Planning a trip August 2017.
Torn between these two lodges.
Does anyone have any insight ?
It's so hard to make that final decision! My only addition is Motswari does an excellent bush safari with a great ranger. They are both good choices. In all honesty, you can't choose wrong - they are all very competitive in each price range and will exceed your expectations. Here's a map of most of the lodges adjacent to Kruger. I don't recommend Thornybush or Kapama reserves, or those across R40, as they are fenced from Kruger.
Thank you! That map is SO helpful!!!
I post it often - I'm sure the regular posters here are tired of it. :) But it is very helpful to see how many lodges are available (and some are missing!). Lots of lodges in your price range and they generally do a good job on their websites so you get a good feel of the lodge and the amenities. In August it will be chilly at night (and won't be hot so you need a/c), but consider a tented lodge, especially if you can spend 6 nights - three at a tented lodge, three at a lodge with chalets.
Between those two - I would choose Motswari. Why?
Maybe because I know it better and like it so much. It's not as refined as Simbavati River Lodge but I like the fact it has a few places where you can hang out, have your own little private space.
But Simbavati River has a man-made watering hole right off their deck and I was there earlier this year when 28 elephants showed up for a drink. Teeny - to huge. Quite a sight.