WOODPECKER LODGE – WHAT TO DO

 

There are a wide variety of activities in and around Hoedspruit.

 

The Estate itself is great for birding, cycling, walks, jogging, total relaxation and/or game drives.

 

The Kruger Park and Panorama Tour Route are easily accessible and make for good day trips.

Please note: Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently implementing additional gate access control systems at its entrance gates in the Southern part of the Park, which will require that as from 1 September 2017, all visitors who are 18 years old and above must produce a positive identity document for scanning in order to gain access. For non-South African visitors, they must produce passports but a South African driver’s licence will also be acceptable.

 

Other ideas include:

African Big 5 Safaris (Open Vehicle)

Kruger Park Trips

0715142702

Website

African Dream Horse Safaris

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

0843001748

Website

African Summer Spa

8 Raptors Safari Junction

0157931895

Website

Africology Spa

Pick & Pay Complex

0763391035

Website

Airborne African Adventures Flight School

Hoedspruit Central (Civil Airstrip)

0784176518

 

Antares Guided Walks & Drives

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate & Grietjie Private Nature Reserve

0832868281

Website

Austrian Coffee Estate

R533 about 24km from Graskop

0833064908  0732770000

 

Beauty Room

Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

0832365013

 

Blyde Adventure Camp

Jonkmanspruit Rd, Blyde River

0824561086

Website

Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre & Boat Cruises

Forever Resorts, Swadini

0814872267

 Website

Braai Safaris

Kruger Park Trips

0824306108

 

Bundox Safari Company

Local Game Drives, Kruger Park Trips/Panorama Tours

0725232796

 Website

Bushwalks (Guided) on our Wildlife Estate

Informative walks of 3 hours with qualified guide Ian Owtram exploring the fauna and flora of our wonderful Wildlife Estate. R350pp, max 8 people.

0832868281

 

Camp Jabulani Elephant Interaction

Kapama Game Reserve

0157931265

Website

Crossroads Safaris (Full & Half Day Kruger, Canyon)

Kruger Park Trips/Panorama Tours

0646161593

Website

Day Walks - Blyde Canyon

Blydepoort Dam

0157955141

Website

Early Morning Walk/Jog/Cycle

DIY on the Estate

 

 

Game Drive on Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate

DIY on the Estate

 

 

Game Drives

Hoedspruit Endangered Species,Centre, Kapama, R40

015 793 1633/015 793 1633

Website

Giant Baobab & Upside Down Restaurant

Essex Road

0823327887

 

Godding & Godding Silk Farm

R 531

0828089203

Website

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

R 40

0157931633

Website

Hoedspruit Helicopters

Civil Airstrip

0822327638

Website

Jessica The Hippo

R527 towards Lydenburg

0157955249

Website

Kinyonga Reptile Park

R 527

0157955203

Website

Kruger National Park

70km from Orpen Gate, 75km from Phalaborwa Gate

 

 

Leading Edge Flight School

Hoedspruit Central (Civil Airstrip)

0834001405

Website

Little Five Safaris

Kruger Safaris

0660029214

Website

Maseke Mountain Biking (Greater Kruger Area)

R 40

0615857380

 

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

R 531

0157955236

Website

Natural Earth Safaris

Bush walks (guided) on Balule or Timbavati Reserve

0712200466

Website

Nyani Cultural Village

Orpen Road

0837855354

Website

Open Skies Wilderness Expeditions

Kruger Park Trips, walks, etc.

0722572525

Website

Shindzela Walking Trails

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve

0823079493

 

Suncatchers Hot Air Balloons

Hoedspruit & Hazyview

0878062079

Website

Tambuzi Safaris (Open Vehicle Kruger Park Visits)

Kruger Park Trips

072 410 5119

Website

Timbavati Museum

Timbavati Headquaters (Guernsey Road).

0157932436

 

White Water Rafting- Mohlatsi Adventures

Jonkmanspruit Road

0824561086

 

Wild Skies Aviation (Helicopter Flips)

Hoedspruit Civil Airstrip

0836157605

Website

Wildlife Body and Fitness Centre (Gym)

Hoedspruit Wildlife Industrial Aera

0793939736

 

 

 

Some Ideas for Possible “Do It Yourself” Day Trips.

 

Some DIY options for guests to consider:

 

Option 1:

Self-drive to Kruger National Park through Orpen Gate or Phalaborwa Gate.

Could also use a local tour company if desired.

 

Option 2:

Self-drive the Panorama Route. See Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, The Pinnacle, Graskop Gorge (Big Swing), Lisbon & Berlin Falls.

Could also use a local tour company if desired.

 

Option 3:

Do a horse Safari in the Estate in the morning, visit one of the two Animal Rehabilitation Centres in Afternoon or The Reptile Park.

 

Option 4:

Self-drive into bottom of the Blyde River Canyon. See Blydepoort Dam, optional boat cruise on dam, some hiking trails. (Morning)

Informative walk of 3 hours with qualified guide Ian Owtram exploring the fauna and flora of our wonderful Wildlife Estate. R350pp, max 8 people.

 

Option 5:

Self-drive to the top of Mariepskop (1942 m above sea level). A vehicle with good clearance needed. A diff lock or 4x4 wheel drive essential.

Picnic site also available on Blyde River. At least 6 hours required.