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The Bushveld is one of the world’s most mag­i­cal places. Each day starts with a spec­tac­u­lar sun­rise and ends with the blaz­ing sun melt­ing into a cool, star­lit evening. Hoed­spruit lies in the heart of Lim­popo and is un­doubt­edly a hid­den gem as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. Si­t­u­ated be­tween the Kruger Na­tional Park, which is sur­rounded by world­class game re­serves and lodges, and the breath­tak­ing Blyde River Canyon, means this pretty town should be on any na­ture lover’s bucket list. It is the per­fect place to start your next ad­ven­ture. Hoed­spruit Air­port (East­gate Air­port) pro­vides key air ac­cess to the pris­tine pri­vate game re­serves and lux­ury lodges in the sur­round­ing area, like Ka­pama Pri­vate Game Re­serve, the Thorny­bush Col­lec­tion, Royal Male­wane, Karongwe Port­fo­lio and Garonga Sa­fari Camp. It’s also a strate­gic gate­way to the Kruger Na­tional Park (via Or­pen Gate) rest camps and the con­ces­sion lodges within the park such as Rhino Post Sa­fari Lodge, Plains Camp, Hoyo Hoyo Tsonga Lodge, Hamil­tons Tented Camp and Im­bali Sa­fari Lodge. The Thorny­bush Col­lec­tion of­fers a range of ac­com­mo­da­tion from in­ti­mate lodges to 40-bed es­tab­lish­ments, all lo­cated within the 14 000 ha Thorny­bush re­serve. The lodges of­fer com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion, fine cui­sine and ex­cel­lent game view­ing. Game drives take place twice a day in open game-view­ing ve­hi­cles so you have an un­ob­structed view of the African land­scape. Hoed­spruit and its air­port is also a great cen­tral point if you want to visit Tim­ba­vati, Klaserie and Motswari pri­vate na­ture re­serves and high-end lodges like Kings Camp, Sim­ba­vati Sa­fari Lodge, and andBeyond Ngala Sa­fari Lodge. And, of course, the world-fa­mous Kruger Na­tional Park should be on ev­ery­one’s bucket list. At nearly two mil­lion hectares, the Kruger is one of the largest game re­serves on the con­ti­nent. The park’s nat­u­ral di­ver­sity is un­par­al­leled and you’ll get a real taste of the Bushveld. Choose from a va­ri­ety of ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­clud­ing camp­sites, ron­dav­els and lodges, as well as restau­rants and pic­nic ar­eas. The park is home to unique fauna and flora, which could in­clude a few sur­prises. You can ex­pect to see hip­pos and crocodiles lurk­ing in the wa­ters. Once, a Zam­bezi shark (which can live in both salt and fresh wa­ter) ven­tured up­stream of the Lim­popo River and was spot­ted in­side the park! Whether you choose to visit the Kruger Na­tional Park or ex­plore a pri­vate na­ture re­serve, Hoed­spruit – with its ef­fi­cient road, rail and air trans­port in­fra­struc­ture – is the best place to kick off your sa­fari hol­i­day. Com­bine game watch­ing in the Kruger with

a trip to the spec­tac­u­lar Blyde River Canyon, of­fi­cially known as the Mot­latse Canyon, in Mpumalanga. The canyon is one of the coun­try’s most im­pres­sive ge­o­log­i­cal fea­tures, and the most north­ern part of the Drak­ens­berg range. There are sev­eral view­points along the route, but the Three Ron­dav­els (three peaks shaped like tra­di­tional huts) is one of the best. God’s Win­dow is an­other view­ing site that pro­vides panoramic views. Take ad­van­tage of the fan­tas­tic photo op­por­tu­ni­ties along the way and mar­vel at the breath-tak­ing views, or do one of the many ac­tiv­i­ties around the Blyde River Canyon. More ad­ven­tur­ous vis­i­tors can go on a tube or ca­noe trip down the river, while those look­ing for a less en­er­getic ac­tiv­ity can en­joy a leisurely cruise on the wa­ter or a hike along the river banks or through the canyon. Book a hot air bal­loon flight for a bird’s-eye view of the land­scape. Make time to visit the Mo­holo­holo Wildlife Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre, home to or­phaned, aban­doned, in­jured and poi­soned an­i­mals, in­clud­ing lions, ser­vals, chee­tahs, hye­nas, honey badgers, and birds like ea­gles and vul­tures. The cen­tre is well known for its Ser­val Breed­ing Project, which has rein­tro­duced 160 of these rare an­i­mals to ar­eas where they were pre­vi­ously thought to be ex­tinct. An­other worth­while out­ing is to the Hoed­spruit En­dan­gered Species Cen­tre, a wildlife fa­cil­ity fo­cus­ing on con­ser­va­tion and the sus­tain­abil­ity of rare, vul­ner­a­ble and threat­ened species. Vis­it­ing the cen­tre gives you in­sight into the life­long dream of founder Lente Roode and her chee­tah con­ser­va­tion. The Hoed­spruit En­dan­gered Species Cen­tre is proof of how the ded­i­ca­tion of a few peo­ple can make a dif­fer­ence to the long-term sur­vival of an­i­mals. Travel ex­tra­or­di­nary to the heart of the South African Bushveld. We of­fer di­rect flights to Hoed­spruit from Jo­han­nes­burg and Cape Town. Thanks to our ex­cep­tional ser­vice and the widest net­work of flights within south­ern Africa, your dream hol­i­day and sa­fari ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins be­fore you even step onto the plane.

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