Hoedspruit – AfriCamps at Hoedspruit
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Our 10th camp, AfriCamps at Hoedspruit in Greater Kruger, Limpopo combines the best of South African wildlife, cultural heritage, spectacular landscapes, and year-round great weather. Located between Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park, you can expect some of South Africa’s best Big 5 game viewing and sightseeing experiences.
At AfriCamps at Hoedspruit 11 luxury glamping tents are dotted around a dam famous for catch-and-release fishing of Carp, Bass, Bream, and Barbel. The dam, surrounded by palm trees and visited by nyala, zebra, kudu, waterbuck and bushbuck is also home to a large variety of bird species. Here you will take in the tranquil views and birdsong from your outdoor wood-fired hot tub or riverside braai area. Bring your canoe for a relaxing paddle, or unwind with a drink by the pool. Our family-friendly camp invites you to a Lowveld safari experience that won’t break the bank.
Essential to the AfriCamps at Hoedspruit experience is one of our 8 guided game drives departing from the camp! Choose between tours to Kruger National Park, nearby private game reserves, the Panorama Route, the Blyde River Canyon, a sunset game drive, a guided nature walk, or a local village tour including traditional local cuisine. Find out more about our tours on the activities page.
It is no mystery why Hoedspruit in the Greater Kruger area is referred to as the Safari capital of South Africa, considering its perfect location close to Kruger National Park and some of the best-known private game reserves in the country for Big 5 viewing. Hoedspruit is located at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg Mountain, just west of Timbavati Game Reserve and Klaserie Nature Reserve, and within half an hour’s drive of Kruger’s Orpen gate.
Apart from the wildlife, visitors flock to the area to explore the Panorama Route’s jaw-dropping landscapes and cultural heritage. The Panorama Route includes all the most beautiful views and vistas, waterfalls and natural wonders of the South African Lowveld. Points to check off your list are Graskop Gorge, Pinnacle Rock, God’s Window, Wonder View, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels, and Blyde River Canyon. Remarkable waterfalls to include on your itinerary are Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie Falls, Forest Falls, Mac Mac Pools, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin Falls, and Lisbon Falls. These can all be viewed on your route between AfriCamps at Hoedspruit and AfriCamps at Mackers in Hazyview.
Combine all of this with South Africa’s best weather and we’re onto a winner. December to February can reach up to 40˚C and winter months’ average temperature is 24˚C. We are so ready to soak up the African sun on safari in Limpopo!
Your wonderful hosts, Louwtjie and Monica look forward to welcoming you onto their farm to experience their piece of heaven in the Greater Kruger Lowveld.
The farm has been in the Roux family for over 70 years since it was bought in 1948. Louwtjie’s parents, Louw and Rebekka Roux took over the farm in 1989, to retire.
Louwtjie, who is also a qualified guide, fulfilled his career in tourism and nature conservation in the Kruger National Park, and thereafter in 1999, dedicated himself to the family farm as the 4th generation to settle here, with the ambition to create a homely tourist destination. The farm has since been a popular fishing, nature and safari destination, and from 1 November 2019, the newest addition to AfriCamps Boutique Glamping.
For the Roux’s, the opportunity to provide a travel destination that boasts comfort, style, homegrown hospitality, and rugged African bushveld, has always been an ambition. They consider providing a gateway to the Kruger National Park and the beautiful wilderness of the Lowveld, and providing travellers with an unforgettable experience, a privilege.
To be part a bigger family like Africamps, that provides these opportunities for travellers is a splendid opportunity, to grow, and to excel in the tourism industry. – Louwtjie & Monica Roux
The family team behind AfriCamps at Hoedspruit – The Roux’s
Another familiar face you will get to know during your stay is that of your activities coordinator, Lloyd Cronk. There is no better guide to lead you through Greater Kruger. Lloyd has dedicated the past 23 years to nature as a safari guide and coordinates various tours from the camp. As a resident for many years on the farm, Lloyd has shared his passion for nature with many travellers, and enjoys the adventure of discovering the bushveld of Africa
‘I remember homemade rusks, biscuits and biltong, the old trusted caravan and Ford Cortina that were part of my childhood highlights when my grandparents would bring me to Kruger Park for holidays. The smell of thatched buildings, and Hornbills calling away in the sweltering hot day, still brings a smile to my face’.
Enjoy a guided game drive with our expert guide, Lloyd Cronk
Check-in – from 14:00 – 17:00 on day of arrival
As prior arrangements need to be made, guests are kindly requested to inform the specific AfriCamps host of their estimated time of arrival. This way you are ensured that the check-in can be arranged without delays. You will receive the host’s telephone number in your booking confirmation email. For check-in after 5pm please call the hosts at least 30 minutes in advance to make arrangements.
Check-out – before 10am on day of departure
Please note: Hoedspruit is in a moderate-risk malaria area. Please consult your doctor to advise about the use of anti-malarial medication. If you plan to overnight in the Kruger Park, it is recommended that you take preventative measures.
Shop – You will be able to purchase essential like wood, firelighters, and ice from your hosts between 08:00 and 17:00. Alternatively, you can contact them for assistance.
Bar – There is a bar at the pool area where you can buy a selection of drinks. Please speak to your host on arrival regarding bar hours.
Travel Tip: For longer stays, it is advised to bring an extra cooler box to keep food and drinks cold, especially if guests bring their own food. Ice is available to purchase at the camp. Breakfast an braai baskets are available to pre-order.
ACTIVITIES ON OUR FARM
This AfriCamps location is perfect for avid fishermen as all 11 tents are located on the dam. This spot has been a favourite among local fishermen for years and you can catch Carp, Bass, Bream, and Barbel typically weighing 10kgs! Please bring your own fishing gear.
Go for a dip at the camp pool or unwind with a drink while watching from the poolside.
Guests are welcome to use the dam for rowing – the perfect place to angle from. Please bring your own canoes or kayaks and oars.
For the kids
Guests are welcome to bring bicycles for the kids. The kids love cycling around the camp. Take the kids to see how the game is fed! Feeding of game takes place between 17:00 and 18:00 daily.
Wood-fired Hot Tubs
All 11 tents have their own wood-fired hot tub. A wood-fired hot tub is the purest form of relaxation. After a day of exploring, relax while listening to the calming crackle of the fire. Or use it as a splash pool on the hotter days. Hoedspruit can reach temperatures in the 40s, so the private splash pool will be the hero of your glamping site in summer.
TOURS DEPARTING FROM THE CAMP
Full day Open vehicle Kruger Park Safari
Enjoy an open vehicle safari drive in the world-renowned Kruger National Park with the guidance of a qualified, experienced safari guide.
Duration: 5.30am – (+-) 4pm
Price: 1580 ZAR
Includes: Entrance/conservation fees, Breakfast pack, qualified safari guide, full day game drive, (lunch at own cost)
Open vehicle morning Safari (Private Game Reserve)
Experience an off-roading private reserve safari in an open safari vehicle. An intimate and ultimate bushveld experience. Enjoy a snack breakfast in the wilds.
Duration: 6am – 8.30am
Price: 950 ZAR
Includes: Entrance/conservation fees, light breakfast (tea/coffee/milk/ snacks), qualified safari guide, 2,5-hour game drive.
Open vehicle sunset safari (Private Game Reserve)
Experience an off-roading private reserve safari in an open safari vehicle. An intimate and ultimate bushveld experience. Enjoy a sundowner stop in the wilds.
Duration: 4.30pm – 7pm
Price: 950 ZAR
Includes: Entrance/conservation fees, 1 beverage (beer or soft drink, extra beverages on order at reception) and snacks, qualified safari guide, 2,5-hour game drive.
Full day safari and scenery package
Gain first-hand knowledge concerning the importance of the conservation and rehabilitation of wild animals at Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre. Enjoy a boat cruise and a view site in the Blyde River Canyon, the third Deepest canyon in the world. End off the day with an open vehicle sunset safari. Enjoy snacks and drinks as the sun sets.
Duration: 8.30am – 3pm (Moholoholo & boat cruise) 4.30pm – 7pm (sunset safari)
Price: 2550 ZAR
Includes: Transfers to and from camp, Rehab centre tour, 1-hour boat cruise, qualified safari guides and driver, packed lunch at Blyde Dam view point, open safari vehicle sunset game drive with 1 beverage (beer or soft drink, extra beverages on order at reception), sundowner snacks.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre and Blyde River Canyon boat cruise
Gain first-hand knowledge concerning the importance of the conservation and rehabilitation of wild animals at Moholoholo Rehabilitation centre. Enjoy a boat cruise and a view site in the Blyde River Canyon, the third Deepest canyon in the world.
Duration: 8.30am – 3pm
Price: 1600 ZAR
Includes: Transfers to and from camp, Rehab centre tour, 1-hour boat cruise, packed lunch at Blyde Dam view point.
Educational Nature Walk
Enjoy a guided nature walk that is aimed at learning about tracks and signs, medicinal uses of plants and trees, bird watching and general ‘small wonders’ of nature. Nyala, Zebra, Kudu and many other large mammals can be encountered.
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: Adults 300ZAR, Children 200ZAR
Includes: Qualified nature guide, 1,5 hour guided walk, 500ml water, checklist.
Meander through mountain passes and views of the Blyde River Canyon. Visit God’s window, Bourkes luck potholes and 2 waterfalls along the way. Lunch on traditional pancakes at the famous Harrie’s Pancakes.
Duration: 8am – 3pm
Price: 1140 ZAR
Includes: Qualified nature guide/driver, transfers to and from camp, entrance fees. (Lunch at own cost)
THIS ACTIVITY IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, PLEASE ENQUIRE AT RECEPTION ON ARRIVAL
Nourish NGO local village tour
A half-day excursion that involves interacting with school children and residents from a local village. Explore an Eco village hosted by spirited individuals that strive to help local communities and wildlife projects. End off the experience with a traditional meal prepared by the local people.
Duration: 8am – 1pm
Price: 450 ZAR (Funds will go towards the Nourish NGO)
Includes: Transfers to and from camp, Eco village tour, traditional lunch.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
Exploring these beautiful stops on the Panorama Route en route to your next location, AfriCamps at Mackers in Hazyview: Graskop Gorge, Pinnacle Rock, God’s Window, Wonder View, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels and Blyde River Canyon. Remarkable waterfalls to include on your itinerary are Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie Falls, Forest Falls, Mac Mac Pools, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin falls, and Lisbon falls.
Kruger National Park
Embark on a self-drive safari or hop on board a guided tour. However you choose to do it, a visit to Kruger National Park is essential during your Hoedspruit getaway. Spot the Big 5 and stop for a delicious breakfast or lunch at one of the Park’s many picnic spots. Please note that gate fees do apply. Watch this space as we share more about AfriCamps at Hoedspruit’s own Kruger Tours.
Hot Air Ballooning
Explore the Lowveld section of the Blyde River from above in a hot air balloon! Hoedspruit provides perfect hot air ballooning conditions as the Drakensberg Escarpment provides shelter from winds and the scenes below are just spectacular.
24 Degrees South
Explore, relax and discover at 24 Degrees South. Find a great variety of food, shops, and entertainment. Find anything from a classic car showroom, a day spa and outdoor chess, to ceramics, textiles, cafes and a nature trail. Keep an eye out for exciting events hosted here year-round.
Kinyonga Reptile park
Kinyonga focusses on the conservation of endangered reptiles and offers self-guided walks through the centre where visitors can spot snakes, iguanas, lizards, crocodiles, and spiders,
Ukuthula Arts and Crafts shop
Visit Ukuthula for stylish functional & decorative art and crafts, made with love by artists and hand crafters.
Kamogelo Tourism Centre
A shopping centre offering a range of shops and services including a pharmacy, bank, gift shops and food shops.
Blyde River Adventure Centre
Enjoy a variety of activities: quad bikes, paint ball, a Blyde River boat cruise, kloofing, geckoing or scenic flights.
Blyde River Canyon
All AfriCamps locations are self-catering, but meal options are available. Travel Tip: For longer stays, it is advised to bring an extra cooler box to keep food and drinks cold, especially if guests bring their own food. Ice is available to purchase at the camp.
We offer ‘Cook Your Own’ breakfast baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your breakfast basket when making your booking or at least 24 hours in advance.
- Fruit Juice
- 2 Mini Beef sausages
- Fresh seasonal fruit
- White/Brown Bread
- Butter and Jam
- Medium roast coffee
R110 per adult
R 75 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
We offer ‘Cook-Your-Own’ traditional South African braai baskets which are placed in the tents for guests to prepare. Pre-order your braai basket when making your booking or at least 24 hours in advance.
- 200g Beef Rump steak
- Venison kebab or Chicken kebab (subject to availability)
- Smoked Bacon twister or Beef sausage (Subject to availability)
- Two Salads
- Garlic roll or Traditional Braaibroodjie (Subject to availability)
- Something sweet
R175 per adult
R110 per child (0 to 12 yrs)
The braai basket at AfriCamps at Hoedspruit
Meal baskets are charged per person per day.
Breakfast and Braai baskets should be booked a day in advance.
Lunch packs can be ordered subject to availability and subject to what is freshly available. Please ask your host for your options during your stay.
Restaurant in the area
Try these restaurants in the area during your day out:
- The Hat & Creek (African cuisine and seafood, vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free options)
- Rumble Restaurant (Italian)
- Sleepers Restaurant (Portuguese, and Italian)
- Wild Dogz Burger Bar (Grill)
- Blue Mountain Restaurant (Vegetarian-friendly)
- 24 Degrees South (Variety of shops and food options)
From Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit
From Hoedspruit Airport, turn right onto Koedoe Street and continue to R527. Turn left onto R527 and continue for 550m. Turn right onto Klaserie Road (R40). After 22km, turn left onto Guernsey Road. Continue for 2.9km, then take the sharp right turn. Continue for 950m and turn left. Follow the road for 500m before turning right to AfriCamps at Hoedspruit.
AfriCamps at Hoedspruit is a 5-hour drive from OR Thambo International Airport. Head for the N12 towards Witbank, merge onto the N4 at Emahlaleni. This is a toll road, with two toll points. Stay on the N4 for another 86km before exiting left onto R33. After 2.9km, turn right onto Steven Masango Street (R540) which takes you to Lydenburg. After 86km turn left into Lydenburg and remain on the R36. Continue for 101km where the road becomes R527. After 17km turn right onto R351 towards Klaserie Road. Turn left onto Klaserie Road (R40) and after 1km, take the first right turn onto Guernsey Road. Continue for 2.9km, then take the sharp right turn. Continue for 950m and turn left. Follow the road for 500m before turning right to AfriCamps at Hoedspruit.
On entering Nelspruit follow the signs for White River on the R40. Continue through White River following the R40 towards Hazyview, approximately 40km. On reaching the T-Junction turn left towards Hazyview. Remain on the R40 through Hazyview. Stay on R40 for about 73km until you reach Klaserie Road. Turn right onto Klaserie Road (R40). After 1km, take the first right turn onto Guernsey Road. Continue for 2.9km, then take the sharp right turn. Continue for 950m and turn left. Follow the road for 500m before turning right to AfriCamps at Hoedspruit.
GPS Coordinates: -24.527943, 31.057783
Our tents sleep up to 5 guests, but our shared rates are based on a two-person stay. Please note that the rates below are just a price indication, use our online bookings calendar to check current rates and availability. Food & beverage and activities & tours are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated.
Rates as from 1 May 2019
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
|Low season||1290||645||200||200||200||Stay Free||100|
|High season||1790||895||200||200||200||Stay Free||100|
|Peak season||2290||1145||200||200||200||Stay Free||100|
1 November 2019 (Camp Opening) to 12 December 2019,
12 January 2020 to 30 April 2020
13 December 2019 to 11 January 2020
Rates as from 1 May 2020
|Rate per tent (pp)||Additional fee adults (pp)||Children fee (pp)|
|Season||Single||Shared||3rd||4th||5th||0 – 2||3 – 16|
|Low season||1340||670||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|High season||1840||920||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
|Peak season||2340||1170||250||250||250||Stay Free||125|
1 May 2020 to 11 June 2020
Excludes long weekends: 1, 2 May 2020
12 June 2020 to 30 June 2020
1 September 2020 to 10 December 2020
10 January 2021 to 30 April 2021
Long weekend: 1, 2 May 2020
1 July 2020 to 31 August 2020
11 December 2020 to 9 January 2021
Please look for the full terms and conditions on our website www.africamps.com/terms-and-conditions
All tents sleep a maximum of 5 people. The following items or services are not included in the price, unless otherwise stated:
- Food & Beverage
- Activities & Tours
- Daily cleaning service (Complimentary cleaning every 4th day only)
- Wood and firelighters for the wood-stove and campfires (for sale at the property)
Unfortunately, no pets allowed on the farm
To secure your stay a 50% deposit is required. The balance of the booking amount must be paid in full to AfriCamps, at the latest, one month before arrival. In the event of a booking made within one month before arrival, the entire booking amount must be paid immediately.
In the case of a late or incomplete payment, you are in default. AfriCamps will reserve the right to cancel the booking with immediate effect. You are responsible for all damages which suffered as a consequence of this, as well as all costs which AfriCamps has made with regards to your booking and the cancellation.
In the event of a cancellation more than a month before arrival, your deposit of 50% will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation within a month before arrival, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps. In the case of premature termination of the stay, the entire booking amount is payable to AfriCamps.
- More than 1 month prior to arrival: 50% Cancellation fee (50% deposit of full booking value is non-refundable)
- Within 1 month of arrival: 100% Cancellation fee (Full amount of booking value is due and non-refundable)
AfriCamps and the corresponding farm accept no liability for: theft, loss or damage, of whatever nature, during or as a result of a stay on one of our affiliated farms, falling into defect or putting out of action of technical equipment and loss or closure of supplies on the farm.
The guests and those who accompany him or her, are jointly and severally responsible for all loss and/or damage which arises, for AfriCamps, the farm in question and/or any third party as a direct or an indirect consequence of their stay, irrespective of whether this was caused through actions or refraining from actions by themselves or by third parties, who are at the farm through their making, as well as of all damage which is caused by any animal and/or matter which they have under their responsibility. If you leave your tent in an improper condition, AfriCamps is entitled to charge R250,- of additional (cleaning) costs. This can double to R500,- in combination with a late departure.