Guest Guide

Afternoon game drives depart 16h00 (May-August) and 17h00 (September-April)
Water, coldrinks and snacks are provided during drives as well as blankets and warm water bottles when needed.

Credit Cards

Master Card and Visa are accepted in Rands at all our camps.

Cheque Payments

Cheques are not accepted at any of the Camps.


The Northern Cape is a Malaria free area.

Catering Requirements

Please inform our reservations department upon reservation of any special dietary requirements. Dinner and breakfast are served as buffet style menus which rotate daily.
Please also advise us if any guests who will be celebrating a birthday or special occasion which you may want us to be aware of.

Drinking Water

All water in the camp is filtered to the highest standards and is guaranteed perfectly safe for drinking.

Power Supply

220v A.C. current is available 24 hours per day.

Dress code

The dress code is casual but neutral colours are recommended on game drives. A sweater may be required at any time, whilst during the winter months (May to August) very warm clothes including a windbreaker (anorak) are essential. Please note, we do request that gentlemen wear long pants to dinner in the evenings.

What To Take:

  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sun-glasses, sun screen.
  • Cameras and binoculars.
  • Summer: lightweight clothing and swim wear, warm clothing for game drives.
  • Winter: light clothing for daytime, very warm insulated jackets for game drives.

The Weather

A sunny area most of the year.

Mattanu is situated in a semi arid area with predominantly Camel thorn (acacia erealoba) trees and Kalahari savannah vegetation.
November – March can unleash majestic, rolling thunderstorms with an annual rainfall of between 425 and 500mm. Booming across the wide plains, they threaten to shred the sky’s dark curtain, their mighty bolts of lightning mercilessly stabbing the earth. Fading swiftly, they melt back into a quiet, cobalt sky. The Northern Cape’s weather is typical of desert and semi desert areas.

Afternoon temperatures are usually between 33-36° Celsius. In 1939, at Goodhouse on the Orange River, an all-time high of 47.8° was recorded! Though somewhat unusual, summer temperatures do sometimes top the 40° mark. Winter days are warm - the onset of night bringing dew and frost to supplement our rainfall. Our winter temperatures can drop down to -7, but minimum average day temperatures seldom drop below 15 degrees C.

In general, though, take it that you’ll enjoy hot summer days, warm company and chilly nights.

Mattanu game lodge in the Kimberley area offers 4 star accommodation near the well know Big Hole.  Book you luxury accommdation in Kimberley, Northern Cape today in one of Mattanu's luxury safaris tents, log cabin or luxurious Chalet.  Mattanu is situated in the Kimberley area +/- 60 kilometres from the city & approximately 160 kilometres from the Mokala National Park.  When you stay at Mattanu Private Game Reserve, you can also visit Mokala National Park as it's within driving distance for a day visit.  Mattanu is also situated close to Kuruman, Danielskuil , Lime Acres, Kimberley & Jan Kempdorp & Hartswater.  Visitors to Mattanu is also within driving distance from the Taung Skull site, Boesmansgat and enroute to Upington, the Kalahari & Witsand Private Nature Reserve.  Mattanu is situated approximately 260 kilometres from Witsand Nature Reserve and 420 kilometres from Upington.  The Kriek Helicopters & Mattanu private helistop at the Kimberley Big Hole can be used for transfers to Mattanu, site visits in the Northern Cape or Tourism helicopter flight around Kimberley.  The activities at Mattanu Private Game Reserve in the Kimberley area includes:  Quad bike safaris & game viewing, game viewing in the form of game drives, helicopter bushveld dinner tours, helicopters flights & charter, game capture tours, fly-fishing tours, helicopter fly fishing tours and Spitskop dam helicopter tours all from this 4 star private game reserve