Glamping at AfriCamps, Hoedspruit, Limpopo.
If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that my mom decided to join for a stretch of a trip and I absolutely loved having her as a passenger for a week as I made my way through Mpumalanga. Mom however, isn’t much of a camper, whilst I love living as close to nature as possible. Which is exactly why I chose AfriCamps Hoedspruit as our first stop.
THE AREA Hoedspruit is referred to as the safari capital of world, located at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg Mountain, close to the Kruger National Park and some of the best-known private game reserves in the country.
Apart from the wildlife, visitors flock to the area to explore the Panorama Route’s breathtaking landscapes and cultural heritage. All of the most beautiful views and vistas, waterfalls and natural wonders of the South African Lowveld can be found along this route. As we made our way from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit we stopped off at bucket list stops like Graskop Gorge, Pinnacle Rock, God’s Window, Wonder View, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Three Rondavels, and the Blyde River Canyon. Be sure to check out some of the country’s largest waterfalls including Lone Creek Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sabie Falls, Forest Falls, Mac Mac Pools, Mac Mac Falls, Berlin Falls, and Lisbon Falls along this route too.
Combine all of these natural wonders with the fact that Mpumalanga winters sit at an average of 24˚C, there genuinely couldn’t have been a better place to spend a mom-daughter week away during the month of July.
AfriCamps’ boutique tented camps are dotted around some of the most beautiful places in the country and each camp is totally unique in setting and what it has to offer. However, the tented accommodation stays the same across all of them.
At AfriCamps Hoedspruit, the eleven tents surround a beautiful fishing dam. Each tent sleeps up to five people in comfortable extra length beds complete with electric blankets (two queens; one topped by a single bunk), and have all the comforts you could need. The ensuite bathrooms are fully equipped, and units have full kitchens, air-conditioning and indoor fireplaces.
Outside, you’ll have a private braai area and outdoor wood-fired hot tub which overlooks the dam.
The tents are all self-catering, but don’t worry about stocking up before you arrive. You can add meal baskets to your booking, which will be waiting for you when you arrive. The breakfast basket has a continental spread including fruit, muesli, yoghurt, juice, bread, and cheese, along with bacon, sausages, and eggs to prepare in the morning. You can also order braai baskets, which contain three kinds of meat, two salads, and garlic bread or other sides.
Enjoy a braai in-front of the tent and take in the views from the comfortable deck loungers on the spacious wooden decks. Pull up the front covers and transform the tent into a large outdoor living area. Unwind and take in the serene natural beauty of the South African Lowveld.
THINGS TO DO
In terms of things to do, guests can explore the property itself on the various biking and hiking trails around. The dam is also open to avid fishermen and this spot has been a favourite among local fishermen for years.
For those keen on driving out, AfriCamps Hoedspruit is perfectly located to be within a short driving distance of all the nearby attractions.
We headed out to take a water safari with Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre. A 90-minute boat cruise on the Blyde Dam which will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and and may be the largest ‘green canyon’, as it has a particularly lush subtropical covering. It’s one of the few areas of montane grassland in Mpumalanga that still exists. The grasslands consist of more than 1000 flora species of which many are endemic (found nowhere else in the world), rare or endangered.
Blyde River Canyon Reserve (also officially known as Motlatse Canyon Provincial Nature Reserve) covers 29 000 hectares near Kruger National park, stretching from the misty highlands down to the hotter and drier lowveld at the Blyde Dam.
During the cruise, the abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. The Canyon is famous for the Kadishi Tufa waterfall. At 200m in height it is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth and the formation that has been produced strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’.
The area is home to a range of wildlife species such as kudu and duiker, as well as leopard and other small carnivores. The dam itself is home to hippo’s, crocodiles, Fish Eagles, African Finfoot which you may be lucky enough to spot on the leisurely 90-minute boat trip.
I’m so happy to know that there are still a number of AfriCamps stops on my way back down to Cape Town because, after this first experience, I’ll definitely be making a stop at some of the others.
To find out more about this or the other AfriCamps, visit their website at www.africamps.com
Location: Africamps at Hoedspruit, Guernsey Rd, Hoedspruit, 1380
Contact information: +27 (0)21 300 5694 / email@example.com