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Londolozi Varty vs. Kirkman's Camp; or Inyati, Makalali Lodge

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We are a family of four with 2 kids - ages 7 and 9 - who are planning our first safari in S. Africa in early November 2011. We are planning a 4 night stay at one lodge and are trying to decide between Londolozi Varty (approx $8800) and Kirkman's Camp (approx. $7000) (in each case, not including transport costs). Is the safari experience (i.e. animal sightings and guides) much better at Londolozi vs. Kirkman's or are we just paying for more deluxe accommodations? We are willing to splurge if the experience is unmatched.

Also, one agency suggested Inyati Game Reserve and some South African friends suggested Makalali Game Reserve. It seems like the less expensive safaris are not as "all inclusive" and charge for all the incrementals - bottled water, beer, laundry, etc. Does the safari experience compare to Londolozi or Kirkmans or are we better off spending the money since this is a once in a lifetime (at least for the adults!) experience.

Thanks in advance for any help that you can provide!

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