Newbie needs help:
We leave Timbavati on Saturday morning, 18 October. We must be back in J'burg evening of Wednesday, 22 October.
1. Can we leave Timbavati around 9 a.m., provision somewhere along the way, and make MAPS before the gate closes?
Google maps shows it is 6.75 hours with no stops. If we can do so, where should we provision and get fuel?
2. If we need to stop enroute to MAPS for the night of 18 October, where might you suggest? And if this is the case (that we do stop) then this would mean we have only nights of 19-20-21 at MAPS, and not enough time to make Marakele. Where should we stop for the night? Where is the best best for groceries?
3. If we must stop/should stop enroute as mentioned ^ would it be wise to do 1 night in northern KNP? We will have an unlimited Parks Wild Card, as we are international visitors. What KNP gate should we exit, what route and place to best shop, if we choose to go through KNP?
4. Or should we do stop 2 nights 18-19 October in a northern KNP Park and then on to MAPS 20-21 October, drive back to J'Burg?
The dilemma is: a) hubby is a history buff and is super excited to go to MAPS, he saw there is a restaurant and is even more excited so cooking will be a minimum. I really like the photos of MAPS, but the scenery of Marakele (and the big 5) appeals more to me. However, coming off a 5-day safari in Timbavati we will have already seen quite a bit of game, a bit of culture is more in order. [I would like to stop at a cultural village, if possible, near Polokwane]
This will be my 3rd trip to SA and hubby's 2nd. After this northern route we head to Cape Town and then onto KTP. Also we have already seen Blyede's Canyon, etc.