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Family Itinerary - would welcome advice/opinion

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We are planning our first Safari trip to Africa for next August 2015 with our two kids who will be 11 and 12yrs old.

Currently we are debating a direct flight from JFK to Jo'burg on South African Airways or flying our beloved Virgin Atlantic from Newark and having a layover in London. Does anyone have rave reviews one way or the other?

We plan the following so far….

Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sands
Hamilton Tented Camp, Sabi Sands

* We liked the idea of having both a Lodge experience and a Tented one. But not sure we need both in the same area? Perhaps using the tented camp days somewhere else? or maybe a tented camp in a different Reserve?
*Any recommendations on the above places?

Islands of Siankaba, Vic Falls
*Hands down a winner amongst most - we have this booked solid.

Chobe Game Lodge
*With kids we were told this was a great option.

Because we have some extra days to play with - considering time in Okavango Delta.
We would like a Tented Camp experience so perhaps not in Sabi Sands but in Delta we could add something? Or it has been mentioned to us maybe the Magda Plains for the meerkats?

Originally we had booked time in Cape Town - however since we plan to go in the Winter of South Africa - my feeling is CT would be cold, rainy, gloomy, wet…probably not best for sightseeing and enjoying the waterfront…etc.
*Thoughts on Cape Town in August? And CT with the children?

I may seem all over the place - but also had thoughts of two nights in Namibia. The sand dunes would be so different a landscape and hot air balloon ride could be a fun way to end the trip.
* I welcome suggestions on where to stay

We have a year to plan a trip of a lifetime and I welcome all thoughts and ideas!


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