I like this area for the variety of habitat for wildlife - forests, plains, mountains, wetlands - and it's close to unspoilt beaches for a safari & beach combo. Downside is reserves are smaller, so the herds are smaller, and denser vegetation can make sightings more difficult. Camps are very comfortable, with pools, a/c and the lux trimmings. Malaria is on the decline here and some reserves are malaria free. South Africa.
Best time: Mild and dry April to October, from September to March it's hotter with rain.
Access: Charter flight from Joburg (2 hrs) or drive from Durban (3 hrs) or Richards Bay (1 hr)