I'll be traveling to South Africa November 2-10 and am trying to come up with a way to maximize my time there. I am most focused on the safari aspect and would like to do whatever I can to assure that I see all of the "Big 5." I know that November is a little past the ideal time to go on safari, but I'm hoping its not too late. I am considering flying in to Cape Town to do a day or two there prior to flying to Kruger, but need advice on whether I'm am trying to squeeze too much in. The reason I'm looking at this is because I'd like to incorporate some active excursions into my trip such as kayaking (False Bay) and biking (Winelands).
I'd like to do the safaris provided at the private game reserves, but would also like to do a day excursion to a local village (Pondoro lists a daytrip called the Shangana Cultural Village Trip that spurred this interest). Is a cultural village visit worthwhile or completely a tourist trap?
I'd like to try to divide my time in Kruger between two reserves- sabi sans for perhaps a night or two and the rest of my time at pondoro or naledi (or any other recommendations?). Is there any migration pattern of the animals that I should be aware of in early November or is what I've read about leopards being more common in Sabi Sans and the other animals being more abundant in the northern reserve true year-round?
Thanks for any guidance!