Travel tips

What to Expect

Weather Our summer (October to March) is usually hot and wet, with a rainfall of around 400 – 550 mm. The winter months of April to September tend to be a little cooler, but still warm, and dry.
Temperature Daytime temperatures in summer (October to March) are high and may soar above 36°C/ 97°F. Winter (May to August) is known to produce beautiful warm days, though the evenings and early mornings can be very chilly. 
Best time to travel Game viewing at Kwandwe is excellent year round.
Altitude 250 – 490m/ 820-1574ft above sea level.
Vegetation Kwandwe’s vast landscape is affected by the ocean, with south-facing slopes capturing moisture from the sea breezes, resulting in denser or taller vegetation and brightly coloured lichens. In contrast, the north-facing slopes tend to be drier and more open and feature striking aloes, which flower in spectacular profusion during the winter months (June to August). Forest-like thickets of tree euphorbia grow on the steep, south-facing slopes. These spiny plants are immune to destruction from most animal species (except the black rhino) thanks to the poisonous milky latex they exude.
Airstrip Kwandwe has a 2.1 km Category 3 tarred runway. GPS Coordinates are available on request.
Malaria This is a malaria free reserve.
Lodge closures We close annually in June for upgrades and refurbishments.

What to pack

While basics like sunscreen, batteries and an extensive range of branded safari wear can be bought from our Safari Shop, we would recommend you bring the following:

 

Clothing For hot summer months, we recommend light cotton trousers and shorts, light cotton shirts (long and short sleeved), comfortable walking shoes, sandals, shower-proof rain jacket / windbreaker, good sun hat, fleece, bathing suit. For winter, pack an extra warm jacket, woollen hat, a scarf and gloves. At all times of year, please bring neutral-coloured clothing and avoid anything light and bright.
Other Insect repellent, a small torch, suntan lotion, sunglasses, camera (telephoto lens recommended), and books or a Kindle for siesta time.

Travel documents

South African regulation requires children under the age of 18 to possess an unabridged birth certificate and for visa applications to be made in person; please enquire at your local South African embassy for more detailed information.