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
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!
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…
Hoedspruit and Surrounds
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
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.
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 Africa.
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 wildlife.
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 Restaurant.
Blyde 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.
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 species.
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 Hoedspruit area).
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
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