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Last-minute South Africa advice?

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My adult son and I are considering a two-week trip to South Africa. Given the late start on planning (we haven't bought air fare or booked a safari bungalow yet but have received vaccinations and scripts for malaria), any advice received would be appreciated (including "Are you nuts? It's too late to do this trip justice!"). We have done some of our own homework for sure but have also contacted Pembury Tours to see what they would offer and charge. Pembury is certainly willing to work with us on a last-minute itinerary but have cautioned that most Kruger game parks are full by now (gulp). They are suggesting other game reserves like Madikwe or the Eastern Cape game reserves like Shamwari and Lalibela. Seems like that would add a lot to the cost. So we're currently torn between continuing the path of self-planning this trip versus ponying up for added costs of going through Pembury (or another tour company like Go Today, which offers package tours).

Here is a tentative itinerary my son and I have prepared (before contacting Pembury). Any and all suggestions appreciated!
-Aug. 11: Fly direct Atlanta to Johannesburg
-Aug. 12-14: Acclimate and see the sights (Soweto, Apartheid museum, Constitution Hill?). Overnight hotel in Mabeneng? What's the best way to travel safely within Jo'burg to see the sights? Uber OK?
--Aug. 15-17: Fly or rent car for drive from Jo'burg to Kruger, or rent car near Kruger and do self-drive to see game within the park. Thoughts? Three overnights Kruger bungalow with at least one guided game viewing experience.
Aug. 18-23: Shosholoza-Meyl or Premiere Classe train Nelspruit to Cape Town (Pembury recommends against Shosholoza-Meyl because it is "unreliable" and unclean; others say Shosh-Meyl is a true bargain); overnight Cape Town (see Table Mountain, explore V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, Constantia Valley wine region..
Aug. 24: Fly Cape Town back to Jo'burg. Overnight Jo'burg airport hotel.
Aug. 25: Return flight to Atlanta.

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