Century 21 Wildlife Properties are based in Hoedspruit, Limpopo, South Africa and in the heart of “Big 5” country. The area is one of South Africa’s biggest Tourist attractions, and on all good seasoned travelers “bucket list”.Hoedspruit is situated in the Lowveld, 50km west and midway between Orpen Gate and Phalaborwa, and is the gate-way to the heart of the Kruger National Park. The town is situated around famous game reserves such as Timbavati, Klaserie, Balule, Selati, Karongwe, Makalali and Thornybush Game Reserves. There are also many private game farms and hunting lodges. Hoedspruit is the perfect place to come on Safari in Africa, with good road, rail and air transport infrastructure. There are daily flights into Eastgate airport form OR Tambo International in Johannesburg.
The area is unique in that it is a wilderness haven and a highly scenic part of South Africa. It has the Northern Drakensberg Mountains towering up to 1900 meters, with lichen covered cliffs. Mariepskop Mountain is unique for it’s fuana and floral diversity and contains hilltop grassland, tropical mist forest, and capensis “fynbos” species. Five species of Vulture soar off the thermals from these mountains. This mountain alone has more plant species than the Kruger National Park and Table Mountain in Cape Town combined.
In the Hoedspruit region there are two of South Africa’s most important rivers, the Olifants River that runs through the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River. The Blyde River Canyon, which is the worlds largest green Canyon (due to all the plants found here) and third largest Canyon in the world. Both rivers are well known for populations of Crocodile and Hippo. The Blyde River offers life to a high diversity of red data trees, birds, fish and amphibian life, and has a unique riverine forest. Pels fishing owl and Fish Eagle are found on this river.
The Lowveld bushveld is unique in South Africa and contains large amounts of combretum, marula and acacia. Here you find 2000yr old Boabab Trees and 1000yrs old Leadwood trees. This area is fondly known by many South Africans as “the bush”The result of these mountains, canyons, rivers and bushveld is a high diversity of animal and birdlife that makes this one of the worlds premium destinations for game viewing.
A big favorite for safari goers is the “Big 5”, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo. However there are many other game species that are popular such as Giraffe, Kudu, Hippo, Crocodile, Kudu, Waterbuck, Nyala, Cheetah, Warthog, Impala, Wildebeest, Hyena, Baboon and Zebra to name a few.
Other than game drives and bird watching there are many other activities that can be done in the area. There is hot air ballooning, microlight flights, elephant back safaris, lion walks, hiking trails, boat cruises on the Blyde dam, river canoeing and tubing. There is a golf course on the Air force base that is run as a non profit organization, and as a result prices for a game of golf are unusually low, as are the beverages at the 19th hole.