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Hoedspruit Route


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   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Blue Cottages
Set in remote lowveld bush savanna against the backdrop of the magnificent Drakensberg escarpment, Blue Cottages Country...

Hippo Pools Resort
Hippo Pools Resort was one of Hoedspruit's first accommodation establishments and it continues to offer affordable accom...

Fleur de Lys Farm Cottages
Fleur de Lys offers accommodation on an estate just outside Hoedspruit, on the Klaserie Road. All rondavels are tasteful...

Maruleng Lodge
This superior lodge is situated in the town of Hoedspruit. It is within walking distance of all the restaurants and shop...

Loerie Guesthouse
Renowned for being the oldest guesthouse in Hoedspruit, this facility is situated in the heart of 'Big 5 Country', and w...

Hoed en Berg Guesthouse
Hoed en Berg Guesthouse is a delightful establishment situated in central Hoedspruit. It offers en-suite rooms, with air...

Otters Den Lodge
Otter Den’s  River Lodge is accessed by crossing the Blyde River suspension bridge. The four chalets can comf...

River Lodge
River Lodge offers lovely accommodation with a swimming pool, volleyball court and children's playing area. The lodge b...

Mariepskop View
Situated in the foothills of the Northern Drakensberg with stunning views of Mariepskop and the Blyde Canyon, these chal...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Otters Den Hot Air Ballooning
Balloon flights over the African wilderness and viewing the Lowveld Big Game areas adjoining the Kruger Park provide an...

Otters Den White Water Rafting
Otter’s Den Rafting offers white water rafting through the rocky and riverine forests of the Lower Blyde, Olifants...

1 Africa Safaris
1 Africa Safaris is a small local travel agency that promotes Hoedspruit tourism and its surrounding areas. Because the...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Bavaria Fairtrade Trust & Gorutha Toy Library
Bavaria Fairtrade Trust produces glass objects mainly from recycled glass. The sewing project provides the farm and pack...

Maele Community Sewing Projects
Maele Community Sewing Projects offers dresses, uniforms and comforts for sale. 

Maruleng Pottery
Maruleng Pottery is situated at The Oak Village in Hoedspruit. They sell a variety of pottery items. Pottery on sale:...

Maruleng Weaving Centre
This business started after the Roman Catholic Missionaries handed over the weaving to the women whom they trained. ...

   Environment

Below is a list of environmental attractions on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Global White Lion Protection Trust
White Lions were first sited by Europeans in 1938, although legends of their appearance in the Timbavati Region existed...

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique project that conducts essential research on endangered species and...

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
The Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a home for many of South Africa's abandoned, injured and poisoned wildl...

   Food & Drink

Below is a list of restaurants and other food and beverage outlets on this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Eden Tea Garden and Nursery
This facility is a garden restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and an assortment of freshly baked goods, in a sub-tropic...

   Services

Below is a list of services on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

East Gate Airport
Eastgate Airport, near Hoedspruit, is situated within the Airforce Base and makes use of their runways and control tower...

Mabakane Graphics and Printing
Mabakane Graphics and Printing is situated in Lorraine Village in Limpopo on the premises of Moloisheng Trading Store....

Kamogelo Tourism Centre
‘Kamogelo’ is a Sotho word meaning ‘welcome’. The Hoedspruit mayor opened the centre in January...

MJ's Photographic
Suppliers of a variety of services to local people and tourists, e.g. photographic, video, digital etc. They also supply...

 

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At the heart of the Kruger to Canyons Route Hoedspruit is a small bush-town halfway between the Orpen and Phalaborwa gates to the Kruger Park. This is where the Kruger to Canyons world comes togetherwith an endless stretch of Bushveld, plains of marula, acacia, combretum and mopane woodlandsand views on one side and sweeping vistas over the escarpment on the other. 

Interestingly the town used to be relatively untouched by tourism until recently it became a tourism hive with a tourism centre, Kamogelo, providing visitors with a wide range of services. Some of the well-known private game reserves located here include Kapama, Timbavati and Thornybush. Roads winding around the canyon and Klaserie areas have restaurants around every corner, and interesting places to visit, with plenty of facilities for special events. The town has not lost its special character, however, and the African sunsets behind the Blyde River Canyon re-emphasise the magnificence of its natural setting. 

Reasons to visit

The town is a platform from which to explore the Blyde River Canyon, and also offers a wildlife experience with the opportunity to see the Big Five and learn about these animals through various conservation and research projects. Hoedspruit provides a variety of activities for all interests. Visitors can explore the Blyde River Canyon, and enjoy a range of adventure activities from hot-air ballooning to white water rafting, and boat rides on the Blydepoort Dam, from which there are also amazing views of the canyon from the bottom.

Travellers can enjoy a visit to the Khamai Reptile Park, or see the mulberry silk worms which are farmed at the Bombyx Mori Silk Farm. More adventurous visitors can take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam or go river rafting, quad biking or rock climbing in the Breede River Canyon. Animal lovers will enjoy the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project, which boasts over 80 cheetah or visit the Moholoholo Animal Rehab Centre for abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife, which is also a highly regarded contributor to wildlife education in the country. 

The Mariepskop complex is a mountain enclave with a unique floral diversity. It is at 1 945m above sea level and views from the top include the Indian Ocean and even Maputo on a clear day. It is the highest peak in the northern Drakensberg Escarpment, and has military radar equipment on top of it, which has led to its conservation because development has been restricted.

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Part of Kruger to Canyons Route.

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Hoedspruit is situated at the centre of the Kruger to Canyons Route. On one side there is an endless stretch of Bushveld, and on the other a view of the magnificent escarpment. The town is a base from which to explore the Blyde River Canyon and game reserves and enjoy adventure activities like white water rafting.

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