The Limpopo Province in South Africa is home to some of the most magnificent and diverse wildlife and natural phenomena in the country. Gorgeous mountains run in sharp relief against azure skies and green fields. Lions and leopards roar into the sunsets as giraffe, zebra and warthog run freely across African plains. It is here, in this province, that TripStaySA has lodges based at the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate – a perfect spot to get away from it all and explore everything that the area has to offer, including the Kruger National Park. Here are just some of the activities and locations on offer:
The Kruger National Park
Orpen Gate, one of the many entrances into the world famous Kruger National Park is a mere 45 minutes scenic drive from our lodges on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. This impressive park boasts nearly two million hectares of unparalleled diversity of life alongside historical sights and archaeological sites. The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld and is home to an impressive number of species. Drive through this rich landscape and see if you can spot or recognise one of the following varieties or species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 32 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Horse Riding Safaris
Within the estate is African Dream Horse Safaris [http://www.africandreamhorsesafari.co.za/] where you can learn about working with horses and spend time in the bush on horseback. Your riding ability will be assessed and then you will be trained to ride in the bush, conduct horse trails and work the horses at the centre. You can even get involved in conservation on a Big 5 reserve. A completely unique and exciting experience, you can tailor your horse-riding adventure to suit your mood and capabilities.
Panorama Scenic Routes
The Panorama Route has an abundance of places to visit, famous for their stark natural beauty and history.
- The Three Rondawels – Shaped like traditional African beehive huts, these three huge pinnacles of rock rise up from the canyon floor, gloriously lit by the African sun.
- Blyde River Canyon – this is the third largest canyon in the world and spans a 25, 000 hectare reserve with lush vegetation and rich birdlife.
- Bourke’s Luck Potholes – Named after the gold digger Tom Burke, these giant potholes never once delivered an ounce of gold. This natural water feature is a site of historical significance and well worth a visit.
- God’s Window – If you are looking for a magnificent view, then look no further than this extraordinary place where you seem to look down over the whole world and, on a clear day, you can see Mozambique!
- The Pinnacle Rock – A towering monolith of quartzite, this natural formation soars above the dense forests on the R534.
- The Waterfall Route – Lisbon Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Vein Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls sit on the roads between Graskop and Sabie. These are all extraordinarily beautiful and well worth a visit.
Take a day or two to undertake your own personal adventure and try something new and different. Only 35km from the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate you can go fishing and boating on the Klaserie Dam, or you can take a game excursion on the Blydepoort Dam. Canoe trips are available on both the Blyde and Olifants rivers or you can take a game viewing cruise with sundowners along the Olifants River. Hoedspruit golf club is based only 10km away and the Hans Merensky Golf Club near Phalaborwa offers you a truly unusual experience on the edge of the Kruger National Park. Here the wildlife have the right of way…
Visit the Kruger National Park through Orpen Gate or the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project only 18km down the road. Close by the estate is the Mholoholo Rehab Centre, Swadini Snake Park, Silk Farm and Elephant Back Safaris.
Things to do
Things To Do
|African Dream Horse Safaris||Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate||084 300 1748||Visit Site|
|Energetix Gym||Town Central||015 793 0699|
|Offbeat Safaris Horse Trails||Jejane/Olifants Road||082 494 1735||Visit Site|
|Airborne African Adventures Flight School||Hoedspruit Central (Civil Airstrip)||078 417 6518|
|Camp Jabulani Elephant Back||Kapama Game Reserve||015 793 1265||Visit Site|
|Moholoholo Evening Game Drive or||Swadini Road||015 795 5684||Visit Site|
|Early Morning Walk|
|Leading Edge Flight School||Hoedspruit Central (Civil Airstrip)||083 400 1405||Visit Site|
|Tshukudu Breakfast & Morning Walk||R40||015 793 2476|
|Velocity Paintball||071 546 0164||Visit Site|
|Day walks in Blyde Canyon||Blydepoort Dam||015 795 5141||Visit Site|
|Franklyn Park||R531||015 793 2267||Visit Site|
|Fun Time Tours||Hoedspruit Town Central||082 325 6879||Visit Site|
|Game Drives||Hoedspruit Endangered Species,Centre, Kapama, R40||015 793 1633/015 793 1633||Visit Site|
|Godding & Godding Silk Farm||R531||082 808 9203||Visit Site|
|Giant Baobab & upside down restarant||Essex Road||082 332 7887|
|HAT Tours (Hlokomela Culteral Tou||R527||082 951 0048|
|Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre||R40||015 793 1633||Visit Site|
|Jessica The Hippo||R527 towards Lydenburg||015 795 5249||Visit Site|
|Khamai Reptile Park||R527||015 795 5203||Visit Site|
|Mafunyane Cultural Village||Orpen Road||083 512 4865|
|Mapusha Weaving Cooperative & Village Tours||Acornhoek||072 469 7060|
|Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre||R531||015 795 5236||Visit Site|
|Blyde Adventure Camp||Jonkmanspruit Rd, Blyde River||082 456 1086||Visit Site|
|Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre||Forever Resorts, Swadini||015 795 5961|
|Shindzela Walking Trails||Timbavati Private Nature Reserve||082 307 9493|
|Suncatchers Hot Air Balloons||Hoedspruit & Hazyview||087 806 2079||Visit Site|
|White Water Rafting- Mohlatsi Adventures||Jonkmanspruit Road||082 456 1086|
|African Summer Spa||Safari Junction||015 793 1895||Visit Site|
|Beauty Boutique||Kampersrus||072 524 4079|
|Franklyn Park Picnic Site||R531||015 793 2267||Visit Site|
|Hoedspruit Holistic Mobile Massage||Greater Hoedspruit||083 266 2226|
|Hoedspruit Holistic||Greater Hoedspruit||079 393 8803|
|Kapama River Lodge Spa||Kapama Reserve||015 793 8700||Visit Site|
|Senses Spa||Moriah Farm||072 552 4963|
|Therapeutic Reflexology||Will come to you||079 388 2196|
|Tranquility Spa||Hoedspruit Town Central||072 890 9131|
Places To Eat
Places To Eat
|The Hat & Creek – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit Town||015 793 1135|
|Sleepers- Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit||015 793 1014|
|Piri Piri & Sushi Bar – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner||Rock Fig Centre – Hoedspruit||015 001 7087|
|Spur – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner||Pick n Pay Centre – Hoedspruit||015 793 0559|
|KFC||Opposite Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate|
|Steers||Hoedspruit Town||015 793 0950|
|Carla La Pasta- Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit Town||015 793 0452|
|Kalemambo Indian – Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit Town||015 793 0079|
|Wimpy – Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit Town|
|The Safari Club – Lunch/Dinner||Hoedspruit Town||082 789 2608|
|Madhams Deli – Breakfast/Lunch||Leadwood Centre – Hoedspruit|
|Scoops – Breakfast/Lunch||Leadwood Centre – Hoedspruit|
|Afri Café – Lunch||Hoedspruit Town|
|Silk Farm- Lunch||R531||079 236 5600|
|Upside Down Restaurant (near Jessica the Hippo – Lunch)||R527||082 332 7887|
|The 3 Bridges||R40 Olifants River Bridge||079 912 9416|
|Eden Tea Garden & Nursery||073 403 8936|
|Jos Macs||015 793 2951|
|Ambri Africa||015 795 5107|