Hoedspruit Phalaborwa

Hoedspruit Phalaborwa


Hoedspruit is located in the Limpopo province and is on the border with the Kruger National Park. It is centrally located in the lowveld and that area is better known here as the Valley of the Elephants. The beautiful location and the climate, which is attractive all year round, has resulted in a vibrant tourist spot where the visitor will lack for nothing. Not only accessible by road and rail, but also by plane.

With the Olifants River and numerous tributaries, this area not only has a great attraction for people but of course also for African Wildlife! The Big Five are not the only animals here, but they are the most famous to look for.

And that is not the only attraction here, the beautiful breathtaking landscape here always provides particularly beautiful views and vistas. Mountains, valleys, rivers and dams, but also the history of this area is very worthwhile. You can go white water rafting, mountain biking, quad biking and of course out on foot.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has daily guided tours to learn more about animals that have been injured or poisoned and they too have a successful breeding program.

In the vicinity of Hoedspruit there are numerous game reserves where you can go on safari. Think of the Balule Game Reserve, the Klaserie and Kapama Game reserve and of course the world famous Kruger National Park are located a stone’s throw away and await your visit.


Located in the northeastern part of South Africa, in the province of Limpopo, you will find Phalaborwa (also called Ba-Palaborwa). It is part of the Mopane district and one of the access roads to the world famous Kruger Park. In addition, it is also the ideal place in transit to the border parks of Mozambique, which are located 2 hours away.

About 2,000 years ago a volcanic eruption took place exposing all kinds of minerals and metals from the earth such as copper, gold, iron and zirconium. As a result, many clay ovens can be found in this area where the extracted metals were melted down. To this day it is still a thriving mining town and the mine has now become a unique tourist attraction.

The name Phalaborwa was given by the Sotho tribe (who came up from the south) and means “Better than the South”. It is a place with a wonderful climate, where it never really gets cold and where winters are mild and summers are warm.

Phalaborwa is a place surrounded by game reserves and lodges. Here where the Ga-Selati and Olifants River meet, game reserves and wildlife are never more than half an hour away. It is a wonderful place for unforgettable memories, in short, an ideal place to discover the beautiful “Lowveld”.

There are several options to see wildlife. Go out at dawn or at dusk. Book a very popular “bush braai” or take a boat safari on the Olifants River where you glide gently over the water and the animal world passes by.

Day trips you can take from here include the Blyde River Canyon, the Three Rondavels, God’s window and the Bourke’s Luck potholes. Several Tzaneen fruit farms and the Hoedspruit game farms are also worth a visit.

The Hans Merensky Golf Estate is located on the outskirts of the village and as a golf enthusiast you certainly cannot ignore it!

Game Reserves you can visit are the Balule Game Reserve where you can see the Big 5, the Hans Merensky game reserve, of course the Kruger National Park. You use the Pahalaborwa entrance gate to enter the Kruger Park, you can’t get any closer!

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