LOGISTICS:

Please note that being on time for collection is essential, whether the operator is collecting you at the TOURS & TICKETS pickup point or at your lodge. Vehicles have scheduled departure times at each point, and regretfully can not wait if you are late, and 100% “no show” cancellation fees will apply.

Please return to the vehicle on time after breaks in the camps, otherwise the guide may have to rush to get back to the drop-off point at the appointed time, and be forced to pass by game sightings!

SIGHTINGS COMMUNICATIONS:

It is strictly against the Operators Service Levels Agreement with the Kruger National Park to call in sightings by radio. Our guides are selected for their safari expertise and knowledge of the area, and are in group contact with each other on a private company sightings app which is silent and therefore less intrusive, especially at sightings.

CLOTHING & EXTRAS:

Always bring warm clothing or a blanket, as well as rainwear on overcast and rainy days – Open Vehicles can get very cold especially in the early mornings! In case of inclement weather, there are fleece-lined weatherproof ponchos in all our open vehicles. Mineral water is available on the vehicle – please ask your guide.

MEALS:

Rates do not include meals, but you do stop at the Kruger Park camp restaurants for breakfast (and lunch during the full day safari), for your own account.

PAYMENT:

All safaris and tours have to be pre-paid in full by 15h00 the day before.

Guide gratuities gratefully accepted.

CHILD POLICY:

Private vehicle safaris are recommended for families with children under 6 years.

GENERAL:

Baggage and personal belongings are carried entirely at owner’s risk.

TOURS & TICKETS reserves the right to terminate any services if children are not behaving properly or causing a disturbance, or guests are intoxicated and/or causing a disturbance.

  • Rates exclude Kruger National Park entry fee
  • ID documents/passports are required for entry into the Kruger Park
  • Please bring cash for entry fee in case gate machines are not working
  • Set pickup point is at Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview
  • Collection at lodges may incur additional transfer fees
  • Maximum of 10 guests per open vehicle
  • Rates according to number of persons/booking (not per vehicle)
  • Kids rates apply to children 6-11 years accompanied by 2 adults
  • Private vehicle tours are recommended for families with kids <6 years

MORNING SAFARIS – approx 6-7 hours

The early morning gives you a good start for your game viewing as the bush comes alive and animals become active, start grazing and moving to the water holes before the heat of the day drives them to shelter in the shade of the bush and trees. This safaris is approx 6 hours, including transfer and gate time as well as a approx 1 hour breakfast stop at one of the camps.

AFTERNOON SAFARIS – approx 5-6 hours

This is the time when the nocturnal animals begin to stir. After about 2 hours of game viewing, you will stop at one of the camps for a quick break, before continuing with your game drive and return to Hazyview. Afternoon safaris are approx 5 hours including transfer and gate time, and a short refreshment stop.

FULL DAY SAFARIS – approx 10-11 hours

The full day safari allows you the time to drive further into the park, giving you the best chance to sight game which moves around freely in the Kruger Park, and experience the varied nature, sights and sounds of this world-renowned wildlife reserve. The safari is approx 10 hours, including transfer time, gate time and breaks at the camps for breakfast and lunch.

PRIVATE VEHICLE

When you book a Private Safari it is exactly that – private with only you, your family and/or friends on the vehicle! This is the recommended way for families with children younger than 6 years to enjoy a safari in the Kruger National Park. Private Vehicle pickup at lodges withing 20km of Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview is included in the rate.

PICKUP TIMES – Perry’s Bridge, Hazyview

                                             Morning/Full day                Afternoon Safari

Jan/Feb                              05h00                                    14h00

March                                 05h00                                    13h30

April                                     05h30                                    13h30   

May/June/July                  05h30                                    13h00

Aug/Sept                             05h30                                    13h30

October                               05h00                                    13h30

Nov/Dec                              05h00                                    14h00

The rainy summer season is associated with an increase in the numbers of malaria-carrying Anopheles mosquito and a considerably enhanced risk of contracting the illness within the endemic areas of southern Africa. The risk is highest between September through to the following May, which is considered to be ‘malaria season’ in South Africa.

Facts and myths about Malaria, amended from information supplied by Netcare

  • The female Anopheles, which also feeds from plants, requires a ‘blood meal’ before her eggs will develop. If she bites a person infected with malaria she will ingest malaria parasites.
  • When she bites the next person she first injects an  anti-coagulant through which she passes the parasite on to the next person. After a good meal she will normally sit on a nearby wall for a while before flying off to lay her eggs.

It’s not possible to avoid mosquito bites completely, but the less you’re bitten, the less likely you are to get malaria.

To avoid being bitten:

  • Stay somewhere that has effective air conditioning and screening on doors and windows. If this isn’t possible, make sure doors and windows close properly.
  • If you’re not sleeping in an air-conditioned room, sleep under an intact mosquito net that’s been treated with insecticide.
  • Use insect repellent on your skin and in sleeping environments. Remember to reapply it frequently. The most effective repellents contain diethyltoluamide (DEET) and are available in sprays, roll-ons, sticks and creams.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting trousers rather than shorts, and wear shirts with long sleeves. This is particularly important during early evening and at night, when mosquitoes prefer to feed.
  • There’s no evidence to suggest homeopathic remedies, electronic buzzers, vitamins B1 or B12, garlic, yeast extract spread (such as Marmite), tea tree oils or bath oils offer any protection against mosquito bites.

DEET insect repellents

The chemical DEET is often used in insect repellents. It’s not recommended for babies who are less than 2 months old.

DEET is safe for older children, adults and pregnant women if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions:

  • use on exposed skin
  • don’t spray directly on to your face – spray into your hands and pat on to your face
  • avoid contact with lips and eyes
  • wash your hands after applying
  • don’t apply to broken or irritated skin
  • make sure you apply DEET after applying sunscreen, not before

Antimalarial tablets

There’s currently no vaccine available that offers protection against malaria, so it’s very important to take antimalarial medication to reduce your chances of getting the disease.

However, antimalarials only reduce your risk of infection by about 90%, so taking steps to avoid bites is also important.

When taking antimalarial medication:

  • make sure you get the right antimalarial tablets before you go – check with your GP or pharmacist if you’re unsure
  • follow the instructions included with your tablets carefully
  • depending on the type you’re taking, continue to take your tablets for up to 4 weeks after returning from your trip to cover the incubation period of the disease

Check with your GP to make sure you’re prescribed a medication you can tolerate. You may be more at risk from side effects if you:

  • have HIV or AIDS
  • have epilepsy or any type of seizure condition
  • are depressed or have another mental health condition
  • have heart, liver or kidney problems
  • take medicine, such as warfarin, to prevent blood clots
  • use combined hormonal contraception, such as the contraceptive pill or contraceptive patches

Fever, chills, headache, and other flu-like symptoms are common symptoms of malaria. Proper diagnosis and early treatment can usually prevent severe illness and death. AT THE FIRST SIGN OF FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS A FEW DAYS AFTER VISITING A MALARIA AREA – SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. PLAY IT SAFE AND RATHER TREAT UNDIAGNOSED CASES FOR MALARIA, ESPECIALLY IF SYMPTOMS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY A FEVER.

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