The seasons in the southern hemisphere are the opposite of those of the northern hemisphere. Our seasons are generally measured as follows:
Spring: September to November
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Whatever the season, it’s always a good idea to pack lots of layers, as even in the summer months, when we have days of rain and overcast weather, and high winds, the temperatures can feel a lot colder than they are, especially on an open game vehicle!
As a rough guide, for spring and summer, lightweight linens and cottons are the order of the day. T-shirts, shorts, cargo pants, lightweight long pants and long-sleeved shirts (which can help with the mosquitoes!) are good stalwart items to pack. Try and keep bright colours to a minimum and stick to neutrals and earth tones, especially on game vehicles.
Bring a jersey and a lightweight jacket (perhaps a waterproof one) too. Where footwear is concerned, a good pair of comfortable walking shoes is a good idea for bush walks, combined with thongs/flip flops, sandals and lightweight shoes.
Comfort is of paramount importance as you will be sitting for a good portion of each day on the back of an open game viewing vehicle. A hat is an absolute must no matter what time of year you visit, as is sunscreen.
In winter it can get exceedingly cold, especially in the early mornings and evenings. You will need a good fleece, beanie hat, gloves and scarf on your morning and evening game drives. And use those layers to peel off as it gets warmer and add on as it gets colder.
We supply umbrellas in each of our guest suites, and there are weatherproof, lined ponchos on the safari vehicles.
South Africa’s electricity supply is generally: 220/230 volts AC 50 Hz. Most plugs have three round pins but some plugs with two smaller pins are also found on appliances. Adaptors can be purchased, but may be in short supply. US-made appliances may need a transformer.
Djuma is located in a designated low-risk malaria area. Although the risk of malaria is reduced in winter months when it is very dry, and overall incidences are quite rare, it is wise to take precautions during your visit and consider taking malaria prophylaxis.
Please consult a medical professional before considering anti-malarials and to properly assess the possible risks to your health.
We recommend the small town of Hoedspruit for food shopping en-route to Djuma. It has three well-stocked supermarkets: Pick n Pay, Spar and Le Bamba.
Pick n Pay: Mon – Fri, 7am to 7pm; Sat, 7am to 6pm; Sun, 8am to 3pm
Spar: Mon – Fri, 6am to 6pm; Sat, 7am to 5pm; Sun, 8am to 1pm
Le Bamba: Mon – Weds, 6am to 7pm; Thu to Sun, 7am to 8pm