Useful information

  • Via scheduled flight & road transfer: Scheduled flights on SA Airlink or SA Express to nearby Nelspruit, Hoedspruit and Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. There are daily flights between these airports and Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Livingstone (Zambia) and Vilanculous (Mozambique).   At an additional cost, Mount Anderson Reservations office can assist with a direct road transfer from here (90 minutes – 3 hours) or a longer Panorama Road Tour taking in the tourist highlights of the area en-route.
  • Via helicopter: This scenic transfer between the airports listed above is highly recommended and can include a picnic lunch in the mountains overlooking the Blyde River Canyon. There is a helipad at the Golden Cottage. Please enquire for these heli-transfer rates.
  • Via private charter flight: into Lydenburg Airfield (1 hour flight from Johannesburg). Lydenburg Airfield is a 50-minute drive from Mount Anderson Water Reserve.
  • Via self drive /road transfer: Approximately 4 hours drive from Johannesburg, 3 hours from Kruger National Park (or the private game reserves on its border) and 90 minutes from Nelspruit. Longer ‘Panoroma Tours’ including highlights such as the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Potholes, God’s Window, and Pilgrims Rest are also available.  Please enquire with the Mount Anderson Reservations office to arrange all these road transfers at an extra cost.
  • Check-in 14h00 and check-out 11h00. Any variations on these times must be advised prior to the guests’ arrival at the reserve and are at the sole discretion of the manager.
  • Children under the age of 8 years old are not permitted.
  • Please inform our reservations office of any special dietary requirements and drinks preferences.
  • The climate over much of southern Africa is temperate. However, because Mount Anderson is located at high altitude, temperatures tend to be cooler than in most areas.
  • The summers are warm and winters are generally mild during the day but cold in the early morning and evenings.
  • The dress code is casual but a sweater is advisable throughout the year.
  • During the winter months (May to September), warm clothes are essential.
  • All water is guaranteed perfectly safe for drinking.
  • 220v A.C. current is available 24 hours per day.
  • Golden Cottage does not have a swimming pool, but the numerous clear ponds surrounding the cottage as well as the lakes on the property serve as natural swimming pools.
  • Accommodation for a bona fide tour leader, pilot, driver or guide is offered in B-grade accommodation. The reduced rate is solely for accommodation and meals. This rate does not include special activities available to full paying guests.
  • Currently charged at 14% and is included in the price of most goods, services and hotel accommodation.
  • Foreign tourists qualify for a VAT refund on items purchased and taken out of the country upon departure. However, no VAT refund may be claimed on goods consumed or services rendered and this includes hotel accommodation.
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Cameras and binoculars.
  • Summer: lightweight clothing but warm clothing for the evenings and game drives.
  • Winter: light clothing for daytime but very warm clothing, including insulated jackets, for the evenings and game drives.
  • Mount Anderson Water Reserve is situated in a malaria free area.
  • Should guests have any medical conditions, it is vital to advise the lodge beforehand upon making a reservation.
  • First Aid equipment available at the lodge and on the vehicles.
  • A doctor and hospital is available 40 minutes away in Lydenburg.
  • 24 hour back up medical and emergency service on hand.
  • Mobile phone coverage and wireless internet connectivity is available at Golden Cottage.
  • All guests will be required to fill in the standard indemnity forms upon arrival at Mount Anderson Water Reserve.
  • Reservations are fully inclusive of all activities, meals, snacks and beverages (local wines, beers and liqueurs).
  • No credit cards/cheques are accepted at the lodge, any extras (including gratuities) are to be settled prior to guest’s departure in cash (ZAR/USD/GBP).
  • It is advisable for all guests visiting South Africa to have at least 3 blank pages and 6 months validity on their passports.
  • Please enquire with your local South African Embassy if travel visas are required.
  • South African Authorities require that all children, under the age of 18, travelling with adults to / from South Africa, be in possession of their original unabridged birth certificate.
  • If not travelling with both parents and one parent, further consent in the form of an affidavit is required from that parent/s not accompanying the child.
  • For more information: The South African Department of Home Affairs, 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa); or your local South African Embassy.