Tshukudu, well renowned for the re-introduction of orphaned animals to the wild, offers guests the rare opportunity and unique experience of interacting with animals and enjoying the beauty of their nature reserve, all on foot, on their special morning walk.
Nature lovers and adventure seekers will be delighted to experience amazing African wildlife up close, while enjoying the background beauty of the sun rising over the African lowveld. Each bush walk is led by enthusiastic rangers/trackers while guests experience this unique experience.
A couple of highlights to look forward to at Elephant Whispers....Explore the rough contours of the elephant’s wrinkled skin, stroke the velvety skin under their ears, and enjoy the breeze from the cool air being circulated when the elephant gently flap their ears. Offer a tongue massage to an enthusiastic elephant! Have your photograph taken standing under the impressive six ton Tembo.
Elephant Whispers are dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant, and welcome people of all ages to share in the excitement of close encounters with these magnificent creatures. Experience the privilege of little Lindiwe’s compassionate nature, witness Medwa’s remarkable memory and enjoy the thrill of interacting with Tembo.
While residing in the private areas, it is worth your while to visit the public areas of the Kruger National Park as well. This area, which is only slighly smaller than the Netherlands, offers an unrivalled diversity of fauna and flora, fused with historical and archaeological sites.
Enjoy an entire day touring the different ecological zones with its unbelievable number of species of trees, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals - and of course the FAMOUS BIG 5, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Be sure you have your binoculars, and we will provide the rest. An early start, accompanied by your professional tour guide, you leave the Lodge and head towards a day of game viewing, beautiful scenery and loads of fun!
The Hoedspruit Research and Breeding Centre for Endangered Species (HESC) is situated on 100 hectares of the Kapama Game Reserve and focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines. More than 80 cheetah can be seen, including tame individuals, cubs and the beautiful king cheetah (these cheetahs have recessive genetic modifications that result in them having stripes rather than spots).
The tour brings you in close contact species such as the wild dog, serval, caracal, black-footed cat, aardwolf, ground hornbill, blue crane, African wild cat, and the endangered Sable antelope. The Centre is a non−profitable organization putting all funds back into nature conservation in order to help ensure the continued survival of all endangered animal species. Today the Centre has established itself as one of the leaders in the breeding and research of endangered species.
Shangana has been created and built by local Shangaan people, and forms a place of great pride, a way of preserving a rich heritage and an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity Midway between the Blyde River Canyon and the southern Kruger National Park, the residents of the traditional villages of Shangana invite guests to share in the way of life of the Shangaan people.
The picturesque villages are set in the shade of ancient trees in a reserve of forest and grassland, and are open every day. A bustling African market village forms the centre of Shangana, where local craftspeople make and trade their craft. From here, trained guides lead guests down to villages on daytime tours.
"Balloonists can dawdle, lollygag, cast their fate to the wind and become part of the ebb and flow of nature. In that silent realm, far from the mischief and toil of society, all one hears is the urgent breathing of the wind and, now and then, an inspiring gasp of hot air." — Diane Ackerman
Experience the magic of a lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Every good weather morning at sunrise, balloons depart from the launch sites near Hoedspruit for the experience of a lifetime which turns out to be an hour long flights over the scenic Lowveld of the Blyde River. The terrain is a mixture of farmland and private nature reserves at the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. Game spotting is almost a guarantee.
Jessica is a 10 year old hippo who lives near Hoedspruit, Limpopo. She is a wild animal that interacts with both adults and children alike. Many believe that Hippo's are very dangerous. There have been many Hippo attacks, some resulting in death. However, Jessica is one Hippo that is unique. She displays characteristics that makes us wonder about our approach towards wild animals. She loves interacting with human and shows no signs of aggression.
Jessica has become somewhat of a worldwide phenomenon due to her behaviour, and one must wonder whether see actually sees herself as a fellow human, or if she sees us as fellow hippos.
Duration: Half Day Tour
Time: Depart from lodge at 10h30. Arrive back at lodge before lunch.
Includes: Entrance fees per person, return transfers from and to Sausage Tree, services of a professional tour guide and touring in luxury air-conditioned vehicle.
Enjoy the experience of game viewing in a completely new and different way not to be missed out on.
Cruise the waters of the magnificent Olifants River on the 'Kambaku' house boat and enjoy the three hour journey of close encounters with crocodile, hippo, buffalo, elephant, water buck and a wide variety of other game on the lush green banks of the largest rivers in the Kruger National Park.
Wine and dine while gazing at the abundant wildlife, birds, indigenous trees, bush and grass associated with the African bushveld.