What To Bring
We recommend you bring the following general items with you to Senalala:
- Cameras, binoculars, and a flashlight/torch.
- Comfortable walking shoes/hiking boots for walks and sandals to wear within the camp.
- Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, and personal toiletries.
- Lightweight, neutral clothing and swim wear as well as warm clothing for game drives.
- Lightweight, neutral clothing for daytime and a very warm insulated jacket, beanie, and scarf for game drives.
- Anti-Malarial Prophylactics are essential all year round. Please consult your physician.
Senalala is a year-round destination with spectacular game viewing in different seasons throughout the year.
Summer is from late September to March and features moderate to high temperatures (24-38°C / 75-100°F), with the warmest days occurring between December and February. Summer is typically the rainy season, with the majority of rainfall occurring between October and April.
Winter is from April to August and features cool to moderate temperatures (8-28°C / 45-82°F), with the coolest days occurring in June and July. Winter is dry with generally moderate daytime temperatures.
Cold early morning and evening temperatures mean guests should have warm clothing for the game drives; however, the campfire typically provides adequate warmth for evenings within the lodge.
The closest airport to Senalala is called Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), which is located near Hoedspruit, 45 minutes from the Lodge.
There are three daily flights between Johannesburg and Hoedspruit, as well as one daily flight between Cape Town and Hoedspruit.
The airlines flying these routes are SA Airways and its subsidiaries, and pricing and availability can be checked on their websites below:
Transfer companies will do a return transfer for guests from Hoedspruit Airport to Senalala, at an additional cost.
Flying and taking a transfer is the quickest and easiest way to get to Senalala from Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Road transfers are another option for guests traveling to Senalala.
Ashtons standard shuttle: Transfers guests from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the Bush Pub & Inn just outside the Timbavati/Klaserie Gate, where Sable tours will meet guests and drive them the last 45 minutes to Senalala. Fixed departure time from OR Tambo Airport on the standard shuttle is at 06:45 in the morning.
Ashtons private shuttle: Transfers guests from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or any Johannesburg Hotel straight to Senalala. Departure time is flexible, but recommended pick-up time is between 08:00-10:00 in the morning.
Guests who are adventurous (comfortable traveling in unfamiliar places) and are keen to explore South Africa to see the countryside can self-drive to Senalala, with the journey from Johannesburg taking approximately 6-7 hours, counting one or two stops along the way for something to eat or drink. We recommend guests not to leave Johannesburg later than 08:00 on the day of arrival should they wish to make the afternoon game drive.
The drive can be done in a sedan, as the road is asphalt (tarred) all the way from Johannesburg until the last 7km within the Klaserie, which is well maintained gravel.
It is IMPORTANT that after you enter the gate to the Park, you use the map provided by Senalala, as ALL navigation systems are are unable to comprehend the private internal roads.
GPS coordinates: 24° 11’57.3”S 31° 15’ 9.5”E
Health & Travel
Senalala is located in a low-risk malaria zone, so guests are advised to take appropriate prophylactics. It is also recommended that you consult your doctor/physician before travelling.
New Immigration Regulations For South Africa:
New regulations for travelling with children to South Africa has come into effect on 1 June, 2015. The South African Department of Home Affairs has recently published an “easy to follow” brochure giving all the requirements for parents travelling with children.
Please find access to the attached PDF file below, which outlines all you need to know about the new travel regulations. We hope this will be of value to all of our family guests, and we wish you all safe travels.
These new requirements include:
- Parents must produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child.
- Adoptive parents must provide proof of adoption by means of an adoption certificate.
Please ensure that you have the necessary documents when you embark on your travels to South Africa. For more information of these requirements you can view the New Immigration Regulations leaflet here.