Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It spans across almost 20,000 square kilometers, which is almost as large as Belgium. It's home to all iconic African animal species including the big 5. Because of the high density of animals, you will experience wonderful views from your own car.
The Orpen Entrance Gate is about 90 minutes drive from the lodge and opens around 6 AM (winter & summer times differ a little).
An absolute must see for both adults and children. Because you can drive in your own car, you can bring your little ones for their first sightings of the Big 5 animals. You might even want to go for a second trip...
Hoedspruit Reptile Centre
A small, but extremely well organised centre in which you can find a large variety of reptiles. An amazing way to see the animals from up close since most are hard to find in the bush. Clear signs tell you everything about the animal; venomous or not, their preferred habitat and their behaviour.
You will find all sorts of snakes, scorpions, crocs, lizards, tortoises, chameleons and many more.
Since it's a small centre with many animals, it's highly recommended for families with (small) kids. The centre is about a 45 minute drive from the lodge, so a perfect half-day trip.
Have you ever fed a Hippo? Probably not, right?
Jessica is a very special Hippo, she was raised by humans and therefore she's extremely spoiled.
She loves sweet potato and drinks warm Rooibos tea. You might even get to massage her back! Jessica is not being held in captivity, she is free to wonder around and after her potatoes and tea session she often leaves.
Jessica lives around the corner, it's about a 45 minute drive from our lodge. A wonderful experience for the whole family.
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehab Centre
In Moholoholo you will experience a guided tour where you will hear all about the animals in South Africa. You will be able to see a large range of animals that are not able to go back into the wild for different reasons which will be explained to you.
Make sure you meet the world-famous honey badger Stoffel; the Houdini of the animal kingdom.
If you haven't heard of him yet, check out this video on YouTube.
The centre is about a 45-minute drive from the lodge and is a great trip for the whole family.
It is a breathtakingly beautiful scenic road that offers many viewpoints and is centred around the Blyde River Canyon. The world third largest canyon.
At the viewpoints you will be able to leave your car and enjoy the view. When you do not want to drive, you can also book a boat-trip in the canyon and admire the canyon from the lake.
Canopy Tour | Magoebaskloof
The Magoebaskloof is a lush green mountainous area, covered by natural evergreen subtropical forest. It is known as the 'land of the silver mist' since it is mostly covered in a thin layer of mist which gives the canyon a rather spooky look and feel.
Across the rivers and through the canyons you will find 13 zip lines. While gliding you can enjoy the stunning view, the deep canyon and the rivers below. The minimum age is around 7. The tour is about a 2 hour drive from the lodge, but absolutely worth it.