Frequently Asked Questions

IS MALARIA A PROBLEM IN THE AREA?

Hluhluwe is regarded as a low risk area for malaria.  Only in the summer months between November to end of March one should take extra precautions against malaria.  Our suggestion is that you consult with your general practitioner to prescribe the necessary prophylactics.  Rooms are air-conditioned with ceiling fans to ensure your comfort.  Remember to bring anti-mosquito spray or lotion, especially in the evenings when most mosquito activity occurs.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE  HLUHLUWE AREA?

The weather in Zululand is generally warm throughout the year with minimum temperatures that varies between 13 – 15 C.  In the winter average day temperatures varies between 23 – 26 C.  The best weather for Hluhluwe is between April to September which is warm months with a low humidity.  Between November and March, the Summer months, it can become very hot and humid.  View Current Weather Feed and 7-Day Forecast for Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

DO I NEED A 4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLE TO TRAVEL TO THE LODGE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS?

No, the lodge is only 500 m of the National road (N2) and is accessible by a normal Sedan car.

The roads from Durban and Johannesburg are presently being upgraded and are safe and well maintained.

HOW FAR IS THE CLOSEST AIRPORT?

Durban International Airport – 2 hours’ drive and Richards Bay – 1 hour’s drive

MAY THE CHEETAH AND OTHER CATS BE TOUCHED?

All tours will be limited to the maximum of 60 visitors or limited to the availability of tour guides.  The total number of guests will be split into groups.  Groups not to exceed the total of 20 guests per group.

All visitors may enter the cat enclosures, with a guide, and get up-close to the cats.

At present we have hand reared animals in all four species. Interaction is possible, BUT please bear in mind these animals are still wild animals with a mind of its own.

Interaction is based on the cats mood – this is vital to keep in mind for interaction.

WHAT ABOUT CLOTHING?

Definitely casual wear for during the day (T-shirts and shorts).  Very light weight long trousers and long sleeve for the evenings. Sandals and a pair of light weight walking shoes. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen (high factor). Binoculars are a must and also, do not forget your camera to capture your special memories!

ARE TRANSFERS AVAILABLE?

Yes, transfers are available from Durban and Richards Bay airports. Prices on request.  This is done by a registered transfer company.

Information for Visitors to the Cheetah Project

Join us for an up close and personal tour and learn more about South Africa’s endangered wild cat species.  Come and be mesmerised by the beauty of the Caracal (Lynx), enchanted by the playful Serval, astonished by the speed and agility of the Cheetah and delighted by the African Wildcat.  View and photograph these amazing animals at the Emdoneni Cheetah Project.  We offer educational tours daily.  Feeding to the smaller cat species during the afternoon tour as well as an informative talk about the animals and the project by an experienced guide.  No cheetah feeding will be done for viewing.

Important notes – a must read! :

  • A small coffee shop is available at the project. Opening hours are 09:00 and 15:00 daily. Please adhere to the above times.  Unfortunately no visitors will be allowed at the main gate prior the above times.
  • All guests will be asked to sign an indemnity on issuing a ticket.
  • All tours will be limited to the maximum of 60 visitors or limited to the availability of tour guides. The total number of guests will be split into groups. Groups not to exceed the total of 20 guests per group.
  • All Adult visitors will be allowed to enter the cat enclosures, with a guide, to get up-close to the cats.
  • At present we have hand reared animals in all four species. Interaction is not allowed, BUT please bear in mind that these animals are still wild animals with a mind of its own.
  • NO interaction with cheetahs allowed.
  • All visitors enter all enclosures at their own risk.
  • NO sitting down or crunching down to take photos.
  • All long hair to be tied up.
  • NO Children under the age of 16 will be allowed into the cheetah enclosures, only Adults.
  • NO Go Pro or selfie sticks allowed.
  • NO sudden movements.
  • Should any visitor cause a disturbance to the cats or tour, they will be asked by the tour guide to leave the enclosures immediately and to wait at the coffee area.
  • Cats are unpredictable – even if tame!
  • Please follow the guide’s instructions at all times.
  • Please stay with the group while attending the show.
  • No running within the camps or outside the fences.
  • No loud noises of any kind.
  • Crying babies to be comforted at the waiting area, please.  This is not only a disturbance for other guests but for the cats as well.
  • All rabies inoculations are up to date and on record.
  • The above arrangements are for your own safety as well as four our cats.

Thank you for your co-operation with the above.

Tour Times:

Morning tour: 10h30 Daily

Afternoon tour :
(includes only feeding to the smaller cats, no cheetah feeding will be done for public viewing):

Summer: 16h30 Daily

Winter: 16h00 Daily (May to Aug)

Rates for cat tours :

1 November 2015 – 31 October 2016 :
R220,00 per adult
R110,00 per child u/12 years

1 November 2016 – 31 October 2017 :
R240,00 per adult
R120,00 per child u/12 years

Private tours to families or individuals are also an option, please contact the lodge directly on:  info@emdonenilodge.com

Should you wish to have a copy of the Cheetah Project brochure, please click on the below button.

On Arrival:

  • Guests need to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to commencement of the tour to obtain tickets from reception.
  • All guests will be required to sign an indemnity form at the front gate or/and at reception.
  • Guests are requested to wait at the waiting area close the cat enclosures, or at the coffee shop, and not to wander around the lodge area.  The lodge area is specifically for in-house guests please.
  • The guide will meet you, on time, to accompany you to the cat enclosures.
  • Soft drinks, water, coffee and tea and light snacks can be purchased at reception/waiting area while waiting.
  • We ask guests to respect the cats and not to make any loud noises or to run around the waiting area.

During the tour:

  • All visitors enter all enclosures at their own risk.
  • Please follow the guide’s instructions at all times.
  • NO interaction with the cheetahs allowed.
  • Please stay with the guide and group and do not attempt touching the cats through the fences.
  • Please do not lean on the fences.
  • Please remember that these animals are still wild animals although some of them appear tame.
  • Regrettably no children under 3 years of age are allowed into any of the enclosures. Viewing will take place from outside the fences and accompanied by the parents please.
  • No children under the age of 16 will be allowed into the cheetah enclosures.
  • Please no loud noises of any kind during the tour.
  • Crying babies to be comforted at the waiting area, please.  The crying sound is highly sensitive to the cats.
  • Please may we ask to change your mobile phone to silent mode during the duration of the tour.  Regrettably no conversations in and around the camps will be allowed.
  • Should the above not adhered to, the guides will either stop the tour or the person(s) to be asked to leave the tour immediately.
  • NO sitting down or crunching down to take photos.
  • All long hair to be tied up.
  • NO Go Pro or selfie sticks allowed.
  • NO sudden movements.
  • Should any visitor cause a disturbance to the cats or tour, they will be asked by the tour guide to leave the enclosures immediately and to wait at the coffee area.
  • No running within the camps or outside the fences.