Forever Resorts Swadini

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

N1 To Musina & Turn Right @ R525 Rd @ Tolgate (Ex Aventura Resorts), Hoedspruit, 1380 South Africa

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    One stop family accommodation in a lovely setting


    The Forever Resorts chain is well established in South Africa, particularly in the Mpumulanga and Limpopo provinces (formerly the Eastern and Northern Transvaal). Previously known as the Overvaal (and, in the interim, as the Aventura) resorts, they were originally established in the apartheid era to provide affordable family accommodation for the white (primarily blue collar) population.

    The locations of the Forever Resorts are usually stunning, and never more so than at Swadini, which nestles at the foot of the Swadini buttress on the Blyde River, just downstream of the Blyde River Dam. It is an exquisite setting that offers visitors heaps of opportunity for outdoor pursuits.

    Arguably the biggest drawcard is the lovely swimming pool complex, including a large heated open air swimming pool which allows year-round swimming. There is also an equally large cold water pool, and a small pool for kids which is covered with shade netting to provide sun protection.

    Activities include hiking, mini golf, volleyball and cycling within the extensive grounds and other organised activities such as boat trips and quad biking. Much of the property is wooded, and chances are that you will see quite a lot of birds and smaller mammals.

    Although this resort would provide a great base for exploring the many attractions of the surrounding area, it is the sort of place where you could equally park with your family for a few days and never venture off the property. Thus, it is a great place to visit if you have kids, or if you need a breather to recharge your batteries after more frenetic tourist activity elsewhere.

    The accommodation comprises self catering units or camping/caravan sites with shared ablution facilities. The self catering units that are practical and functional, but are somewhat dated and have seen better days. Different sizes and configurations of unit are available, but all have their own bathroom and cooking facilities. Bedding and towels are included in the price.

    There is a restaurant and a shop on site which sells food, alcohol and other basic supplies.

    It used to be possible to enter the Forever Resorts as a day visitor, which was a very good arrangement. This is still possible at Warmbaths (Bela Bela), but when we last visited Swadini (August 2010), we were told that this arrangement had been discontinued.

    You should bear in mind that because of their affordability and family-friendliness, these resorts are very popular. As a result, they are jam packed during school holidays and over weekends, particularly in school holidays. They also cater for an almost exclusively Afrikaans speaking clientele, so whilst you can get by in English, just be aware that you will be in the minority!

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The best value game reserve in South Africa!

by CatherineReichardt about Moholoholo Forest Camp

We have been going to Moholoholo Forest Camp for over a decade (we usually go there for our anniversary in August) and it gets our vote as the best value game reserve in the country!
The camp is located in a small but beautiful game reserve which nestles against the foot of the spectacular Swadini escarpment of the Drakensberg range. It's not a Big Five reserve as it is too small for elephant, lion or buffalo, but it does have hippo, white rhino and leopard. However, the big attraction for us is seeing smaller and more unusual species, many of which are rehabilitated animals that have been released from the Moholoholo Animal Rehab Centre (see review elsewhere), which is also on the property. We have often seen animals such as bush pig, civit, genet, bushbaby and brown hyaena here which are hard to spot in the bigger reserves.
The huts are scattered through the riverine forest, and fit in unobtrusively to the beautiful surroundings. The huts are comfortable and have recently been upgraded. A wonderful development is the addition of a two bedroomed hut, where parents and children can stay in the same unit, but parents still retain some privacy (just be aware of the fact that the second bedroom opens off the first one if you're considering booking this unit for two couples travelling together). Each unit has its own private viewing deck, and the decorating style is best described as a slightly eccentric variation of 'bush chic' (tree branches instead of door posts, for example). Buck - particularly bushbuck and nyala - wander freely through the camp, and a herd of bush pig visit in the evenings to forage on the kitchen scraps: these marvellous animals are not to be confused with the much more common warthog, and look like reddish variations on a European boar theme.
The food is good, simple and plentiful - hearty farm cooking with something for everyone (including fussy kids). The bar works on an 'honesty box' system and is the only additional cost: otherwise, everything else (including game walks, night drives and guided tour of the rehab centre) is factored into the price. This is a real bargain, as most game lodges charge these items as extras, which can leave you feeling rather resentful when your invoice is presented prior to departure. The staff is knowledgeable and extremely obliging, and we have been touched by the trouble that they have taken to anticipate and accommodate our changing needs (from madly-in-love brand new couple through new parenthood to middle aged old farts with school age children in tow!).
For some reason, Moholo does not seem to be as widely known among South Africans as one might expect, and the majority of the clientele are from overseas. The rehab centre has an intern programme where volunteers (usually gap year students) from all over the world come to offer cheerful slave labour: these volunteers stay elsewhere, but do come to the camp for their meals, and add another interesting 'game watching' dimension! Quite simply, we think that Moholo is perfect, and so do our kids!
If you're looking for an upmarket game lodge with an infinity pool and on-site spa, then this is not for you (but don't despair, as there are plenty of other options in the area which fit this bill).
If you're looking for good value accommodation which you can treat as a 'home from home' and know that you are going to be treated as family, then this is the place for you! The game viewing is often out of the ordinary, and the setting is gorgeous, with the rehab sanctuary being a bonus for anyone interested in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation (or just seeing the animals closer up). Perhaps what we like most about Moholo (as we call it) is the friendliness and hospitality, as well as the laid back atmosphere. Nothing is too much trouble for the camp manager and his team, and we find it interesting that they are as capable of catering for couples looking for a romantic getaway as they are of accommodating families with young children.
The owners operate two other lodges in the area: Mountain View on the adjacent property and Ya Mati, which also offers wedding facilities!
It is also only 60km from the Orpen gate of Kruger National Park, so can easily be tacked onto a Kruger expedition (where you have the opportunity to see the Big Five).
There is no swimming pool in the camp. We usually go to the Swadini resort (about 20 minutes drive away) which has lovely open air thermal pools set against the jawdropping Swadini buttress - however, Swadini seems to have recently discontinued the option to enter as a day visitor, which is a real pity.
Moholo also hosts game ranger courses from time to time, which present an unusual opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to develop a deeper understanding of the bush and its complex ecosystems. And of course, you can despatch your moody teenager as a volunteer to the rehab sanctuary in the certain knowledge that they can't get into too much trouble as Brian will work them to death!


by LouisSA

The shangaan cultural village, Cheetah breeding project for endangered species, different water falls, Eco Caves, Tufa water falls in the Blydepoort Gorge, Pilgrim’s rest an old town dated back in to the late 1800’s when there were gold found. Elephant safaris can also be arranged in the Kapama Game Reserve.

Here is sum the activities that you can do while you are in Hoedspruit.

1. Boat Cruses on the Blyde dam
2. Blyde River Canyon Hiking Trail activities
3. Elephant-Back Safaris
4. Hoedspruit Cheetah Project
5. Feather Leaf Trails
6. Jessica’s Place
7. Moholoholo Animal Rehab Center
8. Otters Den River Rafting
9. Otters Den Hot Air Ballooning
10. Paintball Games Aventura Swadini
11. Khamai Reptile Park
12. Trackers Guided Walks
13. Bombyx Mori Silk Farm
14. Game Drives And Walks

The beautiful Blyde River dam

by CatherineReichardt

The Blyde River Dam is located at the base of the Swadini buttress which forms the divide between the Highveld (the inland plateau that extends over much of inland South Africa) and the Lowveld (the flat plain which slopes gently towards the coast).
Most visitors to this scenic part of Mpumulanga (formerly the Eastern Transvaal) will visit the iconic Three Rondavels viewpoint over the Blyde River Dam. However, it is a pity that few take the time and effort to appreciate the view from the bottom up.
The Blyde River Dam is located within a nature reserve and offers many hiking opportunities, including overnight guided hikes. It is also possible to take boat trips across the Dam to the spectacular tufa (limestone) waterfalls, arrange canoeing, rock-climbing or abseiling activities (see website below for more details on tour operators).
There are game in the reserve - hippo and crocodile in the dam, a variety of buck, baboons, monkeys and dassies on the escarpment, but because of the variety of habitats in the reserve (lake, riverine forest, cliff) perhaps the major drawcard here is the wonderful and varied birdlife.
There is a parking area and an information centre at the end of the road, although I must caution that this is seldom open when I visit (maybe because I'm usually there on a weekend?). However, there is nowhere to buy refreshments, so make sure you bring your own provisions - particularly water, as it can get very hot.


by CharleneP

I was there a few years ago, and I will always remember how beautiful it was, a experience I'll never forget. They made few changes in the mean time that make it more incredable. Aventura Swadini is secluded at the foot of the Blyde River Canyon, 40 km from Hoedspruit. It is beautiful if you like nature, nice hiking trails through mountains and forests. See the Tufa waterfall. Spotting wild animals in their natural habitat. If you're a bird lover, there are hundreds of species to look out for. Sparkling pool, tennis courts or mini-golf. Boat cruise. They got self catering chalets. There is also a caravan park. For your convenience there is a well-stocked shop, bottle store, fast food outlet, cafeteria and bar as well as an á la carte restaurant. Swadini's combination of river, mountains and subtropical vegetation creates an atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed.



Rhino against the backdrop of the Swadini buttressRhino against the backdrop of the Swadini buttress

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Hot springs in South Africa

by RusskiPower

We are very much into hot springs but guidebooks and websites about South Africa only mention those in passing. Our interest is more in natural sources in nice settings rather than in wellness spas and beauty parlours.

Many thanks in advance!

Re: Hot springs in South Africa

by carteki

The reason why the are only mentioned in passing is that there are so few of them. I am not aware of any that do not form part of a resort of some sort. The 3 that come to mind are Caledon and Montague (both about 2 hours from Cape Town) and Ai Ai (just inside Namibia). The springs in Ai Ai are about 60'C - so the water is cooled and piped into swimming pools. You'd seriously scald yourself if you got into the spring itself.
SA has far more to offer - save the hot springs for another trip.

Re: Hot springs in South Africa

by Gerald_D

Can't think of any spectacular hot springs either.
Citrusdal, Goudini, Caledon, Montagu, Warmwaterberg (Barrydale), Calitzdorp, Aliwal North, Badplaas, Warmbaths, Tshipise, Swadini - none of them "world-class". Remember that our weather is milder/hotter and that doesn't make hot springs all that appealling to us.


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Address: N1 To Musina & Turn Right @ R525 Rd @ Tolgate (Ex Aventura Resorts), Hoedspruit, 1380 South Africa