Limpopo experiencing generally hot and rainy summers (October to April) and mild, dry winters (May to September). Ledrea Game Lodge fall in the sahvana semi-dessert where in the mid summer (November to end of January) experience extremely constant hot temperatures of over 40C celsius day and nights. The rest of the summer (September to end October and February to end of April) are more moderate were temperatures only go into the 30C celsius. Winter is more pleasant with temperature of 25C celsius in the day and a cool to cold night of 10C celsius (Due to the large temperature change between day and night it feels very cold).
The use of a hat and sunscreen is a must (Sun stroke is common).
South Africa is divided into nine provinces: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo Province (Northern), North West and Western Cape.
With an area of 1 227 200 sq.km (472 359 sq.miles), South Africa is situated at the southernmost tip of Africa. South Africa’s West coast borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Eastern coastline runs along the Indian Ocean. On the North, South Africa borders Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and in the Northeast, Mozambique and Swaziland.
The currency is the South African Rand (R) and the international
symbol is ZAR.
R1 = 100 cents.
Traveller's cheques and foreign currency notes of all major currencies are accepted. Currencies can be exchanged at airports, banks bureaux de change and major hotels. Fluctuations in foreign exchange markets are reflected in rates quoted on a daily basis. Most major credit cards are accepted. Fuel cannot be paid for with standard credit cards.
Value Added Tax (VAT)
Value added tax (VAT) is included in the price of most goods and services. Visitors are required to pay VAT on purchased goods. VAT refunds may be claimed at airports, harbours and customs offices on items taken out of the country when the total value exceeds R250.
The electricity supply in South Africa is 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. Appliances of lesser voltage require a transformer. Adapters are obtainable locally.
Water & Food:
South Africa tap water is extremely palatable and perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is also available in most retail outlets. In general food is clean and safe, with a vast network of supermarkets and chain stores around the country offering everything from basic foodstuffs to imported brands.
South Africa has 11 official languages: However, English is understood and spoken by most people.
Comfortable, light clothing made of natural fabrics is recommended. In the rainy season rain gear is essential, as is a warm jacket or jersey in winter. Winter Mornings and evenings can be very cold, especially in the bush.
Ledrea Game Lodge has no Malaria but being in the northern part of the country we advice to take anti malaria tablets.
Ledrea Game Lodge only have cell phone communication in the main camp. South Africa has an advanced and sophisticated telecommunications network with good international connections to most cities around the world. Telephones, fax and Internet are widely available.