Top 5 Tours from Hoedspruit

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Hoedspruit has so much to offer visitors. Here is our top 5 pick of activities to do in Hoedspruit aimed at our international visitors who are here for the very first time.

We have omitted any attractions that include physical animal interactions of any kind.


You just can’t come all this way and not visit the iconic Kruger National Park, a short-ish distance away.

The park is accessible from Hoedspruit through the Phalaborwa gate in the north and the Orpen gate in the South, both are about one hour from town.

Visiting the park in your own vehicle is very easy with a good network of roads, which as well marked.

The very best way to explore the park is in an open safari vehicle, led by a skilled guide. We offer full day trips into the Park, please get in touch for more info.


Hoedspruit is surrounded in the west by the mighty Drakensberg escarpment. This large mountain range is home to one of the worlds largest canyons, the Blyde River Canyon. The Panorama Route follows the edge of the range with some interesting view points that include views over the canyon.

The route is very well marked and walking is minimal except at God’s Window and Bourke’s luck potholes where there are steeper walkways.

We really recommend this one for a fun day out, this is a very weather depended one.


Experiencing the Kruger to Canyon biosphere reserve from the air is something out of this world. The balloon slowly ascends as the sun begins to rise over the Kruger National Park in the east, lighting the Drakensberg escarpment in the west.
The direction of the balloon is completely dependent on the direction and the speed of the wind way up there.
Guests often see Giraffe, Hippo and other animals along with some breathtaking scenery.


The boat trip is set right in the very heart of the mighty Blyde Canyon, one of the largest in the world. We love the scenery on this tour, the Blyde dam is located right in the heart of the canyon and the views are stunning. The boat is led by a knowledgeable guide who will provide interesting facts as the boat goes along.

The boat cruise is normally around 90 minutes long and departs at 11H00 and 15H00. They offer departures at 13H00 during the busier periods so be sure to check with us before you head out.


The Hoedspruit endangered species centre has been working tirelessly for many years as a breeding centre for the endangered Cheetah and Wild dog.

They run a successful program that reintroduces these highly endangered carnivores back into the wild.

The centre offers guided tours each day that take you through the centre to each of the enclosures to showcase what they do. Be warned, this is no Kruger Park. You will see many fences and enclosures housing animals as they pass through the different phases of the program.