Attractions Nearby: Close Encounters
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
A visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre is an unforgettable experience. A wide variety of birds and animals can be seen here, where Brian Jones and his team nurture the injured and orphaned wildlife, rehabilitating them for release back into the wild wherever possible. Those that are not so fortunate, due to the nature or extent of their injuries, are cared for in captivity to educate the many people who visit Moholoholo each year.
Start off your day with a nature walk, but this walk is a bit different since you’re accompanied by lion or cheetah. For the bush walk, you must arrive no later than 6:30am and you will enjoy a hearty breakfast after the walk, prior to departing on a 3 hour game drive on this private reserve.
Jessica the Hippo
Meet Jessica the tame Hippo who made herself a member of a South African family. The hippo kills more humans in Africa than any other wild mammal and it’s great to see such a bond between humans and a hippo. This hippo is quite possibly the most famous and loved animal in the world.
Agatha Croc Farm
Would you like to see crocodiles at close range and in action? The Agatha Croc Farm offers daily tours and feeding shows between 9:00am and 16:00pm, Monday through Sunday. The tour lasts about 1 – 1 ½ hours and they promise to bring you some great excitement. Included in the tour is a complete address covering the history, behaviour, conservation and breeding of the Nile crocodile, followed by a feeding show and guided tour of the breeding dams and enclosures.
Kapama Endangered Species Wildlife Centre
Kapama is one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Visitors are guided through the research and breeding centre by experienced guides. More than 70 cheetah including tame ones, cubs and the extremely beautiful King Cheetah can be viewed. Guided tours are conducted hourly and will not only be an entertaining educational experience, but will emphasise the increasingly important role that the private sector can play in the conservation of South Africa’s rare and endangered species.
Game drive in Big 5 Reserve
Bring your binoculars and camera to ensure a good view of game species on this private reserve. Game drives are in open safari vehicle guided by knowledgeable ranger.
Try a 2 ½ hour big game experience on an elephant at Camp Jabulani – named after the elephant Jabulani, who was just a year old when he became trapped in a mud pool near Phalaborwa. His herd attempted to rescue him but to no avail. Human intervention was called for and Jabulani was rescued. With no place to go, Lente Roode of Kapama took Jabulani in. After a few years the search for a family for Jabulani brought about the merger between Lente and Rory Hensman’s 12 Elephants from Zimbabwe. All 13 elephants are now based at Camp Jabulani. All the elephants have saddles, which can seat 2 people. Recommended dress for the elephant rides include long pants with closed shoes.
Khamai Reptile Park
This reptile park has been collecting data from animals caught in the wild for the past 16 years and has been inspired to initiate a number of research projects through HERP dedicated to the conservation of reptiles through education and research. At present, Donald captures and releases over 300 problem animals per year.
Attractions Nearby: Culture
Tsonga Kraal Museum
The Tsonga kraal Open Air Museum is a living museum depicting traditional Tsonga life as it was 150 years ago. This well-known attraction inside the Hans Merensky Nature Reserve is built exclusively of traditional materials. Daily demonstrations include music/musical instruments, woodwork/carvings, weaving rush mats, clay work, iron smelting, and salt making.
Hans Merensky Nature Reserve, approx. 70kms from Tzaneen
Masorini Village in Kruger
This late Iron Age site can be found on a prominent hillside just 12 km from the Phalaborwa gate on the tar road to Letaba rest camp (39km from Letaba on the Phalaborwa road). The site was inhabited by the Sotho speaking BaPhalaborwa during 1800’s, who developed an advanced and sophisticated industry of mining, smelting iron ore and trading in these iron products.
Nyani Cultural Village
Experience the sights and sounds of historic rural Africa at this traditional Shangaan village. You can learn the customs and beliefs of the African tribes’ people such as hunting, decorating, story-telling and games.
Attractions Nearby: Adventure
Experience the thrill of sliding through the forest on a Tarzan and Jane style adventure! Canopy Tours take people up into a previously inaccessible realm of nature whereby platforms built high within the upper level of indigenous forests or against the cliffs of ancient mountains are joined by spectacular ‘foefie’ type cable slides high above the forest floor. Enjoy flying along the slides or spend a few minutes relaxing and absorbing the tranquillity of your natural surroundings while on each of the platforms.
The Hans Merensky Golf Estate in Phalaborwa recently received the Diamond Arrow Award for being the highest rated golf course in a survey conducted by the Limpopo Province. Share your experience with resident Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodiles and many other game species! The 18 hole, Bob Grimsdell designed Par 72 Championship Golf course, has been voted as the best walking course in the country. Tee off between 07:00 and 09:00 or 11:30 and 13:30. Visitors are welcome any day of the week.
Take to the air in a light aircraft for thrilling game viewing. Perfectly situated to offer some of the best flying over the greater KNP. The weather is near-perfect year round and the scenery, within a short flight of the airfield, is very diverse. They can fly you over the largest open pit in Africa or to the 3rd largest canyon in the world, the Blyde River Canyon. To see wild Africa from the sky, low-level, is something not to be missed. Flights last one hour and can be tailored on request.
Hot Air Ballooning
Every morning at sunrise, balloons depart from launch sites in the Hoedspruit area. Flights are conducted throughout the year, with mid-summer sunrise at 05h00 and mid-winter sunrise at 06:30. Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. We offer one-hour long flights over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km West of Hoedspruit. The terrain is a mixture of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates. The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording us good flying weather on most days. Our pilots and crew will ensure a safe, enjoyable and informative adventure that will be one of the highlights of your visit to the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere.
The Lower Blyde is a class 1-3 river, suitable for young and old. We take trips out of 3km and 6km - perfect for a short day activity. The Olifants River runs through a gorge in a rural area. This river has class 2-3 rapids with classification dramatically increasing with rising water levels. Lots of rare living Baobab trees, spectacular birdlife and local tribes are found on the banks of the Olifants River. Drinks and shuttles included. We offer half day trips and full day trips with catering included. The Upper Blyde River is a class 3-4 run with difficulty levels increasing with rising water levels in summer time (October to March). This river runs through the Blyde Canyon, the largest vegetated canyon in the world. Truly one of the most spectacular untouched wilderness areas left in SA. Very few people ever get the chance to see the inside of this canyon as access is now only available by river. A rare opportunity to see the famous Three Rondavels from water level. A light lunch is served on the banks of the Blyde River. A leisurely boat cruise over the Blyde Dam ends off the day.
Enjoy the animal activities along the river bank as you cruise up the Olifants River.
The guided quad biking adventure takes you on a specially made quad biking trail through the indigenous forests along the Groot Letaba River and over the mountain overlooking the scenic George’s Valley.
Swadini Boat Cruise
If you would like to see the majestic Kadishi Tufa Waterfall that is hidden at the end of the Blyde (Swadini) Dam, then make sure you make a reservation for the boat trip. A tufa waterfall is formed when water running over dolomite rock absorbs calcium. Mosses which grow on the rocks in the stream extract carbon dioxide during photosynthesis which precipitates the calcium from the water to deposit it as layers of tufa on the surface of the waterfall – a process that takes millions of years. The waterfall continues to flow underneath this rock-hard outer shell. There are only a few active tufa falls in the world – one of which is at the Strydom Tunnel on the way to Ohrichstad.
Kloofing in the scenic George’s Valley gorge is for the more adventurous! Explore, float and swim down sections of calm, peaceful water as well as experience bum sliding, rock hopping, hiking and waterfall jumping into breathtaking pools! Not for the feint hearted!
Abseiling is an activity for the thrill seeker! Face your fears and step over the edge into oblivion... It is commonly practiced the world over as a method of descending a rope in a safe and controlled manner. Our abseiling trip descends 30 metres down a smooth rock face into the majestic George’s Valley gorge, landing in the Groot Letaba River, also allowing for swimming and relaxing at the bottom underneath the waterfall.
Buffed endless downhill’s, gruelling climbs, fast rollers and technical problems that rattle your teeth – all the ingredients found in real mountain biking! We offer easy to very difficult single tracks and the scenery is out of this world. Beginners and experienced riders are all welcome.
The gecko-tubing trip starts deep in the gorge at the beginning of the Groot Letaba River. This adventure takes you through tranquil crystal clear waters with breathtaking views as well as through some roaring white water rapids.
Experience river fly fishing deep in the echoing gorge or exercise dam fly fishing in beautiful surroundings. This includes a clinic for beginners.
Our paintball course is situated in the sun-shafted glades of the beautiful indigenous forest.
Attractions Nearby: Places of Interest
Kruger National Park
Have your camera ready for this full day of unsurpassed game viewing, where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites – this is real Africa! Kruger Park was established in 1893 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld and boasts an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals.
Elephant Hall Museum
The tuskers of Kruger have their ivory displayed in this fascinating museum. The museum covers elephant evolution, biology, behaviour, ecology and research. It also showcases the ivory of eight of Kruger’s greatest tuskers.
The Echo Caves
These are some of the oldest caves in the world and were declared a Historical Monument. The caves are so called because the local people used one of the stalactites as a drum to warn of any approaching Swazi. As these caves extend for some 40km the sound travelled for surprisingly long distances and the people could take refuge in the caves.
Blyde River Canyon
Set against the majestic Greater Drakensberg escarpment, the 29,000 hectare Blyde River Canyon offers impressive scenery. The fresh mountain scenery and panoramic views over the Klein Drakensburg escarpment are quite spectacular and give the area its name of “Panorama Route”. Viewpoints are named for the spectacle they offer, and God’s Window and Wonder View hint at the magnitude of the scenery.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes
At the meeting point of the Blyde River (river of joy) and the Treur River (river of sorrow) water erosion has created one of the most phenomenal geological phenomenons in South Africa. The “Bourke’s Luck Potholes” have taken thousands of years to form strange cylindrical sculptures carved by swirling water. The smooth red and yellow rocks contrast with the dark pools.
The Sunland Baobab
The Sunland “Big Baobab” is in Modjadjiskloof of Limpopo and is famous internationally for being the widest of its species in the world. Africa is symbolised by these magnificent trees. The Sunland Big Baobab is carbon dated to be around 6,000 years old.
Modjadji Cycad Forest
The Modjadji Nature Reserve with its spectacular Cycad Forest is one of the world’s largest cycads growing to the height of thirteen metres. This beautiful hillside reserve contains the largest concentration of s single species of cycads, Encephalartos Transvenosus, in the world.
Every year in September the famous Cheerio Halt garden in the quaint gold rush hamlet of Haenertsburg erupts in an explosion of colour. Botanist Sheila Thompson created the delightful blossom garden here over a period of 48 years and crammed it with azaleas and other flowering shrubs such as crab apple and flowering cherry. Seeing the garden on this misty mountain when it is in full bloom is an unforgettable experience.
Coach House & Nougat Factory
The Coach House is built on the site of an original staging post and enjoys mesmerising panoramic views of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Phalaborwa Mining Company
Phalaborwa is the site of the “Big Hole”, the earth’s largest man-made hole, visible from space and pretty awe inspiring, even if you’re not impressed by mines in general. Mining and smelting of copper and iron ore date back to 400 AD when the Sotho called the area “BaPhalaborwa” meaning “better than the South”.