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Any input for a first time safari experience?

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My husband and I have an opportunity to be in Cape Town next February, and hope to extend our stay for and extra 7 or 8 days, since it is unlikely that we will get to go back to the continent. Is that sufficient time to fit in a safari experience and also visit Victoria Falls?

I have read about so many lodges and camps on this site my appetite is thoroughly whetted. But as wonderful and exciting as everyone makes it seem, with so many incredible choices it is also very confusing.

Should we stay in the Cape area at a malaria free reserve and then head up to the falls if there is tme, or go somewhere like Sabi Sands or Phinda where we can get a fourth night free if we stay at a CC African property? I read a lot of great things about MalaMala from Fodorites too, but there are no deals there in high season.

Some posters swear by their experiences in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, but I don't know if we'll have time for so much travelling.

I have been visiting the web sites and checking the rates at various lodges and am prepared for a fairly high end accommodation, although not as expensive as Singita. I want to see as much wildlife as possible in my short time, although I have to admit that I can do without reptiles, and birds are not a priority.

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