Hi all! I have a short amount of time to make a decision about a 4 day stay.
We'd like the lodge with the best game viewing. As I understand it, some of the key factors are the type of van (open sided or closed), size of van, size of traverse area, whether you can see animals from the lodge during the day, whether the lodge does walking and night safaris. I'm having trouble tracking down these details for each lodge (and I'm sure I'm missing some criteria!).
We're looking at Lion Sands, Kirkman's, Mala Mala Rattray's and Inyati (there's not a ton of availability). Ngala, Motswari and Kambaku might be options also.
Price is a bit of a consideration (esp. as Rattray's is significantly more expensive) - we're very happy to pay for better game experiences but don't need 6 star facilities.
The other concern about Rattray's are the reviews about the striking workers - I don't like the idea that staff were unhappy, nor the possibility of being there while it happens.
My concern with Kirkman's is that some people seem to really dislike the decor, and the service seems a little spotty.
My concern about Lion Sands are the comments about overcrowding at the lodge and in the vans.
Can you tell I'm lost? Any help would be hugely appreciated!