Some of the things to do
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
Follow the R40 through Bushbuck Ridge towards Hoedspruit where you will find the HESC where endangered and vulnerable animals are rehabilitated. At present two baby rhino, orphaned by rhino horn poachers killing the rhino moms, are fostered there. The two young one, Mr G and Matimba have established a special bond - beyond our human understanding and sleep and play together daily. Daily tours are availble view the animals in their care and can be extended to include a cheetah run and the feeding of wild dog and vultures. Enquire at reception at Nabana Lodge re tour times and cost.
Kruger National Park
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. This national park of nearly 2 million hectaresr is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals including the Big 5.
Maholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
Maholoholo “the big one” animal rehabilitation Centre opens its door to the public to create awareness through interaction on the plight of endangered and injured animals. Under management of Brian Jones, injured or poisoned animals and bird of prey are rehabilitated and released again in nature wherever possible. Research programmes for vulture species and the succesfull Serval breeding programmes contributes greatly to the preservation of wildlife in South Africa. Tours are offered Monday to Saturday at 09h30 and 15h00
Elephant Whispers is an Elephant Interaction and Safari Venue located on the banks of the Sabi River. Guests can experience the thrill of being close to these magnificent creatures and witness their intelligence, their compassionate nature and sheer delight interacting with their human counterparts.
Blyde River Canyon
Known as one of the great wonders of nature on the African continent, the Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the largest “green” canyon due to the abundant subtropical foliage. The canyon has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on earth and features the Three Rondavels, three huge circular rock formations resembling the beehive huts of indigenous people. The Kadushi Tufa waterfall forms part of the structure of the canyon and at a height of 200 meters is the second highest tufa waterfall on earth. The water running over dolomite rocks absorbs calcium and the rock formations deposited resembles a face crying profusely. One of the best ways to explore the canyon is on an hour and a half guided boat trip from where you have unusual views of the rock formations, and can experience the waterfall from below. Wildlife and birds abound, so remember to take binoculars and your camera. The boat departs 09h00, 11h00 and 15h00 daily from the Blyde River jetty.
Part of the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, a popular viewpoint on the Panorama Route, is set at the reserve’s southern extremity. Breathtakingly beautiful, the spectacular view over the Eastern Lowveld seems endless and on a clear day you overlook the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo mountains bordering Mozambique. The “Window” refers to a rock resembling a window, set further back on a private farm, hence the government moved the viewpoint to the edge of the escarpment.
An interactive tours are led by a trained guide through the bush and fields to a living village where they meet a Shangaan family and experience their customs and traditions. Next they visit the mystical kraal of the sangoma (traditional healer) to learn about traditional medicines. A full traditional lunch is served with the midday tour. The evening tours include entertainment such as storytelling, singing and traditional dancing.
The Sudwala caves near Nelspruit were formed about 240 million years ago. Part of the Malmani Dolomite Ridge of the Drakensberg escarpment, the chambers originally were not connected and the chambers filled with water. When a major geological upheaval occurred, the water drained away, and the structure of the caves as they are today was established. The largest chamber, the Ampitheatre was named after the owner of the farm, Mr, PR Owen in recognition of his work in developing the caves as a public attraction. Other chambers include the “Devils Workshop”, “Fairyland” and the “map of Africa” on the cave ceiling.
Induna Adventures offers a variety of adventure activities, Rolling hills, gorges, rivers and unspoilt indigenous forests create a “Natural Adventure Park” right on the Panorma Route. Activities are available for young and old, from extreme sport such as white water rafting to quad biking and can be enjoyed with family, friends or colleagues. There are more than 14 outdoor adventure activities to choose from, ranging from 1/2 hour to full day options.
We are the preferred supplier to the tourism industry and tourists in Mpumalanga in respect of Scenic and Special Microlight flights offered in The Bantam B22 J aircraft to club members of all ages. Flights range from 10min to 90mins over wonderful and breathtaking scenic lowveld country.
Your room folder holds many more activity options, from romantic hour and a half boat trips to full day excursions