Activities and Attractions in and around Hoedspruit & Lowveld

Kruger National Park Safaris
The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s oldest and largest National Parks.  At least 147 mammals species, 507 bird, 336 trees, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34    amphibians have been recorded in Kruger, which is about 20 000 sq km – the size of Wales. Day trips or overnight trips can be arranged.

Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route)
The Panorama Route is one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa, and is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes.  One of the major highlights is the Blyde River Canyon, home to spectacular wildlife, birdlife and plant-life and some of the best views in the country.  The Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon of its kind in the world, and from many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at Bourkes Luck Potholes and ends at the Three Rondavels.  The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion.  The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris.  Other highlights include the exquisite waterfalls in Graskop and Sabie, and the scenic view of God’s Window and The Pinnacle.

Blyde River Boat Trip
There is no better way to enjoy every aspect of the Blyde River Canyon than to join us on a boat trip. Sit back and relax, as this is the closest you will get to the rare Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the Three Rondavels in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon. Look out for the large diversity of wildlife, including fish and antelope species, hippos and crocodiles, and a diversity of birdlife such as the African fish eagle and African Finfoot.

Modjadji Cycad Reserve
This beautiful hillside reserve contains the largest concentration of a single species of cycads in the world. A small museum in the Reserve is dedicated to the ancestors of the Rain Queen, who still lives in protected isolation in the area.

Big Baobab
The inside of this gnarled and ancient giant Baobab tree has been cleverly converted into a bar! Refreshments can be enjoyed here.

Cheetah Breeding Project & Animal Rehabilitation Centres
Wildlife is brought to these centres from all corners of South Africa, and once healthy enough are re-introduced into their natural environments. Those creatures who cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature and extent of their injuries, are cared for at the centres and are used for educational purposes. Another important function of these centres, are the breeding of endangered species.  Here one has the chance to observe a wide range of magnificent species close-up.

Reptile Park
Here you are introduced to the world of reptiles by seeing and interacting.  You’ll be taken on a journey of discovery and learning that you will enjoy and never forget.

Hot Air Balloon Safari over Pristine “Big 5” Country
For a peaceful aerial perspective on the bush at sunrise, experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight over the private nature reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park, or over the Lowveld section of the Blyde River.

Microlight Flights
Scenic flights in a microlight over the Hoedspruit or Phalaborwa area are available, flying over the largest open pit in Africa or to the 3rd largest canyon in the world, The Blyde River Canyon. Flights are offered to allow you to experience flying in a microlight or to view the Big 5 from above.

Game Drives
Early morning or sunset game drives can be arranged accompanied by a professional ranger and tracker with the hopes of seeing a wide variety of animals.  Game drives are conducted from an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle.  Dinner or breakfast can be arranged.

Walking Safaris
Visitors are invited to get some African soil under their feet with a bush walk. This allows them to explore the environment with their ranger, learn about curative properties of plants and identify animals from their footprints and dung.

Elephant Back Safaris
Share in the ultimate African experience.  View tree tops, birds’ nests and giraffe almost face to face.  Sail high above the Bushveld and feel part of the environment, instead of being just a passive observer.  On elephant back, one is truly an integral part of the experience.

Horse Riding Safaris
The joy of riding a fine responsive horse through the African bush alongside a herd of impala or sitting in the saddle under the lofty stare of a giraffe bull is an exciting and memorable event.

Photographic Safaris
A unique opportunity to capture the beauty of Africa through a lens, in a country and area world renowned for its photographic prospects.  Your guide will introduce you to the Lowveld’s most breathtaking wildlife and scenery.

Golf
The Kruger National Park and its surrounds are unique in offering visitors the opportunity to combine a love of the outdoors with a passion for golf. The Skukuza Golf Course is a magnificent 9-hole (18-tee) course situated within the world-renowned on the outskirts of Skukuza Rest Camp. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious close-to-nature golfing experience.
Hans Merensky Country Club is an 18-hole course, and encompasses a vast area of indigenous bush interspersed with tranquil pools and velvet greens. The Hans Merensky Course is adjacent to the Kruger and enjoys frequent non-human visitors from the Park, which stretches along the entire length of the Estate's eastern boundary. Crocodile and hippo add spice to the normal "hazards" of a good game of golf.

Arts, Crafts & Cultural Village Tours
On the arts and crafts front, Limpopo is renowned for impeccable sculptors, potters, embroiders and bead artists which one can visit in their area. The village is not only a tourism business but also a village built by Limpopo people as their home and anyone interested in their culture. The activities in the village include traditional dances and learning about Limpopo cultural knowledge such as cooking, performing arts through practice etc.

Adventure Activities

White-water rafting
Quad biking: This guided quad biking adventure takes you on a specially made quad biking trail through indigenous forests
Abseiling
Kloofing:  Explore, float and swim down sections of calm, peaceful water as well as experience bum sliding, rock hopping, hiking and waterfall jumping into breathtaking pools.  Not for the faint hearted!
Gecko-tubing: This adventure takes you through tranquil crystal clear waters with breath taking views as well as through some roaring white water rapids.
Paint ball
Canopy tour: Experience the thrill of sliding through the forest on a 2½ hour Tarzan & Jane style adventure

Health & Wellness
Exquisitely nestled in the African bush is a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul. The peace and tranquility is the perfect background for relaxation and rejuvenation, and exotic treatments with tried and trusted skincare and body products with talented and experienced beauty therapists.

 

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