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Game reserve choice - help please!

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Game reserve choice - help please!

Hi

We have are spending 14 nights in Cape Town and travelling the Garden Route and had provisionally booked two nights at Rippons Game Lodge. Sadly they cannot accommodate out booking and Trailfinders have offered us a couple of alternatives and for those of you have been it would be great to have some advice.

Similar to Rippons in price are Kariega and Kuzuko but a bit pricier are Long Lee Manor, Bayethe and Gorah at Addo.

Seeing wildlife is really important to us and i'm sure they're all wonderful but we want to pick the best we can to get the maximum out of our two nights so appreciate and feedback from your experiences.

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If budget is not an issue, then I would go for Shamwari. Gorah is a very special place but the game viewing is not as good.

Game viewing at Kariega is great but it is much smaller than Shamwari and the reserve is split in two so you will be crossing a (quiet) road sometimes. I really think it is good value and though the accommodation at the main lodge (their cheapest option) is not as luxurious as Shamwari and the food is not of the same standard, I still think it is well worth a visit especially if game viewing and budget are your main priorities.

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Well said Mark ;0)

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For the best safari experience you cannot do better than Kruger National Park. You can fly out from cape Town to Nelspruit and thelodge of your choice will transfer you to their lodge. And there is no malaria risk as it is the dry season, and for mossies you need water for breeding. If you are concerned at all, then you can take sprays, coils, bracelets and lotions. So if you can, i would opt for Kruger, then you dont have to worry about not seeing giraffe, hippos, etc.

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Agree with Lyn.

If you can manage Kruger the wildlife experience is incomparable. We have done both Addo and Kruger.

And remember its not just the 'big' stuff that makes up the wildlife experience.

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Botlierskop was our private game reserve of choice. It was absolutely amazing. We saw all but the leopard. We got 2 game drives in a one day full board. Our guide Viljoen was the best taking us around and being able to view the animals. The accommodations were excellent. And the dinner buffet was awesome. And they have other activities that can be booked. Amazing place and staff was always friendly

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