Some lovely places mentioned in this thread.
Crooks Corner Im pleased to see getting everything it deserves, now please don't all rush there
Im a Northerner I just love it. When you're up North Crooks Corner is magical, it like an oasis. I've seen some stunning happenings around there. Once in November we watched for three hours as a troop of baboons hunted baby impala. Around that time of year there were many many new borns. The baboons were so clever too, making friends with the impalas just trawling, mingling even touching the calves then bang they got one. As dramatic as a lion kill I can tell you.
The peace and quite up there (besides baboons hunting) is heaven as many people have said. I love Bateleur upwards. Bateleur itself for the birds tremendous, but also I've seen some good number of the big five there. Leopard, elephant, the hide is very productive and you are close. We also saw coming back late in the evening a fresh lion kill, it's one of the most dramatic things I think I've ever witnessed, the noise as they all roared and fought over the Zebra was something else, lions were coming in from all sides to try and get a piece. We were very late getting back
If you see something like a sickly or old Zebra hang around you might get some big action late in the afternoon.
Some of the long dust roads towards the Limpopo national park area or side I remeber are also fantastic isolated wild places. There is a very productive dam where watching elephants quite close taking baths is wonderful. Lovely open country with grassy views far and wide. Coming across a lone bull is wonderful, they almost like the company, but here also we came across the biggest elephant herd I've ever seen. Hundreds and hundreds of animals. Think it was many herds meeting up, there was much noise and running about dust and greeting and making new acquaintances, a very special way to spend a whole afternoon.
We usually give the whole Southern part a miss because of the crowds that time of year but this this year we will spend a day or two around there for the first time. Its nice to leave something completely unknown for later.