We have just booked 2 nights in November staying at Chitwa Chitwa in Sabi Sands / Kruger park game reserve. (Chitwa looks amazing has anyone been recently? or got any reviews about the game drives within this area? Also what will the game viewing be like in November) We will be staying in Joburg on our first night after our flight from the UK. The intention is to drive towards Chitwa and stay within 2 hours (ish) from Chitwa (I believe it is a 6 hour drive direct) so that we can arrive at Chitwa around midday. Can anyone one suggest a suitable safe area to stay within this distance, how far is Graskop, Hazyview or Accornhoek away from Chitwa? are these places worth considering?
After our 2 nights in Chitwa we will be driving back to Joburg, I have allowed another night on the way back before we catch the 3pm flight to Cape Town the following day. The same question in reverse can anyone suggest where to stay which is 2/3 hrs drive to JNB airport, (Dullstroom?) I do not want to drive all the way back as we will be having an early morning game drive, also with this day either side we would like to see something of the area (before and after Chitwa). I have seen mentioned the Panoramic route - attractions like the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Potholes, Pilgrim's Rest, and God's Window, but as yet I have not researched, but to see some of the popular area sites would be ideal. Also any reccomended lunch stops? Any help / suggestion would be much appreciated.