Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

Wildlife activities such as the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project, Mholoholo Wldlife Rehabilitation Centre, Swadini Snake Park, Kapama elephant back safaris, hot air ballooning, Jessica the hippo, the silk farm and much more! The famous Panorama route incl. Three Rondavels, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, World’s View, The Pinnacle, Lisbon/ Berlin Falls and Graskop Gorge. Lots of quaint gift shops and restaurants on the way. Fishing & boating facilities are available on the Klaserie dam and the Blydepoort dam offers game viewing excursions, white river rafting on Blyde river or in the Olifant’s gorge [Abel Erasmus pass]. Book a sundowner’s cruise on the Olifants river while viewing wildlife.For golf, visit the Hoedspruit Drakensig golf club [9-hole] – this club overlooks the Drakensberg mountains. The Hans Merensky golf course [18-hole] is situated on the edge of Kruger Park – here animals have the right of way.  Next to the entrance to the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate our guests can do their purhases at  Pick & Pay, butchery, chemist, liquor shop, restaurants, a day-spa [pedicure, nail bar and skin care] with coffee shop, sushi bar and tourist information.

We offer a ‘tuc-tuc’ scooter shuttle service to provide transport [at an additional fee] to and from the shops – this way you will view wildlife in a somewhat different style – another bush experience! No cleaning services, but this can be pre-booked at an additional fee.  On the estate`s various drive routes you may go view dams, from elevated bird watching hide outs, where animals and birds quench their thirst. Roaming freely are impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, warthog, eland, wildebeest, waterbuck [to name a few] and 170+ bird species. We sometimes encounter hyena, leopard, lion and wild dogs, making your visit even more excited and with ample opportunity for good photos.

In the Limpopo province, known for extreme heat,  cold weather can also be expected at any time with chilly evenings. Please use sunscreen to protect your body against the severe African sun. Hoedspruit and Kruger are malaria areas in summer months only [we suggest guests make use of anti-mosquito lotions and citronella candles when sitting outside at night. Arrival 14:00; departure 10:00. Speed limit strictly enforced at 30km/hr. Enjoy the wildlife and laid-back [s]low-veld living!

NO noise or parties allowed – this is enforced by management and guests who do not adhere will be escorted out of the reserve. No motor– or quad bikes allowed in the estate [bikes on trailers included]. Our management team on the estate is on standby to ensure you have a memorable holiday. Please feel free to contact us for some bush-talk should you need information, suggestions or  advice. We offer a shuttle service from the Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit airports at an additional charge.

 

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Horse Safaris

While you are with us you will learn about working with horses as well as spend time in the bush acquiring the knowledge of the South African bush. There are no set dates so one can join us at any time. Depending on your riding ability you will be trained to ride in the bush, conduct horse trails, and work the horses at the centre as well as be involved in conservation on a Big 5 reserve. African Dream Horse Safaris is a totally unique project with opportunities and features that differ greatly from other horse safari volunteer work, experience projects and internship venues that you’ll find in South Africa, with an emphasis on having fun.

The program is designed for groups of up to nine students interested in learning more about an equestrian centre and the management thereof, including all aspects such as understanding the correct way to ride, handling of horses, general horse care, basic yard and equipment, safety, instruction, schooling, basic veterinary, riding skills both in the wildlife and in an arena, horse behaviour, natural horsemanship and horse trails in combination with a unique nature experience, with an emphasis on conservation, including nature guiding in the natural environment, basic knowledge of ecosystems, identification, tracks and signs, animal behaviour and so much more.

The program exposes one to all the aspects of managing an equestrian centre, and includes both practical and theory. Students however will not be expected to maintain the centre, so if mucking out a stable is not your thing, then don’t despair. Rather, emphasis is placed on learning in a relaxed and fun filled environment, and is available to both experienced riders and novices alike. If you have never ridden a horse before but would like to learn, African Dream Horse Safaris is the place to visit.

Contact 084 300 1748

 

Panorama scenic routes include

  • Three Rondavels
  • Blyde River Canyon [third largest canyon in the world] 55km
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • God’s Window
  • World’s View
  • The Pinnacle
  • Lisbon Falls / Berlin Falls
  • Graskop Gorge / Sabie Town
  • Mac-Mac Pools / Mac-Mac Falls
  • Horseshoe Falls / Bridal Veil Falls
  • Lone Creek Falls 173 km
  • Romantic old world Pilgrim’s Rest [one of the first mining towns]

Fishing and boating on the Klaserie Dam 35km
Blydepoort dam: game viewing excursions 35km
Canoe trips on the Blyde and Olifants rivers
River rafting excursions on Blyde river
Scenic game view and sundowners’ boat cruise [Olifants river] 40km
Golfing Hoedspruit Drakensig Golf Club [9-hole] overlooking picturesque Drakensberg Mountains   10km
Hans Merensky Golf Club [18 hole] Phalaborwa on the edge of Kruger where wildlife have the right of way  80km

Day  Trips

Kruger Park’s Orpen Gate 70km
Hoedspruit cheetah project 18km
Mholoholo Rapture Rehab Centre 28km
Swadini Snake Park 16km
Silk Farm 20km
Elephant Back Safaris [Kapama Reserve] 10kmphalaborwa-101

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