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Which one for safari: Bulele or Sabi Sands at Kruger - South Africa?

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Hello,

My family and I will be in South Africa in May 2017 and we are thinking going 2-3 days to Kruger National Park.

We have been looking at some lodges and reserves, and are thinking about a budget of 3,500-4500 rands per person (we are a group of three and my son is already 13, so he is considered an adult)

Among the reserves seen there are:
- Sabi Sands (Elephant Plains Game Lodge)
- Bulele (Naledi Bushcamp and Enkoveni Camp)
- Pafuri Camp
- Kapama (Southern Camp, although the price is above the budget). I just read that it has fences that divides them from Kruger National Park, so I´m discarding it.

Is any of those reserves / lodges better than the other?
Have you had great / bad experiences in those reserves / lodges?
Should we consider other reserves / lodges?

We do enjoy luxury, we just don´t want to spend a lot of money in just 2 days, but would like to be pampered within our budget. What we would love to have is an unforgettable safari experience in terms of nature, animals seeing, the best food we can get within our budget and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Thanks for your help
Barbara
Ps. I have reposted a post from yesterday to include aclarations and to change the title.

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    Please stay for at least three nights. Less than that is too rushed and you have less chance of seeing everything there is to see. It's not a zoo, so the longer you stay the better chance you have of seeing more wildlife.

    Well, here's a map of most of the lodges and reserves adjacent to Kruger. I don't recommend the fenced reserves Kapama or Thornybush. The wildlife is managed, not free to roam. I would stay in any of the unfenced reserves - Manyeleti, Timbavati, Klaserie, Sabi Sand, Balule.

    http://assets.sunsafaris.com/Map-of-Kruger-Camps.pdf

    There are so many great options for your family. Pafuri is nice and community owned, but very far north in a pretty but not great wildlife area. It's great in addition to the lodges farther south, but not on its own. Those Balule lodges might have too many beds for my taste.

    I'd consider Shindzela, nThambo, Elephant Plains, Nkorho, Umlani and Gomo Gomo, Kambaku Safari Lodge. I know Gomo Gomo has family accommodations so one of you doesn't have to sleep apart from the other two. Poke around on that map for other options that might work for you. You won't get a lot of pampering in your budget, but you'll have a great wildlife and lodge experience.

    Have you considered doing a self drive in Kruger? It's kind of like doing Yellowstone or Glacier. Rent a car at Skukuza or Hoedspruit airport and drive yourself watching the wildlife. Stay in a bungalow with ensuite bath and outdoor veranda with kitchenette. They have good restaurants in the main camps. It's so fun and about $200 per night for all three of you (plus the car). See www.SanParks.org for mor info. I combine self drive with private reserves to extend my budget.

    There are family friendly and affordable lodges in other areas that I love. Rhino River Lodge in the Zululand Rhino Reserve is excellent and I love the two bedroom cabins. Tembe Elephant Park is a wonderful reserve that is community owned (returned to the local tribe through reconciliation). Both are great. Fly to Richards Bay or Durban and drive or get a road transfer to the lodge. I love the area. It's beautiful and fun.

    May is a great time to visit. You're going to love it!

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