I am trying to put together an inexpensive self-drive itinerary for my husband and I for next October. We are very focused on being in great locations for birds and animals. I have done quite a bit of research and picked out a variety of accommodations that seem to fit our budget and the locations that we want to be in. I am hoping to combine a mix of park restcamps and private reserves.
The problem I'm having is calculating the distances and trying to put the itinerary in the best order. I've found some distance tables online but most of them tend to be distances between Sanspark restcamps and distnaces from the airport.
The accommodations I'm looking at are Punda Maria, Lower Sabie, Elephant Plains, Gomo Gomo or Shindzeli or Satara (one of those 3) and Blyde River Canyon Resort. Looking at an average of 2 or 3 nights each for a 2 week trip.
Any ideas of what the best order would be? One of the things that stood out to me was the distance from the airport to Punda Maria is around 6 hours, but the distance from any of the other accommodations I'm looking at in the park to Punda Maria is no less than 10 hours. Would the distance from Elephant Plain or Gomo Gomo to Punda Maria still be over 10 hours? Based on the shorter distance between Punda Maria and airport, I'm thinking we should do Punda Maria first or last. When should we do Blyde River Canyon?
Thanks for your help figuring out these distances and figuring out the best order for the itinerary.