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What you need to know

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BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO LION SANDS

An all-year-round safari destination where the variation in experience is temperature-related rather than safari-related as we do not have any migratory species. The best bird-watching period is from October to April.

 

DAILY PROGRAMME

 SUMMER PROGRAMME WINTER
05h00 Wake-up call 06h00
05h30 Tea/coffee and game drive departs 06h30
08h30 Game drive returns, breakfast/brunch is served 09h30
At leisure Bush walk or activities of personal preference At leisure
13h00 Lunch 13h00
16h00 High tea 15h30
16h30 Game drive departs 16h00
19h30 Game drive returns and dinner follows 19h00

* Summer is from September to April, while Winter is from May to August

 

GRATUITY GUIDELINES

Tipping/ Gratuities are entirely voluntary. We have however provided an outline of a recommended tipping policy for the convenience of those guests seeking guidance:

  • ZAR 600.00 per room per day
  • (ZAR 200.00 guide; ZAR 100.00 tracker; ZAR 200.00 general staff; ZAR 100.00 butler)

 

LAUNDRY

There are laundry facilities at each of the lodges at Lion Sands. It must be remembered that each is a ‘bush laundry’, and it is therefore not recommended to send in delicate items that require specialised care.

Laundry baskets are provided in each room, along with a laundry list. We ask that lists and laundry are left in the rooms prior to the early morning game drive, which will enable us to return the items in the afternoon.

Laundry is charged as an extra, and may be settled with extras of departure.

 

MALARIA

Lion Sands Game Reserve is located in a malaria area, and we suggest you discuss anti-malarial prophylactics with your health practitioner before travelling.

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR SAFARI VISIT:

  • Medication as required including anti-malaria precautions
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and high SPF sunscreen (even in winter)
  • Study walking shoes as well as light sandals (ideal for summer September – April)
  • Comfortable, light colored clothing
  • Swimwear if desired
  • Contact lens solution, glasses if applicable
  • Scarves, headgear and warm jacket for winter (May – August)
  • Camera, video camera, spare batteries/charger cable
  • Book or e-reader
  • Binoculars if desired
  • Light sweater for evenings in summer or midday in winter
  • Relaxed, comfortable clothing to wear around the lodge

 

WEATHER AT LION SANDS GAME RESERVE

The average mean rainfall for the year is 350mm, with most rainfall occurring during mid-summer (November – February). The rainfall generally occurs in the form of thunderstorms where a downpour is experienced, very seldom lasting longer than a few hours. The mean average maximum temperatures range from 24.5°C/76°F in July to 31.5°C/88.7°F in January with the mean monthly minimum occurring in July at a temperature of 8.5°C/47.5°F.