We are planning a trip from the US for Aug 2014 with my three boys (6, 8 and 12) and will only have 10 days. I was wondering if we should skip Kruger and head to the East Coast and stay at the Rhino River Lodge, Tembe Elephant Park and the Hillsnek Lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve? I would also like to go to either Cape Town or Victoria Falls, but don't know which one has more to do and see with the 3 boys. We would probably spend 3 days in the second destination. Happy to rent a car too and flights within SA aren't a problem since I have tons of BA points and can fly Comair.
It seems like those lodges have more bang for your buck in terms of accommodations than if we were to stay in a private reserve near Kruger, but not sure if you are not getting the same game viewing experience.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I feel like this is a trip of a lifetime so want to make sure I get it right. We would be excited to do some add-ons like visiting a cheetah reserve, elephant park, etc... to mix it up a little.