I am planning a trip to Eastern SA in september 2015.
My 3 week Itinerary is as follows: Kruger (7 nights, now considering skukuza, satara, punda maria, olifants, lower sabie), Wakkerstroom (1 night) Mkhuze (2 night) , St Lucia and Cape Vidal (4 night), Marrick (3 night).
We opted to skip Pilanesberg for the urban feel and logistic reasons (Brown Hyena has to wait for another trip). The thing is that many mammal-oriented reports on the south eastern parks (Hluluwe / Mkhuze etc.) date from 2004-2009). What would be your views on the following questions:
1. Visiting Hluhluwe Imfolozi <> Northern Kruger: Hluhluwe – Imf NP does not seem to produce a lot of sightings of mammals we won’t reasonably see somewhere else (nocturnal mammals and rarities like Cheetah, Serval, Caracal, Wild Dog, Black Rhino, Honey Badger, rarer antelopes). My idea is to visit Northern Kruger instead and focus in Kwazulunatal on Mkhuze and St Lucia. Northern Kruger just to experience the vastness of the park but also hoping to do some unexpected sightings (Cheetah, Sable, Roan, Serval, Wild Dog, Side-striped Jackal etc). I know wildlife is more sparse up there but will it increase our chances to see some of these less common species ?
2. Did you came across any other information on considering mammals not easily seen in our itinerary and in the vicinity of the route (small private game farms excluded) : Black Wildebeast, Grey Rhebok, Mountain Reedbuck, Oribi, Southern Tree Hyrax, Caracal, Black Rhino, Tsessebe etc.)
Thank you a lot for any suggestions.