We (a young couple) are going to SA for a couple weeks in early January 08 and really want to devote around 4 days to game viewing. We have a special interest in the big cats and elephants. I have read in the forums here that Mala Mala is one of the best in terms of rangers qualification and the chances of seeing different animals. I did check out some lodges but they seemed EXTREMELY expensive (500 USD per person per night).
Please help: - What are the other types of accomodation that would be more affordable? We're not looking for anything exclusive or luxury, but would like to have a hot shower :)
- Are the rates for the safaris usually included in the price of accomodation? How much do they cost on average, if paid for separately?
- What are the chances for good game viewing during the first or second week of January? Not necessarily in Kruger, could be in the CT area.
- Is it a good idea to spend, say, 2 days in one area/reserve and then go to a different on for another couple days?
I realize it's a lot of questions, but I really appreciate your help VERY much as January is high season and I want to make the reservations asap. Thank you!