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Information about South Africa

Weather & Climate

In contrast to Central Africa, South Africa has four seasons, in which every season is characterized.

In spring (September to November) the weather is dry and hot with temperatures between 22 to 28 ° C daytime and 12 to 17 ° C in the evening. The green grass is coming up everywhere. It is an ideal season to go game “spotting” because the bush has become thinner due to the dry winter months.

The summer (December to February) is generally warmer and rainy. It rains but not at a stretch. The rains are usually short, powerful showers in the late afternoon or evening. The advantage of the summer is that the bush turns into a green oasis. Temperatures range from 25 to 35 ° C during the day to about 15 to 20 ° C in the evening. February is the hottest Month. In the early evening and daytime in the shade it is pleasant. The advantage of the summer is that the bush will turn into green oasis.

Autumn (March to May) is the best time if you are looking for average temperatures, between 22 and 28 ° C during the day and about 10 and 15 ° C in the evening. The bush is still very green. In May and June the trees lose their leaves and the grass is gold. In May it is still warm enough, at night a sweater is needed.

The winter (June to August) is a dry and cool period. The grasses are almost completely dead and there are no leaves on the trees. The evenings are cool, you can now enjoy sitting around the crackling fire in the restaurant. Temperatures range from 18-25 ° C during the day to 5-10 ° C in the evening. This is certainly one of the best seasons to go on a “photo safari. The game is easier to find, even the somewhat shy animals struggle to hide themselves in this season. Especially in this period it is advisable to bring enough warm clothes. In the evening and at night it can be quite cool.

Clothing

Travel with thin cotton clothes that can be easily washed and dried. In the winter months (June to August) it’s important to bring enough warm clothes. In the winter months (July / August) the temperature can drop below 10 degrees. Think about bringing a warm sweater, robe, slippers and a warm jacket.

Throughout the year the sun is very bright in South Africa, so do not forget to bring a sun hat or cap with you. Hiking boots are necessary if you want to walk in the bush.

Language

South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. Afrikaans developed from Dutch.

Passport & Visa

You must be in possession of a valid passport. This passport needs to be valid for at least thirty (30) days after departure from South Africa. Additionally, your passport must contain a blank page.  If you want more information about passports and visa’s contact the South African Embassy in your country.

Vaccinations

When you visit Kololo you don’t need vaccinations. For personal advice contact your general practitioner or visit your local travel clinic.

Kololo is Malaria free

The Waterberg Biosphere, in which Kololo is situated, has been a malaria free environment for over 100 years malaria. The Waterberg plateau is over 1400 meters above sea-level. The malaria mosquito does not survive in this region. For personal advice contact your doctor or go to your local health agency.

Money & Currency

The South African currency is the Rand. The Rand is divided into 100 cents. The official abbreviation is ZAR. In South Africa the prices are indicated by R in front of the amount.

Tips

At the reception we have a tip box. You can put your gift in this jar (ask our reception for South-african tip guidelines). Should you feel there is specifically one staff member that delivered excellent service, you are also welcome to give them a tip (gratuity) directly.

Time difference

South Africa is situated in the GMT 2 / UTC +2 time zone. The time zone is the same throughout South Africa.

Transportation

In South Africa they drive on the left side of the road. The main roads are the N-roads. A step below the N-roads are the R-roads. The R-roads  do not have the national importance of the N-roads and are generally not so well developed and maintained.

Kololo Game Reserve is situated on the Bakkerspas Road, this is a dirt road. The condition of this road varies depending the season and rainfall.

Curios

There is a souvenir shop in the reception. Here you can buy caps, shirts and other clothing, decorated with the Kololo logo. There is also a nice collection of local souvenirs to support the local community. In the nearest village Vaalwater there are also several souvenir shops. In stores, at markets and roadside stalls you can get all sorts of souvenirs made by hand.

Voltage

The standard voltage in the entire country is 220/230 volts. For your own electrical equipment you need a special 3-pin adapter. If you have forgotten your adapter you can borrow/buy an adapter at the front desk.

Phone

The country code of South Africa is 0027 or +27.

Safety

Although the government is working hard to combat it, there is still crime in South Africa crime. Crime is especially common in large cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town. However, this should not stop you from going to Kololo Game Reserve. South Africa is generally a safe country for tourists if necessary action is taken and caution is exercised.

  • Don’t go out on the street alone at night.
  • Avoid isolated, dark and deserted streets.
  • Leave valuables behind in a safe in the hotel / lodge.
  • Never leave your luggage unattended.
  • Take a copy of your passport and carry it with you.
  • Do not show that you have money, checks, credit cards etc. with you.
  • Keep cameras out of sight, do not wear them around your neck.
  • Try not to look like a tourist, do not dress too striking.

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