Francines Venue and Farmhouse is the perfect destination to use as your base to explore the Greater Kruger area and the famous Panorama Route.
From exceptional game viewing to exploring some of the most beautiful wilderness areas in South Africa, the Hoedspruit area truly offers a traveler a wealth of options to discover.
24 Degrees South: Shopping in the Wilderness
Ensure you stop at this travellers oasis to explore the shopping options and enjoy dining at some of the restaurants for lunch. There is also a vintage car museum which should keep the men in the family busy, while the ladies enjoy some indulgent spa treatments at the Godding and Godding Spa.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre:
This unique wildlife rehabilitation centre is a home to many of South Africas abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife, and is extremely proud of its efforts in wildlife education in the country.
They are often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, they have a number of permanent residents at the centre and at their own cost they use them as ambassadors for their respective species.
A tour to Moholoholo is an immersive experience and will leave you with everlasting memories.
The Panorama Route:
The famous Panorama Route spans over two provinces; Mpumalanga and Limpopo and includes the Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest and greenest canyons in the world.
It offers a wealth of attractions which make it one of the most popular routes to explore in the whole of Africa.
Book a tour with a tour company or do the drive yourself.
Must sees: Mac Mac Falls, Bourkes Luck Pot Holes, Three Rondawels, God's Window and Graskop for Harries Pancakes.
The Kruger National Park:
Do a guided day tour or drive yourself into the famed 20,000 square km Kruger National Park. It is home to the BIG 5 as well as a multitude of plains game, bird life and various types of fauna and flora unique to the Lowveld. There are various camps and picnic spots within the park to stretch your legs, and a network of roads to ensure you have an authentic wildlife adventure.
The Kruger Parks Orpen gate is a short 45 minute drive from Francines Venue and Farmhouse.
This is a must on everyone's bucket list!
Jessica the Hippo:
Take a short drive west of Hoedspruit and down to the banks of the Blyde River. Jessica the Hippo was rescued as a calf during the destructive floods in 2000 and was taken in by a family living on the banks of the river.
What makes this special hippo unique is the fact that she lives life as a wild hippo, but she interacts with humans in a very different way; she is friendly and calm.
This is an excellent photographic opportunity.
Blyde Canyon Adventure Centre:
Enjoy the splendor of the third largest canyon in the world...from the water.
An interpretation tour by a tour guide will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon.
Take the flight of your life with Hoedspruit Helicopters into and above the Blyde River Canyon.
Flights depart from Hoedspruit Civil Airport (20 mins from Francines) and last for approximately an hour.
Price on request.