Welcome to the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate in Limpopo, one of the most versatile regions of South Africa. Blessed with pretty much the best climate on earth and a myriad of attractions, this is the perfect place to explore South Africa and return back to every time.

The Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is a unique estate, 680 ha in size with 24/7 security. Contrary to most other lodges in the estate, Bushbaby River Lodge is situated on the exclusive and therefore most beautiful part of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate with a separate, private entrance.

Animals like the giraffe, kudu, zebra, bushbuck, warthog, duiker, impala, waterbuck, wildebeest, genet, civet, jackal, porcupine and name sake of the lodge, the bushbaby, are all frequently spotted visitors in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. We now and then even spot the leopard, aardvark and caracal! The other big 4 are not present in the estate, so visitors can safely explore the estate on foot, by bike (we rent out mountainbikes), on horseback (there is a stable on the estate) or car.

The estate has several walking trails, two mountainbike tracks (in total 37 km) and several game drive tracks for you to explore. There is also a fish dam and several bird hides by the water dams in the estate.

From mountains to valleys, amazing panoramas, rivers, waterfalls and bush veld, close to world renowned attractions like Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon: Bushbaby River Lodge is close to all fabulous sights and just 10 minutes from the centre of Hoedspruit.

Boasting a picturesque view of the Mariepskop, part of the Drakensberg, and many nature reserves like the Kruger Park and Blyde River Canyon just around the corner, Hoedspruit is a fun and laid back tourist place. It is a convenient place to stay, to restockon groceries and to find the perfect souvenir or eat out in one of the many good restaurants.

The airport of Hoedspruit is just 15 minutes away, with direct connections to Johannesburg and Cape Town.

These sights cannot be missed when visiting Bushbaby River Lodge:

Kruger National Park

The world renowned Kruger National Park is one of the highlights of South Africa. Go on a morning, afternoon or evening safari and encounter 147 different mammals, 507 different birds, 336 different trees, 114 reptiles and 34 kinds of amphibians living in the park. This is an experience you will never forget! We can help you plan your amazing visit to this park.

Blyde Dam boat trip

Enjoy the splendor of the third largest canyon in the world and the largest ‘green canyon’ due to its lush subtropical foliage. Take a relaxing boat trip and discover an abundance of wildlife that will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon. Boat trips are organized every day of the week, several times a day (depending on season and weather).

Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.


This magnificant mountain range, shaping the horizon of Hoedspruit, is a sight to see. Explore one of the best kept secrets of this region! We give you the best tips to explore the fascinating Mariepskop.

Kinyonga Reptile Park

The Kinyonga Reptile Centre is a unique facility dedicated to the preservation and conservation of reptiles. Take a close look and learn more about snakes, scorpions, lizards, frogs and spiders.

Kloofing and abseiling

Looking for an adrenaline fueled experience? Kloofing is the thing for you! Kloofing involves hiking as well as jumping off waterfalls, swimming in natural rock pools and abseiling too and is organized at Blyde River Dam.

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre is involved in the breeding of endangered, vulnerable or rare animal species and the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs to the wild.

The Panorama Route

The Panorama Route is one of the world’s most spectacular routes with breathtaking vistas around every corner, beautiful waterfalls and memories of the gold rush. This route is an unforgettable daytrip.

Bourke’s Luck Potholes

Centuries of river activity have carved out a dramatic and intricate series of natural rock formations and pools.

Hiking trails

There are numerous walking trails for you to enjoy in the vicinity of Bushbaby River Lodge. From short, easy trails to day long or even multiple day trips: we can help you find the trail that is most rewarding for you.

Mountain biking/ Quad driving

The surrounding environment of Bushbaby River Lodge makes for a perfect place to be discovered by mountain bike or quad. Drive up the Mariepskop and you are in the middle of nature.

Microlight flights/ Air balloon flight

The landscape around Bushbaby River Lodge is awesome and why not take your views to the next level: literally! Step into an air balloon or make a microlight flight and have an exceptional experience of a lifetime with amazing views of the Drakensberg escarpment.

Nyani Cultural Village

Visit the traditional Shangaan village. Learn more about architectural and agricultural background of this traditional community.


The Drakensig Golf Course is a popular golf course situated in Hoedspruit. The Drakensig Golf Course is a 9 hole course.

Horse riding

Explore the beautiful surroundings on the back of a horse.


Few things are better than to just indulge yourself with a manicure, pedicure, massage or facial. We can book you the perfect treatment in town, but we can also massages in our sala, looking out on the dry riverbed.


Looking for a great fishing spot? We can help you find the best spots to catch some fish.