Hoedspruit Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Hoedspruit
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  • Hoedspruit
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Hoedspruit Things to Do

  • Spot the maribou storks that stand...

    (work in progress)Although maribou storks are fascinating in terms of their ecological niche, they are the sort of animals that you strongly suspect that only a mother could love!Firstly, they are Africa's largest stork, and in stark contrast to the willowy profile of their more elegant cousins, they have a decidedly muscular build and...

  • Night drives give you a very different...

    (work in progress)Where to start? Well, for fear of eulogising from the outset, in my opinion, night drives are the single most exciting and atmospheric experience that you can have in the bush! At night, the bush comes alive, as many species are nocturnal, and you get to see a different range of animals to the buck (antelope) species that you...

  • Don't miss magical Moholoholo Animal...

    Moholoholo Animal Rehab Centre is a 'must do' for anyone with the slightest interest in animals who's travelling through the Hoedspruit area.Moholo (as we know it) was established by Brian Jones, a passionate conservationist who will quite happily admit that he gets on better with animals than people (and certainly doesn't suffer fools gladly)....

  • The unseemly scrum at the vulture...

    (work in progress)This unseemly spectacle is a snapshot of what happens at Moholoholo's 'vulture restaurant' after they have put out some carrion: in this case, some rather unappetising remains of a warthog roadkill.The resultant scrum is unbelievable. Large whitebacked vultures which have been perching expectantly in neighbouring trees swoop down...

  • Don't overlook the small stuff!

    (work in progress)The Big Five and large game are all well and good, but for me, one of the immense charms of time spent in the bush is that you get the opportunity to appreciate all aspects of nature, large and small, rare and commonplace.Whether it's the gecko that lurks behind your curtain rail or the dung beetle rolling his enormous and...

  • You're never too young to go game...

    (work in progress)This photo is a response to a common query on the Africa fora concerning whether young children can enjoy game spotting or safaris.We are lucky enough to live in a country which offers a wealth of affordable and accessible game spotting opportunities, and our kids have accompanied us to game reserves since they were babies. Our...

  • You don't have to travel far to spot...

    (work in progress)This photo was taken in an ornamental water feature by the Moholoholo guest lounge. The white foam is tree frog spawn, which the clever female frog lays above water so that when her tadoples hatch, they drop straight down into their element!

  • The beautiful Blyde River dam

    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...


    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...


Hoedspruit Hotels

  • Hongonyi Private Game Lodge

    Guernsey Road, Off R40, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Kurhula Wildlife Lodge

    Parsons Nature Reserve 155KT, Plotnumber 25, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Forever Resorts Swadini

    The Forever Resorts chain is well established in South Africa, particularly in the Mpumulanga and...


Hoedspruit Restaurants

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    by LouisSA Updated Apr 15, 2006

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    I don?t have a favorite restaurant but depending on what you looking for Hoedspruit will certainly cater for you. Hoedspruit is the only place where you will find a Wimpy that is not Red and White but decorated with an African theme. There are also many other small restaurants in the surroundings. Some of the lodges also cater for the hungry tourist. Some of the restaurants do not take credit cards so make sure you have cash at hand.

    Here is a list of restaurants that you might visit.


    1. Barcelo?s
    2. Blyde Club
    3. Blyde Canyon Steakhouse
    4. Cotton Club Caf?
    5. Confusion
    6. Hoedspruit Deep-sea angling club
    7. Kalimambo
    8. Matumi Game Lodge
    9. Moholoholo Ya Mati
    10. Mad Dogz
    11. O?Hagans
    12. Sleepers
    13. Wildebeest Lapa
    14. Wimpy
    15. Zuleika Country Lodge
    16. Trading Post
    17. Ambri Africa
    18. Jos Mac?s

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    • Birdwatching

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Hoedspruit Transportation

  • Let the train take the strain in...

    If you're looking for a more civilised way to travel to Hoedspruit (at least a 5 hour car journey), why not consider the Premier Classe sleeper service? I regret to admit that I have yet to do this myself, but I am certainly keen to give this a go!Whilst not as luxurious as Rovos Rail or the Blue Train, the Premiere Classe service gets extremely...

  • Fly to Phalaborwa and rent a car

    Hoedspruit is a lovely spot, but is not the most readily accessible place from the large urban centres of South Africa, especially if you're going for a short period (such as a weekend). In order to avoid a long car journey from Johannesburg (at least 5 hours each way), we have done quite a lot of experimentation over the years to find a transport...

  • Self Drive

    Driver’s licences.Any valid drivers licence is accepted provided it is in English, bears a photo of the holder and their signature. A temporary international drivers licence will also do.Filling upA variety of fuel stations are situated along major routes and in all towns countrywide. Most are open 24/7. these stations can be a considerable...


Hoedspruit Shopping

  • No excuse for scurvy in this neck of the...

    The Lowveld of South Africa (the flat plain on the eastern side of the Drakensberg has a semi tropical environment that is ideal for the cultivation of tropical fruit.In the Hoedspruit area, the main crops are mangoes and lychees in summer, and citrus fruit (predominantly oranges and naartjies, a local form of tangerine) in winter. There are farm...

  • Sleep under silk!

    Bombyx Mori is one of only two commercial silk farms in South Africa and is located in the 24 Degrees South complex off the R531 (see website for map). Locally produced silk is used to produce a range of bedding, clothing and silk-based cosmetics. The bedding - duvets, pillows and bed linen - is wondrous, and once you've slept in silk, you'll...

  • Hoedspruit Hotels

    18 Hotels in Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit Warnings and Dangers

  • No off road driving allowed in game...

    (work in progress)Vistors are not allowed to drive off road is allowed in any of South Africa's national or provincial game reserves. In private reserves, game rangers may take vehicles off road - for example, to view animal kills - but this is the exception rather than the rule and is only allowed with the permission of the reserve management (a...

  • Road journeys will take longer than you...

    I would caution you to be a little conservative in calculating travel times when you're planning your itinerary in the scenic eastern part of Mpumulanga.Because of the steep topography, distances that look short 'as the crow flies' on the map often take much longer to cover than you think. For example, to get from Graskop to Hoedspruit takes well...

  • conservation fee

    Most people that I transfer to lodges in or around hoedspruit don?t know of the conservation fee that must be paid. At the moment it is R90.00 P/Pin the Timbavati and R60.00 in Sabi Sands (17-12-2005). Please ask your travel agent about the conservation fee that must be paid in all the game reserves in SA. It will help you to plan your money. Also...


Hoedspruit General

  • Banking

    BankingBanks are available from 09:00am to 03:00pm Monday to Friday and from 08:30 to 11:00 am on Saturdays. All major banks have ATM’s in all shopping centres and at many fuel stations. International banks have branches in most of the major cities. Bureaux de change are available in most big towns and cities. Most of the lodges will accept...


    The following is a list of places where you can by all your crafts.ARTS, CRAFTS AND CURIOS1. Inamazaan Pottery2. Monsoon Art Gallery3. Thekwane Arts & Craft4. Mystagogue, Kamogelo Center5. Mapusha Weavers, Acornhoek6. Monkey Ball Factory

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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