Durban to Sodwana Bay(likely) to Kruger to Joburg

Help please! I have a short planning window (late February) to meet my son near Port Elizabeth for two days before a 10 day excursion. Below are my tentative plans, only bookings thus far are flight to/from SA and Kruger, so would appreciate any and all input. This is my first time to South Africa!

Plan to fly from Port Elizabeth to Durban in the morning, rent a 4WD vehicle and drive the 4 hours to Sodwana Bay (input on places to stay in SB or another town with great dive masters/sites?). We have 5 nights before we have reservations in Kruger.

Plan to drive to Kruger in same vehicle -I think staying on SA roads – some extra drive time, but save on border time (I think – input welcome),

Should we stay somewhere part way (and if so, where?).

We are set on Kruger reservations (2 nights each: Crocodile Bridge, Tamboti, Olifants – I liked the smaller sizes of each of these, but if the first 2 are particularly difficult to a first timer I can change, although Lower Sabie all booked up with my late date!), plan to mostly self-drive safari there before leaving the beloved elephants for a night in Joburg near airport.

Thank you in advance for any input!

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