Come in summer (the rainy season) if:
The rainy season usually starts in October and ends in March (but it can start as early as September and end as late as April).
Come in winter (the dry season) if:
The best dry season months for wildlife viewing are June, July and August.
Try for a compromise between the two if:
You want to travel in September or April/May, when you are likely to have good weather (warm with minimal rain) and relatively good wildlife viewing.
People wishing to reach us can call +27 (0) 35 573 1899 or fax +27 (0) 35 573 1877. In emergencies, please call us on +27 (0) 35 940 0986.
Each suite at Thanda Safari Lodge has a telephone and there is an Internet connection in the public areas of the Lodge. There is no Internet access at Thanda Tented Camp nor are there telephones, owing to the absence of electricity. There is reception for mobile phones in some parts of the reserve, but please be aware that the mountains do obstruct mobile phone signal in some areas.
The voltage is 220/250V and three-point round pin plugs are used in South Africa. Each of the suites at Thanda Safari Lodge and Villa iZulu is equipped with universal plugs. Thanda Tented Camp does not have electricity; lighting along the walk-ways is provided by paraffin lanterns and power is generated for a few hours a day for device charging.
Bring warm clothing for winter game drives (including hats, scarves and gloves) and cooler, lighter clothing (that shields you from the sun) for summer game drives. Be aware that some guests find the early mornings / late nights chilly, even in summer. No matter when you visit, it is advisable to bring a good pair of walking shoes and a sun hat, as well as a good sun-block.
Please remember not to display valuables (including devices) or jewellery unnecessarily, especially in your car.
Although tap water in South Africa is safe to drink, we recommend that you use the bottled water provided for drinking.
Visit traditional areas with registered tourism operators or tour guides and ask them about the cultural protocol of the area if possible. Help to preserve natural environments and protect wildlife, by not purchasing products made from endangered plants or animals. Feel free to purchase local handicrafts, curios and products that support the local economy, using the principles of fair trade.
South Africa has announced new requirements for child travel. The new laws, introduced by the South African Department of Home Affairs, are intended to improve the safety of children. Effective 1 June 2015, children travelling in and out of South Africa will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate, as well as a valid passport. The regulations will apply to all travellers under the age of 18, regardless of nationality. For more information, please click here.