Travel Specialist’s Guide to Activities in the Greater Kruger Area, and Hoedspruit
Safari, Kruger, Hoedspruit, Activities, Guided Walk, Photographic Safari, Nyani Cultural Village, HESC
What is not known by
many travellers and especially our valued international tourists are that when
visiting the Kruger National Park, the adjacent private game reserves and
nearby Hoedspruit, there are a number of really great activities to partake in,
apart from the obvious ones, when in this area.
Here’s a list compiled
by our travel specialists of all the activities
on offer when visiting the Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit and surrounds,
some of which you may not have thought of to include in your tailor made package to this much sought after
In The Kruger National Park And Private Game Reserves
Remember that even when
you are in the Kruger National Park and its surrounding private game reserves, apart
from doing wonderful sunrise and sunset game drives, you can also enjoy guided walks with your ranger and experience
the sights and smells of the bush on foot.
Guided walks can even extend to longer hikes if
under supervision and this will include visits to unique picnic spots and other
places to learn more about the history of the park and gather more information
on the wildlife itself.
Some of the private
lodges offer exclusive photographic safaris to those who are visiting Kruger
only for that one perfect shot. Some lodges also offer you access to specially redesigned
game-drive vehicles which are built to specifically accommodate photographers
and those long lenses!
Hot-Air Balloon Safaris
Get a bird’s eye view
of the ‘Big 5’ with a hot air balloon ride too. These usually depart before
sunrise to capture this magnificent moment while in the air. You will be amazed
by the endless Kruger wilderness that stretches to the horizon from above…
In Hoedspruit and surrounds
The Nyani Cultural Village
A visit to the Kruger National
Park area is incomplete without a visit to Nyani Village & the Cultural
Experience “Roots of Rhythm” Tribal show.
The history and culture of the African
tribes comes to life at Nyani Cultural Village.
The cultural journey starts in
the Shangaan village where guests experience an original show “Limpopo
Pathways” featuring the costumes, songs and dances of the San (Bushmen), the
Shona & Venda, the Tsonga, the Balobedu (Modjadji the Rain Queen), the Pedi
and the BaHananawa (Tswana). We also include the Swati and Zuludances as these
tribes played an influential part in the history of the Limpopo.
Following the show (approximately
60 minutes), you will be introduced to all aspects of a typical Shangaan
village. Here you learn about the architecture, the agriculture, family duties
and the customs of the Shangaan people.
A traditional African lunch can
also be served.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
(HESC) is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the
sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species of wildlife in
Daily tours are available to visit this centre,
which has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities, such as
educating the surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation and
anti-poaching. It is a fascinating insight into the issues facing our precious
HESC houses a number of animal species including cheetah, African
wild dog, lion, African wild cat, Ground hornbill, Sable antelope, to name just
a few. Visitors can view the resident animals in close proximity, in a habitat
simulating what they would experience in the wild. Guests are also afforded the
opportunity of watching rare African vultures feeding at the Vulture
Dam Boat Cruise
The Blyde River and the Blyde River Canyon
are well known destinations to the locals and a cruise on the Blyde dam is a
great way to experience them. From the vantage point on the water, you can
learn about and view the
third largest Canyon in the world and a tour guide will take you to the rare
living Kadishi Tufa Waterfall and the Three Rondawels, the best place from
which to oversee the Canyon. An abundance of wildlife is to be seen too, whilst
learning more about the canyon’s natural history.
The Kinyonga Reptile Centre
This very interesting centre of conservation and education, just 14 km
away from Hoedspruit, focusses on rescued and adopted reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and some other
Interactive tours allow visitors to feel the cool scales of a
python or a boa, feed flowers to plated lizards, or meal worms to a vale
chameleon. The brave can even experience the velvety thrill of handling a
golden brown baboon spider (a gorgeous yet vulnerable spider only found in the
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
This excellent initiative, also in the Kruger and Hoedspruit
area, provides a home for abandoned, injured and
poisoned wildlife and is a respected contributor to wildlife conservation.
The main focus at Moholoholo
is to create awareness in order to preserve the animals that you may see like Lion,
Leopard, Serval, Cheetah, Hyena, Honey badger, Eagles, Vultures and various
baby animals which are not suitable to be released back into the wild and
remain as ‘permanent residents’ at the centre.
It is a heart wrenching, but
really worthwhile visit!
We hope that this guide has given you an idea of what to add to your itinerary when visiting
this much sought after area.
One of the great advantages of engaging
the services of flexible, personalised tour operators like Jewel of
Africa Safaris, is that they will, whenever you desire, take you off
the standard, packaged ‘beaten track’ to design a tailor made tour, in which
you can include all these interesting activities and destinations. Contact us
to learn more and come and experience Africa in all its glory, in the best way