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! The other big 4 are not present in the estate, so visitors can safely explore the estate on foot, by bike (we rent out mountain bikes), on horseback (there is a stable on the estate) or car.

The estate has several walking trails, two mountain bike 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 restock on 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.

Private game reserve safari

We offer several safaris to private game reserves. As guides are allowed to drive off-road the chances of seeing big 5, especially big cats, is better than safaris in Kruger Park.

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. From the Tree Rondavels, to the magical Lisbon Falls, God’s Window or the fascinating Bourke’s Luck Potholes: this is an unforgettable daytrip that should not be missed.

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 1.5 hour walking tour leads you past and sometimes through enclosures of wild animals such as lion, leopard, vultures and other birds of prey. And meet the world famous honey badger Stoffel and his family! Tours take place Monday – Saturday on 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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. Go on a 1.5 hour game drive (several times per day) and learn more about the work this centre does to protect endangered species like cheetah, rhino, elephant, leopard and more.

Mountain biking

The surrounding environment of Bushbaby River Lodge makes for a perfect place to be discovered by mountain bike. We offer a 12 and 25 km trail that gets you up close to animals like zebra, giraffe, warthog and nyala!

Nyani Cultural Village

Visit a traditional Shangaan village, listen to the music, join in with the dances and taste the traditional food all the while you learn more about the history of Limpopo.

Microlight flights/ Hot 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.

Horse safari

African Dream Horse Safaris offers a great 1 or 2 hour horse trail on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. This is a unique safari option where you can get up close to giraffe, zebra and more animals that roam our estate.

Hiking trails/ bush walks

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

Hoedspruit Reptile Centre

Hoedspruit 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.


At Bushbaby River Lodge we offer a mobile spa. Enjoy a relaxing massage in our sala, looking out on the dry riverbed, or in the privacy of your own room.


This magnificant mountain range, shaping the horizon of Hoedspruit, is a sight to see. Explore one of the best kept secrets of this region! You need a high clearance 4X4 car to make this trip.