My husband and I are going to Harare, ZImbabwe for 7 nights in August 2014. Before our stay there, we would like to do a safari for 3-4 nights. The company I am traveling with is offering pre/post packages that are quite expensive ($3000pp+) for 2 nts in Johannesburg and 3 nights in private reserves in Kruger (Thornybush and Kapama). However, they are including airfare within Africa and transportation as well as luxury all-inclusive lodging. After researching and seeing that these are fenced reserves, I'm not sure that this is the way to spend our perhaps once-in-a-lifetime visit to Kruger. I know we do not want to self-drive or cook, and we don't want to rough it. However, I'm wondering if it would be worth it to try to book on my own to do Sabi Sands or Timbavati, or if the "fenced" in reserves will offer the same basic experience. I don't want to feel like I traveled across the world to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom. After all this reading, I'm afraid this will be an expensive trip that won't feel like really watching nature. However, we've never been to Africa and are quite nervous to book all this on our own. Thanks for any help you can offer.