Tshukudu Game Lodge
Tshukudu Private Game Reserve borders the world renown Greater Kruger National Park and combines home comforts with the exciting Big 5 safari experience (Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo). The lodge has magnificent views of the Drakensberg mountains and offers close encounters with some of the rehabilitated orphaned animals in their natural habitat.
Booking: +27 (0) 15 793 2476/1886, firstname.lastname@example.org
Experiencing the vast area of wildlife on Kruger National Park open game drives, that is up close and personal, Tambuzi open vehicle game drives are exactly what the adventurous tourist needs. When you board the vehicle, the guide will explain the safety procedure for game viewing from the back of the open safari vehicle. These are in place to enhance your experience and to ensure your safety.
Booking: +27 (0) 72 410 5119, email@example.com
Blyde River Adventure
Enjoy the splendor of the third largest canyon in the world. Unquestionably being the largest “green canyon” due to its lush tropical foliage.
A daily tour will take you to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels.
Daily boat trips (duration: one hour), 7 days a week – these may be booked online.
Other adventurous offers: Boat trips, tubing, kloofing
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Center
Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.
Two tours daily from Monday to Saturday (approximately two to two and a half hours): The first tour starts at 09:30, and the second starts at 15:00.
Open on Sundays only during the Limpopo school holidays and over long weekends. On these occasions, there will only be one tour at 15:00.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals.
Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
Daily tours are offered, and may be booked online, by phone or email.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 793 1633
Kruger National Park – Orpen Gate
The world renown Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa.
Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, SANParks Kruger Nationa Park is unrivaled in the diversity of its lifeforms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Kinyonga Reptile Center
The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is a facility that combines eductation, research and outreach work to help protect South Africa’s reptiles and amphibians.
Visitors can tour the centre to learn more about snakes, frogs and spiders, and the passion they inspire in its dedicated team of conservationists.
The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is situated on the R531, 15 km outside Hoedspruit.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 795 5203
Jessica the Hippo
In the wild, a lone and premature hippo calf won’t survive for too long, but Tonie and his wife Shirley nursed Jessica to health with baby formula.
She now weighs 2,200 pounds and sleeps on their veranda in the Limpopo province.
Jessica is the world’s most famous hippo and perhaps the only one who has forgotten how aggressive and scary she is supposed to be!
Open daily: Mon-Sat 09:30-12:00/14:30-16:00; Sun: 09:30-12:00
Tel: +27 (0) 15 795 5249
African Dream horse safari
Horse trails are offered to the public. Beginners and advance riders are welcomed so that anyone gets to experience the beauty of the bush from horseback.
There are two trails: one hour and two hours.
The trails are not set out where the Big 5 may be seen, but a leopard is seen seldom.
Various plain game is encountered, including impala, warthog, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and many more.
Booking: +27 (0) 84 300 1748
Olifant River Cruise – Phalaborwa
Jumbo River Safaris is a boat that cruises on the Olifants river, south of Phalaborwa. The boat cruises past the Klaserie, which is the largest privately owned game reserve in the world.
The Klaserie is open to both the Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park, with no fences separating these reserves.
Booking: +27 (0) 73 131 8725
Chimp Eden – Nelspruit
A mere 15 km outside of Nelspruit, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary is home to chimps that have been misplaced from their natural habitats in Africa.
Daily tours are offered between 08:00-15:00 on Mondays to Sundays.
Bookings: +27 (0) 79 777 1514
Amarula Lapa – Phalaborwa
The Amarula Lapa is the hospitality sentre for the world-famous Spirit of Africa.
A visit to the Amarula Lapa shows the magic of turning the marula fruit into Amarula Cream.
Enjoy a glass of Amarula Cream on crushed ice while listening to the stories and folklore surrounding the Marula tree.
Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00; Sat: 09:00-16:00
Tel: +27 (0) 15 781 7766
Elephant Whisperers – Hazyview
Witness their intelligence, compassionate nature and the sheer delight the elephant experiences when interacting with their human counterparts.
The elephant interaction offers you the opportunity to feel their constantly curious trunks, touch their tough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats while learning about their behaviour and history from the Elephant Handlers. An Elephant Back Ride offers a different perspective; embark on a journey which was once a privilege reserved only for kings!
Tel: +27 (0) 13 737 7876
Email booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Skyway Trails offers two different fun-packed adventure activities:
The Aerial Cable Trail and the Tree Top Challenge.
Both activities are set in wonderful natural surroundings offering a thrilling experience while being close to nature.
Both activities are ideal for outdoor family fun, corporate fun days or team building events, suitable for all ages.
Bookings: +27 (0) 82 825 0209
Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours – Tzaneen
Experience the thrill of sliding through the forest on a two and a half hour tour.
Magoebaskloof Canopy Tours will take you into a previously inaccessible realm of nature, moving you between platforms built high within the upper level of indigenous forests and ancient cliffs. Each platform is joined by spectacular “foefie” cable slide high above the sparkling river, waterfalls and forest floor.
Suitable for anyone between 7 and 70 years of age.
Bookings: + 27 (0) 83 866 1546
Panorama Route – Mpumalanga
One breathtaking view after the other – that is South Africa’s famous Panorama Route, where you will experience mountains, sky, forests and the truly impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the world’s largest canyons.
The small town of Graskop is the gateway to the Panorama Route, and a good place to set up base.
Scenic landmarks with evocative names like God’s Window, Wonder View, The Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondawels beckon. The awe-inspiring Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls and Mac Mac Falls are just a short drive away.
Adding some historical romance to the mix, a 30 minute drive from Graskop, the gold-rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest gives you the chance to relive the 1873 gold-rush in surroundings of unparalleled beauty.
Echo Caves – Orighstad
Some of the oldest limestone caves in the world.
Two daily tours of 45 minutes and 75 minutes respectively.
Open daily from 08:30 to 16:30 (the caves close at 16:00 on Sundays).
Tel: +27 (0) 13 238 0015/72
Kapama Wellness Centre – Hoedspruit
Surrounded by stillness and sweeping bushveld, thee Kapama Wellness Centre takes safari treatments to new heights. Considered one of the finest safari spas in Africa, the six sumptuous treatment rooms are arranged around a generous central lap pool that evokes a sense of calm.
Bookings and enquiries: +27 (0) 12 368 0600
Hot air balloon
Since 2003, one hour flights over the scenic Lowveld have been offered, with views of the Blyde River west of Hoedspruit.
The terrain is a mixture of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment.
Bookings: +27 (0) 87 806 2079
Microlight and Flying Safari – Hoedspruit
Perfectly situated to offer some of the best flying in the world.
The weather is near-perfect all year round, and extremely diverse scenery is situated within a short flight off the airfield.
Flying Safari: This flight takes 20 minutes, and takes you over Big 5 areas where a variety of game can be seen.
Bookings: +27 (0) 83 400 1405
GOLF – Drakensig Golf Club: Hoedspruit
The prestigious 9/18 hole golf course (different tees) is situated in the Air Force Base in Hoedspruit.
The clubhouse faces down the 18th and the skyline is flanked by the Drakensberg Mountain Range.
Drakensig is known for the abundance of different types of trees and the exquisite bird life. There are also different species of animals roaming around freely on the course.
Pro Shop: +27 (0) 15 799 207
GOLF – Hans Merensky: Phalaborwa
Share your experience with the resident giraffe, hippo, crocodiles and many other permanent residents!
The 18 hole Bob Grimsdell designed Par 72 Championship golf course has been voted as the best walking course in the country.
Tee off between 07:00 and 09:00 or 11:30 and 13:30.
Visitors are welcome any day of the week.
Booking: +27 (0) 15 781 3931/7