We are a large family group (6 adults and 6 kids) and are going to be in South Africa late June. We are planning a one week safari in Sabi Sands and Timbavati reserves. So far the best lodges for our requirements (kids plus cost) appear to be Elephant Plains in SSGR and Akeru Safari lodge in Timbavati. This is our first safari and I am looking forward to the group having a memorable time. Game viewing is most important followed by accomodation/food etc.
I am generally comfortable with Elephant Plains, but know very little about Akeru, other than what I found on this board. They supposedly are very kid friendly, have great staff and good food!. I am a bit concerned about "minimal electricity" and the fact it might be cold in the rooms early morning in winter.
I have heard very good things about Gomo Gomo but believe it maybe too rustic for our group. Akeru is in the middle of Timbavati as compared to Gomo Gomo being at the very northern tip, would this impact the game viewing? Also, does anyone know how big Akeru's concession is - I assume like in Sabi Sands each lodge/camp in Timbavati also in general, will need to be restricted to its own concession, unless it has a deal with others bordering it. We are planning to stay 4 nights in Timbavati.
In terms of logistics. How long will it take us to drive from JNB to Sabi Sands and then from Elephant Plains to Akeru. Finally from Akeru to Nelspruit for our flight to CPT.