Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs

Answers to our frequently asked questions

Membership and Costs

Lifetime membership costs a once off R1000 and the membership fee goes directly towards conservation and community projects supported by the Natural Selection Foundation.

No, they do not have to be members. Family and guests who are African residents can accompany Club members on the same itinerary at Explorers Rates if the Club member makes the booking and payment directly with us.

No, special Explorers rates and offers are only available for direct booking via the club concierge. Travel agents are able to offer SADC residents rates only.

Best Time to Travel

Club members can travel at any time of the year, however with the exception of last minute deals the best rates for our members are outside of the peak international travel period.
The international market is under the impression that June to October is simply the only time to visit Botswana and Namibia – but we know better! From November to May, these countries come alive. Yes, there will be a few afternoon rainstorms here and there, but the water turns the bush into a riot of green and the sunsets are spectacular. The wildlife in our areas is fantastic year-round, and in the green season, you’ll have the added benefit of seeing new-borns springing across the plains, multi-coloured migrant birds in all their glory, and in Botswana, the fabulous migration across the Makgadikgadi Pans. We have focused our best rates on this green season time as well as the shoulder months in Botswana and Namibia, but there is also availability in our high and peak season months.

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge, in South Africa, has its own seasonality taking into account the summer months and when it’s best for whale viewing.

The biggest savings can be enjoyed when you travel in our green season months that vary from country to country. The shoulder season months also offer great value with some good savings of up to 35%. Our high and peak season months are our busiest time – but there’s still a saving of up to 25% to be had for African residents who join the Explorers Club.

Best Time to Travel

Photography

Many photographers feel that the green season from November through to April is the best season for wildlife photography. With all the migratory birds in residence this is the prime time for bird photography. The increase in foliage during the green season leads to more appealing photography backgrounds and more importantly with the increase in available food comes the baby animals. The building thunderclouds in the afternoons add drama and interesting lighting to images, and in Botswana the spectacular zebra migration visible from the Makgadikgadi Pans takes place in the green season.

Traveling with Children

We encourage children of all ages to come on a Natural Selection safari! They must however always be accompanied by an adult when travelling.

Our child policies at our camps and lodges are as follows. 

In Botswana:  

  • Thamo Telele, Camp Kalahari, Jack’s Camp, San Camp, Meno a Kwena accept children of all ages. 
  • Sable Alley, Little Sable, Hyena Pan and Duke’s camp accept children 6 years and older. 
  • Skybeds only accepts children 15 years and older.

In Namibia: 

  • All our Namibia camps and lodges accept children of all ages.


In South Africa:

  • Lekkerwater Beach Lodge accepts children 6 years and older.

No not all our camps and lodges have family rooms (however most do!). Please confirm with your club concierge which have and which haven’t. And what your different sleeping options are.

Traveling with Children

Travel Suggestions

Botswana is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. So we would encourage that you get to experience it’s beauty in two ways. In the Delta and in the desert. So please ask your club concierge which of our camps in either, would be best tailor-made to your budget. We’d love to show you the best that Botswana has to offer so that you don’t miss out on any of the iconic Botswana experiences – after your first safari we guarantee, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Getting There

From South Africa we suggest you either fly in or self-drive to Maun. There are regular flights on SA Airlink directly from Cape Town and JHB to Maun. Once in Maun, you would either take a small plane to our camps and lodges, or we would transfer you by vehicle. At certain times of the year some of our camps are accessible by road, we can send you the map directions.

To get to our Namibia camps and lodges from South Africa, you can either fly directly to Windhoek from Cape Town or JHB (there are regular flights). Or you can self-drive. Because Namibia is such a large and vast country, please keep driving times and distances in mind. We do have route maps available to and from our lodges. Please remember only 4×4 vehicles may be used.

De Hoop Nature Reserve is located halfway between Cape Town and George / Knysna.  The drive to Lekkerwater Beach Lodge takes around 3 hours 45 minutes from Cape Town via Caledon & Bredasdorp and around 4 hours from George, depending on the time of day and the traffic. Please aim to arrive at the Lekkerwater car park, 6km inland from the lodge, at around 14:00. Please add time for meal stops & refuelling. Bredasdorp or Swellendam are your last refuelling opportunities.

 

The last 57km to the Lekkerwater car park is on gravel roads and the condition of this road varies depending on the weather. The lodge car park is accessible by regular vehicles but please ensure that you drive slowly on the dirt roads. This road is not suitable for low clearance vehicles or sports cars. You will be met at the Lekkerwater car park and transferred to the Lodge in our 4×4 vehicle. Due to the condition of the road from the car park and the parking constraints at the lodge, guest vehicles are not permitted to travel directly to the lodge.

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