Frequently Asked Questions

What is the climate at Tandweni Villa?

We often jokingly say that this region has only two seasons: summer and hell! During summer (December to March), the temperature ranges from 20°C to highs of 40°C. This is also traditionally the rainy season. From April to June, expect temperatures of 15°C to 30°C. July and August are mild, with lows of 10°C and highs of 25°C. The evenings can be cool during our ‘winter’ (April to September) so pack accordingly for evenings around the fire pit.  From September to November, the temperature ranges from 15°C to 25°C. Sun hats and sun cream are a must at any time of year.

Electricity and WiFi at Tandweni Villa

Should there be any load shedding or power outages during your stay, we have a large generator which is able to run the lights and fridges in the villa. We also have battery rechargeable lights and lanterns for you to use.

WiFi is available.


TV and DSTV are provided. Kindly note that the main TV in the lounge offers the full DSTV bouquet, while the decoder in the main bedroom offers a limited Hotel DSTV bouquet.

What malaria precautions are required?

Pongola Game Reserve is regarded as a low-risk area and only non-drug measures are recommended. Insect repellent is provided, but we recommend bringing your own if you have a preferred brand.

Pool safety

It is import to note that diving is not allowed as the pool is extremely shallow. Should you require a pool net, this can be installed prior to your arrival.

Babysitting and baby equipment

Two cots are provided. Babysitting is available on request.

Drinking water

Please note that all tap water is drawn from the property’s borehole so, while it is fine for brushing your teeth, it is not suitable for drinking. Purified drinking water can be dispensed from the small tap located in the kitchen.

Housekeeping and laundry

Our housekeeping team will carry out general cleaning and other duties. The cleaning times are 08h00 to 12h00 and15h00 to 18h00.

Should you require any laundry and ironing, a charge of R50 per full load and R25 per half load will apply.

Swimming towels are provided and can be found in the sun room.

Is the kitchen fully equipped?

Tandweni Villa has a fully equipped kitchen with all the necessary cooking equipment, including a stove, airfryer, ice machine, coffee machine, pots and pans and a purified drinking water system.

Are there nearby medical facilities?

Ubombo Bethesda Hospital +27 355953100 (35km)

Pongola Hospital +27 344131372 (50km)

Pongola Medical Centre +27 344131424 (50km)

Dr Sutherland, Mkuze +27 355731016 (20km)

Private chef for self-catering guests

Self-catering guests can arrange to have our private chef prepare your meals for an additional charge. We’ll gladly email you sample menus for inspiration.

Fishing equipment

We supply the rods and tackle. However, we do recommend that avid fishermen bring along their own equipment.

Local amenities

Mkuze is a 20 kilometre drive away and has a petrol station, as well as a Spar and Shoprite for basic supplies. Pongola is 50 kilometres away with a Pick n’ Pay and OK Grocer.

Walking, running and cycling at Tandweni Villa

Our grass airstrip is ideal for an early morning stroll. However, as this is located outside the main gate of the property, please notify one of our guides before doing so and be aware of your surroundings throughout.

A 3.5-kilometre running trail along the outer ring of the electric fencing is popular with guests. Once again, please ensure that you notify a member of staff before venturing out.

A 15 to 20 kilometre scenic cycle from Tandweni to Nkwazi Lake Lodge is a popular activity. Please use only the dirt road and beware of roaming elephant, buffalo and rhino. Meet up with other members of your party for lunch or a drink on the deck overlooking Lake Jozini and the Pongola River. Please call +27 34 435 1123 24 hours prior to your arrival to book.

Entertainment at Tandweni Villa

Please enjoy our extensive library of books, board games and puzzles which can be found in the large cabinet in the lounge.

Sandpit toys and equipment for lawn games – such as cricket and boules – are provided.

The table in the sun room converts into a table tennis table.

A dart board is available for adults.

Nearby attractions

Manyoni Game drive

Big 5 Reserve

Distance – 19km (North Gate)

Ivor from Luleka Safaris will meet you at the Manyoni Reserve gate and take you on a three to four hour drive with a coffee break. Price: R980/adult & R500/child Cell: +27 7450 82480


Elephant Interaction

Bayete Zulu

Distance 46km

There are daily interactions at 11am with habituated elephants Rambo and Rachel. Bookings are essential.

Contact number +27 035 595 8089

Price R580 / adults and R310 / child


Mkhuze Game Reserve

Self-drive day trip

Distance 33km

Mkhuze is world-renowned for its birding with over 400 species, a beautiful guided fig forest walk and lovely hides. A day trip with a picnic at Nsumo Pan is highly recommended.

Gate times:

Summer 05:00 – 19:00 (Nov-February)

Winter 06:00 – 18:00 (March – October)


Jozini Dam Wall

Scenic Drive

Distance – 28km

A beautiful scenic drive up the Lebombo pass through Mozini town to the dam wall. Well worth the trip with a lunch stop at Tiger Lodge.


Tembe Elephant Park – 94 km

Ndumo Game Reserve – 98km

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