We ( me & my husband) are planning a trip to South Africa in mid September of this year. We will have 4 nights in Capetown, 3 or 4 nights in Kruger, 2n in Victoria & may be 2n in Chobe ( still undecided). Cape town and Victoria is a little easier to plan but Kruger is extremely overwhelming with choices and places to stay. I've been reading all the posts in this forum and been researching like crazy but still can't decide what's the best way to do it so please help!
From Cape town I'm thinking about flying in Nelspruit (or Hoedspruit?). My husband does not want to drive so self-drive is not an option. I'm thinking of :
1_ Doing a package tour
2_ Stay in one of those "budget friendly" private reserved lodge.
3_ Stay close to the entrance and take day tour into the park.
We don't need anything too fancy but we want a nice, clean, comfortable stay. Taking a package tour or stay close to the park probably is a cheaper option, but does it has much more advantages staying in a private reserved lodge? You will go to different area to spot the animal (private reserved area) instead of KNP? which one is better? Our main purpose is to spot the big 5 and any other animal possible (of course!). If we choose a private reserved, what area should we stay? The choices are overly overwhelming: Sabi sand, lower Sabi, Sabi river,Nkambeni,,Timbavati, Klaserie, and another hundreds more....So where is the best place that have a high chance to see the big 5? or what is the best way to do it?
Any advices will be greatly appreciated.