The small town of Hoedspruit is situated in the Mpumalanga lowveld at the foothills of the small Drakensberg mountain range. The Afrikaans name Hoedspruit can be translated “hat creek”. It is said that one of the town’s pioneers, after a long and difficult trek over the mountains, arrived there, took of his hat, threw it into the Sandspruit (“sand creek”) and indicated that that was it. That was where he was going to stay.
Hoedspruit is close to a well known cluster of private game reserves, in the Timbavati and Klaserie regions. It is also in close proximity to the Kruger National Park. The town has a small airport capable of serving commercial airlines.
After very small beginnings, Hoedspruit has become a premier eco-tourist destination, due to the number of game reserves around it, most of them boasting the ‘big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). Hoedspruit is also known for the Endangered Species Centre, a non-profit organization specialising in breeding endangered species for release into the wild. These include cheetahs, African wild dogs, wild cats and black footed cats.
The 5 Day Wildlife Experience Scheduled Tour, starts in Johannesburg and ends in Durban. It includes the Makalali Private Game Reserve, the Panorama Route, The Kruger National Park, The Mthethomusha Game Reserve, a game drive and walk in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and a boat cruise on the St. Lucia Estuary.
Highlights: Makalali Private Game Reserve , Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Mthethomusha Game Reserve , Swaziland , St. Lucia , iSimangaliso Wetland Park , St. Lucia Estuary & Lake .
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is internationally renowned as a world leader in conservation policies, practices and techniques. This Park stretches over 20 000 square kilometers (2 million hectares) and is home to an incredible variety of plant, bird and animal species, including the “big five” (elephant, lion, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo).
Limpopo Province is the northern most province of South Africa. It is named after the Limpopo River which forms the border between South Africa and Zimbabwe. The province is home to the iconic Kruger National Park.
The Makalali Private Game Reserve is situated in the Hoedspruit region close to the iconic Kruger National Park. It covers a conservancy of 26,000 ha and it boasts more than 1,000 wild animals. It is also home to the ‘big five’ (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino).