My family (2 adults, 2 children ages 13 and 11) will be in Pilanesberg for a 2 night safari in December 2014. I think I have narrowed down our lodge options between Bakubung and Ivory Tree based on recommendations of friends. I'm trying to understand the differences in cost as well as offerings. I'm not getting tons of response from their websites. The differences in cost are particularly difficult to because of the differences in how they manage children's costs.
I want to understand what is included in each (number of game drives per day per person), what meals are included, etc. For instance, do the base rates at Bakubung include the game drives? I get the sense that Ivory Tree is fully inclusive. Also, we could potentially spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here but don't have a sense if they are open for the holidays and if so, whether there is any degradation in service due to the holidays.
Any recommendations for figuring out full costs and benefits of each would be greatly appreciated.