Kruger Cliffs
Ideally located for activities in both lowveld and highveld

Important remarks

PRICES BASED ON 2 PARTICIPANTS
The prices of all transfers/activities summarised below are based on two people joining the transfer/activity together. If your party has more people, the costs per person will be lower. If you travel solo, there's a surcharge. Contact us for more details.

SELF-DRIVING CAN SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY
Please note that all these activities include transfers to/from their starting point. However, some of these activities can be done in self-drive mode (in particular; Moholoholo, Jessica The Hippo, Kinyonga Snake Centre, the Blyde Dam boat cruise, Horseback Safaris and the Panorama Route). If you decide to use your own car then the cost of these activities is much lower, as we do not need to include our own car & guide. Please let us know if you would like to book these activities without transfers; we will gladly make the necessary reservations for you.
 
 
Hoedspruit transfer
R 500
Per person.
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From Hoedspruit airport or Hoedspruit town to Kruger Cliffs, or vice versa (one way fee).
 
 
Nelspruit transfer
R 1250
Per person.
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From Nelspruit KMIA airport to Kruger Cliffs, or vice versa (one way fee).
 
 

Mariepskop scenic views & forest hike
(3/4 day)

R 1100
Per person. Including reserve entrance fees and pick-nick breakfast.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 10min

The gravel road towards Mariepskop starts practically in our back yard. The road to the top is an adventure in itself; the higher you are, the steeper it gets! We take you up with our 4x4, and along the way we pick up our mountain guide, Thabelo. We visit multiple viewpoints (towards the Lowveld, towards the Canyon, and on Mariepskop itself - at the latter we have breakfast). After that we descend a few kilometers, and stop for a short hike in the mountain forest (Bushpig trail). We are back at the lodge in time for a late lunch (around 2PM).

Absolute highlight; our viewpoint towards the Blyde Canyon and the Three Rondawels; arguably even a better viewpoint than the similar one on the Panorama Route …but minus the crowds!

Important; if you have the right type of car (4x4), you can choose to hire Thabelo directly, as a guide for one of the many exiting hiking trails that he knows like the back of his hand. See the "Hiking & Birding" section at the bottom of this page.
 
 
Panorama Route
(full day)
R 1450
Per person (SA). Including SA-citizen entrance fees.

International visitors; please add an additional
R 400 for non-resident entrance fees.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 1h

We start with a bit of driving (towards Hazyview) and then follow the Sabie river into the mountains. From the town Sabie we go north. Along the Route we'll have many stops, to enjoy viewpoints and tourist attractions such as Graskop Gorge, God's Window and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Absolute highlight; at the end of our tour, we stop at the viewpoint over the Blyde River Canyon, the 4th biggest canyon in the world. Can you spot Kruger Cliffs?
 
 
Kruger National Park
(full day)
R 1450
Per person. Including SA-citizen entrance fees and pick-nick breakfast

International visitors; please add an additional
R 400 for non-resident entrance fees.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 30min

A full day of game driving in Kruger National Park, in a closed vehicle (SUV), and with a private and FGASA-certified guide. Should you desire this we can also arrange a Kruger day trip in an open safari vehicle, at the same cost, with idem guide, but then you may have to share the vehicle with others. We go in at Orpen gate. From Kruger Cliffs to this gate is one straight (nice & quiet) tar road. The section we visit is arguably the best section of the park; we avoid the crowds in the south, as well as the boring mopane blocks in the north. What roads we will drive? Where our nose takes us! We might do the Mohlabetsi River bed, or do the Talamti-Sweni route, or drive the famous S100 …or a combination of these!

Absolute highlight; who knows? Safari is like a box of chocolates…
 
 

Moholoholo Animal Rehab Centre
(1/2 day)

R 600
Per person. Entrance fee included.

R 200 pp without transfers.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 10min

Moholoholo takes care of all wounded animals or "problem animals" in our area. Wounded animals are restored back to health, and released into the wild, if possible. Problem animals (typically unfortunate individuals that ended up in the wrong place) are captured and released where it is safe to do so. Moholoholo provides these services free of charge. To make ends meet, they provide tours at their centre.

Absolute highlight; seeing a black (melanistic) leopard up close.
 
 

Manyeleti Reserve
game drive
(1/2 day)

R 1350
Per person. Reserve entrance fee included.

R 950 pp without transfers.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 30min

Game drives on private reserves with open borders to Kruger are the ultimate safari experience; away from the crowds, going off road, being able to spend time in an animal's (very close) presence. But to be able to participate in such drives you normally have to book a room on the private reserve. There's exactly three exceptions we know of, two of which are on farms very close to civilisation. We offer those as well, but the third option is clearly the best one. This game drive takes you deep into Manyeleti Game Reserve, and the guides there share sightings over the radio, which gives even better game drive results.

Absolute highlight; on at least one in four drives we have a leopard sighting. We hope you get to see it on your game drive!
 
 

Kinyonga Snake
handling course
(1/2 day)

R 650
Per person. Entrance fee included.

R 250 pp without transfers.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 30min

Kinyonga reptile centre is one of the best of it's kind. Donald Strydom is one of the most knowledgeable persons in his field, and has worked with David Attenborough a number of times. You will learn a lot from him, as he escorts you through the centre.

Absolute highlight; the moment you put your first dangerous snake in it's container, using the right tools and knowledge, and you understand these creatures should not be feared, but simply respected.
 
 

Jessica The Hippo
visit (1/2 day)

R 550
Per person. Entrance fee included.

R 150 pp without transfers.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 20min

Jessica was found at the doorstep of Tonie, a warden of Kruger National Park. She was born prematurely, and washed away from her mother in a flood. Tonie took her in and raised her. By now Jessica is mature and free to go wherever she pleases. But she decides to stay with Tonie. Unlike the rest of her species, Jessica is not aggressive at all towards humans. Quite the opposite!

Absolute highlight; giving Jessica a kiss on the nose (a privilege only women get)
 
 

Blyde Dam cruise
(1/2 day)

R 800
Per person. Reserve entrance fee included.

R 300 pp without transfers & reserve entrance.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 15min

Kruger Cliffs is literally at the door of the Blyde River Canyon Reserve. Your guide will take you into the valley, a short but scenic drive. We will stop at a waterfall, and then drive on to the Blyde Dam. Here you will do a cruise of about 1,5 hour. The boat takes you all the way to the back of the dam. Can you spot the crocodiles and hippos?

Absolute highlight; can you see the little ants crawling about on top of the mountain? There's people there! If you book the Panorama Route tour, you'll be able to enjoy their viewpoint.
 
 

Horseback Safaris

R 950
R 1150
R 1500

Per person, for a 1h, 2h or 3h ride.

Without transfers; please deduct R 400 per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 30min

For a complete other perspective of our local wildlife; why not enjoy it from the back of a horse? We offer horse rides in a neighbouring private reserve of 650Ha. They have all the usual plains game (zebra, kudu, giraffe, impala, etc) but none of the dangerous predators. The horseback safaris have a duration of your choice; there's 1 hour-, 2 hour- and 3 hour trails.

Absolute highlight; approaching a large giraffe while horse riding. They allow us to come much closer than compared to when we are on foot or in a car. It even looks like they enjoy our company!
 
 

Spa treatments

Full body massages starting at:

R 900

Per person. Ask us for a complete spa treatment price list.
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Enjoy a beauty treatment or massage at your cottage! Crystal Mountain Day Spa & Nail Picasso travels to our lodge. This Spa is the benchmark in Hoedspruit area. They only uses all natural ingredients that are bio-identical to your biology and offer therapeutic massages, face treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing, makeup & tanning, grooming, etc.

There’s 2 therapists available, so indulge in a couple’s massage on your private terrace.

Absolute highlight; complimenting your spa treatment with a hot shower, a bottle of bubbles, and a dip in your refreshing plunge pool, all while enjoying our fantastic mountain view!
 
 

Balloon ride
over the lowveld
(1/2 day)

R 4650
Per person.

R 4250 pp without transfers.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 20min

A short drive takes you to the starting point of all balloon rides at the banks of the Blyde River. From the air you'll have an amazing view over the lowveld as well as the mountains. We go where the wind takes us! After about 1,5 hours we land in a field and enjoy a breakfast with a nice glass of Champagne.

Absolute highlight; spotting plains game from up in the air. More difficult than you think. Until you spot your first animal.
 
 

Blyde Canyon sightseeing helicopter flight

R 10950
Per flight. Pick nick breakfast & bubbles included.
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Pick up & drop off at Kruger Cliffs own helipad!

Total duration of this trip is about 2h of which 45 minutes is spent while flying. During this flight you will gain a unique perspective of the Blyderivierpoort Dam, Kadishi Waterfall, Three Rondawels, Blyde River, Treur and Belvedere Rivers. Exiting the Highveld over the Escarpment towards the Lowveld, through Devil’s Window is a breath-taking experience!
Half way the flight we touch down next to the Belvedere River for a pick nick breakfast with bubbles. During the summer time you can even go for a quick dip in the river!
Please note; a maximum of 3 people (400kg) are allowed per flight. Kids under 3 years old can sit on the parents’ lap, but older kids need to occupy a regular seat.

Absolute highlight; seeing Blyde Canyon from the air. Kruger Cliffs really is located at the doorstep of one of Earth’s most beautiful spots.
 
 

Hiking & birding

 
 

Kruger Cliffs is right underneath the Mariepskop mountain flank. We are in a fantastic spot for mountain hikes and for birding, as the bird life here is absolutely prolific. We are proud to offer various guided hikes in our area; both long hikes & short walks, as well as difficult & easier hikes.

Your guides will be Thabelo Sekome (the only Mpumalanga-province-accredited guide for this area) and his team, from the neighbouring communities. Kruger Cliffs is proud to support these communities; all revenue of these hiking activities goes straight to Thabelo & team. We do not add any commission.

Note that the starting point for these walks is not our lodge; you'll need a (rental) car, or a transfer (we can arrange this for you). For the Mariepskop trails you'll need a 4x4 to get there.

 
 
Mountain flank walk:
Franklyn Park,
yellow trail
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 10min

Duration; actual duration depends on your walking speed and your interests (birding takes time, for example), but please foresee 2 to 3 hours and do not plan any other activities that morning or afternoon.

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦◊ (not particularly based on number of rare endemics but rather on abundance of birds)

The Franklyn park trails start in open grassland and wind their way up on the mountain flank. As you go into the forest the focus shifts from bird watching to learning more about trees.
 
 
Mountain flank walk:
Franklin Park,
blue trail
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 10min

Duration; actual duration depends on your walking speed and your interests (birding takes time, for example), but please foresee 2 to 3 hours and do not plan any other activities that morning or afternoon.

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦◊ (not particularly based on number of rare endemics but rather on abundance of birds)

The Franklyn park trails start in open grassland and wind their way up on the mountain flank. As you go into the forest the focus shifts from bird watching to learning more about trees.
 
 
Mountain flank walk:
Franklin Park,
red trail
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 10min

Duration; actual duration depends on your walking speed and your interests (birding takes time, for example), but please foresee 2 to 3 hours and do not plan any other activities that morning or afternoon.

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦◊ (not particularly based on number of rare endemics but rather on abundance of birds)

The Franklyn park trails start in open grassland and wind their way up on the mountain flank. As you go into the forest the focus shifts from bird watching to learning more about trees.
 
 
Mountain top walk:
Mariepskop,
Bushpig- & Loerie trails combo
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 45min

Duration; half a day

Difficulty level; ♦♦◊◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦♦

These trails on top of the mountain are surprisingly flat and easy to walk, if you have a decent fitness level. Birding is excellent, not in terms of total numbers (in the forest areas bird are very difficult to spot and it takes time to find them), but you can find lots of species that you will not find (or find far less) in Kruger /lowveld area. To name a few; Knysna Lourie, Jackal Buzzard, Orange Ground Thrush, Black-fronted Bush-shrike, Olive Woodpecker, Square-tailed Drongo, Olive thrush, Mocking Cliffchat, Lazy Cisticola, White-tailed Crested Flycatcher and Amethyst sunbird.
 
 
Mountain top walk:
Mariepskop,
Bushpig- & Kgogweng trails combo
R 1000
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 45min

Duration; full day

Difficulty level; ♦♦◊◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦♦

These trails on top of the mountain are surprisingly flat and easy to walk, if you have a decent fitness level. Birding is excellent, not in terms of total numbers (in the forest areas bird are very difficult to spot and it takes time to find them), but you can find lots of species that you will not find (or find far less) in Kruger /lowveld area. To name a few; Narina Trogon, Lemon Dove, Crowned Eagle, Little Sparrowhawk, Olive Pigeon, Emerald Cuckoo, Half-collared Kingfisher, Chorister Robin-chat, White-starred Robin, Grey Waxbill and Yellow-throated Woodland-warbler.
 
 
Mountain top walk:
Mariepskop,
Kgogweng trail
R 1000
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 45min

Duration; full day

Difficulty level; ♦♦◊◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦♦♦♦

These trails on top of the mountain are surprisingly flat and easy to walk, if you have a decent fitness level. Birding is excellent, not in terms of total numbers (in the forest areas bird are very difficult to spot and it takes time to find them), but you can find lots of species that you will not find (or find far less) in Kruger /lowveld area. To name a few; Forest buzzard, Long Crested Eagle, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Grey Cuckooshrike, Southern Black Tit, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Cape Batis, Cape White-eye, Olive Bushshrike, Greater Double-collared Sunbird and Jameson’s Firefinch.
 
 
Mountain top walk:
Mariepskop,
Bushpig starting point to Kampersrus
R 1000
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 45min

Duration; full day

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦◊◊ (the walk is mostly downhill, but has rocky slopes where you have to watch where you step.

Birding level; ♦♦◊◊◊ (this is more a walk to enjoy the landscapes, the focus is not entirely on birds)

This walk starts on top of the mountain with a rather flat part where we can spend some time looking for bird species that are not to be found in Kruger, but after a while the trail goes downhill, all the way to Kampersrus town. The second part of the walk is not difficult. It's downhill after all. But you do have to watch where you're going, so you'll spend less time spotting birds. At regular intervals we stop to enjoy the views.
 
 
Blyde Valley walk:
Blyde Dam,
Hippo Trail - short distance
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 20min

Duration; 1,5h (up & down the same path)

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦◊◊

Birding level; ♦♦◊◊◊

This walk is for those who like landscape photography, as it is a walk that has lots of nice views on the Blyde Dam and -Canyon. The bird life is not that prolific, but you may find some general wildlife like kudu and bushbucks on the trail.
 
 
Blyde Valley walk:
Blyde Dam,
Hippo Trail - longer distance
R 500
Per person.
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Distance from Kruger Cliffs; 20min

Duration; 3h (up & down the same path)

Difficulty level; ♦♦♦♦◊

Birding level; ♦♦◊◊◊

This walk is for those who like landscape photography, as it is a walk that has lots of nice views on the Blyde Dam and -Canyon. The bird life is not that prolific, but you may find some general wildlife like kudu and bushbucks on the trail. A bit tougher than the aforementioned walk as the further you get from the starting point the more rough it gets.
 
 
 
 

This list is far from complete, but it's impossible to list all activities in and around Hoedspruit. For example; you can do game drives on other private reserves, go mountain biking, or quad biking. If the above activities are not what you're looking for, please contact us and tell us what you'd like. There's a fair chance we can organise it for you.