My husband and I will be visiting Cape Town (to see family), but would like to escape for a few days to a game reserve. We haven't gone to see animals in a dozen years and never in SA (previously in the Masai Mara). All the options are really overwhelming. My husband is a keen photographer and I'd like there to be a pool. We mainly care about seeing animals, though we've both seen the "big 5" before. We'll be going in December, and would like to visit the parks sometime in the week and a half before Christmas for 3 nights.
We'd rather not spend more than $1000 per night (not including flights) if possible. Flying from CPT to Kruger seems to cost about $500 direct, flights to JNB and then Kruger seem to add up to about the same. Does it make more sense to fly direct? Pricing is confusing as some lodges seem to include the JNB to Kruger flight.
Is Kruger definitely where we want to go, or is the Eastern Cape worth considering?
ANY advice on logistics or what lodges to consider would be greatly appreciated! We'd prefer not to self-drive or self-cater.
We're in our mid-30s if that matters.
Thanks so much!