Here's a handy guide to the top attractions in the Hoedspruit area:
Kruger National Park
Book a guided tour, or self-drive through the world-famous Kruger National Park. Home to the Big 5, Little 5 and Birding Big 6, you can take day trips or stay overnight at various different camps throughout the park. There are different camps to stop at for souvenirs and refreshment throughout. Self-drive or guided (on request).
African Dream Horse Safari
Whether you’re a bird watcher, animal lover or just here for the ride, a horseback trail through Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is the perfect way to experience the bush in its most natural form. It is a special experience having encounters with any of the wildlife species that are found. All levels of riders are welcome.
Daily walks offer the opportunity to experience Tshukudu on foot. Bush walks provide an opportunity for nature lovers to experience wildlife up close. Each bush walk is led by a highly qualified, enthusiastic guide and guests are sometimes accompanied on walks by some of the rehabilitated cheetahs there.
Situated at the entrance to Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, Africology Spa offers a luxury holistic spa experience. Full skin and body care available, using completely natural products that captured the intelligence of nature. Enjoy a relaxing facial or massage, treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure and browse their range of products.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah conservation is one of the core disciplines. You can take an in-depth tour of the centre, and safari vehicles move between the various enclosures, enabling sightings of cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, rhinos and many more.
A 20-minute drive from Hoedspruit takes you to the base of the Drakensberg Mountains. This is the start of a 15-minute hike through indigenous forest before reaching the first of three waterfalls. Here one can simply relax in beautiful surroundings, or jump off the rocks and swim in the pool below the falls. For those with more energy, hiking up-stream reveals two more waterfalls. Self-drive or guided (on request).
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre contributes to the conservation of endangered species and the rehabilitation of injured and poisoned wildlife. Day visitors are taken on a very educational tour of the centre, and can interact with various species of the rehabilitated wildlife.
Blyde River Boat Cruises
Enjoy the splendour of the largest ‘green’ canyon in the world due to its lush subtropical foliage. An interpretation tour by tour guide will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the history of the canyon.
Kinyonga Reptile Park
The standard tour offers a presentation and walk through the centre to view the fascinating animals. The interactive tour is designed to allow for a unique experience where you will be given the opportunity to touch, hold, feed and take really great photos of the wonderful reptiles and arachnids.
Blyde Adventure Centre
Situated in the mountains, this adventure centre offers thrill-seeker activities such as paintball, quad biking, guided hiking trails, and rock climbing as well as tubing and kayaking activities on the Blyde River. Weather conditions and seasons can affect availability.
Wild Skies Aviation
When passion for adventure, aviation and wildlife enthusiasm meet, you get a top-notch qualified helicopter service. Take a scenic flight through the Blyde River canyon, and over the mountaintop to Bourkes Potholes. View Hoedspruit's citrus groves and the game reserves from a different view; from the air!
Every good weather morning at sunrise, balloons depart from the launch site near Hoedspruit. Offering one-hour long flights over the scenic Blyde River, these are experiences to last a lifetime. You can enjoy a coffee and rusks before launching, and if requested, a champagne breakfast tailor-made to you.
Inyoka Art Gallery
An association of artists. The gallery features the work of people living, working and creating in and around Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Run by the community, for the community, most of the work shown on their website is for sale. Open daily from 08h30 to 16h00.
Timbavati is a 65, 000-hectare reserve alongside the Kruger's central section. The Umlani provides an authentic bush experience. Timbavati offers close wildlife experiences.
Camp Jabulani is an "island" Big 5 reserve. As such, it's entirely fenced and included predominantly for those interested in an elephant-back safari.
Kapama Private Game Reserve
Day visitors can enjoy guided bush walks or game drives and as this is a Big 5 reserve, seeing lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo is possible. Accompanied by a skilled ranger and tracker, guests could encounter diverse ranges of animal and bird species
Jessica The Hippo"
Staff at Jessica’s Place will show you a video about Jessica and her history of how she was found. You will then be moved down to the raft and feed Jessica the snack of the day. Visitors will then give her a back rub with their feet and just relax for a while.
The Baobab Upside Down Restaurant
Africa is symbolised by these magnificent trees. When baobabs become a thousand years old, they begin to hollow inside. Enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and walk around the trees, one of which is upturned and relax at the restaurant serving refreshing drinks and amazing pancakes!
Golf in Skukuza
The Skukuza Golf Course is situated on the outskirts of Skukuza Rest Camp. The rich wildlife sanctuary surrounding the golf course is home to the Big 5, a huge variety of birds and countless animals, which all conspire to provide the visitor with a harmonious, close-to-nature golfing experience.
The course is a Par 72, and is 5 831m (6 450 yards) for men and 4 950m (5 480 yards) for women.
The magnificent Panorama Route includes Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, The Big Swing, 3 Rondavels and God’s Window. The Route is best known for its cultural heritage and its dramatic landscapes. One of the country's most scenic self-drives, in these rugged mountains, the plateau falls steeply away into the lowveld, offering incredible views out over the grasslands. Self-Drive or Guided (On Request)