I am having trouble selecting two luxury lodges for my "second" honeymoon this September. I have read a great many reviews about the safari lodges and companies and many of them seem amazing. I do know that I want to be in the Sabi Sands and another private reserve, so Lion Sands Ivory fits one bill. I am seeking another lodge that would give me a totally different reserve experience (be it a lodge with sweeping vistas or a lodge set high amongst the trees like a treetop camp) but still with excellent game viewing. My travel agent is able to book a combo of Lion Sands Ivory (3 nights) and Royal Malewane (2 nights) but I feel that the two might be two similar in feel/style (ultraluxury chic); also some on these forums prefer timbavati to thornybush. As I am spending a significant amount on this trip, I do want to make sure I pick the right lodges, and I don't want to repeat in the second lodge what I have already experienced in the first. Any suggestions regarding a good luxury second lodge or is Royal Malewane a great choice?
In addition, we will probably be going to the Grootbos reserve near Gansbaai for some whale-watching. Anyone seen great whites while on a whale watching tour?
thanks in advance for advice regarding the lodges..