Summers (September through to April) are extremely hot, peaking in January. They can be very humid, often with little relief overnight. Heavy downpours and thunder showers are common, and do bring some relief from the heat for a day or two. The summer vegetation in the bush is dense, with an amazing variety of insects, birds, flowers and animals big and small. The migratory species are also best viewed at this time of year. Day and night, the air is filled with the intoxicating aura and excitement of the African bush where the shimmering heat of mid-afternoon, makes way for a cataphony of night sounds as soon as darkness falls.
Winter (May through to August), are mostly dry and mild to warm, with cold (June-July) nights, and fresh morning game drives. Little rain falls and the bush in generally more sparse, ensuring that game viewing in these months is better than in the lush summer months. For those who prefer less bugs to more bugs should consider a trip in these months as most of the small creepy crawlies hide away!
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Clothing & Etcetera's
What to wear on safari? Cool, casual clothing for lodge wear is the order of the day. Short and sandals and swimwear for the pool are required. Sturdy closed trainers or walking boots are a must for bush walks, and long trousers are a better bet. Do not forget sunglasses, hats and sun-block, and often a lightweight cotton long-sleeved top should be considered for those with a more sensitive skin.
In winter jackets, beanies and scarves will definitely make the mornings and evenings a more comfortable experience, even so, blankets are provided on the drive, and ponchos for rainy days in summer.
Insects and Malaria
Malaria is endemic to the area and tick bite fever is also quite common. Insect repellent on the body is a must, and keeps not only mosquitoes, but tick, spiders and the like at bay, although regular ‘body-bug’ inspections should be done.
Mosquito nets are found in all the rooms, however it is prudent still to take the necessary medications to prevent infection. Please consult your travel clinic or physician before embarking on your journey as there are a number of products on the market, each with their own pros and cons.
Local medical facilities
The lodge has contact 24/7/365 with bush-trained medical personal telephonically and evaluation will be organised should the need arise. Otherwise Hoedspruit, the nearest town, has medical facilities including a military hospital. Please pack your own personal medication required (prescription and otherwise).