Summer (1 December to 28/29 February)
Expect intense heat in the daytime with occasional thunderstorms in the afternoon. Vegetation is dense and lush because of summer rains, and the bush teems with newborn animals. A very good time for bird watching.
Autumn (1 March to 31 May)
At the end of the summer rains the water holes are full. Temperatures begin to drop at night and the vegetation starts to change colour.
Winter (1 June to 31 August)
Daytime temperatures are pleasant and nights are cold. Visibility in the bush is very good, making winter an excellent time for game viewing.
Spring (1 September to 30 November)
The dull bush changes to lively green vegetation at the start of the rainy season. Temperatures are pleasant.
What to bring
The tap (faucet) water in the camp is purified to the highest standards and is perfectly safe to drink. Ample stocks of still and sparkling mineral water are also available.
Kapama Private Game Reserve forms part of a low risk malaria area. However, anti-Malarial prophylaxis are recommended. Please consult your general practitioner regarding which brand is best suited to you.
The South African Rand (ZAR) is the local currency. There are 100c to every rand. Foreign exchange may be arranged at the airports, or in major centres / cities. It is not recommended that travellers carry large sums of cash. Rather keep a reasonable amount on hand, and primarily use credit cards. Traveller’s cheques are also welcome.
There are many road-side vendors along the major routes in the country selling local hand-crafted products. These vendors trade in cash only.
It is highly recommended that you do not stop in informal settlements along your journey.
All major credit cards are accepted as a valid form of payment at Camp Jabulani.
So that we may tailor the perfect culinary experience for you, please do advise us in advance of any specific dietary requirements you may have. Our chef is a genius when it comes to preparing specially designed meals to suit every taste.
Direct dial telephones
Each of the suites at Camp Jabulani have direct-dial telephones with international coverage. Calls are charged for per minute – the total cost is added to the extras bill payable on departure.
Similarly, laptop computers may be connected to the internet via telephone lines in each of the rooms.
Cellular reception is limited and not of a very good quality.
Safari casual. Your comfort is our only concern!
We request that guests do not wear shorts for dinner in the evenings.
Laundry & valet services
We regret that we do not have the capacity to handle large loads of laundry. Large laundry loads (in excess of 10 items per person) will be sent to an external facility which stipulates a 72-hour turnaround time.
Exclusive use of a safari vehicle
We are able to arrange for an exclusive safari vehicle, should guests require (subject to availability). The fee per day is R 4,400.00 per vehicle. Exclusive use of a vehicle is subject to availability, and pre-booking this service prior to arrival is essential.
We highly recommend that all visitors are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy to protect them in the event of unforeseen cancellation. Such insurance should also cover emergency medical care requirements and evacuation.
Visas & passports
Visa requirements are the responsibility of the guest.
Please note, all visitors to South Africa are required by law to have two blank pages in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry will be denied.
Hoedspruit, Limpopo enjoys a fairly temperate climate, with an average temperature above 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout the year.
Summer – Between October and March, South Africa experiences summer. Visitors can expect long, hot afternoons with temperatures reaching beyond 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). Rain is common in the summer months, and South Africa is known for its magnificent thunderstorms. The Hoedspruit area normally receives about 566mm of rain per year, with most of the rainfall occurring during mid-summer (between November and February). The highest level of precipitation occurs in February, with an average of 117 mm.
Mid-day temperatures are extreme, and visitors are encouraged to stay out of the sun’s direct rays as the African sun is harsh. Sun hats, sunscreen and sunglasses are highly recommended. Evenings are warm, and nothing more than a light sweater should be required (if at all).
Winter – Between May and July, South Africa has its winter months. In the Hoedspruit area there is almost no rainfall in winter. These months can therefore become very dry and temperatures drop drastically before sunrise and after sunset (temperatures can fall below 6 degrees Celsius (42 degrees Fahrenheit)). Daytime temperatures are however usually warm and pleasant.
Guests are encouraged to adopt the “onion approach” to dressing in winter. Layer up early morning and into the evening in jerseys/ sweaters/ windbreakers/ gloves/ beanies/ scarves (the windchill on an open safari vehicle can be brutal if you are unprepared). But have lighter clothing for when the sun makes its appearance.
“The land of wide-open bushveld, big-sky country, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab”
Welcome to the southern tip of Africa. Here, two great oceans meet, warm weather lasts most of the year, and big game roams just beyond the city lights.
This is where humanity began: our ancestors’ traces are still evident in fossilised footprints 80 000 years old, and in the world’s oldest rock paintings.
Today, South Africa is the powerhouse of Africa, the most advanced, broad-based economy on the continent, with infrastructure to match any first-world country.
You can drive on wide, tarred highways all 2 000 kilometres from Musina at the very top of the country to Cape Town at the bottom. Or join the millions of international travellers who disembark at our airports every year.
Two-thirds of Africa’s electricity is generated here. Forty percent of the phones are here. Twenty percent of the world’s gold is mined here. And almost everyone who visits is astonished at how far a dollar, euro or pound will stretch. Welcome to the Republic of South Africa.
South Africa is a nation of over 57-million people of diverse origins, cultures, languages and beliefs. Around 81% are black (or African), 8% white, 9% “coloured” – the local label for people of mixed African, Asian and white descent – and 2.5% Indian/ Asian. Just over half the population live in the cities.
There are 11 officially recognised languages, most of them indigenous to South Africa. Around 40% of the population speak either isiZulu or isiXhosa. You don’t speak either? If your English is passable, don’t worry. Everywhere you go, you can expect to find people who speak or understand English.
Named after the great Limpopo River that flows along its northern border, this province is rich in wildlife, spectacular scenery and a wealth of historical and cultural treasures.
Known as the Great North, Limpopo Province is home to ancient lands and pre-historic secrets. This is home to Modjadji, the fabled Rain Queen; The Stone Age and Iron Age relics of Makapansgat Valley and the treasures of Mapungubwe that date back to time immemorial.
Straddling the northern Kruger Park, Limpopo Province boasts extraordinary wildlife, and nature trails – untamed Africa at its finest, and the ultimate location for an exhilarating South African safari near the Kruger National Park. This is the land of wide-open bushveld, big-sky country, the ever-present thorn tree and the mystical baobab tree.
The Limpopo Province also presents some of Africa’s wild Edens – from highveld grassland savannahs to subtropical forests to formidable mountain ranges.
South Africa’s northern most province, Limpopo, borders onto Mozambique , Zimbabwe and Botswana thus making it the ideal entrance to Africa . The Limpopo Province celebrates a rich cultural heritage and at many archaeological sites the mysteries of the past and ancient peoples are still being unearthed. Historians reveal that the first black Africans moved across the Limpopo (into what became known as South Africa) before 300 AD. The Voortrekkers arrived in the early nineteenth century and this part of the world changed forever. Numerous battles between indigenous African people and the Voortrekkers ensued. During apartheid, portions of land were divided into homeland areas. However, today the Limpopo Province is united in its aim to offer the best possible welcome for its visitors.
Limpopo is renowned for its hot, yet pleasant summers and dry winters.
Its weather is characterised by almost year-round sunshine. It can get very hot in summer (October – March), with temperatures rising to 27ºC (80,6 ºF) and, sometimes, even touching the mid-30s Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit).
South of Limpopo are the Soutpansberg mountains, South Africa’s northernmost mountain range and one of the most diverse habitats in the country. There are 340 indigenous tree species here, an abundance of animal life and the world’s highest concentration of leopard. Ancient, gigantic baobabs (“upside-down trees”) guard vast expanses of mountains, bushveld, indigenous forests and cycads.
The Limpopo Province is divided into four regions:
It is in this region that visitors will find the former independent homelands of Lebowa and Venda where traditional African cultures thrive. In fact, this fertile valley has been home to cultures dating back to the Iron Age. Relics of the Stone Age San and their incredible rock art can still be viewed here today.
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