Wild Africa at Your Fingertips……
A river boat adventure awaits, Enjoy the natural scenes, We are geared for a river adventure
Boat cruise with a difference!Jumbo River Safaris is a boat that cruises on the Olifants river which has both braai and toilet facilities on the boat. The boat drives past the Klaserie which is the largest privately owned game reserve in the world. The Klaserie is open to both theTimbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park with no fences separating them. Tourists are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets with snacks and drinks on the boat. We will provide the fire for those who wish to experience a traditional South African braai on the boat in the comfort of the African bushveld while enjoying the sighting of hippos, crocodiles, waterbuck, rhino, elephant, buffalo and many more. The lowveld region, where the cruise takes place, enjoys the highest winter temperatures in South Africa ranging from 11°C at night to 25°C during the day with very little rainfall during the winter months. April to October is these regions dry months in which you will find many animals at the rivers and water holes. During summer the average temperatures vary from 20°C to 47°C with occasional heavy rainfall. November until March is also this regions green season due to the heavy rainfall in which the bush is lush and you will be able to see many newborns.
Air Charter -It’s an experience most people can only dream of.Experience wild Africa from the sky in a 2 seater Skyjeep Aeroplane. Fly over the biggest open pit in Africa and even through the Blyde River Canyon with Willie van der Walt as your pilot (trusted pilot with over 30 years flying experience)
Guest House -Hidden jewel just 2km from the Kruger National ParkThe house has four bedrooms with two bathrooms (one en-suite) with a dining room, living room and a patio with a built-in braai (barbeque). The kitchen is fully equipped. House is equipped with six air conditioners to help guests to adapt to the SA summer heat. All rooms are equipped with TV’s and shared DSTV. Linen and towels are provided. There is covered parking for your vehicle and the house has an alarm installed for extra security.
Chalet -for the really wild at heart!This self-catering chalet provides the ultimate wildlife experience since there is no electricity facilities. Warm water is available through a gas geyser. Guests have to bring their own towels as only linen will be provided. Chalet is available at R250 pp per night. With a maximum of 4 people.
Cruise lasts about three hours with departures at 8am,12noon and 3.30pm dependent on bookings and availability.
Five to forty people will be comfortable.
Comfy clothes, hat and sun screen.
Bring along a camera if you enjoy wildlife photography.
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We offer a 3 hour boat cruise on the Olifants river where you can enjoy the ultimate wildlife experience like only Africa can provide. Groups of between 4 and 35 people can be accommodated on the raft. Bring your braai packs and your picnic baskets and drinks while we provide the fire for a traditional South African braai in the comfort of the South African bushveld. Enjoy the boat cruise for only R200 pp or book an exclusive booking at only R2 000 per trip.
Microlight and light four seater aircraft trips can also be arranged over the largest open pit in Africa as well as the Blyde River Canyon. Too see wild Africa from the sky, low-level, is something not to be missed.
If in need of accomodation we also have the Jumbo Guest House available in town. The guest house is 2km from the Phalaborwa gate to the Kruger National Park. The house has four bedrooms with two bathrooms (one en-suite) with a dining room, living room and a patio with a built-in braai (barbeque). Kitchen is fully equipped and house is equipped with six airconditioners to help guests to adapt to the Phalaborwa summer heat. All rooms are equipped with TV’s and shared DSTV. Linen and towels are provided. Guest house is fenced with covered parking . The house also has a alarm installed for that bit of extra security.
For the wild at heart we also have a self catering chalet in the African Bushveld available at R250 pppn. The chalet provides the ultimate African experience since there is no electricity. Warm water for shower and bathing purposes is available through a gas geyser. Guests has to bring their own towels as only linen will be provided. This is a experience not to miss!
Willie van der Walt started this business in 1995 on a small boat that could only accommodate six people. On a visit to the Victoria Falls, he experienced a river cruise on the Zambezi. This experience encouraged him to build a bigger boat that could accommodate up to 35 people. And from this Jumbo River Safaris was born.
Jumbo River Safaris is a boat that cruises on the Olifants river(south of Phalaborwa better known as the town of two summers) which has both braai and toilet facilities onboard.
The boat drives past the Klaserie which is the largest privately owned game reserve in the world. The Klaserie is open to both theTimbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park with no fences separating them.
Tourists are welcome to bring their own picnic baskets with snacks and drinks on the boat. We will provide the fire for those who wish to experience a traditional South African braai on the boat in the comfort of the African bushveld.
The lowveld region, where the cruise takes place, enjoys the highest winter temperatures in South Africa ranging from 11°C at night to 25°C during the day with very little rainfall during the winter months. April to October is this regions dry months in which you will find many animals at the rivers and water holes.
During summer the average temperatures vary from 20°C to 49°C with occasional heavy rainfall. November untill March is also this regions green season due to the heavy rainfall in which the bush is lush and you will be able to see many newborns.
This part of the lowveld also forms part of the intermediate malaria risk area.
Malaria -what a tourist need to know….
What Is Malaria?
Malaria is a disease caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium. This disease is transmitted from man to man by mosquitoes. An area is classified as malarial when more than 5% present of the population for that area carries the parasite. It is a well-known fact that malaria is one of the most serious tropical diseases in the world but unfortunately also very common.
In Southern Africa the high areas for getting Malaria is the Tropic and Subtropics areas. In South Africa the risk is higher during and after the rainy seasons than the rest of the year. The Kruger National Park and its adjacent reserves, Mpumalanga and the Lowveld areas of the Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces are high areas between October–May, and low in June–September. Most people contract Malaria between February and May.
How Can I Prevent Malaria
• It is most important to note that no preventative measures are 100% safe.
• There is no reason why this disease should deter you from coming to the Kruger National Park if the necessary precautions are taken. Please note that if precautions are not taken and/or if the disease is not diagnosed and treated early, malaria is potentially fatal.
• Avoid going outdoors between sunset and sunrise as mosquitoes feed in the early evening and mornings.
• If you do go out at those times, wear long pants that cover your ankles and long-sleeved shirts. Make sure that they are made of strong material and are light in colour. Mosquitoes can bite through thin materials.
• Insect repellent should be applied to exposed skin. Repellents containing (DEET) are the best to use, of which they are only effective for up to 6-8 hours.
• Stay away from stagnant pools as that is where mosquitoes like to breed.
• Use insecticide aerosols, coils or electrically heated insecticide tablets for mosquitoes that are in your rooms. It’s best to spray before sunset.
• Sleep under a good quality mosquito net. Babies should always be protected by mosquito nets over their cots.
• The best would be to take Malaria tablets (Prophylaxis, Doxycycline or a combination of Chloroquin & Paludrine).
• Even if you have had Malaria before, you are still at risk at getting it again.
The Best And Most Thoroughly Applied Repellents Are Not Always Able To Prevent A Mosquito From Penetrating Your Skin.
Malaria in Pregnancy, Infants, Small Children and Other Special Cases
Despite the fact that the South African National Department of Health recommends that pregnant women should preferably not visit a malaria area, many pregnant women do visit a malaria area and even live in the Kruger National Park. Extra care for preventing mosquito bites should be taken as malaria in pregnancy holds an increase in risk for both mother and child.
• It is safe to use Chloroquin and Paludrine in pregnancy, even in the first three months of pregnancy.
• Mefloquin and Doxycycline must not be used in pregnancy.
• Because malaria has a faster and harsher effect in infants and small children, extra care should be taken to prevent mosquito bites.
• Take chloroquin syrup weekly and paludrine tablets daily in dosages according to age and weight – the appropriate dosage can be obtained from your general practitioner or chemist.
• Drug transfer in breast milk is insignificant and infants require full preventative medication.
• It is important to take the medication during and for four weeks after leaving the malaria area.
• The following people should, if possible, avoid visiting malaria areas -or take extra precaution in preventing mosquito bites:
• Cancer patients on chemotherapy or people on long term steroid therapy
• People whose spleen have been removed
• People with full blown aids – it is not contraindicated for an HIV positive person to visit a malaria area.
• People suffering from porphyria must not use Doxycycline. In this case, the combination of Chloroquin and Paludrine is probably safe to use. The safety of Mefloquine in porphyria has not been established.
• People with epilepsy should take care when using Chloroquin. Mefloquin is contraindicated in epilepsy.
• Pilots and mountaineers should not take Mefloquin as it could impair balance.
Common Symptoms of Malaria!!
The most common symptoms of Malaria are those which mimic flue. Some of the symptoms are: Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrea, muscle & joint pains, shivering attacks & headaches. The symptoms may be continuous or disappear, then to return again. If you developed these symptoms between 7 – 20 days or 3-6 months after visiting a malaria area, you must consult your medical practitioner immediately, and have a blood test done, from the start of the symptoms. Pregnant woman and young children are practically prone to complications and if untreated, can die within 24-48 hours.
Ensure a safe and care-free stay in the endemic Malaria area CALL THE 24 HOUR PHONE-IN LINE 082-234-1800 for information about the current Malaria status, prevention, prophylaxis, symptoms and signs
Are Some People More At Risk Than Others?
Pregnant women, children under the age of five years, elderly people, and sickly people and transplant patients are more at risk. These people should take particular care to avoid contracting malaria.
Nearest town(s): Phalaborwa
12 Drommedaris Street, Phalaborwa, 1389, South Africa
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