Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa

Three Ronadavels, Panorama Route, near Hoedspruit, South Africa.


In the area of the Drakensberg Mountains, where the Blyde, Olifants, Klaserie and Timbavati Rivers run, lies a region known as the Central Lowveld. Here, the small town of Hoedspruit supports an enormous theme of growing game reserves, lodges and game farms.

Aside from accommodating some of South Africa's best game reserves, including the Kruger National Park, the area also contains stunning scenery overlooking 2 biomes namely Savanna Woodland and Afro-Montane forest.

The Lowveld of the Limpopo is dry and drab before the rains. A haze of ochre dust hangs over everything and the air seems too heavy to breathe in. But between the seasonally thinned-out trees, you can see a huge variety of game.

Lions lounge around lazily, Cheetah rest up in the shade and antelope browse delicately. After the first rains everything turns green, the young Impala lambs wobble about on rickety, stilt-like legs and everyone rejoices with relief. And this is every bit as true right in the town of Hoedspruit, as it is deep in the bush on the biggest game reserve.

The town itself is small, with one of everything but no extras and most of the attractions are decidedly bush-oriented. Just outside the town is a wonderful reptile park, where visitors can get the opportunity to demystify and de-demonise a range of reptiles, including snakes and crocodiles.

There are so many game farms to choose from in the vicinity and the Kruger National Park is close by. There is a great horseback safari for experienced riders and the nearby Olifants River offers wonderful rafting.