I'm not sure I'm using the correct terminology, so bare with me. I'm looking for accommodations for our family (2 adults, a teenager, an 11, and a 5 year old) and an adult friend who will be with us. We have $250-350 to spend per night and the friend will likely contribute some or get his own room, depending on the place/availability. I see several family "chalets" etc that could accommodate us in our budget. But here's my question:
I really like the idea of being in a private game lodge where I don't have to cook for my kids every meal (a little is fine). And our friend grew up in the South African bush (his father was a ranger) and so will be our guide, allowing us to self-drive with all the knowledge and experience of a ranger or reserve guide. But when I look at lodges, there are nearly always bush drives included in the price.
Does anyone know of a private reserve game lodge in/near Kruger that doesn't require the drives? Or, conversely, one that has family units that are priced by unit rather than per person. That pp is what always knocks me over our budget. I'm willing to do self-catering if I could find a nicer spot than a rest camp or maybe a place with the option of meals or breakfast.
As an afterthought, do you all recommend staying in 2 places vs 1 for a total of 6 nights? It occurs to me that we could splurge for a few nights and rough it the rest.