What to do in Hoedspruit?

Posted by Emily on Thu April 18, 2024 in Travel experiences.

So, you’ve booked your flights and are finally heading off on your dream safari – but what else is there to do in the area? Klaserie Drift Safari Camps is primely located on the Klaserie River in the Greater Kruger, just an hour’s drive from Hoedspruit; the lowveld’s gateway wildlife town and tourist haven. From stunning hikes and horseback rides to seeing it all from the air in a hot-air balloon or light aircraft, Hoedspruit has an eye-popping array of things to do for tourists and travellers of all ages and fitness levels. Here, we break down one of our favourite, local ‘must-do’ activities – a trip to the achingly beautiful Blyde River Canyon.

Blyde River Canyon

Fed by the sparkling waters of the Blyde River, and overlooking the impressive Drakensberg mountains, the Blyde River Canyon is thought to be the third largest canyon in the world, as well as being the largest green canyon! Throughout its 26km length, the canyon boasts a diverse wealth of flora and fauna and has several key look-out posts such as God’s Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Kadishi waterfall, the second largest tufa waterfall in the world at 200 metres, is also well worth the short, 20-minute hike. However, our favourite thing to do in Hoedspruit has to be visiting the Three Rondavels.

Three Rondavels

So named due to the rock formation resembling three, African-style rondavels (like round houses) this particular spot offers panoramic views over the canyon and far into the distance. On a clear day, the Three Rondavel’s beauty is truly unrivalled – and it isn’t hard to see why the spot features on countless postcards and getaway guides! If you only have time for a quick drive-through on your way back to Johannesburg, this is well worth the detour. However, for those with a little more time on their hands, we recommend delving a little deeper into the blue waters of the Blyde on a boat cruise.

Boat Cruise

As you float along the canyon’s serene waters, passing the Three Rondavels and Kadishi waterfalls, your guide will give you a fascinating interpretive talk about the area. Alongside spectacular views, visitors can hope to see some of the local wildlife such as crocodiles, hippos, kudus and monkeys as well as a few special bird species. Keep your eyes feeling for the rare African finfoot! Lasting 90 minutes in total, these tours book up well in advance so we highly recommend you reserve your ticket as soon as you can.

So, when it comes to finding out what to do in Hoedspruit, our team can help! For guests at Klaserie Drift, our reservations team is always on hand to advise on local activities and make bookings on your behalf – ensuring a seamless stay in South Africa.