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South Africa is a country of incredible diversity on so many levels, both geographically and culturally. From its landscape, which ranges from beautiful coastlines to deserts to the wine region, to bustling cities to mountains and to the fantastic bush, there is so much to be seen. Tourists visit South Africa to enjoy famous cities like Cape Town, where they tour Table Mountain, the V & A Waterfront, and the beach at Camps Bay. There is also a penguin colony at Boulders Beach, not too far from Cape Town! The wine region is a popular attraction as there are so many vineyards and South African wines are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. Near Johannesburg, the largest city, there is the Cradle of Humankind, which marks the spot where scientists believe that humans originated from. The Eastern coast has cities like Durban which are on the beach and enjoy a more tropical climate and this region is excellent for fishing and whale watching. Inland there are a number of breathtaking natural wonders to be seen, from the Drakensberg Mountains to God’s Window to Blyde River Canyon, the third largest and greenest canyon in the world.
Finally, there is our beloved bush although there are a few regions in South Africa where the iconic wildlife can be seen, nothing compares to the world renowned Kruger National Park and its surrounding private reserves, an area which collectively covers over 2.4 million hectares in which animals roam freely. Many have said that it has almost a spiritual aura to it and that they’ve never been the same since they’ve visited.
South Africa is a wonderful tapestry of mixed cultures, from native tribes to British and Dutch descendants, which settled in the area years ago and influenced the country and culture. There are 11 official languages spoken, including English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Setswana, Xhosa, Tsonga and Zulu.
The currency is the South African rand (ZAR) and the value of it is approximately 1 rand = 100 US cents.
The Timbavati is located in a low risk malaria zone and there have only been very few cases of malaria reported. However, the old adage “prevention is the best cure” holds true. As the disease is spread by mosquitoes, it is important to use a strong repellent, which is provided in all the rooms and on the vehicles. Wearing long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks is also helpful, especially at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most active. Please speak to your doctor who can advise you and prescribe anti malaria tablets if necessary.
We carry all essential first aid equipment and medicine at the lodge. If you need anything more specific, there are pharmacies in Hoedspruit where many common medications, such as painkillers, are available over the counter. Should you require medical attention during your stay, we are members of Africa SAFE-T, an organization that provides 24/7 medical assistance to lodges in a fast and efficient manner.
The voltage in South Africa is 220v, so 110v appliances will not work without a converter. However, we do provide hairdryers and adaptors (not converters) in every room for your convenience.