I flew on Delta via Atlanta. If you can't fly business then seat 31G is best - Economy Comfort. I got to Atlanta early and stopped at One Flew South - great sushi and Thai restaurant in Ter minal E. 14.5 hours later (we had a tail wind) I was back in Johannesburg. My first night was at Fairlawns in one of the villas. The room is huge and the breakfast spread the next morning was abundant and fresh.
Please let me change my address to 123 Abu Camp Lane
Selinda was the final stop for Botswana. General game viewing was a little quite - but hard to judge with only one day. Wild dog are top on my list and they had just denned so the guides new exactly where to fin d them. Thanks to Liz and John for making the experience at Selinda so special. I was glad to see you can still grab a piece of toast off the fire in the morning. The wine tasting event after the night drive was great fun as well.
My first Kruger reserve camp was Tanda Tula. Tanda Tula is a small cozy camp in the Timbavati a short 1 hour transfer from Hoedspruit airport. Lions, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and giraffe it's all there. Tanda Tula is tented accommodation which is not common in the Kruger area.
I then flew to MalaMala. The landscape of MalaMala is so diverse from open plains in the northeast corner to woodland further south and bush country that is perfect for leopard. MalaMala I s the largest game reserve and in two game drives I experienced the big 5. The best was warthog piglets trying to out run a leopard - they won. I was spoiled with a private guide. Matt was amazing, friendly and knowledgeable and excited to show you everything MalaMala has to offer. I spotted great Rhino at Tanda Tula and MalaMala.
The food was so good - Impala kabobs and curried shrimp. Time for an afternoon game drive - again with the leopard! Next up lion and a few elephant sprinkle in a few kudu and you have a great afternoon drive.