FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. When should we visit Thanda?
Come in summer (the rainy season) if:
- You enjoy hot weather (30C+ / 90F+)
- You want to spend time on the beach
- Wildlife viewing is not your only major priority
- You want to see most of the country (Cape Town, the wine-growing areas, the Garden Route, KwaZulu Natal).
- You don’t mind occasional rain
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:
- You don’t mind cool nights (5-10C / 40-50F) and mild days (20-25C / 70F)
- Your major priority is wildlife viewing (short grass, good visibility, animals at waterholes)
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.
2. Do I need to take Malaria medication?
Thanda Safari borders on a low-risk malaria area. It is recommended that guests use a mosquito repellent on exposed skin. You’ll find this at Thanda. However, please be advised by your doctor or health department about the appropriate medication.
3. How do we contact the Reserve?
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.
4. What is the communication infrastructure like?
Each suite at Thanda Safari Lodge has a telephone and there is an Internet connection in the public areas of the Lodge. Internet connection is limited to public areas at Thanda Tented Camp and there are no 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.
5. What do I need to know about electricity in SA?
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.
6. Do I need to bring any special clothing with me?
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.
7. Can I safely drink the tap water in South Africa?
Although tap water in South Africa is safe to drink, we recommend that you use the bottled water provided for drinking.
8. What should I know about tours, curios and guides?
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.
9. What are the requirements for child travel?
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.