After much debate and discussion, we have decided to drive to Durban from Hluhluwe and then fly from Durban to Port Elizabeth and start our drive from there to Cape Town. We wanted to drive all the way, and appreciated all the advice we received about how best to do that, but just don't have enough time to do it the right way. We don't like to rush, nor do we want to spend 8 or more hours strictly driving from point A to point B. But I will save all the info I received for when we take our next trip to SA. I also want to mention how nice the people at Sunbirds in Southbroom are - very helpful and very understanding! I hope I get to stay there someday.
Our flight to Port Elizabeth leaves at 8 in the morning, so we would like a hotel near the airport or a hotel that is close to Durban on the way to the airport. We will have a car that will need to be returned before our flight. Any suggestions on a nice place to overnight in or near Durban, or within a 1/2 hour of the airport?
Thank you again for your previous advice and suggestions - they were very much appreciated!