Our first introduction to the reserve was a little scary.
The view as soon as the gate closed was phenomenal.
People always ask me if we see animals out in the open. There is no open land in South Africa, just like in the States. Land is either owned and developed or farmed, or set aside as a reserve. You don't have to worry about a lion running across the road, but you don't have that same Out of Africa experience.
We had a great time and recommend you make the drive. The food was great. The guided tour informative. The people were very nice. See http://www.rhinoriverlodge.co.za/ for more information.