MOPANE BUSH LODGE & LIMPOPO

Useful things to know before travelling to Mopane

Climate

Climate


mopane-weather-graphThis Northern region of South Africa is semi-arid. The climate at Mopane Bush Lodge is hot and dry for much of the year. There is a rainy season which occurs in the summer months of October to March. Rainfall tends to be erratic, unpredictable and very localised.Showers are often followed by strong sunshine, such that the average daytime temperature between October and April is frequently above 30° C / 86° F.

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Health Precautions

Health Precautions


Mopane Bush Lodge is not a risky place to visit from a health perspective. It is on the fringe of a Malaria area. However it is generally dry and mosquitoes are usually not a problem. Most local visitors do not take prophylactics. If in doubt consult your Travel Clinic. If you are travelling further East to Kruger National Park, then precautions are advisable. For informed advice, contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic. There is no Ebola in South Africa; the most recent case was in October 1996 when a medical professional traveled from Gabon to South Africa after having treated Ebola virus-infected patients.

Mopane Bush Lodge is 5,000km away, as the crow flies, from the nearest Ebola-affected country. Madrid, Spain in comparison is only about 3,000km away and Berlin, Germany is a bit closer to the Ebola affected area than Mopane Bush Lodge.

Luggage

Suggested Items to be packed


Comfortable walking shoes, swimming costumes, sun hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras and binoculars.

  • Summer: Lightweight clothing and swimming costumes, warm clothing for game drives.
  • Winter: Light clothing for daytime, warm clothing for evening and very warm insulated jackets for game drives.

Currency

Currency

South Africa’s unit of currency is the Rand (R), which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes come in denominations of R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10.

Mopane Bush Lodge accepts cash, credit cards (Visa & Mastercard) and traveller’s cheques. Guests can also pay by bank transfer.

Check in/out

Arrival & Departure


Check in is from 15h00 and check out is by 10h00 unless otherwise arranged.

Check in/out

Facilities for disabled travellers


Mopane Bush Lodge also has facilities to comfortably accommodate guests confined to a wheelchair. These include wheelchair access to Steenbok chalet, lounge, dining room, lapa, bar, boma and the pool.

Steenbok chalet has the following:

  • Wheelchair access to the shower which has a fold-down seat, hand rails and a telephone shower
  • Space next to the toilet with appropriate hand rails to enable easy transfer from a wheelchair
  • Toilet seat at the height of the wheelchair seat
  • Outside shower with wheelchair access
  • Beds at wheelchair seat height
  • Light switches and door handles at an accessible level

Meals

Meals


Any special dietary requirements can be catered for if we are informed with the reservation.

Water

Water


We have our own purification plant, but bottled water can be purchased.

Power

Power


Mopane Bush Lodge has mains electricity supply – 230volts @ 50 Hertz. Each chalet is fitted with a shaver plug which has a 110volt outlet which can be used for a shaver and charging portable battery powered equipment rated 110volts.

Telephone

Telephones

Mopane Bush Lodge has a satellite installation in the office which guests may use for internet and fax connections. Cell phones operate at the lodge and all over the Reserve. Wi-fi available at specific hot spots in the Restaurant.