Top 10 Things to do in Hoedspruit, South Africa

December 24, 2017 Leida Jutras

Hoedspruit (Afrikaans for Hat Creek) is a town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg (Afrikaans for "Small Dragon Mountains" range), in the Limpopo province of South Africa, on the railway line from Tzaneen to Kaapmuiden.
Restaurants in Hoedspruit

1. Thornbush Game Reserve

Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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5 based on 107 reviews

Thornbush Game Reserve

Reviewed By Pamella2013 - Houston, Texas

On arrival at Serondella we were met by our host Monica and Chewy....personality plus++++ What a lovely Camp....our rooms were spacious and looked out on the watering hole where we spent many hours watching the different animals come and drink...the baboons were especially entertaining...food and hospitality was amazing along with the animals... we saw the super 7....

2. Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience

Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
Excellent
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4.5 based on 97 reviews

Camp Jabulani Elephant Experience

The Jabulani Elephant Experience affords Camp Jabulani guests the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in this herd's activities and interact with them on several levels. Some highlights include: meeting the elephants in close proximity and hearing their unique stories, watching playful splashing and spraying during the midday swim, tracking the herd on foot in their own territory, bidding them goodnight at sunset and even participating in valuable field research. This will be a truly exceptional experience that will be treasured forever.

Reviewed By Kulahaddop

We booked the extra excursion and had a very good experience, getting very close to the elephants, feeding and touching them. These are saved animals who still spend most of their time in the wild but are used to humans. Seems a really natural experience also for the elephants.

3. Thornybush Game Reserve

R40, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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5 based on 104 reviews

Thornybush Game Reserve

Reviewed By arpegiator - Pretoria, South Africa

We went for a game drive and managed to see some animals along the way. The guides was really informative. Well worth the visit.

4. Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre

R531 near Kampersrus, Hoedspruit, South Africa +27 84 511 3000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 903 reviews

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre

Reviewed By grumpyoldfart - Gloucester,england

Spent the morning looking at the wonderful collection of animals. It’s so clear that the staff have a passion and commitment to their work. The tour was not only informative but the humour of our host was a pleasant extra. We visited the museum and that really brings home how our actions effect the wildlife.

5. Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

R40 Between Hoedspruit and Klaserie | Kapama Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa +27 15 793 1633
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4.5 based on 825 reviews

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of the core disciplines. HESC has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa. The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity. The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility. STANDARD TOUR The duration of each tour is 2 hours. Enables the visitor to have sufficient time to ask questions to the guide and do an in-depth tour of the centre. Please note that our first tour can include the cheetah run, however bookings are essential. Prior Reservations are essential.

Reviewed By Max2962 - Brisbane,Queensland

The animals are in large compounds. An informative guide drives you through the park. Apart from the cheetahs we really enjoyed seeing the baby elephant and baby rhino.Dear Max Thank you for taking the time to submit a review on your visit to the centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience especially the baby Elephant and baby Rhino. Kindest regards The HESC team

6. Hippo Jessica

Essex Road | P.O.BOX 1629, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa +27 15 795 5249
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4.5 based on 387 reviews

Hippo Jessica

Reviewed By Loren S - Johannesburg, South Africa

The thought of getting up close and personal with an animal which has been recorded as the most dangerous animal, killing the most human beings statistically was pretty daunting...But laying eyes on the mighty Jessica and hearing her story being told with so much heartfelt emotion, made any level of fear or anxiety totally dissipate.
It was an absolutely awesome experience being able to feed, stroke and actually kiss this magnificent creature! An absolute must-do in the Hoedspruit area!

7. Tshukudu Game Lodge

R40, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa +27 15 793 2476
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Tshukudu Game Lodge

Reviewed By Loren S - Johannesburg, South Africa

We did not stay at this lodge but went on an afternoon game drive in this beautiful game reserve and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What made it stand out from all of the game drives we've been on was the quality of interaction and engagement...MoreDear Loren S, Thank you for taking time to review your activity with us. We are pleased that you found the game drive enjoyable and hope to have you return.

8. Kinyonga Reptile Center

R527, Hoedspruit, South Africa +27 15 795 5203
Excellent
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Kinyonga Reptile Center

Conservation through education and research, volunteering and internship placements. We have a diverse variety of local and exotic reptiles, amphibians and arachnids on display. Open to the public seven days a week including all public holidays. We do specialised courses including photographic tours, reptile orientation and reptile handling courses. Ask us about helping you with your reptile or arachnid related phobia.

Reviewed By winnydpu - Elgin, Illinois

The Kinyonga Reptile center was a place for us to kill a couple of hours waiting for a later appointment. As such, I did not have great expectations. To my surprise, it was very nice.
The facilities are a large number of tanks arranged within a roofed section, several large enclosures, and an enclosure they use for talks and snake handling demos. there are also some concrete animals for kids to play on, and a restaurant that actually looked pretty good.
The exhibits were well labeled, with good background information on each animal. There were a great variety of reptiles from all over the world, not just local ones.
The reptile talk was very well done, and the animals were treated with respect and care.
All in all, we wound up spending more time here than we expected.

Kinyonga Reptile Centre, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa +27 83 442 9762
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

iNyoka Art Gallery

We're an association of artists. Our gallery features the work of people living, working and creating in and around Hoedspruit in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Run by the community, for the community, most of the work shown on this website is for sale. Note that we currently have about 70 members and will be adding their work to this website as fast as we can.

Reviewed By ripfumelo - Nelspruit, South Africa

I attende the event of Friday night (31st July 2015) it was beautiful. peole of Hoedspruit community are full of love. i really enjoyed the event. They have beautiful and affordable art works. i just love the place. keep up the good work. God will...MoreThanks for joining us at our exhibition and fundraiser. What a special evening it was - we are so lucky to have such a supportive, caring and talented community! Here's to many more!

10. 24 Degrees South

R531 | 24 Degrees South Country Estate, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa +27 72 467 3310
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

24 Degrees South

Enjoy a visit to 24 Degrees South and discover more than you expected! A truly special place to spend some time. Good food is available from the Cotton Club Cafe and Snack Shack - both are licensed and have outdoor Seating and a chilled vibe. Enjoy a Spa treat at the Godding & Godding Day Spa or discover their unique silk skin care range and bedding at the Silk Showroom. Pop in to the Kingfisher Gallery and meet the resident artist - Johnathan, who may regularly been seen creating something special. Spend a little time in the Classic Car or Motorbike showrooms or purchase some wonderful handmade leather items at Katundo Leather. Other shops include dZonga Creations, Hangupz, Trixi Junge Ceramics, Round Da Bend and Sickelbush Trading who make wonderful repurposed copper items. Also available are 2 self catering chalets on the property, making it the perfect place to spend a couple nights exploring this beautiful area. There are a number of interesting shops, showrooms, clean bathrooms, restaurants, art works and other things to do all on the property.

Reviewed By bestbillbrown - Johannesburg, South Africa

Strange place to find a vintage car collection in the middle of 'nowhere' but ok. there is good food at Anne's kitchen and it ok to drive out there for the garden

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