I also posted this in the S. Africa forums as it relates to both countries.
I'm researching a trip to Africa (first time for any of us) to celebrate a milestone birthday (mine!) We'd be bringing our daughters who will then be 13 and just turning 10. We're coming from Northern California so we have a very long journey just to get to the continent of Africa of course.
We hope to spend about 2 weeks, with the last 4 days or so in Cape Town and then Jeffreys Bay (my husband is a surfer and wants to surf SuperTubes at JBay - but that will be the only surfing of the trip).
I contacted, and have been working by email with, a person from &Beyond who seems very helpful and knowledegable. She's suggested various ideas for us and I'm trying to narrow it down - interested in thoughts from other travelers. I told her I was interested in seeing both Botswana and S. Africa for safari, but now am wondering if it's too much flying around (both in terms of expense and exhaustion after the long trip to get to Africa in the first place) and whether we should just do safaris in one or the other country. But either way, would like to do the Cape Town/J Bay at the end.
Here are the options we're considering so far
In S. Africa:
Tuningi in Madikwe,
Ecca in Kwandwe (both malaria-free, though if we're going to other
places that are not malaria free then it doesn't matter - my question on these is are they worth our limited time regardless of malaria-free status)
Obviously we have to make choices. Some suggestions that have been made were:
o 2 x Selinda; 3 -5 Nxabega (or in combination with Sandibe); 4 x Phinda; OR
o 5 x night Nxabega; 4 x Phinda (or overnight in Johannesburg and do 2 x Ngala plus 2 x Kirkmans) OR
If only doing S. Africa, a suggestion was:
o 3 x night Ngala; 3 x night Kirkmans; 3 x night Phinda
NOTE: I just learned that kids under 16 can't do mokoro rides which is one of the interesting things about Botswana, from what I've read.
Thanks so much for any input - my mind is about to explode!