Activities in and around Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit

Kruger National Park - Self Drives

If you choose to do your own self-drive game drives you have various choices when entering the Phalaborwa Gate.

  • Head north towards Mopani Camp or head towards Letaba Camp
  • Various other short drives

It is advisable to consult the official Kruger maps when deciding on a route as this also includes the estimated times. Remember that the speed limit in the Park is Maximum 50 km/h and you have to adhere to gate closing times

Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa

Situated on the property. Here you can visit the spa, play a round of golf surrounded by wildlife, have a wood stove baked pizza at the pool bar or enjoy a meal at the restaurant

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Bushbaby Adventures

Daily Safaris and overnight tours, transfers to and in Kruger National Park & the surrounding areas, tailor-made packages to suit your needs and many other excursions to choose from.
French and Spanish translator available on request
Contact Elize on 071 597 8851 or visit for more information.

Olifants River Boat Cruises

Olifants River Lodge and Safaris is geographically situated on the northern shore of the Olifants River, approximately 17 kilometres south of the town of Phalaborwa. The river flows from west to east, through the Kruger National Park into the neighbouring country Mozambique.

A number of activities are available and the morning and afternoon sunset boat cruises are spectacular.

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Theron African Safaris

Tailor-made game drives and adventure packages to suit your needs:
Contact Corne at 082 576 1803 or click the link in the name above.

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Qualito Whiskey and Gin Distillery

First, is a tour of the distillery where you will see how their master distillers shepherd each unique creation meticulously through every step of the craft from “grain to glass” as they say. Then it’s time to take discerning taste-buds on a delightful taste Safari.

Tasting tours can be booked in advance.

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Letaba Elephant Hall

Situated at Letaba Camp in the Kruger National Park, the museum covers elephant evolution, biology, behaviour, ecology and research. It also showcases the ivory of eight of Kruger's greatest tuskers (including six of the Magnificent Seven).

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Letaba Day Visitors Site

This site is next to Letaba Camp and has lovely picnic spots as well as a day visitors swimming pool.

Kruger Park Activities

Other activities are also available and can be booked directly at the Phalaborwa Gate or by phoning +27 (0) 13 735 3547. These include Morning Drives, Afternoon Drives and Full Day Drives with qualified guides.

NOTE: When visiting the Park

  • Day visitors are not permitted to take alcoholic beverages into the Park.

  • Take note of the distances between gate and camps and gate closing times.

  • During peak times day visitors are limited to quotas. You can book your permit in advance for details.

    Experience the best activities on offer in northeast South Africa with Armadilo adventure tour operator. With offices only 3km from the world-famous Kruger National Park & with a passionate team of operators, you are sure to have an experience like no other

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There are a number of moderately priced restaurants in town that are really worth visiting. To view your options please visit this link.



Hoedspruit is approximately 45 min from Phalaborwa on the R40 South. Activity distances vary.

Jessica the Hippo

What makes Jessica so special and unique, is the fact that she's a wild animal that interacts with humans in a rather different way than nature has intended.

Hoedspruit Endangered species Centre

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species. Founded on passion, the centre has adopted a holistic approach to its conservation activities, such as the educating of surrounding communities, tourism, breeding, rehabilitation and anti-poaching, to name a few.

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

Situated in the shadow of the majestic “Mariepskop” which forms part of the mighty Drakensberg mountains, this unique Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is home to many of South Africa’s abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.

Daily Tours at Moholoholo:
Two tours daily from Monday – Saturday. Approximate duration of the tour is 2 – 2 1⁄2 hours

Morning Tour starts @ 09:30
Afternoon Tour starts @15:00
Open on Sundays during school holidays and long weekends @ 15:00pm

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Leading Edge - Scenic Flights

Ever thought of taking to the skies in a microlight?
Visit for more information or phone 0833069980 or email