I'm participating in an Earthwatch Expedition in Pilanesberg National Park and Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in June 2013. I'll have plenty of time in the bush but only 1 day "off", so I'd like to extend my stay to add another day or two for some time to be a tourist on safari. I don't require hot tubs or luxury accommodations - I just want the closest place to stay and recommendations on the best game drives in Pilanesberg. I actually prefer tent camps as I have a good, warm sleeping bag for this trip already. I definitely want a small group or possibly a private driver, and I want someone that is willing to stay a few extra minutes if something amazing is seen.
Finally, is it possible to rent a car from the Mankwe area and return it to Joburg airport? I don't want to pay for a car for the entire expedition if I can avoid it. I might need to just arrange transportation from my Earthwatch camp to the lodge, then from the lodge to the airport.
Thank you in advance for your help. I cannot wait for this trip!