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.
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.
Visit a home for many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife and a highly regarded contributor to wildlife education in our country.
Situated in the shadow of the majestic "Mariepskop" our unique Rehabilitation Centre is home to many animals and birds. Some of them are the rescued Lions from an Egyptian Circus; Queen the Crowned Eagle, Chui the Leopard, Jolly and Juba the Cheetah ambassadors and many more.
The centre has a long standing and successful Serval Breeding Project which is a success story all of its own. Having bred and released over 160 back into areas where they have previously become extinct. They have received reports that some of the females have since mated with wild males in the area of release! Another first for Mohololoholo, they have the only facility in South Africa to have successfully bred the endangered Crown Eagle.
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.
"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.
The Panoramic Tour takes you along a breathtaking route winding its way along the escarpment of the world-famous Blyde River Canyon. While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and it may be the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage.
It has some of the deepest precipitious cliffs of any canyon on the planet. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent. Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels.
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.
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!