point out every new rodent and bird as well as game animals. If she has an interest in plants that would be a whole new category. And be sure to get her a really good pair of binoculars. Even go as far to get her the best pair you can afford and have her help spot game. And if she wants to sleep in, no big deal, you should be back for lunch or even back to drop off animals at the skinning shed, sometimes even an hour after you left. So pick her up then. Your PH may also get you onto better animals if he knows he has extra days to get the job done. And if you want to get to different areas, it takes time. We were in the mountains and river bottoms common to the cape, then got to the Karoo for a couple days and the Cowie or jungle for a day... Each has something special to offer.